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New Chief Executive Officer appointed

Tuesday, 3 September, 2013

The Board is very pleased to announce Ric Odom has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of SPCA New Zealand.

Ric joins us from the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT) in Auckland where he is part of the museum’s leadership team. Ric was an officer in the New Zealand Army for 20 years where he held a number of command, training and staff appointments including a period as an instructor at the Papua New Guinea Defence Academy and period leading a multi-national team of military observers in Former Yugoslavia. He left the Army to join the management team at the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, initially as Collection Services Manager and then as General Manager, Museum Resources.

Following his time at Te Papa, Ric was the National CEO of the YMCA in New Zealand – a position he held for almost nine years and during that time achieved significant success; transforming it from an insolvent organisation into a nationally significant profitable organisation owning several million dollars in assets, providing a range of programmes and services. Fundraising, volunteer engagement, national integration and liaison with Government were all part of his responsibility at YMCA. Ric has experience in the strategic and operational skills needed at a time when the SPCA in New Zealand looks to become an integrated organisation.

Apart from his work with the YMCA, Ric has a long involvement in community work. He has been a volunteer fire fighter and volunteer ambulance officer. He was the founding Chair of Ara Taiohi – the national youth umbrella organisation - and was on the Board of Social Development Partners. Ric is also involved in the international White Ribbon movement for men against violence towards women. He is a former Deputy Chair of the national White Ribbon Committee and is now a trustee of the recently established White Ribbon Trust. Ric is also a White Ribbon Ambassador.

Ric is married to Jenny and they have three adult children. Ric and Jenny share a love of motorcycle touring. They have had animals pretty much continuously since they married (more than 30 years) except for the two periods of overseas posting. They have always been SPCA animals – a conscious choice on their part. Sadly they lost their cat recently and are waiting until their house is built to find the next member of their family.

Ric will commence his new role on 30 September 2013. I look forward to introducing him to the Centre Managers and Inspectors at the October workshop. Please join me in welcoming him to our team.

Iain Torrance
Chair of Board, Royal New Zealand SPCA