New Season for our Executive Director
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After serving Child Rescue for four years in a variety of roles, CEO Jerram Watts has resigned from his position effective Christmas this year.
Jerram joined Destiny Rescue at the start of 2015 as the International Media Director based in Chiang Rai, Thailand, where he volunteered for a year, before moving back to New Zealand to set up the Wellington fundraising office in 2016, and becoming CEO in 2017 when former Director Lisa Ho moved to Cambodia.
“It’s been a phenomenal four years working for this organisation,” he says. “When I moved to Chiang Rai in 2015 I had no idea what I was in for. It was an incredibly defining year for me, being thrust into such an environment, seeing the devastating effects of the child sex trade up close, but also the beautiful side of seeing lives put back together.”
At the start of 2017, Jerram was appointed CEO and over the next 12 months helped Child Rescue rebrand from Destiny Rescue, and grow total donations by almost $100,000.
“I want to honour our Founder Tony Kirwan for believing in me, and the Child Rescue board for their constant support over the years,” Jerram says. “Also Lisa Ho for her guidance as I stepped into the role, and our Auckland Manager Stacey Mitchell for diving into her solo role in Auckland with enthusiasm.
“I also want to thank all the advocates around the country who put their blood, sweat and tears into organising and running fundraisers, and for being such strong and faithful advocates for the children we serve. Lastly, I want to thank all the supporters around the country who have given faithfully and sacrificially over the years. The work overseas doesn’t happen without you, and because of you there are hundreds of children now free from the sex trade. All glory to God for what He accomplishes through us.”
Founder Tony Kirwan says –
“As Jerram steps into a new season, I wanted to take this opportunity to honour him for the incredible things he has achieved – whether it was leading the international media team or taking risks as a burn agent in Thailand, to leading the New Zealand team as CEO, Jerram has filled every role with passion and excellence, always striving to play his part in the rescue and restoration of the next child. Jerram joined our team as a young man determined to make a difference, but in the last four years he has become the hero to many children and a friend to all he came in contact with and I am personally grateful for all that he has sown.”
Jerram’s last day is 21 December 2018.
Child Rescue is currently seeking a replacement. View vacant role here.