Two new appointments at Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society has appointed Kelly Bruce and Michael Woodhouse to its executive team.

Disabilty, aged and family support provider Benevolent Society has appointed Kelly Bruce to the new role of executive director – impact and engagement, alongside Michael Woodhouse as executive director – disability, ageing and carers. 

Ms Bruce arrives at one of Australia’s oldest charities with extensive experience as a consultant, executive manager, researcher and project manager for not-for-profit organisations, government, academic and research institutions.

Her previous roles include managing director for KB West Advisory, project manager and associate investigator at Macquarie University, and director of operations and projects at UnitingCare Australia.

Michael Woodhouse

Prior to joining The Benevolent Society, Mr Woodhouse was an executive at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice. Mr Woodhouse has also held operational and policy positions in the Northern Territory and commonwealth governments.

Benevolent Society chief executive officer Lin Hatfield Dodds says the new appointments come at a significant time for the 209-year-old organisation.

“We have recently released our 2022-24 strategic plan, which will elevate our support of people, families and communities. Kelly and Michael’s leadership and contributions will be invaluable – I am delighted to have them on board,” said Ms Hatfield Dodds in a statement.

Ms Bruce said she was honoured to be joining such a respected organisation with such a proud legacy. “We want to build on this by working closely with sector, First Nations, corporate, government and philanthropic partners who share our purpose. These relationships will be key to helping us create a just society where all Australians can lead their best life.”

Reflecting on his new role, Mr Woodhouse said: “There is a lot of opportunity to build on The Benevolent Society’s quality, person-centred services and to develop new innovations that improve outcomes for our clients. I am very much looking forward to being part of this important work.”

Main image: Kelly Bruce

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