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Appointment of new General Manager for ChangeMakers Refugee Forum
ChangeMakers Refugee Forum is pleased to announce the appointment of its permanent General Manager, Lexy Seedhouse.
Ellie Clayton (Office Manager) & Lexy Seedhouse (General Manager)
"Now we have our Strategic Plan in place, it is the perfect time to appoint a permanent General Manager to ChangeMakers. Having Lexy’s expertise onboard will allow us to continue to excel in our unique role as an umbrella organisation for 15 refugee background communities,” says Ibrahim Omer, Chair of ChangeMakers.
Lexy’s background includes general management of a non-government organisation (NGO) for vulnerable children; community outreach and development work with refugee background and internally displaced people in Colombia and the UK; and participatory development work with indigenous activists in Peru. She is about to complete her PhD looking at indigenous identity in the context of natural resource extraction in the Peruvian Andes.
“I am delighted to join the ChangeMakers team and be contributing to strengthening the organisation and advocating for former refugees. I’m particularly inspired by ChangeMakers’ focus on a strengths-based approach to Wellington’s incredible refugee background communities,” says Lexy.
“Our communities have so much to contribute and ChangeMakers is a crucial facilitator in promoting people’s ability to empower themselves,” Lexy noted.
Current Interim General Manager, Rochelle Stewart-Allen, will be finishing up at the beginning of February but will remain working in the refugee resettlement space.
ChangeMakers is a core part of the refugee background landscape as the only umbrella organisation of its kind in Wellington. They partner with other refugee service providers, central and local government agencies, not-for-profits, community groups, funders, and other like-minded organisations working across the Wellington and national regions.
Our Board members with Wellington Mayor Justin Lester and MP Golriz Ghahraman
Our Board is governed by people from refugee backgrounds who represent the interests of former refugees generally rather then their communities specifically. We also have 20% representation from other communities.