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Monday 08 November 2010

Le Mesurier's resignation from NZAF confirmed

Posted in: New Zealand Daily News, HIV, Features
By Daily News staff - 11th October 2010

4:50PM: The New Zealand AIDS Foundation Trust Board has confirmed the resignation of Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier.

"This has been, quite simply, the most rewarding job of my lifetime. One where I have never ceased to learn from, or be humbled by, the passion of my colleagues and our communities," she says in a statement.

"Whilst it does feel the right time to leave, I will miss the kaupapa of all that we do and everyone involve in the NZAF.”

Le Mesurier has been at the helm of the NZAF since November 2003. Her final day at work will be 3 December.

The statement from the NZAF says Le Mesurier's departure comes at time when it has a highly skilled, productive and motivated staff team; strong networks in the HIV sector and the highest volunteer levels since the 1990s.

"Rachael's leadership has also contributed directly to the strong financial position, record levels of people accessing the testing services of the NZAF and a range of government subsidised antiretroviral treatments that are on a par with Australia. Each of these successes is a vast improvement on the situation when she took on the role."

The NZAF Trust Board says it's is committed to the continuation of business-as-usual and will be considering what transitional arrangements may be required in the period after Le Mesurier finishes and before a new executive director begins.

Board chair Alastair Cameron says Le Mesurier has faced considerable challenges in bringing about necessary changes with professionalism and understanding, while ensuring opportunities for growth were explored and innovative ideas from staff were supported.

"Without doubt Rachael has always had the best interests of the NZAF and its mission at the centre of all that she has done," he says.

"The Trust Board wishes Rachael well in her future career path, and knows the NZAF will continue to have a long and rewarding relationship with her."

4.00PM: The New Zealand AIDS Foundation is expected to soon announce the resignation of its Executive Director Rachael Le Mesurier.

The NZAF is not yet confirming she is leaving, however Daily News understands she has formally tendered her resignation. will have full details as soon as an announcement is made.

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