Jo Watson, the Executive Director of the National Association of People with HIV Australia (NAPWHA), has today announced that she will be stepping down from her position and leaving the organisation in early July 2014.
Jo has been with the organisation since 1998 and over an impressive career has guided NAPWHA to its present position as a significant and respected organisation within the national HIV response and internationally.
“I have decided to finish my term with NAPWHA within this current contract," Watson said today. “It has been a decision that I have been planning for some time, and I feel very confident about the current capacity of both the Board and staff team to start the transition process now.”
NAPWHA President Robert Mitchell said that it was with great sadness to the organisation that Jo Watson is leaving and he paid tribute to the exemplary leadership that Jo has given NAPWHA over the past 16 years.
“Jo’s contribution to the organisation and the secretariat cannot ever be fully quantified. Her personal commitment to HIV positive people and to the HIV response has been absolutely extraordinary. The board, membership and staff of NAPWHA wish her all the best for the future and look forward to continuing the many personal friendships that we all value so much.”
Watson will be replaced by Aaron Cogle, NAPWHA Deputy Director, who will be acting as Executive Director until later in the year.