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Philanthropy Australia announces Jack Heath as new CEO

Philanthropy Australia (PA) is delighted to announce the appointment of Jack Heath as its new CEO, commencing January 2021. Jack joins PA following eight years as CEO of SANE Australia, the leading national mental health charity he led through a period of substantial growth. Jack has been a leader in the non-profit sector for more than 20 years, both in Australia and overseas. After a decade working as a diplomat, speechwriter, and senior adviser to Federal Ministers, including…

R&CA awarded Association of the Year

Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) was proud to announce that it has been awarded the Association of the Year Award in 2020 from the Associations Forum, the leading organisation assisting associations and charities, with more than 500 associations, charities, clubs, societies, and other not-for-profit organisations counted as members. R&CA CEO Wes Lambert said that winning the prestigious award was a highlight in what has been an extraordinarily challenging year for R&CA, our members,…

Brewers Association announce CEO

The Brewers Association of Australia is delighted to announce John Preston as its new Chief Executive Officer. John will commence on 4 January 2021. Brewers Association Chairman, Peter Filipovic, said that Mr Preston was selected after an extensive and competitive nationwide recruitment process. “On behalf of the Board, we are thrilled to welcome John to lead the Brewers. “John has a demonstrated track record of creating and communicating compelling visions and strategies.…

Broker association appoints new president

A broker association has welcomed a new president, a new VP and two new board members, after the “founding fathers” vacated their seats to “make way” for new directors. Equipment finance broker and the managing director of Atlas Broker, Matthew Atkin, has been appointed as the new president of the Commercial & Asset Finance Brokers Association (CAFBA) of Australia. Mr Atkin was formerly the vice president of the broker group and was…

Featured: Shock as government authority disendorses training by teachers' association

In early December 2020 NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) shocked teachers’ associations by stating that “Effective immediately, the new Policy replaces the existing Endorsement of Professional Development Providers and Courses Policy and all NESA Registered PD courses are deregistered.” Peak body Professional Teachers Council NSW (PTC NSW) and its member associations were deeply disappointed by this decision. PTC NSW CEO David Browne said “The quality of the professional learning…

Cancer Council Australia appoints Tanya Buchanan as CEO

Cancer Council Australia today announces the appointment of Tanya Buchanan as incoming Chief Executive Officer, commencing on 30 November. Cancer Council Australia Board Chair Hugh Harley said, “Cancer Council Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Buchanan, who will bring extensive experience and skills in public health to the role of Chief Executive Officer. “Ms Buchanan’s proven track record, most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Thoracic Society…

Michael Waters Appointed as Retail Drinks CEO

Retail Drinks Australia (Retail Drinks) has today announced the appointment of Mr Michael Waters as Chief Executive Officer. Waters had been serving in the role in an acting capacity from 01 July 2020 following the departure of Retail Drinks’ founding CEO, Julie Ryan, and prior to that held the position of Chief Operating Officer since December 2018. Retail Drinks Chairman, John Carmody, congratulated Michael on his appointment and praised his work as Acting CEO over the past five…

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