Peter Urmson and Steph Sands will lead New Mardi Gras for the next year following the first meeting of the new board last night.

In a release to members this afternoon the new board  announced the appointment of Phil Kershaw as treasurer, replacing Rob Partos, “and agreed that one of the Board’s primary objectives this term is to ensure the Company returns a profit,” the notice read. Partos remains on the board.

“Phil adds an exceptional level of financial skill and experience to ensuring that this objective is reached,” the notification continued.

“Steph and Peter are both very honoured to lead the organisation and are committed to ensuring the good governance work completed in the last term continues, that the strategic plan is implemented and that commercial and community leadership is strong.”

Sands told last Saturday’s annual general meeting this term on the board would be her last.  Urmson, who up until this week sat on the Sydney Star Observer’s board, was previously a NMG board associate before his election on Saturday.

The notice to members also announced the appointment of Josh Keech and Siri May to vice-chair status, entrusting them with the task of engaging the youth and female sectors of the community.

“Siri and Josh will play an integral role moving forward in determining relevance of our organisation to the next generation and establishing strategies to increase the involvement of both women and younger people into all we do,” the statement read.

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