The Healing Foundation announces new Deputy CEO
After an extensive and robust recruitment process, The Healing Foundation is pleased to announce that Leonie Williamson has been appointed to the role of Deputy CEO.
A descendant of the Gubbi Gubbi people on her father’s side, with family ties into North West Queensland on her mother’s. Leonie has worked for over 20 years in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs with both the government and the community-controlled sector.
Leonie came to The Healing Foundation as Senior Advisor Knowledge Translation, leading our Evidence and Impact team, before stepping into the Acting Deputy CEO role in July.
“I am interested in processes of co-design and decision making that shift policy and decision making structures to communities – or to put it simply creating and holding space for Survivor leadership. I have been with the Healing Foundation for a little over 12 months, and I take up the role of the Deputy CEO with respect to the diversity and depth of experience within the organisation, its leadership and governing bodies.
I am positive about what the organisation can achieve over the next few years and with emphasis on the Bringing Them Home Report recommendations and Make Healing Happen, we can continue to affect positive change for survivors and descendants” said Leonie.
CEO, Shannan Dodson is elated with the appointed and what the future holds.
“Leonie has extensive knowledge and commitment to amplify our advocacy for Stolen Generations survivors and their families. I am proud to now have three passionate and dedicated Aboriginal women at the helm of The Healing Foundation and I’m looking forward to what we can achieve in 2024.”