THE Geelong Regional Library Corporation (GRLC) has announced Vanessa Schernickau as the new CEO following a competitive recruitment process.
As a strong advocate for regional libraries, Ms Schernickau has worked for the GLRC as the manager corporate and customer services from 2009 to 2012 before taking on other noteworthy leadership positions.
Ms Schernickau was selected for her ability to create successful outcomes for the community as demonstrated through her current position as regional director for Barwon South West at the Department of Transport and former roles at the City of Port Phillip and as Great Ocean Road Coast Committee chief executive officer.GRLC Chair, councillor Ron Nelson said Ms Schernickau was selected above a highly competitive shortlist of applicants.
“The board of Geelong Regional Library Corporation was in the privileged position of selecting from a pool of very high calibre candidates, and we are delighted that Vanessa has accepted the role,” he said.
“She will bring to the organisation a wealth of relevant experience from executive roles in government and community organisations, as well as a great understanding of our region and our organisation from her time working here.”
The appointment of a new CEO follows the resignation of Patti Manolis OAM who resigned in March 2021 following 14 years in the role in which she oversaw large-scale growth and improvement for the organisation.
“Vanessa has a reputation for being community-focused and outcome driven, and I have no doubt that she will build on the strong legacy left by Patti Manolis as she leads the Geelong Regional Library Corporation into a new era,” Cr Nelson said.
Ms Schernickau will commence her role as CEO at the GRLC on June 7.