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Dean resigned his position as Chief Executive Officer to focus on his health, with his last day on Monday 3 July.
About 250 people gathered at Kenmore for an informal farewell and chance to say thank you.
Since commencing in the role in 2010, Dean has instigated a number of major changes for Churches of Christ in Queensland, including closer ties between our care services and mission; the introduction of consumer directed care and moving our children’s services to be prevention and early intervention focused.
He also oversaw the development of a number of community housing complexes, acquisition of complementary services and transformational changes in information technology, governance and models of care.
As Acting Chief Executive Officer, David Swain, attested during his speech, when they prepared the original position description for a new Chief Executive Officer, they were looking for someone special, super even. And that’s what they got.
Board Chair, Gary Edwards, praised Dean for his leadership and the positive changes he has affected, which has seen the positive leadership of our churches, the installation of our Strategic Action Leadership Teams and Mission Action Partners to deliver on our mission and vision, and the growth of our services.
“Dean has enabled generational change and instilled a sense of community throughout Churches of Christ in Queensland,” Gary said.
“With the support of the Board and Council, Dean strategically increased investment for the benefit of our people and those we care for.
“We are thankful to Dean for bringing together our churches and care services as one organisation, enforcing our values and ensuring we all work towards the one mission. With Dean’s unwavering commitment and steady hand, he leaves Churches of Christ in Queensland in good shape.”
A more formal recognition of Dean and his many achievements will take place in November. We will let you know more details in the coming months.
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