Media Release


Save the Children appoints Heather Finlayson as Director of Australian Programs team

Save the Children Australia will welcome Heather Finlayson to lead a growing team as the new Director of Australian Programs in April. 

Ms Finlayson will join the child rights organisation from GoodStart Early Learning, where she most recently worked as General Manager - Strategy, and made her mark designing and implementing an evidence-informed practice framework to drive outcomes for children and their families. 

She began her career as an early childhood teacher before transitioning to higher education program management and then senior government roles, and has also held senior roles at The Smith Family. 

Chief executive Paul Ronalds said it was an exciting appointment of somebody with a strong presence in the sector to a key role in the organisation. 

"Heather joins us at an exciting time when Australian Programs is experiencing rapid growth, and we feel she is the right person to take us to the next level as a sector leader," he said. 

"She will be responsible for a rapidly growing program portfolio working in complex environments with some of Australia's most disadvantaged and marginalised children. 

"Heather is well placed to take on this challenge given her strong sector experience as well as ambition for outcomes for children." 

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Notes to editor:

In 2015, Save the Children Australia worked with more than 44,000 Australian children and adults to create positive, long-term change. In July 2015, Save the Children merged with Good Beginnings Australia, creating one of the country's largest and most respected agencies dedicated to improving the lives of children in Australia.

The organisation runs education and child protection projects, and supports communities with emergency response and preparedness, in more than 200 sites around the country. More than 500 staff are involved in project delivery and support, and around 25 percent of these staff identify as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.