Fiona Petersen appointed as new CEO of The Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation has appointed Fiona Petersen as its new CEO as the organisation continues to build a strong nation for Stolen Generations survivors, their families and communities.

Fiona is the current Deputy CEO of The Healing Foundation and has an extensive background working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. She is a Wuthathi (Shelburne Bay) descendant with family roots in the Torres Straits.

Fiona is a Masters Graduate of ANU’s College of Business and Economics, and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy of the UK. Holding past senior roles in community and government organisations, she utilised her global experience in education, leadership and business development to raise awareness around the impacts of intergenerational trauma.

Fiona will officially step into the role from 4 April, working with Stolen Generations survivors to further develop action on key issues around aged care, records management and reparations to ensure our communities continue to thrive.

“I am honored to be working alongside Stolen Generations survivors and their families to stop the cycle of trauma for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples,” Fiona said.

“There is still much work to be done but I look forward to positioning the organisation as a trusted leader in healing-informed trauma-aware policy and practice, working alongside more communities and workforces across sectors to prioritise the honouring of Stolen Generations survivors, their descendants and their communities.

“I’d like to personally thank outgoing CEO Russell Taylor, whose stewardship of the organisation has seen some fantastic outcomes for Stolen Generations survivors, their families and communities.”

The Healing Foundation Board Chair Professor Steve Larkin also acknowledged outgoing CEO Russell Taylor for his leadership during the organisation’s 10th anniversary.

“The Healing Foundation Board want to thank Russell for his commitment to creating safe and strong communities and improving the lives of Stolen Generations survivors,” Professor Larkin said.

“Russell’s dedication to our staff and senior management team means the organisation is well prepared to take on the challenges ahead.

“On behalf on the Board of Directors, I’d like to welcome Fiona to her new role with The Healing Foundation and we look forward to progressing those key issues that remain for our survivors, their families and communities.”

The Healing Foundation Board of Directors appointed Fiona Petersen on 26 March 2020. She will officially start work on 4 April 2020.

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