Friday, 28 October 2022

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation has announced the appointment of Paul Bird as the Foundation’s new Chair.

Paul is currently a CEO, NED, author and consultant, and is a qualified chartered accountant with a Master’s degree in community development and thirty years in business and not-for-profits in Australia, Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Paul has had several leadership roles with the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Australian Red Cross Blood Service, Very Special Kids, The Body Shop, Mission Australia, World Vision, YSAS and Australian Volunteers International (AVI). Paul has extensive experience with not-for-profit Boards and committees, including as Chair of Good Cycles and the International Forum for Volunteering for Development.

Paul first joined the Foundation Board in 2018 and has been a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee and Committee Chair of the Education & Employment Grants Advisory Panel.

The Foundation’s outgoing Chair, Craig Bell, said “On behalf of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s Board and staff I would like to congratulate Paul on his appointment to Chair. Paul brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Foundation and his expertise has been welcomed by the Foundation’s Board.”

On accepting his new position Paul said, “In my work with charities in Melbourne over the last 25 years, I have had the privilege to work with the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to enable lasting outcomes for children, young people, and families in need. The Foundation has an unrivalled reputation for its innovation, responsiveness, knowledge and focus on systems change, which leverages other philanthropic and government funding to achieve outstanding impact.

“I am delighted to be appointed Chair of the Board as the Foundation heads into its centenary. I look forward to the opportunity to engage with philanthropists, donors, businesses and government during our centenary year to raise awareness of, and better respond to, the social and environmental challenges that we face as a community.”