Media release

Paul Sullivan to step down as CEO

Tuesday, 14 March 2023

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Paul Sullivan will be stepping down as BirdLife Australia’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) after 10 years service. Mr Sullivan has been a driving force for the performance, reach and impact of today’s BirdLife Australia.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead BirdLife Australia” said Mr Sullivan. “The easy thing for me to do would be to continue in this role, working with great people in an organisation I love; however, renewal is healthy, and BirdLife is well-placed for future success. I’m excited to step back and watch BirdLife Australia succeed in this next chapter.”

“Thank you all for all your support, and the trust you placed in me.”

Mr Sullivan has been instrumental in leading the BirdLife Australia through a period of growth and innovation and has positioned the charity as a leader in nature conservation. The changes allowed BirdLife Australia to set its own conservation priorities, respond swiftly to the bushfire crisis and continue to save birds during the pandemic.

BirdLife CEO Paul Sullivan

“The significance of what Paul and the team have achieved is impossible to capture in a few words,” said Martine Maron, President of BirdLife Australia. “Since 2013, Paul’s leadership has prepared BirdLife Australia for an exciting future. We are better positioned than ever to tackle the many challenges our birds face, and build upon our successes.”

BirdLife Australia has already begun the process of searching for a new CEO, and Mr Sullivan will work closely with the board and executive team to ensure a smooth transition.