Bellyful NZ appoints new CEO

Nov 15, 2022 | Bellyful News

The Bellyful Board of Trustees is delighted to announce that Fiona Purchas has been appointed Bellyful NZ Chief Executive Officer, commencing 28 November 2022.  

“This is a very exciting time for Bellyful NZ as the organisation seeks to strengthen its mahi further,’ says Acting Chair Carolyn Stiles.

“Fiona brings a tremendous amount of warmth and experience to the Bellyful whānau having worked extensively across social and commercially orientated organisations throughout her career. It is this special combination which positions her so strongly to help lead us on the next stage of the Bellyful journey.”

Fiona’s leadership in learning and development, career coaching and organisational performance consulting stretch across the for-good, local government and corporate spaces, being National President of Multiples NZ, and most recently CE with a local charity providing residential care for young people with complex needs.

She has a passion for building collaborative community through adventure and shared experiences and the ability to talk to groups has proved invaluable throughout her life in both paid and volunteer positions.

You can read a more extensive bio here

Fiona will take over from Bellyful NZ General Manager Wendy Thompson who is heading into retirement. She is excited to join Bellyful as the new CE and is looking forward to using her leadership skills and real-world experiences to serve what she dubs an incredible organisation, doing incredible work.

Fiona lives in Wellington, and will be supported by her husband Chris, three children, Archie, Joel and Ella – and their much adored dog, Freddie. She says it’s a privilege to be entrusted with Bellyful’s leadership and to serve with the team in delivering support to families in need.

“Bellyful is an amazing charity that has a clear purpose and vision, and has had a huge impact since beginning in 2009. I’m really excited to work in partnership with the board, national support team, volunteers, sponsors and other charity partners who make this important mahi possible.

“The first few months of parenting can be really tough, so it’s my hope that every whānau with new babies and young children, who needs some support, knows that someone cares for them. Every meal delivered by Bellyful demonstrates that care, and it feels great to be joining the team!”

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