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President’s Update - Acting CEO

March 04th, 2015

Chris Wootton, our Victoria and Tasmania Manager, will take up the position of Acting CEO while our search for a new CEO continues. We have taken this interim step given that an appointment will not occur prior to Louise Walsh’s last day with Philanthropy Australia on Tuesday 31 March 2015.

The Philanthropy Australia Council’s recruitment working group, along with search firm Egon Zehnder, were impressed by the calibre of candidates they have seen to date.  However, Council is mindful of the importance of finding the right candidate to lead Philanthropy Australia into its next stage, particularly at a time when we will be working to set the future strategic direction of the organisation.

“While discussions have taken place with a number of excellent leaders, we will continue our search until we are able to find the leader who is the best fit to fulfil the aspirations of our Members for the future of Philanthropy Australia.” Said Alan Schwartz, President.

“Over the next few weeks, Chris will work closely with Louise and will officially step into the Acting CEO role on Wednesday 1 April 2015. Chris is well-equipped to lead Philanthropy Australia while we find a permanent CEO and Council looks forward to working with him.”

Prior to joining Philanthropy Australia over a year ago, Chris managed the granting programs for some of the largest trusts and foundations in Australia including the Felton Bequest, Sylvia & Charles Viertel Charitable Trust, JO & JR Wicking Trust, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, William Buckland Foundation, L.E.W Carty Charitable Trust, and RACV Community Foundation. At ANZ Trustees Chris was responsible for the granting programs for over 250 trusts, foundations, PAFs and sub funds which distributed over $85M per year to charitable organisation across Australia. He has extensive experience working on collaborative philanthropic projects with government, not-for-profits and trusts to deliver social impact.

“Council has every confidence that Philanthropy Australia is in good hands. “We will continue to update Members about the progress of the search for the new CEO on a regular basis.”

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