Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

Dear Members

Please find below a joint statement from Leah as CEO and myself as President of BCA. Should you have questions, please contact me on 0410 553 383.

Blind Citizens Australia – Joint Statement from Emma Bennison and Leah van Poppel

30 July 2016

We are writing to let you know that sadly, Leah has made the decision to resign as CEO of Blind Citizens Australia. This difficult, but necessary decision will enable Leah to manage her personal circumstances.

Leah says: “I love BCA and have very much enjoyed my time here. But my personal circumstances have changed significantly in recent months and I need more time and space to manage them. I want to make it clear that this decision is in no way a reflection on the work of Emma and the board. They have given me an enormous amount of support, for which I am very grateful. I would like to take this opportunity to wish BCA all the very best into the future as I step away from the organisation and into a new role.”

The board recognises the critical role Leah has played in rebuilding member confidence in the organisation. Emma says: “Members are the reason BCA exists. Leah’s dedication to communicating with and supporting members has strengthened our organisation as the united voice of blind and vision-impaired Australians. The board sincerely thanks Leah for her commitment and wishes her every success in her new position.”

Leah has offered her full support to the board during the transition process. Her final day in the BCA office will be Friday, 19 August.

The board will provide further information regarding the recruitment of a new CEO in due course.

Leah van Poppel, CEO
Emma Bennison, President