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MND Australia announces the appointment of new CEO

The Board of MND Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of David Ali as its new Chief Executive Officer.

Board President David Lamperd, said, “David is an exceptional leader who brings very relevant and diverse skills and experiences to the role including over 20 years involvement with the MND community – locally, nationally and internationally.”
“David was chosen in a very competitive and robust recruitment process from a strong field of candidates.  He has extensive leadership experience in the public and not-for-profit sectors and has a wide-ranging background in social policy, strategy, management, communications and commercial acumen. David brings broad cross-sectoral networks and extensive governance experience including in MND.”
“David has held leadership roles across the Victorian Parliament and the Victorian Public Service, with his last role in the public service as the CEO of the Commission for Children and Young People. David worked as a management consultant before becoming the CEO of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (Victoria), the peak public sector professional association.”
“The Board considers David is the best person to lead MND Australia to its next level as we move forward to implement our 2020-22 strategic plan and achieve our mission to advocate, connect, inform and invest in research to improve the lives of all those impacted by MND. David commences on 1 March 2021.”
David Ali said, “I am excited to be appointed the next CEO of MND Australia given my two-decade passion and commitment to make a difference for people living with motor neurone disease. It will be a privilege to lead the organisation and together with the state MND associations continue the focus on advancing, promoting and influencing local and national efforts on optimal care outcomes for people living with MND, and enabling research.”
“At this important time in its growth and with a new three year strategy, I look forward to building on the considerable legacy of current CEO Carol Birks and the reputation of MND Australia and MND Research Australia, and to work with governments, the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Neurological Alliance Australia, FightMND and many others nationally and internationally as we ardently strive for a world free of MND.”
David Lamperd said, “On behalf of the Board, we would like to acknowledge our outgoing CEO Carol Birks. Carol has been involved with the MND community for 20 years, having commenced at MND NSW in 2000 and MND Australia in 2006. During this time Carol has led (and indeed influenced) much invaluable change, here in Australia and globally in her role on the International Alliance Board from 2010 and then as Chair from 2013 to 2017.

We will miss Carol’s incredible commitment, work ethic and passion to support the many and important stakeholders within the MND community so that they can best assist and add value to the lives of all people living with MND. Her leadership and ability to adapt quickly was particularly evident throughout the past 12 months during the bushfires of last summer and the challenges brought about by COVID-19. The Board are most appreciative of Carol’s flexibility as she has agreed to remain in her role until David Ali’s commencement in March 2021. We wish Carol every success for the future.”

Taken from MND Australia

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