A new leader is at the helm of AdSAFE—the independent agency responsible for creating safer environments for children and vulnerable adults in the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Ann Wooldridge has been appointed AdSAFE general manager (GM), a role previously held by Raquel Greive, who left the agency in February to pursue other interests.
For the past 14 months, Ms Wooldridge has been AdSAFE’s senior case officer for offender management and investigation. She is passionate about empowering all of the Church’s stakeholders to be aware of child protection compliance issues and the need to provide safe environments for children, young people and vulnerable persons.
“Ms Wooldridge brings to the role more than 27 years of assessment, investigation, compliance and education experience within the child protection space, having worked in NSW Health, NSW Police Force, NSW Department of Family and Community Services, and various consultancy projects,” AdSAFE Ltd Board chairman Graeme Drinkall said. “We welcome Ann to the role of GM and the contribution she will make to the mission of the Church.”
Mr Drinkall paid tribute to the work of Ms Greive, the first GM at AdSAFE.
“It is with regret that we accepted Raquel’s resignation, however Board members have expressed appreciation for the hard work she did during her time with AdSAFE.”
AdSAFE began in January 2017—a direct result of the Church’s acknowledgement of the work of Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Its focus: creating safer environments for children and vulnerable adults in Adventist churches/institutions, and caring for survivors of this type of abuse.