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News from February 2023

Independent Schools Australia announces new CEO

Independent Schools Australia (ISA) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Graham Catt as Chief Executive Officer. ISA Board Chair, Mr Michael Jones OAM said, “The appointment of Mr Catt follows an extensive recruitment process and I am delighted he has accepted this key leadership role. “Mr Catt has a wealth of experience and expertise in Australian Government relations and…

AIRAH names Trish Hyde as new CEO

Following a detailed recruitment process, the AIRAH Board has appointed Trish Hyde to the role of Australian Institute of Refrigeration, Air conditioning and Heating (AIRAH) Chief Executive.  Hyde replaces Tony Gleeson, M.AIRAH, who announced his impending resignation late last year, but will help with the seamless leadership transition over the coming weeks. AIRAH President Paul Jackson, F.AIRAH, says Hyde’s passion for sustainability, proven ability to lead organisations,…

Jennifer Westacott to step down as Business Council chief

The head of Australia’s most powerful business lobby group, Jennifer Westacott, will step down from her role as Business Council of Australia chief executive as the hunt begins for her replacement. Westacott has been the face of the lobby group representing the interests of corporate Australia since 2011. She said it was time to implement succession plans, The Australian Financial Review reported. “The…

Michelle Fyfe appointed as new CEO of RAAFA

Former WA Police Assistant Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance in Western Australia, Michelle Fyfe, has been announced as the incoming CEO. After a decade at the helm, current CEO John Murray will be retiring and stepping down from the role in June, following a two-month handover period with Michelle. RAAFA undertook a comprehensive process with one of WA’s leading recruitment agencies and an internal selection panel for the recruitment,…

A new way of packaging that connects businesses together

The National Retail Association, Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation, Australian Institute of Packaging, and the Australian food and Grocery Council are working in collaboration on the Federal Government’s Australasian Recycling Label (ARL). In May 2023, the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) will be launching a new packaging platform on the ARL Marketplace: www.arlmarketplace.org.au The purpose…

Agreement reached on reform of charitable fundraising laws

Charities have long told their governments that they are wasting time complying with inconsistent and outdated fundraising rules across the states and territories. On one estimate, compliance requirements cost Australian charities more than $1 million per month. In their most recent meeting, the Commonwealth, state and territory Treasurers agreed to a set of nationally consistent fundraising principles to streamline and harmonise state and territory requirements on charitable…

Setting the foundations for good governance: why constitutions are crucial

Constitutions are crucial documents. At a national level, they describe how a country is governed. In democracies Prime Ministers and Presidents are elected to office following the processes described in a nation’s constitution.The Australian parliament states that the “national constitution is a set of rules for governing a country”. Similarly, constitutions lie at the heart of associations and charities and provide their rules. Significantly, they define…

New GrainGrowers Chief Executive Officer Announced

GrainGrowers Chair Rhys Turton announced the appointment of Shona Gawel as the new Chief Executive Officer of the company. Ms Gawel served previously as the GrainGrowers’ Chief Operating Officer and was General Manager, Communications & Grower Engagement, and brings extensive experience and company knowledge to the role. Mr Turton said the appointment would continue to strongly drive outcomes that underpin profitable and sustainable solutions for growers. “In…

Australia Day Awards 2023 for association leaders

The 2023 Australia Day Honours are appointments to various orders and honours to recognise and reward good works by Australian citizens. The list was announced on 26 January 2023 by the Governor General of Australia, David Hurley. The Australia Day Honours are the first of the two major annual honours lists, the first announced to coincide with Australia Day (26 January), with the other being the King's Birthday Honours, which are announced on the second Monday in June.   Member…

CAAMA announces new CEO

The Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA) has announced the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 27 January 2023. Sonya De Masi was chosen after an extensive and competitive national selection process. CAAMA Board Chairman Paul Ah Chee says “Sonya brings a wealth of journalism and editorial leadership experience, a track record in international media development…

Partner News: What’s New in Geelong and The Bellarine in 2023

Geelong and the Bellarine has a raft of sensational new events, services, and experiences. Some of which are expected to launch this year and others are in the pipeline and set to make their debut over the next few years. Let’s check out the latest. The much-awaited Geelong Convention and Exhibition Centre will open in 2026. The Geelong…

FinTech Australia launches new ‘positive impact’ award

FinTech Australia has announced the new Positive Impact award, which celebrates social impact in fintech. They are now calling for entries for its seventh annual awards.  The Positive Impact award will consider the social, environmental, and economic impact of fintech companies. They introduced the new award to honour work on this within the sector.  FinTech Australia is a national association for the Australian FinTech Startup community. They aim to make Australia…

National Employment Services Association CEO resigns

After nearly 22 years of amazing commitment and dedication to the sector as the CEO of the National Employment Services Association (NESA), CEO Sally Sinclair has decided to step down from her role.As NESA’s Inaugural Chair in 1997, and having been appointed CEO in 2001, Sally has represented members and the sector since the contracting out of Public Employment Services, witnessing a myriad of programs…

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