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Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation announces new Executive Officer

Board of Directors has appointed Graham Batten as Executive Officer.

Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation’s Board of Directors has appointed Graham Batten as Executive Officer, effective Tuesday, 29 March.

Chairman Michael Slater said Mr Batten brings significant experience in organisational management, procurement and community initiatives.

"The Board of Directors is happy to welcome Graham to the role of Executive Officer and wish him the best in the new role.

"Graham brings with him considerable corporate experience complemented by a passion for working with his local community and business partners in NSW’s regional areas,” Mr Slater said.

"Graham’s appointment follows an extensive recruitment process that attracted strong interest from high calibre candidates across a range of industries and professional disciplines," Mr Slater said.

Graham comes to the role from Newcastle Permanent Building Society, which he joined in 2009 as Procurement Manager.

The Executive Officer role provides organisational and strategic support to the Foundation’s Board of Directors, comprising Michael Slater as Chairman, Julie Ainsworth, Samantha Martin-Williams, Phil Neat, Mike Rabbitt and David Shanley.

The Executive Officer role was vacated by Jason Bourke, who left the Charitable Foundation in January 2016 after 11 years’ service to pursue a career in the not-for-profit sector.

The Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation provides more than $1.5 million in grants each year, totaling over $14 million to date, for projects and programs which support and assist young people or improve health and wellbeing outcomes for the disadvantaged throughout the Hunter, Mid North Coast, Central West, Central Coast, Northern Rivers and New England regions.

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