24 Sep Head of Department Profile – Malcolm Pittendrigh
Meet Malcolm Pittendrigh, National Director Salvos Funerals
Can you tell us more about Salvos Funerals and your role as National Director Salvos Funerals?
Salvos Funerals is a team of funeral directors. My role is to lead, motivate and encourage our small team to come alongside and serve families and communities who have experienced the loss of a loved one. We help people with the elements of putting together a funeral, and assist with prayer and pastoral support.
Salvos Funerals started following a request to investigate potential programs The Salvation Army could deliver to help sustain our frontline. We operate across Sydney and the NSW Central Coast and are hoping to support the growth of this precious ministry into new parts of Australia.
What were you doing before you took on this role?
I have been with The Salvation Army for 21 years in a variety of roles, including the past couple of years building Salvos Funerals. Prior to this, I was responsible for leading the finance and IT teams within Aged Care Plus.
What do you like about working for The Salvation Army?
It is immensely satisfying to work for a common good and have a positive impact on society. In addition, The Salvation Army has been generous in providing me with the encouragement and opportunities to grow and develop both spiritually and professionally over the past two decades – I feel valued.
What do you do for fun?
At weekends, I enjoy spending quality time with my wife Sally and keeping up with our three active children, Lucy, Harry and Molly, and cat Toffee. I’m also keen on the outdoors and physical activity – especially mountain biking and swimming.
How would you describe yourself in three words?
Committed, faith-focused, goal-oriented.
Is there anything that you would like to say to Salvos around the country at this time?
We live in days of great change. The Lord has blessed The Salvation Army in profound ways and will continue to do so into the future. Remain faithful and be encouraged about the opportunities that lie before us.