FROM OUR CEO
Dear Hagar Australia friends and supporters,
After four wonderful years, I will be leaving Hagar Australia.
I feel so sentimental and am forseeing a few tears and lingering hugs as we move towards the end date.
I have accepted a role with The Freedom Fund, a private equity fund that has raised $50million USD to invest in the most effective front-line efforts to end slavery. I will move with my family to New York city to take on the role of U.S. Managing Director. This is exciting professional challenge is complementary to Hagar's goals. We are currently talking about appropriate roles the I might play with Hagar Australia and U.S. governance.
I know with the utmost certainty that we, as a tribe of committed supporters, have achieved great things for survivors of severe abuse and the systems and courts they have to interact with.
With the greatest of thanks for this incredible experience.
Kate Kennedy, CEO Hagar Australia
FROM OUR CHAIRMAN
Of course, Hagar will be very sad to lose Kate at this exciting time of our program and network development. But, actually, after all, “it’s not about us!”. In fact, Kate’s appointment to lead The Freedom Fund’s U.S. operations is a tremendous opportunity for advancing the cause of fighting trafficking and slavery worldwide. This is what it’s all about! Happily, Kate’s new role will be complementary with Hagar’s work, being to manage the interface with the U.S. State Department and the United Nations on advocacy and action against trafficking and slavery. A key focus of the Fund is to look at financing recovery services and supply chain transparency, which are core to Hagar’s mission. It goes without saying (but I’ll say it anyway) that Kate leaves Hagar Australia in excellent standing and with the very best wishes and gratitude from the Hagar Australia Board and staff.
Under her leadership over the past four years, Hagar Australia has been clearly recognised in this cause, and her new appointment is a great credit to the work she and her team have done here. I am assured that Kate will maintain and build the network for this work and stay in close contact with Hagar in the process. So we all look forward, through this opportunity, to seeing the cause of fighting slavery and trafficking, and to restoring affected lives, enriched and expanded.
Our Board has already moved to appoint Susie Condron as an interim Executive Director to maintain our focus and help us to secure a new CEO to head the work in Australia. Welcome, Susie, and thank you for your willingness to step in at this crucial time to ensure continuity with our stakeholders, especially our wonderful supporters, government and the wider network. A copy of the position description for our new CEO quest can be viewed here
Chairman, Hagar Australia