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Philip Armstrong steps down as ACA CEO after 25 years, Jodie McKenzie steps in

Philip Armstrong has informed the Board of the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) of his intention to leave his position of CEO to pursue personal interests as ACA transitions into its next chapter under a new Board.

“I know I am stepping away at the right time for ACA. I’m excited to see ACA grow during its next phase as an ongoing member,” said Philip.

Incoming ACA President Dee Hardy thanked Philip for his leadership and contribution to ACA over many years. “Philip’s contribution to ACA is peerless. We wish him all the best as he moves forward into his next phase,” said Ms Hardy.

We are pleased to announce that the ACA Board has appointed Deputy CEO Jodie McKenzie as the new CEO of ACA, effective Monday 9 October 2023. 

Jodie brings experience in planning, stakeholder engagement, change management, and risk and issues management to her role as CEO, in addition to being an experienced counsellor. 
Jodie joined ACA in January 2023 as Deputy CEO following an extensive executive search. 

“This is an organic transition – Jodie has done an outstanding job shadowing Philip over the best part of this year as Deputy CEO, co-leading ACA’s advocacy efforts with various stakeholders, government, and importantly with our community of 14,000+ Members,” said Ms Hardy. 

ACA looks forward to strengthening relationships, advocating for, and advancing the counselling and psychotherapy profession under this new leadership. 

Taken from the Australian Counselling Association (ACA) Media Release on 10 October 2023.

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