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Changes afoot in the fundraising team

28 June 2011

The Malaghan Institute Fundraising team is currently undergoing some major changes with our Marketing & Communications Manager, Annabel Lush, moving on to a new position with the Heart Foundation; as well as welcoming the new National Development Director, Viv Bernard, to the team.

Annabel has been with the Malaghan Institute for almost two years, beginning in a part-time capacity as our Northern Region Development Coordinator in August 2009.  She has been full time as our Marketing & Communications Manager since January 2011 and has already made a big impact for the Institute.  Annabel has been instrumental in the roll-out of our new brand and is glad to have had the chance to be involved in such an important phase of development for the Malaghan Institute.  As our only Auckland based employee, Annabel has also had a major hand in supporting the Auckland Friends of the Malaghan Institute and their annual Golf Tournament, as well as raising our profile in the area.

We will be sad to see her go, but wish her all the best in her future endeavours.

In the meantime, we have also welcomed our long awaited National Development Director, Viv Bernard, who comes to us from Te Papa where she was the Manager of Sponsorship and Development.  The role of National Development Director is a newly created position which will work very closely with Institute Director, Prof Graham Le Gros, in order to focus the Institute on achieving its goal of becoming a nationally recognised research organisation and also to generate more funds to support those research operations.

Viv brings a unique blend of skills to the role, including corporate development, relationship management and marketing.  She is very excited to be part of the Malaghan Institute and is looking forward to steering the Institute toward a new level of success.