Victorian not-for-profit organisation, Doxa, has announced the appointment of Steve Clifford as its new CEO, effective from 2 October.

Mr Clifford served as Head of Australian Operations of Save the Children Australia where he led a team of 600 to improve program quality, efficiency of service delivery and maximising impact and outcomes for more than 14,000 children nationwide.

Prior to that, he was Chief Operating Officer at national youth charity, Whitelion. Before transitioning to the not-for-profit sector, he enjoyed a rewarding corporate career at Allens Linklaters law firm.

Mr Clifford comes to the organisation with a passion for its work and programs. He has seen first hand the wonderful impact it has on the lives of so many young people facing disadvantage with more than two decades of experience being involved in Doxa’s programs through his work at Allens.

“My passion for social justice goes back to my own youth and, as my former legal career developed, I found myself increasingly involved in providing pro bono legal and strategic advice to not-for-profit organisations,” he said.

“Helping young people to overcome disadvantage and live full lives has been my passion. I’m looking forward to joining Doxa and build on the hard work of the existing Board and management to take the organisation to the next level,” Mr Clifford said.

The announcement comes as Dr Stephen Silk announces his retirement, following 12 years at Doxa as Director and more recently as CEO.

“Steve is an exceptional leader. We are delighted that he has accepted the position as CEO and we look forward to him joining and leading our organisation into an exciting new chapter,” said Doxa Chairman, Graeme Johnson OAM.

Doxa was formed more than four decades ago on the single principle that all children, regardless of their backgrounds, deserved to have positive experiences outside the confines of their socioeconomic standing. This principle of access and equality continues today.

For the last 45 years, Doxa has provided programs for young people aged eight to 22 years so that everyone can access positive life experiences, educational opportunities and employment pathways.

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