Communicare is pleased to announce the appointment of Brad Chilcott as Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia.
Mr Chilcott is one of Australia’s most successful campaigners for social change and justice, with close to a decade’s experience leading non-government organisations.
Prior to his appointment, Mr Chilcott was the Founder and National Director of Welcoming Australia and has been a public advocate for mental health, LGBTIQA+ rights, international aid and education. He sits on the Board of Reconciliation SA and the Advisory Board of the Community Refugee Sponsorship Initiative. Mr Chilcott was the founding Convenor of the Family and Domestic Violence Advocacy Network in South Australia.
Communicare Chief Executive Officer Melissa Perry said the organisation is delighted to appoint Mr Chilcott to lead the next chapter of White Ribbon Australia.
“Brad is deeply respected across the community, government and private sectors, and his leadership in the Australian community has been recognised by the Australia Day Council and former Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
“His track record of working at the frontline of social change and developing national campaigns to help the disadvantaged will bring renewed direction to the White Ribbon movement and its vision to prevent all forms of gendered violence,” Ms Perry said.
Commenting on his appointment, Mr Chilcott said: “I am immensely proud to be appointed the Executive Director of White Ribbon Australia as we relaunch a movement that will play a vital role in ending gendered violence.
“Change is needed. The violence experienced by Australian women demands it. White Ribbon Australia must represent more than a pin and piece of ribbon, and as a nation, we must do more than talk about a national crisis.
“We are relaunching White Ribbon Australia today with a renewed focus on community engagement and committing our resources, advocacy, and activities to bringing about meaningful change in the prevention of gendered violence in Australia.
“This will mean developing the capacity of communities to organise and develop local responses to local issues, and engaging men and boys at the grassroots level, who are essential to driving changes in social norms.
“I look forward to collaborating with our partners, supporters, advocates as well as frontline services and the broader coalition of anti-violence organisations, to do the work required to bring about lasting change in eliminating violence against women.”
Mr Chilcott commenced his role as Executive Director in June 2020 and will lead White Ribbon Australia under the guidance of Communicare’s Executive and Board.
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