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“I’ve been with Lifewise for six years so it’s time for a pause and reflection for me,” says Moira Lawler, who will be stepping down as Chief Executive by the end of January 2020.

It’s really hard to leave such an amazing organisation, with so much great work on the go. We are all hoping you will circulate this opportunity in your networks so that we get the fabulous CE that Lifewise deserves.”

Here’s a link to the SEEK listing, or see below to know more: 

Lifewise CEO

Lifewise Trust (Lifewise) is an iconic organisation within the non-profit-sector with a rich history and positive brand. Lifewise has a reputation for being an innovator and disruptor within the industry, by virtue of pursuing services and programmes that address gaps in the system.

Indeed, Lifewise takes pride by providing services that are “edgy” and typically not undertaken by other entities – recent examples include identifying a need for early childhood education in suburbs where the community wasn’t able to access or afford these services; Mana Whānau, a unique programme that brings social services for families into the home as an alternative to foster care; and other peer-to-peer services whereby people with shared, lived experiences connect with customers to drive better results – this has especially been relevant for Lifewise programmes working with homeless communities.

There is also a social enterprise model with Merge Café, providing employment and food donations for people in need. Lifewise has also embarked on a significant tikanga Māori journey, building stronger relationships with iwi and applying the values of tikanga within the rhythms and kaupapa of the organisation.

Lifewise is at an exciting point in its evolution as an organisation, and seeks a senior leader to drive the organisation forward. Key competencies include:

  • Strong vision and strategic acumen
  • Mana as a leader
  • Values-alignment to Lifewise and Methodist Mission Northern, the overarching Trust
  • Innovator and creative thinker
  • Highly collaborative leadership style
  • Sophisticated stakeholder engagement skills
  • Ability to build and nurture relationships with diverse people
  • Coach and mentor to the leadership team
  • Advocate of talent development for the wider staff
  • Bicultural respect and appreciation of tikanga Māori
  • Advocacy role within the wider sector
  • Strong communicator and storyteller
  • Willingness to be disruptive and experimental
  • Commitment to service delivery and quality outcomes
  • Conceptual skills in macro and micro factors within a complex sector
  • Core general management skills, including financial stewardship

To apply, or to seek further documentation and information on the role, please email a copy of your CV and a cover letter to

Applications will close on Monday 13th January 2020.