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
“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.
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