Anglicare Victoria Ceo Steps Down

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4 February 2010

Anglicare Victoria CEO steps down

The Chairman of the Board of Anglicare Victoria Mr Damian Neylon announced

today that the Revd Canon Dr Ray Cleary would  conclude his role as Chief

Executive Officer with the agency at the 30th September 2010 and take 

accumulated leave entitlements from the 2nd July 2010. 

“ Ray has had a long and influential career in the church and the community sector

spanning over 41 years and  his decision to step down at this time finds Anglicare

Victoria’s work consolidated in the  Anglican Diocese of Melbourne and the wider

Victorian and Australian community”, said Mr Neylon. “He has served in a number of

community service agencies over his 41 years including his regular engagement with

government at both Federal and State levels, and for the past 5 years has been the

Chairman of Anglicare Australia the national peak body.  He has also served as a

Board member of VCOSS and the Brotherhood of St Laurence and is a Past President

and Life Member of the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare.”

“Ray was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2000 following the creation of

Anglicare Victoria in 1997 . During his time the agency has more than doubled in size

and has evolved an extensive range of child, youth, family and community services

across the Melbourne metropolitan area and country regions of Victoria, He has

brought to the agency extensive skills in social policy, strategic planning, financial

stewardship, a strong commitment to the principles of social justice, an engaging

media profile and a strong and informed understanding of the role and place of

Christian faith in the community sector and Australian society. He has worked

effectively with governments at all levels on issues including, homelessness, child

protection, housing, gambling , and child, youth and family services.”

This year will see Ray complete 41 years in the church and community sector and he

believes it is time to pursue other interests and to make way for the next generation of


Archbishop Philip Freier President of the Anglicare Victoria Council said, “Canon Dr

Ray Cleary has represented the Church at the national level, in this Diocese and in

the broader community sector throughout his ministry with a deep sense of God’s

presence, generosity and hospitality to those most in need.  As a strong advocate for

the disadvantaged and those in need  he has brought his theological and biblical

insights into his work with Anglicare and wider church life including his involvement

with St Paul’s Cathedral.”

Following a period of extended leave Ray plans to pursue a number of interests. 

The Board places on record its appreciation of Ray’s work and will advise of an

appropriate farewell to mark the occasion in due course. 

“An extensive recruitment strategy has begun to find  a successor to Ray Cleary,”  Mr

Neylon  announced.                                -ends-

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