The Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) this week announces the appointment of Sam Henderson to the role of Chief Executive Officer, as the Foundation continues vital flood relief work within the community.
Mr Henderson comes to NRCF with broad cross-sector experience across the corporate, government, and not-for-profit sectors.
With a passion for creating social impact and systemic change, Mr Henderson said he was thrilled to join the NRCF team, to support and scale-up their great work across the community.
“My practice is underpinned by years of practical experience and strong theoretical understanding developed through an MBA Social Impact from UNSW AGSM,” Mr Henderson said.
“I’ve been lucky enough to work across the Northern Rivers in various roles and will leverage my extensive networks to build connection and impact across the hinterland and beyond.”
After moving to the Northern Rivers region in Bundjalung Nation 12 years ago to be closer to family, Mr Henderson said he was looking forward to working with outcomes focused community members and philanthropists to build stronger communities.
“The diversity from Tweed to Grafton and Byron to Tabulam is something to celebrate, and I’m passionate about the power of local communities to develop local, place-based solutions to meet their needs,” he said.
Northern Rivers Community Foundation Chair Nicole Weber said she was delighted to announce Sam’s appointment as CEO.
“Sam has worked with Social Futures, one of our wonderful community partners, for the past few years and brings a real depth of knowledge and strong networks from across a broad range of disadvantaged communities in the Northern Rivers and beyond,” Ms Weber said.
“He is well aware of the challenges and opportunities in bringing together people who are passionate about supporting women, young people, and families; our natural environment; the arts; and housing affordability.”
“We look forward to welcoming Sam warmly to the role and supporting him to continue the important work of the Foundation in these areas as well as responding to the flood recovery challenges facing our communities.”
Ms Weber thanked NRCF Board member Allison Henry who has been acting CEO while the Foundation recruited for a new leader.