Foundation welcomes the Hon Alastair Nicholson as new Ambassador

in Press Releases

Media Release - Tuesday 29 November, 2016

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation would like to welcome former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon Alastair Nicholson AO RFD QC as its newest Ambassador.

Justice Nicholson, who is also the National Centre Against Bullying’s outgoing Chair, said he felt honoured to continue his relationship with the Foundation by helping promote the wonderful work it carries out every day.

“The Foundation and those associated with it have become very much part of my life over the last 13 years and I am delighted to have the opportunity for that association to continue,” Justice Nicholson said.

Justice Nicholson was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1979, was appointed to the Supreme Court of Victoria in 1982 as Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia as well as Justice of the Federal Court of Australia in 1988.

He has also been a Professional Fellow of the University of Melbourne since 2003 and an Officer of the Order of Australia since 1991.

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation CEO Lesley Podesta said it was an honour to have Justice Nicholson continue supporting the Foundation and protecting children from violence and bullying.

Ms Podesta said Justice Nicholson inspired true leadership through his lifetime of dedication to upholding the law and by his considered, experienced and passionate approach to child protection.

“Alastair exemplifies what this Foundation stands for,” Ms Podesta said. “It is a privilege to have him continue his amazing body of work with the Foundation and the National Centre Against Bullying.”

The Foundation’s other Ambassadors include television personality and journalist Melissa Doyle AM, Brownlow Medallist Robert “Dipper” DiPierdomenico, anti-bullying advocate John Caldwell, former AFL footballer Daniel Jackson and youth and gender-equality advocate Caitlin Figueiredo.

During the past 19 years the Foundation has helped protect almost 1.6 million children through its care, prevention and advocacy programs.

For more information go to

You may also be interested in

Donate Today

Your donation can help keep a child safe from violence.

Read More >

Digital Licence Cybersafety Scholarships

Keep your community safe online by purchasing Cybersafety Scholarships for local schools.

Read More >

Subscribe to our Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter below or visit our media centre for media information including media releases, spokespeople, publications and contacts.