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National Office review

The CEN National Board recently initiated a review of the national office. One of the catalysts for this exercise was the predicted budget shortfall this year that wasn’t likely to improve in 2014. An operating surplus of at least $50 000 has been the goal of Board and executive. The review has recommended that a significant restructure take place and as a result the positions of Academic Dean and Executive Assistant/PA to the CEO have been made redundant.

Geoff will be staying on until the end of the year and Arle’s last day will be Tuesday 3 September 2013.  Arle has worked for CEN in various roles for the past 18 years and her contribution will be fully realised in the next couple of months as we become more aware of how much she has held this place together. Her understanding of and commitment to Christian education has meant that her roles have been more than a job. I have personally greatly appreciated her professional and personal support to me while I have been in the CEO chair.

My role from next year will be focussed on being Principal of the Institute while retaining a ‘spokesperson’ role for CEN. The arrangements for covering other executive tasks and the arrangements for AACS are still to be resolved. The Board will be discussing these issues at its next meeting 13-14 September and more information will be made available in the weeks following this meeting.

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