An innovator ready for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation challenge

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Australia Post’s Chief Innovation Officer Greg Sutherland says he has massive shoes to fill as Chair of the Alannah & Madeline Foundation Board.

But Mr Sutherland, who has stepped up from Vice-Chair to take over from John Bertrand AO, is already savouring the prospect of being even more heavily involved with the Foundation’s work.

“I love the Alannah & Madeline Foundation and all of its work because of its positive impact on kids,” he said.

“So many troubling events with adults today are due to issues in their childhood where they didn’t feel safe or they couldn’t get a good or stable education.”

Mr Sutherland, whose past roles include Chief Marketing Officer at NAB and a partner of the Boston Consulting Group, says the Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s small team is making a huge impact throughout Australia.

“If kids grow up feeling safe and get a good education, they are more likely to flourish throughout their life,” he said.

“The Foundation does great work in care, but I love what it does to prevent the potential problems of the future. Investment in prevention now is the key to better outcomes in the future.”

Mr Sutherland paid tribute to John Bertrand who has been a tremendous Chair for the organisation. “John is an Australian icon and has vowed to continue work tirelessly for the Alannah & Madeline Foundation as he has done for 15 years,” he said.

Mr Sutherland says he is looking forward to working even closer with Walter Mikac, the Foundation’s founder.

“Walter took an incredible decision 20 years ago when he decided to set up the Foundation,” he said. “Australia is all the better for having this charity.”

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