New executive director for Australia’s Climate and Health Alliance
The Climate and Health Alliance has announced the appointment of a new executive director, Simon Towle, effective 15 January 2018.
Towle will replace CAHA founder and executive director Fiona Armstrong, who has led the organisation since its establishment in 2010.
Towle brings diverse credentials and considerable experience to the position, having previously been the CEO of Gunggandji Aboriginal Corporation; regional manager, Cape York Peninsula, for Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority; principal at Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships (DATSIP); and director of Conservation, WWF-NZ. Towle has qualifications in environmental science, geography, Antarctic and southern oceans ecology, political science, planning and environmental law, and journalism.
Towle will work full time in the position, and will be based initially in Cairns. Other members of the CAHA team include part-time staff Carol Behne and Grace Wong (Global Green and Healthy Hospitals – Pacific region program).
Armstrong will remain on the CAHA board and as a consultant on CAHA projects.
President of CAHA, Dr Peter Sainsbury, says the CAHA Board was pleased to secure Towle for the role.
“CAHA has developed into an internationally significant organisation, leading policy development globally on the issue of climate change and health, and helping to catalyse change towards low carbon, environmentally responsible healthcare in Australia and New Zealand,” Sainsbury says.
“Simon’s appointment heralds an evolution and maturation of the organisation, and comes at an exciting time in terms of opportunities to expand CAHA’s reach and impact.”
Sainsbury says the Board and CAHA members acknowledged the tireless contribution made by Armstrong in helping to establish and lead the organisation since 2010.
“Fiona has made an incredible contribution to Australia’s efforts to combat climate change, particularly in the health sector. Her skills, influence and achievements have been very appropriately acknowledged in awards she has received from Westpac/Australian Financial Review and the Australian Public Health Association. The Board is delighted that CAHA will continue to have access to her expertise,” Sainsbury adds.
Towle says he is pleased to accept the position and looks forward to working with CAHA’s members, and an extensive network of partners and stakeholders, in further developing CAHA’s influence and effectiveness as an agent of change.
For more information, visit www.caha.org.au.