The Board of Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development, has announced that Executive Officer Anya Satyanand will leave the role in August 2018.

Ara Taiohi will begin recruiting for a new Executive Officer (EO) immediately, to enable a nationwide search and allow time for a smooth transition.

Anya Satyanand took up the role of EO of Ara Taiohi in July 2015. In those three years, membership has increased significantly and several initiatives have been launched including Korowai Tupu – the professional association for youth workers; Takiwā – a unique data visualisation tool; and the Rainbow Competency Framework – for mainstream professionals working with LGBTIQ young people.

Anya’s leadership in international advocacy and research has seen Ara Taiohi take a lead role in the Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Worker Associations. Her travels have taken her to Australia, England, Uganda and Sri Lanka. Anya will finish after Involve2018, the national youth development sector conference in Wellington. She will take up the role of CEO at The Prince’s Trust New Zealand, a new organisation being established to empower young New Zealanders to participate in the economy, and which is connected to the international Prince’s Trust network of organisations.

Co-Chair of the Ara Taiohi Board, Dr Elizabeth Kerekere paid tribute to Anya Satyanand’s achievements in the role of EO.

“We appointed Anya with a mandate to transform Ara Taiohi, to move with pace and energy, and to strengthen our credibility and voice on youth development. Not only has Anya achieved all we asked of her and more, she has done this with style, grace and imagination.”

“Anya leaves Ara Taiohi in an incredibly strong position. We have a growing membership and we are delivering powerful initiatives and programmes that are creating real change to directly benefit young people,” Dr Kerekere said.

“Anya leaves a legacy we can all be proud of and she will be sorely missed. As a Board we wish her the very best as we search for the special someone to take her place.”

Anya Satyanand said it has been a privilege to lead Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development.

“It has been a privilege to lead this amazing organisation, and I know that I will always be part of the Ara Taiohi whānau,” Anya Satyanand said.

“We have achieved so much in the last few years, and I am immensely proud of how the team has broken new ground and taken Ara Taiohi to the next level.”

“I know the organisation is in great shape to transition to the next leader who is lucky enough to take up the role,” Ms Satyanand said.