The CSIA Board is pleased to introduce Cheryl Schmidt and to announce her appointment as CSIA CEO. Cheryl will join the organisation on 16 January 2023. Working closely with the Board, CSIA’s strong professional team and all our stakeholders, she will lead CSIA’s continued good work and our next phase of growth, service and impact.

Cheryl brings strong expertise in policy reform, service design and delivery, and purpose driven business and commercial endeavours. She has worked nationally in executive and non-executive roles and held senior positions with the Australian Red Cross, Relationships Australia, the Northern Territory Department of the Attorney-General and Justice and Children and Families, and most recently as Chief Executive Officer of the Foster and Kinship Carers Association Northern Territory.

Cheryl has built strong relationships based on trust, respect and integrity. She has worked on reforms to extend care supports from 18 to 21 years, to address the superannuation disadvantage of carers, and to review the Dental Benefits Act, and has coordinated multiple Royal Commission responses. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, a Bachelor of Social Science and a  Diploma of Professional Counselling and is known as a collaborator and a strategic thinker with trusted business acumen. Cheryl has a deep understanding of the impacts of colonisation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities and has over many years demonstrated her commitment to improving social and economic outcomes for Australia’s Indigenous peoples. She considers this one critical aspect of her career devoted to representing and working for the most vulnerable members of society.

Cheryl is looking forward to bringing her energy and knowledge to CSIA and to the community services industry and to delivering on our commitment to do good better – strengthening capability, transcending silos, better using evidence and expertise, and designing and delivering policy and service solutions.

The Board expresses too, its gratitude to Matthew Gillett for his stewardship of the organisation, taking on the Acting CEO responsibility for six months and ensuring CSIA’s strength and stability. In the new year Matthew will continue his great work as CSIA General Manager, Programs.

I’m sure you will join me in welcoming Cheryl as CEO in the New Year.