In the wake of Professor Parr-Brownlie stepping down to accept a position at MBIE, our Co-Director Professor David Baxter has been appointed to step into the top leadership role.
With Ageing Well in its final year, we have sought to maximise retention of one of our best assets – our staff – as best we can. That is why the Chair, Governance Group, and our host organisation University of Otago have endorsed the appointment of current Co-Director Professor David Baxter as the final Director of the Challenge.
Professor Baxter will be stepping into the role in his second tenure as Director, a fitting bookend to his time with the organisation after originally being appointed as the inaugural Director when the Challenge first started in 2014. This streamlined process ensures we do not have any delays or added complexity with finding a new candidate to fill the position for less than one year.