Christchurch, 28 June 2019 — Presbyterian Support Upper South Island (PSUSI) today announced the appointment of its new Chief Executive Officer, Barry Helem, who joined the non-profit social services organisation on 17 June 2019.
Barry is an experienced senior manager and CEO with a track record of success leading multi-site organisations in both the non-profit and corporate sectors. Barry also has governance experience as a former Chair of a national incorporated society.
After a successful career as a senior manager in the financial services industry, in 2011 Barry transferred his leadership skills to the non-profit sector, where he served as CEO of SPCA Canterbury. From November 2017 he served as the SPCA General Manager – Southern Region, leading operations across 14 sites in the South Island.
“Barry’s SPCA roles have strong parallels with the social services sector given their focus on inter-agency collaboration, welfare, education and advocacy,” commented PSUSI Board Chair, Andrew Johnston. “We believe Barry has the right skills and experience to lead PSUSI, and we’re very much looking forward to working with him.”
Barry has a Bachelor of Business degree and a Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership. He is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a Member of the NZ Institute of Directors.
Barry has replaced CEO Vaughan Milner, who retired this week after 14 years. He is based at PSUSI’s newly rebuilt main office in Christchurch: Te Korowai – The Home of Presbyterian Support Upper South Island.
PSUSI is a not-for-profit social services organisation. Founded over 100 years ago, PS serves the community through two service groups: Family Works (for children, young people and families) and Enliven (for older people). PSUSI serves in Nelson, Marlborough, West Coast, North Canterbury, Christchurch, Selwyn, and Mid-Canterbury. Last year more than 6,000 clients were supported.