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New Recreation Aotearoa Chief Executive set to start

New Recreation Aotearoa Chief Executive set to start
March 10, 2023

Recreation Aotearoa’s recently appointed Chief Executive Sarah Murray will step into here new role as of Monday 13th March, replacing former postholder Andrew Leslie.

A previous Recreation Aotearoa board member, the peak body advises that “the board and staff are thrilled with this appointment and know that the organisation is in safe hands with her at the helm.”

Prior to taking on her new role, Murray was the Parks, Sport and Recreation Community Partnerships Manager at Wellington City Council having previously held a variety of leadership roles with the Department of Conservation in both Southland and Wellington.

Her career has seen her work across parks and open spaces, recreation, sport and play with a focus on leading and developing impactful partnerships and driving positive change.

In addition to this Murray has held a range of governance roles within the sector including supporting the development of Recreation Aotearoa’s current strategy Te Whai Oranga during her time on the Board.

A longstanding Recreation Aotearoa member and current ARPro Assessor and Regional Committee member, Murray is excited about the opportunity to lead the organisation in the next phase of its journey and support the great work of its members and stakeholders.

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