LEADING child protection organisation Bravehearts has appointed Wilma James as it new chief executive officer as it celebrates its 20th year protecting children.
Ms James is a former senior director at UniQuest, the commercial arm of The University of Queensland and fills the role vacated 18 months ago by former police officer lawyer Angelo Venados.
She has been deputy chair of Bravehearts since 2015 and a non-executive director and member of its Executive Research Advisory Panel since 2010.
Bravehearts founder and chairwoman Hetty Johnston, who had been serving as interim CEO, said Ms James had a record of achieving outstanding commercial outcomes and a demonstrated commitment to protecting children from sexual assault.
“Bravehearts will benefit greatly with this dedicated and super capable woman, working with the leadership team to drive new growth opportunities, as we strive toward our vision to make Australia the safest place in the world to raise a child,” she said.
“Wilma brings to the role strong leadership and sharp business acumen, where she will oversee around 70 staff Australia-wide.
“While her diverse background in research management, legal and project management is perfectly suited to the role, they say passion cannot be taught, and this is one of the great strengths Wilma shares with many in our amazing team.”
Ms James welcomed the opportunity to continue the work Bravehearts does to educate, empower and protect.
“There are a number of exciting partnerships on the horizon and I’m looking forward to helping to strengthen existing corporate relationships with organisations — those that share the Bravehearts Mission to prevent child sexual assault in our society,” she said.