Our new CEO

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By Jill Reichstein

Accomplished community sector leader and policy specialist Andrew Johnson has been appointed as CEO of the Reichstein Foundation, commencing in 2020. 

Andrew has a particular commitment to tackling violence against children and young people. He has recently moved back to his hometown Melbourne following five years in a leading role within the Government of NSW as the Inaugural Advocate for Children and Young People. This followed extensive international NGO work between 2008-2014; and serving as CEO of Australian Council of Social Services from 2005 to 2008. 

At the international level, Andrew has been the spokesperson for Save the Children at the United Nations, ChildFundAlliance international spokesperson, as Chair of the NGO Committee on UNICEF and as Co-Chair of the Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict. Within Australia, at different times he has been the key media spokesperson and presenter for the Australian Republican Movement, Save the Children Australia and ACOSS. 

Andrew will bring considerable experience, leadership qualities and advocacy skills derived from decades of work in children and family services, human rights and civil society more generally. 

His values are strongly aligned to the Foundation’s approach and beliefs, especially in enhancing the power of people with lived experience of social and economic disadvantage. 

Trustees are impressed by Andrew’s vision and the urgency, professionalism and discipline he will bring to the Foundation. 

He will work very closely with social movements on the challenges that they face at this time. 

The Foundation’s Trustees and small staff team – Clare Land and Rachael Hambleton – are excited to start working with Andrew in the new year.  

Andrew will commence work in early 2020 following a short transition and handover from the current Executive Officer, John Spierings. 

Find out more about Andrew on the Our People page. 

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