Announcement of Appointment – John Blewonski, Chief Executive Officer

On behalf of the MSL Board, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr John Blewonski as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MSL to commence on 5 November 2018.

John BlewonskiJohn is a highly credentialed and respected leader in the community services and not-for-profit sector, bringing over 26 years’ experience. 

John is currently CEO of VincentCare Victoria, where over the past eight years he has been responsible to the Board for the implementation of its strategic direction and operational delivery, with oversight of more than 400 FTE staff, including responsibility for Finance, Human Resource, Risk and broader corporate systems. John concurrently leads VincentCare Community Housing, an organisation which offers a range of accommodation options for people at risk of Primary Homelessness, managing housing properties, independent living units across regional Victoria; and rooming house properties. In 2016, John undertook a secondment as CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria. 

Before this John operated at Anglicare Victoria for eleven years, commencing as Executive Manager Corporate Services with accountability for operational leadership of key functional areas, and later moving into the role of Deputy Chief Executive Officer/Chief Operating Officer, managing the Agency’s corporate and community services. Earlier in his career John held the position of Director Community Relations & Development. 

John’s current Board appointments include those with the Council to Homeless Persons (CHP) where he serves as Chairman; Catholic Social Services Victoria; DHHS Launch Site (Housing Access) Senior Leadership Group; and the Victorian Housing Minister’s Homelessness Advisory Committee.

Under John’s leadership VincentCare is also transitioning to the consumer directed environment including the delivery of Commonwealth Home Care Packages and a NDIS funded Disability Employment Program. 
“The NDIS and My Aged Care are significant social reforms which present wonderful opportunities for those in our community living with a disability. While offering consumers a greater say in terms of choice and self- direction, navigating these new systems present significant challenges.” said John Blewonski

“I am very much looking forward to working with the team at MSL to ensure all those living with MS have access to the best advice and support appropriate to their needs and achieving their goals.”

MSL’s process for the selection of our new Chief Executive Officer has been extensive and we appreciate the level of input provided by all those involved in the process. The Board was delighted with the level of interest shown in the position by a large number of highly qualified candidates, which is an indication of the standing of MSL in the eyes of the community.

We congratulate John on his appointment, and look forward to working with him as he takes up the challenges and opportunities that are ahead in the coming years.

W Peter Day
Chairman, on behalf of the Board of MS Limited

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