Christine Nixon, the former Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police, has been appointed the new Chair of Leadership Victoria, a not-for-profit social enterprise specialising in leadership development.
Nixon comes to the role at Leadership Victoria after serving as the first female Chief Commissioner of Victoria Police between 2001 and 2009, and leading the Victorian bushfire recovery after the 2009 Black Saturday fires.
Leadership Victoria said Nixon’s experiences in leadership roles have uniquely positioned her to understand the challenges and opportunities of leadership in today’s society.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Christine to the role of Chair. Her experience and vision as a leader will be an asset to our organisation, as we aim to enable leadership that inspires, connects and transforms,” said Sally Hines, CEO of Leadership Victoria.
“Now more than ever, we need people who want to mobilise others to tackle tough societal challenges, and with Christine’s guidance, we’ve never been better placed to advance this type of adaptive leadership.”
Nixon said the world needs visionary leadership to deal with some of the most pressing issues.
“Right now, we’re facing unprecedented challenges, from climate change to gender inequality to the ongoing effects of the COVID pandemic. In order to tackle these issues, we need leaders who are visionaries, who can bring people together to create lasting change,” Nixon said.
“A great leader is someone who is able to draw on the strength of those they lead, and as Chair of Leadership Victoria, I’m looking forward to working with the board, management, and alumni to foster leadership that helps to solve some of the big issues, and greatest opportunities, within our community.”
Nixon is currently the Chair of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners, and Deputy Chair of Castlemaine State Festival. In 2017, she co-authored “Women Leading” with Amanda Sinclair.
She comes to Leadership Victoria at at time when the organisation is focusing on helping individuals, workplaces and communities to exercise the leadership needed to create a more sustainable, inclusive and equitable society.
Alumni of Leadership Victoria include Dr Bronwyn King AO, who is a world leader in the fight against big tobacco investment; Justin Hanney, Chief Executive Officer of the City of Melbourne; Vivienne Nguyen, Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission; and Dr Sonja Hood, President of the North Melbourne Football Club.