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Management change for Australian Red Cross

After more than a decade, our CEO Robert Tickner has announced he'll be leaving Australian Red Cross

Thursday July 2, 2015

Robert Tickner visiting Red Cross' Cairns Wellbeing Centre earlier this year

Australian Red Cross today announced that after more than a decade as CEO, Robert Tickner will be leaving the organisation.  

"It has been an honour and a privilege to lead Red Cross.  I'm so proud of Red Cross people, the support they've given to people impacted by disasters over the past 10 years, and our everyday work with communities, especially Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples," said Robert today.   

"I feel grateful to have been able to work with the tens of thousands of members, volunteers and staff who embody the highest standards of our global humanitarian Movement and whose work every day improves the lives of Australians and the people of our region.  

"More than ten years with Red Cross has been a deeply rewarding experience but it's time to move on and take up some new life opportunities," said Robert Tickner.  

Australian Red Cross President Michael Legge thanked Mr Tickner for his substantial contribution, saying his leadership since February 2005 has helped transform Red Cross into a fully integrated national organisation with a supporter base of around one million members, volunteers, staff and supporters.   

"Robert has helped shape the strategy and policies of Red Cross for the better, and has been a positive voice for humanitarian values and the promotion of peace on the international stage," said Michael Legge.  

One of Robert's many significant achievements was taking a global leadership role in the campaign for a treaty or convention to ban the use of nuclear weapons.     

Robert's leadership inspired Red Cross young humanitarians to campaign for a ban on the use of nuclear weapons

Robert championed the growth of our international work and fostered innovation throughout the organisation in a variety of ways, including our work in disaster resilience which led to the global UN Sasakawa award for the Australian Business Roundtable for Disaster Resilience and Safer Communities.  

Under Robert's leadership we successfully hosted the 2013 Red Cross Red Crescent Statutory Meetings, where delegates from 187 countries met in Sydney to discuss the future of global humanitarian action.  In 2014 we commemorated the Centenary of Australian Red Cross in every state and territory, ensuring we are in great shape to continue improving the lives of vulnerable people in Australia and further afield for the next one hundred years.  

Mr Legge said Red Cross will embark on a rigorous recruitment process to find the best possible candidate to lead the organisation.