In a statement issued this morning, FRRR Chair, Rt Hon Ian Sinclair AC, said that in an exhaustive selection process, during which a large number of applications were considered, Natalie was the stand out applicant.
“Natalie has been with FRRR since 2012 and was Deputy CEO to Alexandra Gartmann. She has played a key role in shaping FRRR’s strategy, designing new programs and developing and nurturing new funding partnerships. She understands rural communities and the issues they face, and has very good relations with our donor partners.
“The Board is delighted that she has agreed to lead the organisation into its next phase of development.
“We wish her well and are confident that she can maintain the significant momentum that FRRR has generated in recent years,” Mr Sinclair said.
For the last three and a half years, Natalie has managed FRRR’s medium to long-term natural disaster recovery programs.
Prior to joining FRRR, she consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous not-for-profit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. She also worked with clients to develop financial policies and procedures, strategic plans, organisation reviews, service mapping, feasibility studies and governance models. She has also held in-house roles at Evolve (Typo Station) and at ANZ Banking Group, implementing projects that made a tangible difference to the lives of people living in rural, regional and remote Australia.
Natalie says that she is proud to be leading FRRR into its next phase.
“There is a huge amount of innovation, knowledge and leadership in rural, regional and remote communities, and diverse challenges being faced by many. I see FRRR as an important vehicle for enabling access to resources that can assist communities to adapt, innovate and thrive in changing social, economic and climatic conditions. I am very excited to lead FRRR in this work.”