11 Sep Head of Department Profile – Paul Walec
As a part of our HoD profile series, we chatted with Chief Property Officer (CPO) Paul Walec about what drives him, the Property department, and Department Design
What makes you passionate about your role? Well, first and foremost, I’m passionate about helping others. I’m passionate about property and its role in supporting The Salvation Army mission.
What excites you about the future of the Property Department? We’re delivering to the mission; it’s the real focus for us going forward. Now that we have the first part of the department design signed off, we’re excited to start moving towards one team.
Good stewardship is key to the future of the Property Department. Currently we’re recruiting for our General Managers in our new structure which will support the newly defined functions; Sales and Leasing, Facility Management, Project Delivery, Strategic Asset Management and Property Business Partners.
What’s different about the new property model, and how will this help the Salvos? One thing we’re particularly looking forward to is getting our Property Business Partner model up and running, which will connect the Property Team directly with the people on the frontline, as well as the whole of The Salvation Army.
By providing a better service, we’re freeing up time for our divisional leaders and frontline officers to focus on doing what they do best.
What did you do before you worked for the Salvos, and what keeps you busy outside work? I have had various executive roles across three sectors: private, government and not-for-profit. This allows me to draw upon the varying experiences and bring the best of these into The Army.
Currently I serve on various external boards where I fulfil my passion of helping communities
I am also involved in my local parish. I love the outdoors and sports. I always look forward to family camping holidays and I’m an avid collector of vinyl records.