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New CEO amid Board reshuffle

David Curtin - Monday, February 24, 2014

Keep Queensland Beautiful reveals new CEO amid Board shuffle

Rick Burnett who held the position for four years, met with the organisations new Board of Directors last month, when both parties agreed on his departure.

His departure comes after a board of six new Directors were elected at the January 20, Annual General Meeting.

Newly elected Chairman, Peter Black said both Burnett and the board recognised that it was an appropriate time to hand the baton onto a new CEO.

"Rick has been an asset to Keep Queensland Beautiful over a long period of time and has overseen some of the most successful years in the organisations history - mainly the rebranding of Keep Australia Beautiful Queensland last year to Keep Queensland Beautiful, a move to refocus on local State litter and recycling issues.

"The Board acknowledges his wonderful service and wish him well in whatever path he decides to take in the future.

Black said current Keep Queensland Beautiful employee, David Curtin (previously responsible for Organisational Development and Fundraising) has been appointed as interim CEO.

Among his key responsibilities as interim CEO, Curtin will oversee the implementation of a program review, volunteer and donor recruitment drive, develop strategies to increase the revenue base and launch a state-of-the-art smartphone application to improve Queensland's dirty litter habit.

The new CEO has highlighted the need for transformation at the organisation, promising to deliver renewed programs, relevant to key stakeholders and local governments across Queensland.

"Our iconic programs; Tidy Towns and Clean Beaches are tired - they're older than I am and we all know, to remain relevant, we need a new coat of paint every now and then.

"Our plan is to revitalise these programs and the delivery to strengthen the tourism economy in Queensland and give Councils something to shout about and be proud of, something that will involve the young and old in our robust Queensland communities.

"Queensland is still the worst littered mainland state in Australia - we need to work with the Government and communities to improve our rating." Curtin said.

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MEDIA CONTACTS:
David Curtin, Chief Executive Officer
P: 07 3252 2886 | 0435 602 737
E: DCurtin@keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au

Peter Black, Chairman
P: 0421 636 496
E: info@keepqueenslandbeautiful.org.au