New General Manager Troy Bailey (left) is officially welcomed by predecessor Bob Boardman

Rosies – Friends on the Street is pleased to announce the appointment of Troy Bailey as general manager of the organisation.

Mr Bailey, a passionate Rosies volunteer and business operator, was selected from a high quality field of applicants for the position following incumbent Bob Boardman’s decision to retire from the position he has held since 2008.

A 20 year veteran of the hotel industry, more recently Mr Bailey, 47, has run a series of successful businesses across a variety of fields.

Acknowledging the outstanding work undertaken by his predecessor, Mr Bailey said he was determined to build on the positive impact Rosies has delivered in the community to those most in need.

“I would personally like to pass on my thanks to Bob Boardman for his significant contribution to Rosies,” Mr Bailey said.

“His hard work, passion and dedication have been much appreciated by everyone in the Rosies community.

“My task is to take this wonderful foundation which Bob has put in place and build an organisation which can reach out to positively impact more lives than it does presently.

“I will be seeking to continue the momentum to increase the Rosies brand exposure in the community.”

Rosies chairman John Scoble said the board was particularly impressed with Mr Bailey’s leadership qualities which have been demonstrated across business, educational and social environments.

“The Board was very pleased to attract a strong field of candidates for the General Manager’s position,” Mr Scoble said.

“Troy understands the Rosies ethos and has extensive experience in running small to medium businesses, combining solid financial management with strong communication and marketing skills.

“The board is very confident that Troy will bring great energy to this role and will enthusiastically carry on the outstanding work of Bob Boardman.”

Rosies is a non-preaching, non-discriminatory and not-for-profit organisation with volunteers in branches on the Gold Coast, Logan/Beenleigh, Brisbane, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Caboolture, the Sunshine Coast, Cairns and Mareeba reaching out to 45,000 Queenslanders in need every year.

Volunteers provide friendship and support to marginalised and disadvantaged people on the streets, courts, youth detention centres and prisons through street and caravan park outreaches while also participating in prison, court and youth detention visits.

Highlighting the need to further develop the organisation’s fundraising, communications and marketing as key areas, Mr Bailey said a large part of his focus will be on building the collaborative culture within the organisation’s 850 volunteers.

“Having personally experienced the tremendous effort each and every volunteer puts in, I will work hard to convey to them how appreciated and valuable they are to the Rosies organisation.

“The dedication of our volunteers is the key component which allows us to reach out to some of our society’s most vulnerable members and I’m very aware of our need to recognise their role.”

Mr Bailey will take up his position immediately.

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