Five minutes with Chief Executive Officer Mark Slater

Since his appointment twelve months ago, Animal Welfare League NSW™ CEO Mark Slater has employed multiple functional changes and many positive new initiatives to see our organisation go from strength-to-strength. To help our supporters learn more about our CEO, we sat down with Mark briefly to find out a little bit more about him and what motivates Mark to work at AWL NSW.

What is it like having such a great team of staff and branch members?
It motivates me and gives me a platform to be ambitious, the depth of talent we possess as an organisation is immeasurable; I am genuinely inspired every day. I also enjoy communicating and joking with everyone I work with, as a work team I feel very comfortable with everyone within AWL NSW that makes it very easy for me to continually go the extra mile for our organisation.

What motivated you to work at AWL NSW?
I have always been an animal lover, I remember as a small child spending hours with Pat Gotch, one of our members who recently passed away. I have been able to work with a lot of different organisations since I entered the not-for-profit space, both domestically and overseas and this experience dovetailed perfectly with what the Board has asked me to focus on for the organisation.

How has your life changed since you commenced working at AWL NSW?
I have been challenged and inspired on a different level every day. I also get to share my work in a meaningful way with my family, especially my three-year-old son. Beyond that and just as importantly I have a new perspective on life, very simple things mean infinitely more to me, like a few minutes shared with an animal in our care.

Do you have any pets at home?
Yes, we have two dogs and some chooks at home.

Why do you think AWL NSW is so important?
Animals contribute to every part of human life. I think it is a privilege to be part of an organisation that is charged with the overall welfare of animals – our organisation is one of only three that holds this responsibility, and while there are many variations and principles of what animal welfare looks
like, we have been a majority contributor for over 60 years. These things taken into account highlight that we could not be replaced, our service and responsibilities have to be considered in perpetuity.

What does your average day on the job for you?
Normally I am up around 5.30am quickly check my emails and meetings for the day, then I will do some sort of exercise either on my bike, running, swimming or the gym, or if I have an early meeting, I get going. During the day I check in with all facets of our organisation and make sure we are working as best as we can as a team. I travel a fair bit through our branch network as well, so sometimes I am checking in via the phone with the organisation. When I am in the office I will generally finish up about 6.30pm and head home to spend time with my family.

Do you have a favourite animal which you have met during your time here?
Yes, we had a legacy horse Judge, he was 43 years old and grumpy, but I loved spending time with him, he was a big character.

What is your favourite part of the job?
It is the people, the ones who are at the coal face of our organisation. We have many facets to the welfare work we do and so many people contributing positively, for me it is about getting to share time with our staff, members, volunteers – all the different experience and ways of caring for animals, I learn so much from talking with everyone.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I spend as much time as I can with my family and friends, but I really enjoy competing mountain biking and playing golf.

If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
Kruger National Park.

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