New WaterAid Australia Chief Executive announced

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WaterAid Australia is pleased to announce the appointment of Rosie Wheen as its Chief Executive.

Rosie Wheen was the unanimous choice of the WaterAid Australia Board to become the next Chief Executive of WaterAid Australia. Working for WaterAid Australia since its inception in 2004, Rosie Wheen is well placed to lead the organisation. Rosie was most recently WaterAid Australia’s Director of International Programs, leading programs and a large team of people in Australia, Papua New Guinea, Timor-Leste, Cambodia, Solomon Islands and Myanmar.

With a wealth of experience and passion for WaterAid’s vision of a world where everyone everywhere has safe water, sanitation and hygiene, combined with her demonstrated leadership capacity, Rosie’s appointment will ensure that WaterAid Australia continues to move towards its strategic goals.

Rosie is an imaginative and committed leader who inspires staff and others she works with. Rosie has been a facilitator in WaterAid’s leadership program, was a member of the Global Strategy Working Group, and has been a member of WaterAid Australia’s Senior Management Team for the past six years.

As a staff member of WaterAid Australia since its earliest days, Rosie has contributed significantly to its development as a key player in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector in Australia and in the region. Rosie has broad experience across a wide range of business functions including advocacy, fundraising, and international programs.

Rosie has 20 years’ experience working in the not for profit sector including six years living and working in Indonesia and working for the Australian Council of International Development.

“I am passionate about WaterAid’s mission and believe access to water, sanitation and hygiene are basic human rights. When these rights are realised women, men, girls and boys are able to lead greatly improved lives,” says Rosie.

A recognised leader in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector, Rosie works collaboratively to influence others in the NGO, government and private sectors in both Australia and overseas.

Rosie has a Masters in International and Community Development, a Bachelor of Education and is a graduate of the Leadership Victoria Williamson Community Leadership Program.

Outside work, amongst other things Rosie is a dedicated mother of two and a passionate sports person, most recently she was a member of the Brunswick Zebra Senior Women’s soccer team for 10 years.

Rosie is well placed to lead WaterAid Australia and help achieve the challenge of the organisation’s ambitious goal to reach everyone everywhere with water, sanitation and hygiene by 2030.

Rob Skinner, Chair, WaterAid Australia