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St John Ambulance Australia appoints new Chief Executive Officer

St John Ambulance Australia (St John) today announced the appointment of Mr Robert Hunt as Chief Executive Officer of St John, with effect from 10 February 2016.

Mr Hunt is currently the CEO of the Australian Institute of Building, based in Canberra.

Mr Hunt has extensive healthcare industry experience, having held senior executive roles in organisations such as the Australian Medical Association (including CEO of the Australian Medical Publishing Company), Medicines Australia and the National Heart Foundation.

In praising Mr Hunt’s appointment, Chairman of St John Professor Mark Compton AM said “Robert’s knowledge of policy and advocacy; commercial environments; federated member-based organisations; and the complexities of healthcare systems, all give him great preparation to lead the national entity of St John.”

“I am very confident Robert’s intellect and experience, coupled with his warm and engaging personal style, will see him perform as an excellent advocate for St John externally and within our organisation. Moreover, his clear passion for the mission of St John combined with his demonstrated commitment to work within organisations and with their people to get them to be the best that they can be, will add even more energy to our efforts to make first aid a part of everyone’s life”, Prof Compton said.

In commenting on his appointment, Mr Hunt said “The opportunity afforded to me by the Board of St John Ambulance Australia is a career aspiration of mine and I am deeply honoured to join the leadership team of such a well-respected and critically important health organisation.”

“There is absolutely no doubt in my mind that St John’s objective of making First Aid a part of every Australian’s life will preserve more lives, will improve more health outcomes, and will reduce health costs. St John Ambulance Australia plays an important role in the health debate and I hope to contribute to the St John voice being heard. I will execute this message with all my energy, within my remit, on behalf of St John Ambulance Australia“.

Mr Hunt will continue to be Canberra based at the St John national office in Deakin.

Contact details:
For any further information or interview requests please contact:

Mark Compton AM
St John Ambulance Australia
M: 0413446055