AbSec appoints John Leha as CEO
Thursday 11 March 2021
AbSec - NSW Child, Family and Community Peak Aboriginal Corporation is pleased to announce John Leha has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer.
John is a proud Birri Gubba, Wakka Wakka and Tongan man born raised on Gadigal land. He will be bringing with him to the role a wealth of knowledge and strategic thinking to address the many challenges facing Aboriginal children and families in NSW.
Most recently, John was the Director of Operations at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and is also the Chairperson for Gadigal Information Service (home of Koori Radio).
He has also worked across a broad range of issues that impact Aboriginal people, including being a founding member and Chairperson of Blaq Aboriginal Corporation, which aims at empowering the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTIQ community and the founder of Sydney Deadly Runners.
As an active member of the Sydney Aboriginal community, John has worked extensively in Indigenous education and employment programs in government and community and is well-known as a health ambassador.
He is also a Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council member and is deeply involved and connected to community through his work with the Kingsford Community Legal Centre, the AIDS Council of New South Wales’ Aboriginal Project and the Indigenous Marathon Foundation.
John is excited to be joining AbSec and working towards a future where all Aboriginal children and young people are looked after in safe, thriving Aboriginal families and communities, connected to culture, with every opportunity for lifelong wellbeing.
“I am looking forward to joining AbSec and fighting for the change our children need. There is plenty of work to be done, and I am excited to be a part of it. If we are to truly begin to close the gap of disadvantage, it must start with a focus on our children. They have to be front and centre in the decision making process with their future as a primary focus.” John said.
In response to the appointment Dana Clarke, Chairperson of AbSec, said, “With his previous experience and impressive leadership, everyone at AbSec feels that John is the right person for the role. We are certain that he will be able to strengthen our partnerships and place Aboriginal children at the forefront when it comes to the development of policy and the implementation of programs.”
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