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The Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Ross Joyce as the new Chief Executive Officer of Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO).

“We are delighted to appoint Ross as the Chief Executive Officer of AFDO following an extensive national executive search & interview process” said President, Trevor Carroll.  “We have been very fortunate in having Ross in the Interim CEO role and believe that his appointment will cement AFDO’s position as the leader in the peak disability consumer advocacy sector.

“Ross brings a wealth of not-for-profit experience, representation of disadvantaged communities and business acumen that will ensure AFDO continues to provide leadership to our Members, Disability Australia, our staff and the sector”.

Ross’ extensive experience includes:

  • Long term Director and a passionate advocate for the NDIS  at annecto – “the people network” – a national disability, veterans, aged and carers service provider, with 12 years involvement
  • Co-Founder & former Executive Director of UrCommunity – a charity focused on improving social inclusion and empowerment – of people with disability, youth, older Australians, refugee and asylum seekers and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islanders experiencing disadvantage
  • CEO of Macedon Ranges Medicare Local, North Western Melbourne Medicare Local and PivotWest, organisations providing primary health care and health planning & services
  • CEO of Hume-Moonee Valley Regional Library Corporation
  • Executive for Headspace Western and Northern Melbourne, addressing youth mental health
  • Principal of Verve – Empowering Solutions – management consultancy to not-for-profit, community service, and small – medium-sized enterprises

“I feel honoured to be able to lead such a significant and well respected organisation and I am passionately committed to working towards a truly inclusive society”, Ross said, “I believe AFDO has the capacity to extend and build on its great work to ensure an inclusive National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), improve employment outcomes for people with disability in Australia and increase the representation of people with disability and family organisations at all levels.”

“I look forward to working collaboratively with the Board and key stakeholders to ensure that the voice of people with disability continues to be prominent and respected and to build on AFDO’s long history as a leader of reform.”

The Board of Directors expressed their appreciation to Ross for his work as interim CEO, and look forward to working with him in his new substantive CEO role in 2017.

Please direct all media enquiries to Mr Trevor Carroll, President on 0418 513 304

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