Vision 2020 Australia has appointed former Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) head Ms Patricia Sparrow as its new CEO.
Sparrow will commencing in the role on 27 September, taking over from Ms Judith Abbott who is assuming the role of CEO at Carers Victoria. She was appointed Vision 2020 Australia CEO in June 2018.
Sparrow has been CEO of ACSA for the past five years. Previously, she worked in consumer health advocacy, in departmental roles and as a senior adviser to federal government ministers.
Vision 2020 Australia chair Mr Christopher Pyne said the appointment was exciting news for the eye health and vision care sector.
“Her experience, alongside a deep understanding and passion for health equity means she is well placed to deliver for our members,” he said.
“She is very experienced at political and policy advocacy, having steered ACSA through the most turbulent period in its history including the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.
“This combination of expertise, strategic acumen and strong national networks will allow her to continue and expand our organisation’s influence.”
Pyne also acknowledged Abbott who he said led the organisation with “clarity, purpose and enthusiasm through a period of considerable change”.
“Her contributions to the sector have been highly valued by members, funders and other partners, and on behalf of the Board I wish her all the best as she moves into the next phase of her career,” he said.