Souths Cares announced today that current Board member, The Hon Kristina Keneally, will take up the role of Chairperson of Souths Cares from March 2016, with current Chairman, Nicholas Pappas AM, to step aside after eight years in the role.
Mr Pappas, who is one of two representatives of the Rabbitohs on the Souths Cares Board, will remain a non-executive director.
Ms Keneally, the 42nd Premier of New South Wales, is proud to be taking up the role as Chairperson of Souths Cares as the charity enters a new phase.
"Souths Cares expresses the best aspects of the Rabbitohs community: passion, connection, and care for every person," Mrs Keneally said.
"From its very beginnings, Souths Cares has aimed to improve opportunities for young people through education. This organisation, which started with some pretty simple goals like using our footy heroes to help kids to learn to read, is today a genuine leader in supporting young people, including young indigenous people through secondary school into work and higher education.
"The leadership of Nick Pappas as the inaugural Chairman of Souths Cares is one of the most significant reasons for the organisation's success. Nick brought not only instant credibility, but also provided a strong connection to our football Club and remarkable governance expertise.
“He didn't just oversee the growth of Souths Cares, he challenged and inspired all of us – players, coaches, staff, the NRL, fans and the community – to see the great potential to invest our social capital as a football team into our most important asset – young people.
"Today, Souths Cares provides a range of innovative, successful services that achieve better results in health, education and employment.
“As a charity, it achieves great social return on investment and is highly valued by its community, corporate and government partners.
“I'm excited, and humbled, to take up the chairmanship in this next phase of Souths Cares' growth.
"Souths Cares will always be integrally related to the football club. The Rabbitohs are who we are and the players and coaches remain absolutely fundamental to what we do. But as a distinct legal entity, Souths Cares is ready to develop more firmly its own financial and governance position, as well as chart its own strategic goals."
Outgoing Chairman, Mr Pappas, welcomed Ms Keneally’s appointment.
“Kristina has contributed much to Souths Cares since 2011 in her capacity as a member of the Board, and will continue to do so now as Chairperson,” said Mr Pappas.
“Kristina’s appointment in many ways signals a new beginning for Souths Cares – one that has taken key stakeholder and community needs into consideration as a compass for where the Charity needs to be in terms of governance and the need for independence, but also importantly, how to broaden the reach of the programs and services that Souths Cares provide.
“As has been the case to this point, a crucial part of Souths Cares’ ongoing success will be the relationship between the Charity and the South Sydney Football Club and its players.
“Using sport, sportspeople, and the Rabbitohs as a vehicle to inspire and affect positive outcomes across the country will continue to be at the heart of Souths Cares and I look forward to continuing this work in my capacity as a member of the Board.”
Souths Cares is an independent not-for-profit public benevolent institution, established to support the local community and address social need across Australia. Its charter is to support disadvantaged and marginalised youth and their families through the delivery of capacity building programs addressing education, training, health and employment needs.
Souths Cares currently has eight full-time, and two part-time Program and Case Workers led by a General Manager. Staff work out of three offices in Redfern, Liverpool and Penrith.
The Hon Kristina Keneally
- Member for Heffron, NSW Parliament (2003-2012)
- Minister for Redfern Waterloo (2008-2011)
- 42nd Premier of NSW and the first woman to hold the office
- Member of the Souths Cares Board since 2011
- Chair of Basketball Australia, and CEO (2012-2014)
- Adjunct Professor at Macquarie Graduate School of Management
- Host of 'To the Point' on Sky News Australia
- Columnist at The Guardian Australia