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Australian Red Cross Northern Territory announces new Executive Director

Monday March 20, 2006

Australian Red Cross today announced the appointment of Sharon Mulholland as the new executive director of its Northern Territory division. Ms Mulholland will take up this position on 12 June.

'Australian Red Cross is a truly outstanding organisation, and I feel privileged to have been selected to take on this important role,' said Ms Mulholland.

'Like most Australians, I greatly value the outstanding work of the Red Cross both internationally, as well as right here in Australia, where it delivers vital community based programs such as Good Start Breakfast Club and First Aid.

'It is an honour to be a part of this fine tradition.'

Since 2000 Ms Mulholland has served as General Manager Commercial and Government Relations for Australian Stock Exchange listed International All Sports Limited.

CEO of Australian Red Cross, Robert Tickner, expressed his delight at Ms Mulholland's appointment. 'Sharon's record speaks for itself. She brings with her a wonderful mix of knowledge and experience developed through her many years of high-level experience in the Territory's private and public sectors.

'Her decision to take on this new challenge is great news not only for Australian Red Cross, but also for the entire Northern Territory community.'

John Reeves, Chairman of the Northern Territory Division of Australian Red Cross, echoed Mr Tickner's sentiments.

'Sharon's understanding of government operations, quality strategic and business planning abilities, strong sense of leadership and broad experience with non-government organisations, will undoubtedly help enable Australian Red Cross to continue to meet the needs of vulnerable people in the Northern Territory,' he said.

Prior to working with International All Sports Limited, Ms Mulholland worked variously as Business Development Director of Northern Territory Airports, CEO of NT Work Health Authority (now NT Worksafe), and as CEO and Managing Director of the Northern Territory Tourist Commission.

In addition, between 1986 and 1997 she served as Chief of Staff and Senior Ministerial Officer to the Territory's Deputy Chief Minister, the Honourable Barry Coulter, MLA.

In 1998 Ms Mulholland was a finalist in the Telstra Business Woman of the Year Awards, and was a member of the judging panel for the Young Australian of the Year Awards from 1998 - 2000. Sharon has been a board member of the National Heart Foundation for some eleven years. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and is a graduate of Stanford University's (USA) Senior Executive Program.