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Variety NSW Announces New CEO, Vanessa Barry

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Variety – the Children’s Charity NSW/ ACT is delighted to announce the appointment of Vanessa Barry as CEO.

Vanessa has an extensive and successful career in not-for-profit leadership, fundraising and communications, together with experience in for-purpose and commercial organisations.

Previously Vanessa was the CEO of the St.George Foundation for seven years and held a senior role as the Director of Philanthropy for UNICEF Australia for three years.

Vanessa’s expertise has been recognised with awards including the 2019 Pro Bono Impact 25 Award – an accolade honouring the most influential people in the Australian social sector.

Vanessa is thrilled to be leading the charity which last year impacted the lives of 28,500 kids, granting $2.694 million to kids in need.

“Coming into Variety, I have the greatest respect for the organisation that has been built over the past 46 years,” she said.

“My purpose will be to honour the past, support the present and look to the future as a team dedicated to helping all children achieve their potential.”

Vanessa’s appointment is effective immediately. She takes over from Variety NSW/ ACT Acting General Manager, David Small, who was in the position for 14 months. David now resumes his role as Executive Director of Variety Australia.

About Variety

Our vision at Variety is for all Australian children to attain their full potential, regardless of ability or background. We’re passionate about all kids deserving a fair go, believing no child should fall through the gaps.

Through our grants, programs, scholarships and experiences, we provide essential support when families need it most. Last year we impacted the lives of 28,500 kids in need, granting $2.694 million to kids with over 200 conditions.

Through celebrating differences, developing empathy and creating inclusion, Variety wants to create a better world for our kids to grow up in. One where kids understand that people with a disability are the same as everyone else – they are ‘Just Like You’.


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