New General Manager appointed

Archbishop Paul has announced the appointment of Simon Thompson as its new General Manager, replacing Andy Doherty who, after six years in the role, is moving overseas.

Thompson is Manager, Strategy and Planning at Ōtākaro Limited, the Crown-company responsible for the construction and operation of Te Pae Christchurch, New Zealand’s newest large-scale convention centre. He has also held positions at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, Christchurch International Airport and Air New Zealand.

Thompson said that one of the great attractions of the position was working for a faith-based organisation, where priorities are often different to the business world. “It is all about the greater good. The Catholic Diocese has a mission statement and set of values focusing on the wider benefits to their communities rather than just bottom-line profit. The Diocese is also undergoing a period of change and regeneration, similar to what I experienced at CERA and Otakaro, and this is exciting. “CERA and Ōtākaro also gave me extensive experience in complex and significant commercial negotiations, strategic planning and feasibilities, and an appreciation for the need to build strong trust-based relationships,” he said.

Simon Thompson takes up his new position on November 1.