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Wednesday September 6, 2017

Big Buddy CEO steps down Richard Aston is stepping down as chief executive officer of Big Buddy “It’s been a wild ride,” Richard said. “The upside is that we are privileged to hear inspirational stories from mothers, boys and mentors every day. “That’s the life blood that makes all the challenges worthwhile. “Mums tell us about the difference having a good man in their boy’s life makes. “Boys tell us their mentor is their best mate. “Mentors tell us their lives are richer for having a Little Buddy in it. “Fantastic! Knowing so many boys’ lives have changed means a lot to me. “I leave contented and confident the team will hold the vision.” Big Buddy is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that offers mentoring services for fatherless boys. Richard jumped from management and corporate IT in 2002 into Big Buddy – back then, Big Buddy was a paper-based social agency with five matches on its books. But Richard ‘got the vision’ and devoted the next 15 years into growing it in the Auckland, Wellington and Waikato regions. Over 720 matches later, Big Buddy is now poised for further growth, with significant corporate support. “When I took over Big Buddy, I knew if I wanted to sleep at night I had to know the boys were safe,” he said.

Richard Aston. PHOTO: Supplied

“I looked around at what screening was available and I was appalled. “It was a once over lightly and, unfortunately, still is. “Many organisations and agencies still put children very much at risk of abuse.” “I’m proud to say Big Buddy does more than any other organisation to ensure our boys are safe and I

hope other organisations follow our example.” Confident his baby is in good hands, Richard stepped down as chief executive officer on August 31. At 65, he said it was time to look at what else he wanted to do and how he could contribute to New Zealand children’s lives in other ways.

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