ST Luke’s Anglicare is deferring the appointment of a new CEO and instead plans to extend the acting CEO's role indefinitely.
Lauren Bean has been St Luke’s acting CEO since May, when David Pugh left the not-for-profit organisation to become the CEO of Anglicare in Northern Territory, and was deputy CEO for over four years.
In a letter to St Luke’s supporters on October 25, Bendigo Anglican Bishop Andrew Curnow said there had been much change in the community sector recently.
"With further reform on the horizon, the St Luke’s board of directors has decided to defer the appointment of CEO, and extend Lauren Bean’s position of acting CEO for the foreseeable future,” the letter said.
“An internal review of our leadership structure supported this decision.
“The board believes Lauren to be the right person to lead St Luke’s through these reforms and develop future strategic plans for our organisation.
“We highly value Lauren’s knowledge and understanding of our organisation and in this shifting environment, we have confidence that Lauren will be able to address our needs and challenges, and seek further efficiency and improvements."
The Bendigo Advertiser emailed St Luke’s a number of questions about the board’s decision.
A spokeswoman for St Luke’s said Ms Bean was unavailable for comment yesterday and a media statement would be supplied today (Friday).