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Russell Westacott – CEO
Russell Westacott is the Chief Executive Officer of Seniors Rights Service. He joined Seniors Rights Service in this capacity in January 2011. Russell has 30 years experience of working in non-government-organisations (NGOs). He worked for several organisations in the HIV sector where he worked for both state and national organisations. Russell has implemented projects in each state and territory in Australia in collaboration with local partners. He has worked on international projects in the South Pacific, South Africa and has represented Australian community-based groups at the United Nations on a number of occasions. During the period 2001 to 2005 Russell was Associate Director at the Institute of Gay Men’s Health based in New York City’s largest philanthropic and government funded NGO. Russell has overseen programmatic responses to diverse and hard to reach communities during successive management roles over the past 20 years. He has presented at a range of national conferences in both Australia and the US and has delivered papers at international conferences. Russell has an interest in the human rights and social justice of people and communities that are often marginalised. Russell has studied at the University of NSW in Politics and International Relations and Sociology.