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SuperFriend has new CEO, effective September 6th

Darren Black appointed SuperFriend chief executive SuperFriend, the workplace mental health and well-being not-for-profit, has appointed Darren Black as chief executive. Black succeeds Margo Lydon who stepped down from the top job in March after 12 years in the role. She now  works as a mental health advisor and board director. Black joins SuperFriend - which partners with 24 superannuation funds and seven life insurers - from OxHelp…

QLD Law changes for incorporated associations

Law changes are being introduced to reduce red tape and improve internal governance for the 23,300 incorporated associations in Queensland, including 3,750 that have registered as charities. These law changes result from passage of the Associations Incorporation and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 The law changes come into effect in stages, commencing with changes that started on…

Self Managed Super Fund Association appoints new CEO

Peter Burgess, the SMSF Association Deputy CEO and Director of Policy &  Education, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective March 2023.  Burgess will succeed John Maroney who has been CEO since May 2017. Maroney has  decided to step down and take some time off to explore future opportunities.  SMSF Association Chairman…

MDFA announces new CEO

Macular Disease Foundation Australia (MDFA) is delighted to announce Dr. Kathy Chapman has been appointed the new Chief Executive Officer of the organisation. An experienced senior leader and CEO, Kathy commenced in the role on 18 July 2022. MDFA is a for-purpose organisation working to reduce the incidence and impact of macular disease – the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and blindness in Australia. For more than 20 years, MDFA has been the only national charity representing…

Sue-Ann Fresneda: First female deputy appointed by Master Builders Qld

The ‘boys club’ days are well and truly gone with Master Builders Queensland appointing its first female deputy CEO in the association’s history.Sue-Ann Fresneda steps up to the Deputy CEO role following the appointment of Paul Bidwell to CEO and will continue to lead Master Builders’ commercial divisions.Master Builders’ CEO Paul Bidwell said he was delighted to work with the Board to appoint from within the ranks and is confident Sue-Ann will provide valuable perspective…

Hugh Christie appointed new CEO of Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association

Hugh Christie has been appointed the new CEO of the Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) and will take over the reins from 1 August 2022. Hugh moves to the TFGA from his current role as the General Manager Service Delivery at Southern Rural Water in Victoria. Prior to this Hugh held senior roles with Tasmanian Irrigation and DPIPWE, where he was responsible for operational water management in Tasmania. His life-long association with agriculture started on his family’s…

ACCPA appoints Tom Symondson as new CEO

“Tom comes to ACCPA with a proven track record as a leader and advocate in the public and community health sector in Victoria where he has been Chief Executive Officer of VHA for eight years and their Director, Policy and Strategy for two years before that,” ACCPA Chairman Dr Graeme Blackman AO said. The ACCPA board looks forward to welcoming Tom to the organisation when he commences in September, Blackman said. “ACCPA is the result of an historic vote taken earlier this year by…

Vale Peter Clark: Print Industry Pioneer passes away

Clark, who hailed from Tasmania, had an illustrious 59-year career in print. Just before he passed he was inducted into the Print & Visual Communications Association’s Industry Honour Role, at the 39th National Print Awards, in recognition and appreciation for his outstanding achievements and industry contributions over the past half century. He owned his first print business at the age of 30, managed some of the biggest businesses in the industry, founded one of the world's most advanced…

Lions Australia - 75 years and Counting

Since the first club was formed in Lismore in 1947, Lions Australia has grown to be Australia’s largest service club organisation with a strong history in community service and commitment to improving the lives of others.       Taken…

NSW GBOTA announces new CEO, Allan Hilzinger

NSW GBOTA Chairperson Geoff Rose officially confirmed the appointment of Mr Allan Hilzinger. Mr Rose indicated that the Board had undertaken a comprehensive recruitment process, managed by specialist recruitment firm Sportspeople, which had attracted many talented and suitable candidates. “Allan brings a wealth of business experience combined with a lifelong passion for the greyhound industry, in which he is a current owner” said Mr Rose. For the past few years he has run a successful…

'An extraordinary legacy': Tributes for South Australia tourism giant Bill Spurr

Spurr was CEO of the South Australian Tourism Commission from 1998 to 2007 and more recently chair of the Adelaide Venue Management Cooperation where he served for more than 20 years. His long career in Adelaide’s tourism and hospitality sector included senior roles as executive director of the Australian Hotels Association (SA), head of the Tourism and Hospitality School at TAFE’s Adelaide College, and executive director of the Adelaide Convention Bureau. His litany of board roles…

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