Presbyterian Support East Coast (PSEC) is pleased to announce the appointment of new Head of Marketing, Pete Leach.
Previously based on the Kapiti Coast, Pete has 25 years of fundraising experience, including branding and communications in New Zealand and the UK.
His previous roles include Head of Fundraising and Marketing of not-for-profit social service organisations in the UK, Commercial Sponsorship Manager for the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games, Fundraising Manager for New Zealand local government and Manawatu Rugby Union.
Since he began at PSEC in February, Pete has wasted no time in getting oriented with the organisation – its history, people and services.
The former Royal Marine is excited to take PSEC into a new era of fundraising, marketing and communications, and says he’s looking forward to forming and fostering new and current relationships with other business and organisations throughout Hawke’s Bay and Gisborne.
Pete says the vibrancy and sense of community within PSEC, and Hawke’s Bay as a whole, was a major decision in his relocation with partner, Jacqueline, and two ex-racing rescue Greyhound dogs.
“I also have two adult children, a son Andrew (25) currently living in Wellington and my daughter, Yvonne (23) who lives in Glasgow, Scotland.” Pete says.
“Along with my family and Greyhounds, my interests include watching sports, especially football and rugby. I also have a love for coffee!
“My aim for PSEC is to be the lead organisation doing now what our stakeholders need next, by inspiring people throughout the region to open their minds to accept and include others.
“I do have one overarching vision though, which is PSEC’s vision of ‘healthy inclusive communities’ on the East Coast,” Pete says. “When that happens, everyone prospers.”
PSEC delivers $11 million worth of vital social services throughout the East Coast region, with the help of 220 staff and over 200 volunteers.
PSEC provides counselling, social work and parenting programmes for children and families exposed to poverty and family violence through its Family Works service.
The organisation, which was established some 72 years ago, also provides programmes and services for elderly and people with disabilities to enable them to live a more fulfilling life through our Enliven services.
Although some government funding is received, PSEC is responsible for raising the $1.6 million shortfall to ensure that these services remain free to the people who need them most.
Presbyterian Support East Coast CEO, Sanja Majstorovic, says Pete’s energy, experience and fresh ideas are a great addition to the Fundraising, Communication and Marketing team at PSEC.