Habitat for Humanity Australia announces appointment of new CEO

Habitat for Humanity Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Sarah O’Connor who commences on 25 October.


Chair, Chris Franks, announced the appointment of Ms Sarah O’Connor who will take on the role after the current CEO Martin Thomas leaves later this week.

Chris said “After a very comprehensive recruitment process, the HFHA Board is pleased to appoint Sarah to the role. Sarah was previously CEO of Australian Business Volunteers for five years and brings extensive skills and leadership experience from roles in international development, volunteering and government sectors, including at Dept. of Prime Minister and Cabinet where she drove the whole-of-government reform of the not-for-profit sector.

We are delighted to welcome Sarah and we look forward to introducing her to our Affiliates, staff, our partners and stakeholders soon,” Sarah O’Connor said. “I am delighted to be entrusted with the leadership role at Habitat for Humanity Australia and relish the opportunity to work with a professional team to deliver safe secure shelter solutions and help communities recover after disasters in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.”

The Board also wishes to acknowledge and thank Martin for his leadership and the significant contribution and achievements that have transformed Habitat for Humanity Australia.

Chris reflected “Under Martin’s leadership Habitat for Humanity Australia has moved to a much stronger financial position with more volunteers, corporate partnerships, and strong leadership in urbanisation advocacy. Martin has helped to establish a strong platform for continued growth with new programs in disaster prevention, disaster recovery and as the key shelter partner in two Australian Humanitarian Aid Partnerships. We wish him every success in the future.”

For further information contact Chris Franks, Chair, for further information cfranks@habitat.org.au

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