Five questions with . . . Desiree Williams


Five questions with Malcam Charitable Trust chief executive Desiree Williams

Q1. What is your role at the Malcam Charitable Trust and how long have you been in it?

Chief executive; not quite four months (since February).

Q2. What does it involve?

Leading a team across a range of exceptional services, ensuring financial viability, a positive productive work environment and quality outcomes for youth aged 12 to 24.

Q3. What did you do before you took up this job?

Background in education, law and mediation. For the last 10 years a solicitor and mediator in Community Law for the Ngai Tahu Maori Law Centre, a job I’ve loved.

Q4. What are some of the highlights of your job so far?

The growth I see in our young people. Having a team that enjoy what they do. Developing new skills and relationships. Building a vision with an amazing board and staff. Feeling blown away at the generosity of the business community and tertiary institutes in Dunedin.

Q5. What are you involved in outside the trust?

I truly believe more of us could and should give to the community in which we live – we all have skills to offer, so I have several roles.

I chair Te Hou Ora Whanau Services.

I am one of several volunteer mediators for Dunedin Community Mediation.

I sit on the roopu hapori for the Puaka Matariki Festival and as a community representative on the DCC grants subcommittee.

I also try to support the Araiteuru marae where I can and would love the opportunity to put a call out to our matawaka community to make contact with Araiteuru marae. They could use more support and give an awful lot.

I also have a husband, daughter, dog – and an old villa I’m renovating.