After nearly 10 years of serving as COPE CEO, Bounlanh Phayboun has decided to commence a succession process for her role, with succession planned for late 2017.

Bounlanh has served COPE with distinction, overseeing the growth of COPE from an organisation that was originally focused solely on the care of victims of UXO to an organisation that has now commenced outreach programs to identify and assist the disabled and most vulnerable members of our community no matter what the cause of their disability.

The succession process is a key component of ongoing fundamental governance and leadership initiatives commensurate with the future growth and complexity of COPE’s activities through the institution of a board of governors and the appointment of a new leadership team.

COPE will be supported by Ms Jo Pereira and Mr Gary Stafford who will act in an advisory capacity through this exciting new phase in the growth of the organisation. Jo Pereira was based in Laos until April 2017 and is a highly-regarded Occupational Therapist and integrated health and social management professional with 20 years’ experience including twelve years in Laos. Gary Stafford is the founder of The Spellbrook Foundation and was also the founding Managing Director of PanAust Limited and a director of its Lao subsidiary Phu Bia Mining. Under Gary Stafford’s leadership, PanAust grew into one of the top 100 listed, public companies in Australia and Phu Bia Mining became one of the biggest enterprises in Laos.

Bounlanh will continue in the role as CEO with the support outlined above until such time as a new leadership team has been appointed together with governance and operational structures in place to facilitate a smooth transition for the organisation.