Last month, we announced that CEO, John Stubley, will be stepping down from his role at the end of this year.
John commenced the role of CEO at Hobart City Mission in December 2013 following six years at Optia Disability Services, and before that, 22 years as an accountant in public practice.
Under his leadership, and with the continued support of the community, Hobart City Mission has seen significant growth.
John says that one of his proudest achievements during his time at Hobart City Mission is the establishment of the Safe Space program. This has resulted in a safe place to sleep for 20 people every night and connection to a variety of services for approximately 150 people a week during the day. The program has seen significant success since it opened in December 2019 with 46% of clients moving into permanent housing.
John has been overwhelmed by the support he has received from donors across all our programs. One of John’s goals has been to develop programs supporting families and children and we have been able to do this through the introduction of our Small Steps and DIY Dads programs. Last year we reached out to you in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and your kindness and care for those doing it tough in our community was astounding. This generosity enabled us to provide Emergency Relief to many who had never had to ask for help before.
John is leaving HCM to embark on his next adventure which will include some inter-state travel with his wife, Jo. John and Jo have been keen to find some time in their life to do some travelling, and look forward to having the opportunity to do that.
The recruitment process for a new CEO is underway. Applications have closed, with shortlisting and interviews underway. We expect that John will finish up in late October, with a handover period with John and the new CEO.