New chief executive appointed

WelCom May 2021 The Sisters of Compassion Group has appointed Dr Chris Gallavin as their new chief executive. Dr Gallavin was formally Professor of Law and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at…

WelCom May 2021

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Dr Chris Gallavin, new chief executive for the Sisters of the Compassion Group. Photo: Supplied

The Sisters of Compassion Group has appointed Dr Chris Gallavin as their new chief executive. Dr Gallavin was formally Professor of Law and Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor at Massey University.

‘The appointment of Dr Gallavin as our new chief executive brings with it the opportunity for the Sisters of Compassion Group to be a more vocal advocate for those less fortunate,’ said the Daughters of Our Lady of Compassion Congregational Leader, Sr Margaret Anne Mills. 

Mike Curtis, chair of the Sisters of Compassion Group, said, ‘From his work as a nationally-recognised commentator on legal matters, his research skills, management experience, and connection to the media, industry and political organisations across the country, we have added to our current ability to be with the vulnerable and can now more effectively advocate for social and political change to the benefit of all New Zealand.’

Dr Gallavin said he was humbled by his appointment and is eager to build upon the work of retiring chief executive, Gerard McGreevy, who led the Group through a process of rejuvenation particularly in the development of Our Lady’s Home of Compassion Centre and Suzanne Aubert heritage centre at Island Bay – also the resting place of Meri Hōhepa. 

‘We are here to make a tangible difference in the lives of New Zealanders for the benefit of all in society, said Dr Gallavin. ‘It is my honour to work with such a dedicated and selfless team of committed people under the guidance and inspiration of Suzanne Aubert – Meri Hōhepa,’ he added.