Challenge Community Services announces the appointment of new CEO Peter Maher

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Challenge Community Services is pleased to announce its recent appointment of Peter
Maher OAM, who officially joined the Challenge team as Chief Executive Officer on 28
September 2020. Peter succeeds Barry Murphy, who has retired after 28 years with

Reflecting on his appointment, Peter said, “I am honoured and excited to be leading this
fantastic organisation.

“I was attracted to the organisation’s vision to create a world where everyone belongs, and
everyone grows. We have a real ability to help people reach their full potential and lead
rewarding and purposeful lives.”

Peter Maher comes to Challenge with over 20 years’ experience in the community services
sector. Most recently, Peter was the Chief Executive Officer for St Vincent de Paul Society,
Queensland responsible for the executive management of the organisation across
Queensland, including housing, disability services, counselling, retail, migrants and refugees.

“We are delighted to have secured a candidate of such high calibre to lead Challenge into
the future,” said Chairman of the Challenge Board, Bill Warburton OAM. “Peter Maher
brings extensive leadership experience, and his enthusiasm and frankness stood out to us
during the selection process.”

A Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian
Institute of Management, Peter Maher is highly regarded in the not-for-profit sector as well
as the broader business community. In recognition of his not-for-profit service, he was
awarded the medal of the Order of Australia.

Peter also has extensive experience in education, training and development, and human
resources. Previously, he worked with the Prime Minister and Cabinet in Canberra on
government welfare reform and managed parenting and disability programs at Centrelink.

“Peter Maher is a people person with a broad range of experience. Challenge Community
Services exists to help our clients reach their full potential, and I am sure that he will fit into
the fabric of this 62-year-old organisation. On behalf of the Board, I congratulate Peter on
his well-deserved appointment,” Bill said.

All at Challenge Community Services are excited in welcoming Peter and his wife, Derrelle.


This article was featured in the Northern Daily Leader on 12 October, 2020

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About Challenge Community Services

Over 60 years ago we were a small band of parents and friends seeking support services for our children with disability. Today, Challenge has grown to be one of the largest community support services in New South Wales. We provide support to over 2500 people from Albury to Lismore, Sydney, Dubbo, Tamworth and beyond. With over 900 staff, more than 90 of which have a disability, we strive to comply with and exceed all standards required under State and Federal Acts.
In the spirit of Reconciliation, Challenge Community Services acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the Traditional Owners and Custodians of this country, and their connection to land, water and community. We pay our respect to them, their cultures and customs, and to Elders both past and present.
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