Australia’s peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families has appointed Gerry Moore, a Yuin man from the south coast of NSW, as its new CEO.
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) announced the appointment of Mr Moore, currently the managing director of Habitat Personnel, an Aboriginal community-owned organisation based in Canberra and on the NSW south coast.
He is also currently a Board member of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples.
Mr Moore, a former CEO of the NSW/ACT Aboriginal Legal Services, has an outstanding pedigree as a leader in key Indigenous bodies and organisations.
A former ATSIC National Commissioner, he was also chairperson of the Aboriginal Housing Development Committee, the CEO of the South East Aboriginal Legal Service and a Senior Project Officer of the NSW Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
“I am thrilled to be joining such an established and well respected organisation and keen to take SNAICC to the next level in collaboration with our board and members. I look forward to applying my experience in the sector and passion for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights to my future work at SNAICC,” Mr Moore said.
SNAICC Chairperson and CEO of Aboriginal Family Support Services Inc., Sharron Williams, said: “Gerry’s passion and commitment; depth of management experience, his demonstrated strategic leadership, his warm, collaborative, engaging style, the breadth of his national networks, his nuanced political experience and his strong community grounding make him the ideal candidate for the challenge of driving SNAICC forward into the next era.”
Long-standing SNAICC CEO Frank Hytten, who led the organization for seven years, will be missed.
He has been applauded for his work in several areas, including helping to establish the Northern Territory child protection peak body (SAFT), the expansion of the SNAICC training unit, the engagement with international human rights processes, including presenting to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and navigating SNAICC through different funding regimes and establishing a strong philanthropic program and funding diversification strategy.
“The past seven years have been a time of many challenges and significant growth for SNAICC. Our relationship with government and sector-based organisations has been strengthened and my impression is that we are now better placed than ever to have an impact on policy through these partnerships. I am very proud to have led the SNAICC team through this period and wish Gerry all the very best.”