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ReachOut welcomes new CEO

Ashley de Silva will step into the role of CEO at ReachOut as Jono Nicholas steps down

ReachOut Australia have announced Ashley de Silva has been appointed the mental health youth charity’s new Chief Executive Officer.

De Silva is currently ReachOut’s Deputy CEO, a role he has served in since July of last year. His appointment comes after current CEO, Jono Nicholas, announced that he would step down from the role at the end of 2018 after 10 years at the helm.

ReachOut Chair, Julie White, said de Silva’s strong business background has been instrumental in driving organisational transformation and growth.

“Ashley beat a competitive field to be the frontrunner for the CEO position,” White said. “Ashley has demonstrated a vision and passion that we believe is essential to lead ReachOut into its next growth phase and the Board is looking forward to our continued work together to achieve strategic goals.”

De Silva, who previously worked as Director of Marketing and Communications at the organisation for almost four years, said he was excited to be taking up the role as CEO. He thanked the Board and Nicholas for the faith in his experience and skills.

“ReachOut is a great organisation with a clear purpose to help young people be happy and well. I’m proud to be part of such an amazing team driving ReachOut’s continued growth as a leading frontline service for young people and their parents and I’m determined to use my time as CEO to build on this momentum and vision.”

White also thanked Nicholas for his two decade-long career with ReachOut.

“The Board and I also thank Jono for his enormous contribution to ReachOut over the past 20 years. He has been at ReachOut from the start and an unwavering advocate for young people. Jono leaves the organisation after a strong period of growth and success, and he should be immensely proud of his legacy,” White said.

“We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.”

Nicholas said it had been an honour and a privilege to lead the service, which was now visited by over 1.6 million people annually accessing the world’s first digital mental health organisational service for young people.

“I am confident that Ashley will do an incredible job as CEO and drive the organisation to achieve its goal of reaching one million more Australians by 2020,” Nicholas said.

“I’d also like to thank our dedicated staff, the Board and, most importantly, my family for all their support over the years. I wish Ashley and the team all the best in future.”

De Silva will formally take on the role of CEO from 10 September 2018.

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