Family Life Welcomes New CEO

By Zoe Hopper April 6, 2020

Family Life Board of Directors are pleased to announce the commencement of Allison Wainwright as the new Chief Executive Officer of Family Life.

Allison commences in her role today, Monday 6 April, replacing Jo Cavanagh OAM who resigned earlier this year.

Family Life Chairman, Grant Douglas, congratulated Allison on her appointment.

“I am thrilled to see Family Life take this next step in its journey and continue to flourish with Allison at the helm. Having worked closely together for some time now, I know Al has what it takes to lead Family Life. 

“She will continue our innovative and entrepreneurial work to benefit the most vulnerable members of our communities.” 

Allison brings a specialist skill set to Family Life that focuses on programmatic design of therapeutic systems that provide trauma informed interventions.  Her experience includes managing family sensitive practice including crisis services, residential care, child protection, family support and community based models. She has previously managed clinical, case management services in family violence, children and family services – in particular clinical mental health, and services for women and children experiencing violence.

Allison holds a Bachelor of Social Work, Honours Social Work, Honours Psychology, a Masters in Social Work / Social Policy and an Executive Leadership Degree.

“Allison has an extensive range of knowledge and experience spanning over 20 years of social work practice.  She has worked in both government and not-for-profit sectors in senior leadership and executive management roles in the areas of children, youth and family services in Australia and overseas.” 

“Undoubtedly, she is a great asset to Family Life and we are thrilled that she has accepted this role,” Mr Douglas said.

Allison, who has been with Family Life since 2013, has held multiple positions before becoming the organisation’s Deputy CEO in 2016.

“I am very proud to have been appointed as the CEO of Family Life,” Ms Wainwright said.

“I would like to thank the Board for giving me this opportunity and acknowledge Jo Cavanagh’s exemplary 25 year journey as CEO ahead of me.”

As a first priority, I will continue to lead our executive team around our response to COVID-19 and support innovation in partnership with community to ensure ongoing support to vulnerable families.”

The Family Life Chairman also thanked and acknowledged out-going CEO, Jo Cavanagh OAM, for her contribution.

“Jo Cavanagh leaves Family Life with a stable culture, stable strategy and the ability to meet our purpose of transforming lives for stronger communities. We thank her for her contribution and the amazing legacy she leaves in our organisation and in the communities that we serve,” Mr Douglas said.

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Allison Wainwright commences her role as CEO of Family Life.
Allison Wainwright commences her role as CEO of Family Life.
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