Chris Powell, National Board Chairman, Youth for Christ Australia

cindyozAs you may know, Youth for Christ Australia’s former CEO, Richard Sharp, went on extended leave in August last year for health reasons and then resigned at the end of January this year.

Over the past four months the YFC Australia Board has undertaken a rigorous search to identify a new CEO to lead us forward into, what we believe, will be an exciting new future that God has planned for this movement.

I am extremely pleased to announce today the appointment of Cindy McGarvie as the new CEO of Youth for Christ Australia – our first ever female CEO! Cindy is commencing full time duties with Youth for Christ today.

Cindy is a Christ-centred leader and team player with national and international experience from the Australian Defence Force to mission teams in Africa and community volunteers both in the Christian and non-Christian context. She is an evangelist at heart and gifted in relationships, communicating and networking. She is passionate to see the growth of the Kingdom and people set free.

Cindy has broad experience in developing and implementing successful strategies, particularly fundraising and organizational growth, within not-for-profits.

Cindy spent eight years in the Australian Army as a Nurse and Nurse Instructor then went on mission for twelve years with her husband to Tanzania and Uganda where she worked with SIL International in the medical support, recruitment and management fields. Returning to Australia, Cindy worked with Nexus Care (attached to Nexus Church in Brisbane) for a few months and then became the Mission Director for Nexus for three years. She then spent time working for various members of parliament, both State and Federal, and then was the Campaign Fundraising Manager for the Federal Electorate of Lilley. For the past two years she has been working as the Development Manager for the Australian Christian Lobby, where she was responsible for all fundraising activities for ACL.

Cindy will be based in Brisbane.

Please join with me in extending a warm welcome to Cindy and in praising God for providing us with such a wonderful leader to take up this vital position in Youth for Christ Australia.