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Our CEO

Mat Tinkler helped lead Save the Children in various executive roles for eight years before becoming our CEO in June 2022.

“I’m motivated by the sheer audacity of our mission and our power to change lives for the better, here in Australia, the Pacific, and around the world.” - Mat Tinkler

Mat Tinkler is a deep policy thinker and a fierce advocate for children and our mission. He has driven change for children by transforming Save the Children Australia's approach to delivering International Programs and ensuring we have a strong public voice for vulnerable children through our media, advocacy, and campaigns work.

Mat’s focus is to maintain our strong reputation for advocacy, deliver on our 2024 Strategy, and to scale our “big bets” such as leveraging technology to improve outcomes for children and building climate resilience through access to the Green Climate Fund.

Throughout his time at Save, Mat has fostered an environment of trust and candour with supporters, peers and the people of Save the Children Australia, with a strong focus on building a culture that is diverse and inclusive.

Previously, Mat worked as Chief of Staff to the Hon Bill Shorten MP in the Federal Government, overseeing a diverse range of portfolios covering taxation law, superannuation and financial services regulation, consumer credit, charity and not-for-profit regulation, insurance reforms, workplace relations and disability reform. Prior to this role he was Acting Executive Director for the Public Law Clearing House, an organisation that provides legal services to the most disadvantaged Australians. Mat began his career as a corporate lawyer at Minter Ellison.

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