SYDNEY, 5 July 2010 – UNICEF Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Norman Gillespie as UNICEF Australia's new Chief Executive, following the departure of Carolyn Hardy to take up a new post with UNICEF in Geneva.
With a strong background in philanthropy through his not for profit work with the Arts Sector, Dr Gillespie takes on this role with passion and conviction for the impact that UNICEF is making around the world to protect and improve the lives of children and women.
Dr Gillespie brings a range of experience across the commercial, arts and philanthropic sectors. Having worked as CEO of the Sydney Opera House for five years, as CFO and Deputy CEO of Optus prior to that, and also on many Not For Profit boards, he brings business development and advocacy skills which will expand both the capacity and impact of UNICEF's efforts here in Australia.
Dr Gillespie comes to the role at a time when UNICEF Australia embarks on a major development of digital and online technology to attract and engage an even greater number of supporters and corporate partners. His broad network of business and cultural contacts, extensive leadership and business development experience will lead UNICEF Australia into this next and important stage, while also expanding on UNICEF Australia's advocacy network.
UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.
For more information, please contact:
Martha Tattersall, UNICEF Australia
0421 570 393
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