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Robert Tickner starts as CEO of Australian Red Cross

Sunday February 13, 2005

Commencing in a position he describes a great honour but also an enormous personal responsibility, Robert Tickner officially starts tomorrow his tenure as the Secretary General - CEO of Australian Red Cross, a leading humanitarian organisation in Australia.

'This is truly a fantastic organisation and I am incredibly fortunate to have been selected to lead Australian Red Cross,' said Robert on his commencement.

'Many people have asked me why I applied for this job, and the answer is simple: I have always been personally committed to humanitarian values and making the world a better place for all, and the Red Cross embodies these same values in its work and its humanitarian principles,' added Robert.

Recognising the strengths and achievements of Australian Red Cross in the past 90 years of its existence, Robert is also eager to make his own mark on the organisation and its humanitarian activities.

'Red Cross is about people and communities, from our volunteer force to those we assist at home and abroad, alleviating human suffering and helping the vulnerable.

'I want to champion this work and our successes, as well as to promote the seven core principles that guide our humanitarian work, which we call Fundamental Principles: Humanity, Impartiality, Neutrality, Independence, Voluntary Service, Unity and Universality.'

In an ever-evolving humanitarian sector, Robert is keen to ensure that Australian Red Cross continues to improve its efficiencies and remains the leader in terms of professionalism, transparency and accountability of its services.

'The Red Cross constantly looks at ways of doing things better and more efficiently. I intend to continue that process and ensure we are a leading humanitarian organisation in this country, with a strong public image and an even stronger support base,' concluded Robert.

Australian Red Cross was formed in 1914 and today it is part of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, the largest humanitarian network in the world, spanning 181 countries. The mission of Australian Red Cross is to be a leading humanitarian organisation in Australia, improving the lives of vulnerable people through services delivered and promotion of humanitarian laws and values.

With over 60,000 active members and volunteers and over 1,500 staff, the Red Cross provides some 60 community services in Australia, ranging from those well-known such as the Blood Service, Disaster Relief and First Aid, to the lesser-known ones such as the Good Start Breakfast Club, Save-A-Mate Program and various Health and Care services. Red Cross also works to disseminate International Humanitarian Law to key audiences.

Internationally, Australian Red Cross responds to major emergencies such as the tsunami disaster or the conflict in Sudan. It also implements long-term development programs, such as HIV/AIDS programs in Asia Pacific and the health sector support program in Tibet.