After five years as Chief Executive of UNICEF Australia, Dr Norman Gillespie has decided to step down to pursue other opportunities.

During his time as CEO, UNICEF Australia saw enormous growth in a period when major conflicts, sudden-onset disasters and significant concerns about the rights of children close to home have meant that UNICEF's role has become more important than ever.

The President of UNICEF Australia, Mr John Stewart, thanked Dr Gillespie "for his work during extraordinarily challenging times for children and for those organisations working to defend their rights against a backdrop of climate change and almost unprecedented conflict-driven migration".

Dr Gillespie will leave UNICEF Australia immediately, following the recent end of his term as Chair of UNICEF's global Standing Group of National Committees, and will take some accrued leave. UNICEF Australia Chief Operations Officer, Adrian Graham, will assume CEO responsibilities on an interim basis whilst a search for a replacement is conducted.