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Change at the top for CSI

August 06th, 2021

Professor Kristy Muir, who has been CEO of the Centre for Social Impact for the past five years, is leaving to take up a new position at the Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF) later this year.

Prof Muir will become PRF’s Chief Alliances Officer, a new role that aims to increase the impact of the Foundation’s worth through advocacy and building alliances. The role will also lead the Foundation’s policy work with Government.

Prof Muir said the decision to leave had not been an easy one, but she said CSI’s future was strong, with a strong leadership team in place.

The Foundation’s CEO Professor Glyn Davis said he had admired Kristy’s academic and philanthropic leadership over a number of years.

“Kristy has a track record of working with, and across sectors to achieve lasting change,” Prof Davis said. “Kristy’s appointment is part of our plans to lift our engagement, strengthen alliances and build new coalitions with others who share our ambition to break cycles of disadvantage and enable people to realise their potential.”

The Alliances Team led by Kristy will work to amplify the impact of the Foundation's partnerships and insights on the policies, decisions and approaches of others including government. “The team will draw from the expertise and experience of our many partnerships, leveraging our work to achieve wider change."

“This work can only be achieved by forging strong alliances with stakeholders with aligned goals and those who want to leverage their giving, such as peer philanthropy foundations, not for profit and businesses who are purpose-aligned.”

Prof Muir said the new role would enable her to work at the most senior levels across the sectors, to build coalitions and develop strength and capability in policy, advocacy and practice to help end cycles of entrenched disadvantage.

“Breaking intergenerational disadvantage is an incredibly complex problem and it cannot be solved alone, quickly or with simple solutions,’’ Prof Muir said. “Change requires strong alliances with people, communities, charities, other organisations and governments to make progress.

“This role presents an ambitious challenge and opportunity with its explicit focus on addressing some of the systemic causes of long-term exclusion (e.g. early childhood development and school readiness, young First Nations people in contact with the criminal justice system, and women and children experiencing domestic violence).’’ 

Prof Muir said the role brought together three decades she had spent understanding, working, and advocating for social purpose.

“This is an opportunity to work systemically, collaboratively and with humanity and humility,’’ she said. “It enables me to draw and build on my insights and practice of philanthropy (as a grantee, grantor and collaborator) and to apply my expertise and love of adaptive leadership and building coalitions with people across sectors for shared social progress.’’

Prof Muir will transition to the role in October-December. CSI will begin its search for her replacement immediately. 

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