Changing of CEO: Statement by Reconciliation Australia Co-chairs Dr Tom Calma AO and Melinda Cilento

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We would like to announce that Ms Leah Armstrong, who has led Reconciliation Australia as Chief Executive Officer since August 2010, has decided to move on for family reasons and will finish up at the end of the year following the recruitment of her successor.

On behalf of the Board and staff of Reconciliation Australia we would like to thank Ms Armstrong for her outstanding leadership of the organisation and wish her well in her next endeavours.

Since joining the organisation Ms Armstrong has had an enormous impact in building the reputation and standing of Reconciliation Australia with our stakeholders. She has overseen significant growth and redevelopment in our flagship programs the Reconciliation Action Plans (RAP), National Reconciliation Week (NRW) and schools programs, and also the development of the Workplace Ready program.

Ms Armstrong has reenergised the organisation and the movement. At the start of her tenure she worked closely with the Federal Government’s Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Australia’s First Peoples and negotiated the set-up of the Recognise campaign.

Ms Armstrong has brought to the role considerable skills in building and maintaining strong respectful relationships, extending the organisation’s networks across many different sectors. The Board is grateful for her tremendous contribution and she will be sadly missed.

In the coming months there will be opportunities to formally acknowledge, thank and farewell Ms Armstrong.

Reconciliation Australia is currently undertaking a thorough external search and recruitment process to find a replacement. For more information on the position please visit our employment page.

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