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Challenge Community Services announces the appointment of new CEO Peter Maher

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 Challenge.

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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