Introducing Hagar Australia’s new CEO, Jo Pride

The board of Hagar Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Jo Pride as the new CEO of Hagar Australia.

Jo will assume the leadership of Hagar Australia’s pioneering, 22-year work, as part of the global Hagar network, in restoring the lives and futures of the survivors of trafficking and slavery.

Jo Pride.Jo comes to Hagar with a wealth of experience as an organisational leader, strategist and change manager.  Her previous work has been in government, politics and the not-for-profit sector, where she has been engaged across a broad range of global and national issues. Her focus over the last decade has been on international development.

She has experience leading highly effective teams, groundbreaking campaigns and innovative programs.

Jo is joining Hagar Australia after more than six-years as the Head of Policy and Advocacy at Oxfam Australia. She is also a non-executive director of AMES Australia. Her past roles include being an advisor to a Senator and a solicitor with the Crown Solicitor’s Office of South Australia. Though her career, Jo has established a strong track record of bringing about positive changes in laws and policies that affect people’s lives.

“Hagar Australia is at a watershed stage in its development as an organisation, having been nurtured and grown under its recent strong executive leadership, and built on its 20-year reputation as an effective agent of life change and the restoration of human rights.

“I feel privileged to have this opportunity, and am inspired and full of ideas about how to strengthen Hagar and its work into the future,” she said.

Jo brings to Hagar a passion for work with women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuse. In her life and career to date, she has demonstrated an unswerving commitment to justice and helping vulnerable people. The whole board was delighted to welcome Jo as the new CEO, and look forward to her maintaining and forging strong links with donors, other supporters, government and kindred NGOs under Jo’s leadership.

Jo Pride will take up her appointment on 8 February 2016.

Bill Hurditch

Chairman, Hagar Australia