Former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, Christine Nixon AO, APM has been appointed Chair of Leadership Victoria, marking a significant milestone for the not-for-profit social enterprise at a time when strong leadership has never been more essential.
As the first female Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, leading 14,000 staff, and leading the Victorian Bushfire Recovery after the 2009 Black Saturday Bushfires, Christine is uniquely positioned to understand the challenges and opportunities of leadership in today’s society.
What are Christine’s thoughts on her new role?
“Right now, we’re facing unprecedented challenges, from climate change to gender inequality to the ongoing effects of the pandemic. In order to tackle these issues, we need leaders who are visionaries, who can bring people together to create lasting change,” Christine says.
“A great leader is someone who is able to draw on the strength of those they lead, and as Chair of Leadership Victoria, I’m looking forward to working with stakeholders to foster leadership that solves the big issues, and greatest opportunities, within our community.”
What does the addition mean for Leadership Victoria?
Ms Nixon’s appointment comes at a time when Leadership Victoria is entering a new chapter, focusing on helping communities to exercise the leadership required to tackle society’s more complex challenges, in order to create a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable society.
With an impressive list of alumni that includes Dr Bronwyn King AO, who is a world leader in the fight against big tobacco investment; Justin Hanney, CEO of the City of Melbourne; Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission; and Dr Sonja Hood, President of the North Melbourne Football Club; the firm is excited to work with Christine to inspire emerging leaders to create the collective action required to bring about change.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Christine to the role of Chair. Her experience and vision as a leader will be an asset to our organisation, as we aim to enable leadership that inspires, connects and transforms. We need people who want to mobilise others to tackle tough societal challenges, and with Christine’s guidance, we’ve never been better placed to advance this type of adaptive leadership,” says Sally Hines, Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Victoria.
Christine is also currently Chair of the Board of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and Deputy Chair of the Board of Castlemaine State Festival. In 2017, she co-authored “Women Leading” with Amanda Sinclair.