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CEO to hand on the baton

47 years ago, Lou Fisher created the Spirit of Adventure Trust and since then, 75,000 young New Zealanders have experienced a challenging and life changing experience through the medium of the sea. The core experience has not changed significantly, but how the business is operated and achieves those outcomes has shifted over the years to meet the demands of the time.

In the modern environment, change is the one known constant, and it is the acceptance of and preparedness to embrace change that has enabled the Spirit of Adventure to continue to both meet, and exceed, our stakeholders’ expectations.

With a sound ship and a strong balance sheet, the Trust is in excellent shape to deliver its unique youth development programme, and to ensure our continued success, we have recently conducted a comprehensive strategic review with the objective of securing our position for the next 25 years.

Concurrently with this review, I advised the Trust Board I was considering retirement in the near future, and felt it was good timing to progress my succession plan so a new incumbent could both influence and then play a key role in the implementation of our future plans.

To achieve this, the Trust will commence a recruitment process for a new CEO, with the intention of me then inducting and supporting the incumbent for a period of time after their appointment.

In the meantime, it is business as usual and I look forward to continuing to work with the Spirit Team and all our stakeholders for the near future.

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