The Chair and Board of Presbyterian Support Northern (PSN) are delighted to announce the appointment of Denise Cosgrove as their new Chief Executive. Denise, who starts on October 10th, has had broad experience working as a senior executive in both New Zealand and Australia, most recently as an independent management consultant. Prior to that she was Chief Executive at the Victorian WorkCover Authority in Australia, General Manager at the Accident Compensation Corporation, an Assistant Auditor General, and she spent a number of years in her early career as a General Manager at Housing New Zealand.
Fepulea’I Margie Apa, Chair of Presbyterian Support Northern, says Denise brings excellent skills to PSN. “We were looking for an executive who is not afraid to empower positive change, a leader who models our values and personifies our mission to serve the most vulnerable,” she said. “Denise has demonstrated an ability to bring fresh and creative thinking to her roles but is also capable of enormous personal generosity and has an ability to engage well with the communities she serves.”
Denise is not only an accomplished executive with commercial and public sector experience, she also contributes to organisations in the NGO sector. She is a board member of Multiple Sclerosis Limited, Australia; has recently been appointed to the Board of Talklink NZ; and is involved with a group working to establish a Marae in Melbourne. Denise is also very active in supporting socially-minded entrepreneurs, especially in the accessibility/disability sector, and is on the Advisory Board of an innovative start-up called Clickability, which is enabling greater choice and control for people with disabilities under the National Disability Insurance Scheme in Australia. In addition, Denise has maintained a strong interest in, and support for, the contemporary art and design sector in New Zealand, especially new and emerging talent.
Presbyterian Support Northern is a charitable social service provider which has brought practical, compassionate support to New Zealanders, their families/whanau and communities living in the upper North Island for more than 130 years. Our vision is a better life for everyone and our mission is to enable positive change. Our family of services includes Enliven, Family Works, Shine and Lifeline.