Kaiwhakahaere (CEO) appointment at ANZASW

10th May 2021

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Braden Clark ANZASW Chief ExecutiveANZASW Perehitana-President, Sharyn Roberts is delighted to announce the selection of Braden Clark as the new Kaiwhakahaere (CEO) stating, “this appointment is a very important step for the ANZASW as we embark on the full implementation of our Strategic Plan – Te Mahere Rautaki”.  “We looked for a Kaiwhakahaere who is able to lead the organisation through the next phase of our development”.  In a fast-changing sector, the ANZASW must constantly improve what it delivers to members with a strong array of professional development options, quality standards, representation and sector advocacy.  Members also deserve to have their informed voice heard in the right forums as proposals for social sector change are put forward for consideration.

In appointing Braden Clark who is currently in the United Kingdom, Vicki Hirst, Board Member and Chair of the CE Employment Committee who convened the selection process commented, “We took exceptional care in the recruiting process to ensure we could appoint the right person for the role of Kaiwhakahaere” adding, “we took a very measured approach”.  Working through recruitment agency Aidmax Limited, an extensive recruitment plan was carried out over two months by the CE Employment Committee and ANZASW Life Member, Rose Henderson.

Braden is currently in a senior role with the Hammersmith & Fulham Council, London and will take up the Kaiwhakahaere position on 21st June 2021 following his return to New Zealand.  Currently a Board member of ANZASW until 19th June 2021, Braden has a wide range of experience in social services, previously with Oranga Tamariki and the Open Home Foundation, as well as business management, leadership and governance.  He is currently completing his PhD in Social Work with Massey University.

We are excited by the energy, passion and vision for change that Braden will bring to the ANZASW.


Ngā mihi maioha

Sharyn Roberts

ANZASW Perehitana – President



  • Susan Gill

    Thanks for the careful thoughtful process you’ve gone through for the next season of ANZASW. I hope Braden finds this role rewarding. Nga mihi mahana, Susan

  • Maggy Tai Rākena

    Ka rawe….time for a new beginning at ANZASW

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