After nine years, my team and I are stepping down from managing the National Association of Charitable Recycling Organisations.

It has been an honour to serve the association and a privilege to work with a wonderful series of Chairs, namely Ken Richardson (Lifeline), Cathy Bray (The Smith Family), John Hillier (UnitingCare) and Michael Skudutis (Salvos Stores ST) and more recently Matt Davis (Salvos Stores). I am proud of our courageous efforts to protect the environment within which our members operate and to promote the benefits of the sector. We will miss the many wonderful people who work and volunteer within the sector.

On behalf of NACRO Chair, Matt Davis, I am pleased to announce that following an extensive executive recruitment search with the NACRO National Executive, Omer Soker has been appointed NACRO’s new CEO effective from 8 March.

Omer was formerly the CEO of the Australian Gift and Homewares Association, which he led through a period of significant change, progress and growth. After an earlier career in publishing and media, Omer also held the position as Retail Group Director of Reed Exhibitions, where he oversaw Reed Gift Fairs and Online Retailer.

Omer is passionate about ethics and sustainability and sees NACRO as an opportunity to support the various charitable aims of our members. I have been advised that he will be based in Sydney and regularly travelling interstate to provide support. Please welcome Omer as he makes his way around and gets to know the charitable recycling space. You will be able to contact Omer at omer.soker@nacro.org.au.

Best regards

Kerryn Caulfield, NACRO