The Centre for Social Impact (CSI) today announced that former Research Director Professor Kristy Muir will take the helm as Chief Executive Officer, starting January 3, 2017.
Professor Muir replaces outgoing CEO Dr Andrew Young who leaves the organisation at the end of the year. Dr Young was appointed in 2012 and developed and implemented CSI’s Increasing Impact strategy through which CSI’s nodes at UNSW Australia, The University of Western Australia and Swinburne University of Technology achieved critical mass and sustainability. CSI now employs over sixty people nationally in addition to its many adjunct teaching staff and affiliates.
CSI Board Chair Richard Henry AM said: “It is with great pleasure that we appoint Professor Kristy Muir to the role of Chief Executive Officer. She has spent her career working closely with government, not-for-profits, corporates and philanthropic organisations to help understand, measure and find innovative solutions to some of society’s most intractable, complex social problems. She is very well placed to steer CSI through the next phase, as we continue to work to create social impact, here and internationally. On behalf of CSI’s Board, staff and stakeholders, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Dr Young for his passion, commitment and performance in leading CSI over the past five years.”
Professor Kristy Muir is CSI’s current Research Director, and is a leading Australian social policy academic and elected member of UNSW Australia’s Council. Professor Muir won the 2013 UNSW Staff Excellence Award for Senior Leadership, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an alumnus of the Sydney Leadership Program. She is published widely in international and Australian policy, sociology, social work, history and public health journals, and in broader media.
“I’m incredibly excited and humbled to be appointed into the role of Chief Executive Officer at CSI,” said Professor Muir. “I’ve always been driven by social change and thrive in leadership roles, so I am really looking forward to working with others to make CSI the “go to” institution in social purpose in Australia, putting CSI on the international map and, in turn, helping to deliver social impact”.
Professor Muir will begin as CEO from 3 January after Dr Young departs at the end of 2016. Among her priorities will be the development and implementation of CSI’s next strategic plan.