“Byron Girl” Nabs Top Spot at Foodbank

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`Brianna-Casey-picFoodbank Australia today announced that its Board of Directors has appointed “Byron Bay girl” Brianna Casey as its new Chief Executive Officer effective 18 July 2016.

Brianna, daughter of long-time locals Nick and Gail Casey, grew up in Byron Bay, completing her education at Byron Bay Public School, then attending high school at the (then) new Byron Bay High School.

Brianna joins Foodbank, the country’s largest food relief organisation, from the Australian Childcare Alliance New South Wales where she was Chief Executive Officer for three years. Prior to that, she spent 14 years with NSW Farmers and the Queensland Farmers’ Federation.

Commenting on the appointment, Foodbank Australia Chair, Tony Froggatt, said: “We are thrilled to have Brianna join us at this critical time in Foodbank’s evolution.” The Foodbank Hunger Report, a definitive account of food insecurity in Australia, was released earlier this month. It revealed that hunger is reaching crisis level in Australia and, in spite of Foodbank providing 644,000 meals a month, charities are still being forced to turn people away due to lack of food.

“It’s time to bring this hidden issue out into the open and put it on the national agenda. Brianna is an advocacy and policy professional with established networks at all levels of government and industry who I’m confident will be able to take on this challenge.”

Speaking on her appointment, Brianna said: “Foodbank is making a real difference in the lives of millions of disadvantaged Australians but there is still much more to be done. I’m excited to be given the opportunity to work with the passionate team at Foodbank to help take it into a new phase of growth and impact.”

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