Recently I advised you that our CEO Stephen Silk would be retiring from work later this year. On behalf of the Board of the Doxa Youth Foundation I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Steve Clifford as our new CEO.
Steve comes to Doxa as a pragmatic, commercial and outcomes driven not-for-profit leader. Most recently he has been the Head of Australian Operations of Save the Children Australia.
Prior to that he was Chief Operating Officer at Whitelion and before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector he enjoyed a rewarding career at Allens Linklaters law firm.
Sector knowledge & passion
Steve has always demonstrated a passion for social justice and disadvantaged youth throughout his legal career at Allens where he was a partner from 1992 – 2014. During his time at Allens he was Chairman of the Allens Melbourne Charity Committee from 2009 to 2014. During his legal career he has provided pro bono legal and strategic advice over three decades to community organisations including Prostate Cancer Foundation, Oaktree Foundation, Melbourne Cares, Refugee & Immigration Legal Centre, The Good Foundation and Bush Heritage Australia. Steve has a passion for Doxa and our programs with over 20 years’ experience with our Cadetship program when he was at Allens.
Since leaving Allens he has been a senior NFP advisor on various strategic matters and projects to the Boards and/or leadership teams at Save the Children, Second Bite, Whitelion, Oxfam, ShareGift Australia and Brainwave.
Steve also brings experience in fundraising and corporate philanthropy relationships having been involved with the annual men’s health campaign, Movember (2008-2014) and the Business Council of the National Gallery Victoria, where he was Chairman from 2007-2014.
Steve will commence at Doxa on 2 October. The transition and hand over to Stephen Silk will take place until 31 October when Stephen will retire.
We are delighted that Steve has accepted the position as CEO and we look forward to him joining and leading our organisation.