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Australian Red Cross Appoints Andrew Colvin AO APM as New CEO

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Andrew Colvin AO APM

13th June 2024: Australian Red Cross has today announced the appointment of Andrew Colvin AO APM as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer following an extensive recruitment process. 

Australian Red Cross President Charles Burkitt said he and the Board are looking forward to welcoming Mr Colvin to the organisation. 

“Mr Colvin’s proven leadership and deep understanding of crisis management will be invaluable as we continue to respond to the evolving needs of communities across Australia and beyond. His clear dedication to public service also aligns perfectly with our mission to alleviate human suffering and build resilient communities.” 

“His leadership and significant stakeholder engagement will help us navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead, ensuring Australian Red Cross remains a well trusted and responsive humanitarian organisation.” 

Mr Colvin, who previously headed the National Bushfire Recovery Agency by coordinating recovery after the 2019-2020 Black Summer, has recently been a partner within the Deloitte Australia financial advisory area leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering advisory and support services principally engaged on international development initiatives, disaster management and organisational reviews. He has also served as Commissioner of the Australian Federal Police where he led a significant cultural and structural reform agenda with a specific interest in workforce health and wellbeing.  

In accepting the role of CEO, Mr Colvin said he was honoured to join Australian Red Cross, an organisation with a rich history of making a significantly positive impact on people’s lives.  

“I look forward to working with Australian Red Cross’ dedicated members, volunteers, and staff alongside our corporate and government partners to further enhance the organisation’s effective response to emergencies, in building resilient communities and supporting those in need,” he said. 

Mr Burkitt also extended his gratitude to Australian Red Cross Interim CEO Penny Harrison, for her exceptional leadership during the transition period. He also noted Ms Harrison’s continued role on the organisation’s executive structure. 

Mr Colvin will be based in Canberra and commence as Australian Red Cross Chief Executive Officer on Monday 1 July 2024.  

Contact details:

Media inquiries: or 1800 733 443. 


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