PSO boss set for an African adventure

Gillian Bremner
Gillian Bremner
After 23 years in the job, Presbyterian Support Otago chief executive Gillian Bremner has announced she is leaving for a new life in Africa.

Mrs Bremner's last day is in March next year.

Her husband, Graeme, a forensic scientist, has been appointed associate professor at a university in Palapye, Botswana.

Mrs Bremner (64) said she was not sure what she would do, but there were opportunities in a developing economy.

She is toying with the idea of setting up a wedding planning business.

Their 20-year-old son is considering moving there to set up a nocturnal wildlife tour business.

Botswana was a stable and well-organised country, and New Zealand could learn from its infrastructure planning. Palapye had been well planned to cater for an expanding population, she said.

``It doesn't feel like an unsafe place to be.

``Of all of the African countries, it's probably the easiest place to go.''

Presbyterian Support Otago has an annual turnover of $32million a year, and about 740 staff working in aged residential care, social work, and other programmes.

Mrs Bremner said she had always thought it would be a good thing to leave Dunedin when she retired from PSO.

``This has been a big part of my life. It's very difficult to leave it behind.

``Looking on at close quarters here in Dunedin would not have been an easy thing for me to do.''

Eventually, the couple would return to New Zealand for their retirement.


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