City Mission Board Chair Announces New CEO

Posted on July 02, 2024

City Mission Board Chair Announces New CEO

Following an extensive search and selection process, City Mission is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Jo-Anne Fearman as our next Chief Executive Officer.

Dr Jo-anne Fearman was selected after a rigorous evaluation of high-calibre candidates from around Australia and locally.

Dr Fearman is a highly regarded local leader with a background in organisational leadership at a CEO level, program and project leadership, entrepreneurial and startup experience, advocacy and government relations and currently serves as the CEO at NRM North.

Jo brings her experience in fostering circular economy initiatives, advocacy and working with diverse communities. Jo previously served as a Board Director at City Mission, giving her a deep understanding of the organisation.

With a proven track record of driving impactful initiatives and programs, her appointment marks a new chapter in City Mission's 170-year history. Mr. Holder noted that Dr. Fearman would be the first female CEO of City Mission, to which the board was especially delighted.

Dr. Fearman said “It’s an incredible privilege to be appointed as CEO of City Mission, an organisation that is very close to my heart, and to build on the outstanding legacy of others. I am looking forward to getting started, excited by the opportunities ahead, and humbled by the collective impact we can achieve to benefit those with the greatest need. I wholeheartedly believe in the power of care and community that transforms people’s lives, communities and futures, expressed everyday by the wonderful staff and volunteers at City Mission."

Mr Holder commented, "We are thrilled to welcome Jo as our new CEO. Her deep understanding of and commitment to our communities perfectly align with City Mission's core service ethos and steadfast Christian values. We have full confidence that under Jo's leadership, City Mission will continue to expand its reach and make a positive difference in the lives of those in need across our regions, cities, and towns."

Dr. Fearman is set to assume her new role in late September.

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