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Staff comings and goings

Published on 22nd August 2014

We’ve had a bunch of farewells and welcomes at VSA HQ in the last few months, as new staff have joined us in Wellington, and some familiar faces have re-joined us in new roles.

In the Wellington office, Kerry De La Haye and Michelle Evans have joined as Manager Human Resources and Organisational Support and Financial Controller, respectively. Kesaya Baba has come on board as a Programme Administrator, working across the International Programme and Partnership Development Units.


Chris House is our new Communications Manager, with Lesley Smeardon’s departure back to the UK.


We have three new Country Programme Managers take up their posts in the last couple of months – Anita Edgecombe, who was a Programme Officer in Wellington, has moved to Honiara to lead the Solomon Island’s team after Alexa Funnell’s departure. Alison Turner finished her assignment as Programme Manager in Bougainville, and has been replaced by Raewyn Tretheway. Raewyn is a returned volunteer, having worked as a Legal Adviser in the Solomon Islands in 2006. Finally, Diane Thorne-George, who has volunteered twice as a preschool teacher trainer in Vanuatu and Timor-Leste, has taken the Timor-Leste reins from Karen Horton, who returned to join the International Programme Unit in Wellington.


A warm welcome to all of our new staff, and our very best wishes to those moving on to something new.


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