BBM Youth Support appoints Henrietta Ardlie as CEO

Henrietta Ardlie (right) and outgoing CEO Melanie Stray discussing opportunities and directions for BBM Youth Support in the lead up to the 2019 BBM Awards Night.

BBM Youth Support today announced that its board of directors has appointed Ms Henrietta Ardlie as Chief Executive Officer. Ms Ardlie’s appointment will take effect on 18th November, following Ms Melanie Stray’s decision to step down as CEO after over four years in the role.

BBM Chair Steven Wilkinson said, “We are pleased to see Ms Ardlie step up to the leadership of BBM Youth Support. She has driven transformative change across the Not-for-Profit sector over the past 15 years within both fundraising and program development. She is highly regarded for her authentic, collaborative leadership style and impressive track record, raising many millions of dollars for charity.”

Ms Ardlie joins BBM Youth Support from the position of Director of Fundraising with OzHarvest.

“I am excited to be applying my strong social conscience to my new role as CEO of BBM Youth Support”, Ms Ardlie says. “As a mother of two daughters, I have long regarded education as a right for all, not a privilege for the few. I am eager to lead BBM through its next stage of growth and amplify impact for the benefit of young people across Australia.”

Outgoing CEO Melanie Stray says “Henrietta is well placed to ensure BBM’s future is firmly built on the legacy and strength of its past, as her Grandfather was a Trustee of the Big Brother Movement in the UK for over 20 years.”

The board of BBM Youth Support also acknowledged the invaluable leadership of Ms Stray as CEO since August 2015. “The Board is indebted to Melanie for her leadership and dedication to BBM. Melanie has transformed the organisation into a modern not-for-profit organisation and laid a solid foundation on which to build a future growth and development”.

Ms Stray will continue her support of the organisation as a volunteer.




29th October, 2019

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