Message from Chair Gawura Wanambi on our new Interim CEO
Dear ARDS Partners
The ARDS Board is excited to share that it has appointed Brendan Ferguson as the new Interim CEO of ARDS for an initial term of 6 months.
Brendan commenced work in this role on Monday, 6 April 2020 and will continue until October 2020, subject to agreement by both parties to extend. Rev Haloti Kailahi, who has held the role of Interim CEO for the past 6 months, will continue in his role as Corporate Member Director of ARDS.
During his term, Brendan will work closely with the Board to support ARDS through the uncertainty of COVID-19 and to establish solid foundations for a strong, sustainable future. A permanent CEO will be appointed at the end of his term.
Brendan is currently a Director of Social Venture Australia (SVA) Consulting. He has been appointed to this role under an agreement between ARDS and SVA, which allows Brendan to continue to oversee existing and prospective SVA projects in the Northern Territory during his term.
Brendan brings extensive past experience as a lawyer and management consultant, with a deep appreciation of the non-profit sector and a long history of working with Aboriginal communities and organisations. Since moving to the Territory two years ago, Brendan has been working with government, the private sector and Aboriginal organisations – including ARDS – across the Arnhem and Groote Eylandt region.
The ARDS vision is for Indigenous people to engage on equal terms with the wider Australian society, and its organisations and systems. ARDS aims to empower Indigenous community members to navigate the complex cross-cultural realities they face on a daily basis and is accountable to the communities we serve.
We believe that Brendan will be well placed to assist the ARDS Board and staff in laying the foundation for ARDS growth ambitions. Please join us in welcoming Brendan Ferguson as our new Interim CEO.
Chairperson of the ARDS Board
Photo: New ARDS Interim CEO Brendan Ferguson