SPCA New Zealand

SPCA appoints new General Manager - Southern

05 September 2019
SPCA appoints new General Manager - Southern

SPCA is pleased to announce the appointment of Sam Powell as its new General Manager – Southern Region.

In her new role, Ms Powell is accountable for leading all aspects of the Southern Region, with specific emphasis on leading and embedding transformational change.

Ms Powell leads 14 SPCA centres, 13 SPCA Op Shops, 150 staff, and 600 volunteers. SPCA is the only charity in New Zealand with the power to protect all animals, including prosecuting people under the Animal Welfare Act. SPCA run 39 centres nationwide which help around 41,000 animals each year.

With an extensive nursing background, Ms. Powell has held a variety of nursing leadership roles at the Canterbury District Health Board and in similar roles at both South Canterbury DHB and Monash Health in Melbourne.

Her most recent role was General Manager of Community Services at Nurse Maude Association based in Christchurch, managing teams across the country and merging organisations. Ms. Powell has a proven track record of working in environments with increasing demand and constrained resources, and she draws parallels between nursing and animal welfare.

“The principles of people and animal welfare are very similar, it is about enabling people and animals to live their best lives in a safe, warm, and healthy environment,” says Ms. Powell.

Ms. Powell says that animal welfare is a topic that is close to her heart. She is excited by the challenge of enabling staff and volunteers to do their jobs to the best of their ability while advancing animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty across the South Island. She says she looks forward to managing community expectations and providing equitable service across the region.

A passionate animal lover, Ms. Powell has had pets all her life, and currently has a cat called Olive and a Boxer named Bruce.

Ms Powell’s new appointment began on 1 July 2019.

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