Uniting Country welcomes new CEO

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Dr Harry Randhawa has moved to Port Pirie with his family to start his new role as chief executive officer at Uniting Country SA.

NEW KID ON THE BLOCK: Dr Harry Randhawa has moved to Port Pirie with his family to start his new role as chief executive officer at Uniting Country SA.

Welfare group Uniting Country SA has revealed that Dr Harry Randhawa will take over as chief executive officer, bringing with him the same values and commitment that the organisation has enjoyed in the past.

Dr Harry grew up in Adelaide and started his career as a doctor after completing his studies at Flinders University.

He worked as a general practitioner in rural New South Wales in the 1990s and developed a passion for supporting rural and regional communities.

He developed a strong interest in leadership, completed a Law degree at Flinders University in 2003 and has worked in executive management roles ever since, with the last 12 years being spent leading non-for-profit organisations who deliver services to vulnerable and disadvantaged clients in country Western Australia and Queensland.

He was super happy and surprised to get the position and now he will being working with the board members to build a new strategic plan.

"I'm still awe-struck," he said. "I have the greatest admiration and respect for what previous leader Anthea Pavy has done.

"I have just been so impressed with the culture, the people, the dedication and the passion that is shown through all of them.

"Whatever we do come up with, it is always going to be community focused and it is always going to be in the vein of providing the best possible services that we can.

"What I would like to see is that we continue to improve the way we deliver services and keep up with the times.

"Technology is one part of that. Funding constraints are always going to be an issue. "

The effects of the pandemic will be looked at with a set of fresh eyes when the Uniting Country SA board unveils its new plan in November.

"One day you are able to see someone face-to-face; the next day, you are not," he said.

"How we manage risks in an organisation like this with such a big reach is going to be an important thing in the future."

He is humbled by the opportunity to lead UCSA and UCH.

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