Today the Board of the WA AIDS Council announced Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe as Interim CEO, following the death of Chief Executive Officer Andrew Burry at the weekend.
Mr Rowe has a long association with the Council, having served on its Board for over 10 years, including three as Chairperson. Mr Rowe has also served as the President of the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisations (AFAO), and was most recently Chief of Staff to former Premier Colin Barnett in WA State Government.
Current Board Chair Asanka Gunasekera thanked Mr Rowe for offering his knowledge and experience in this challenging time. “We are very grateful to have Willie step in to the role on such short notice and to provide support and leadership at a crucial period for the Council.”
Mr Rowe will begin work immediately and will be tasked with developing the recently announced pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, trial which is due to begin in mid-2017.
The WA AIDS Council has been overwhelmed with messages of condolence and support in recent days following Mr Burry's passing. The Board and staff would like to acknowledge these kind words and thoughts at a difficult time.
The Board also announced the creation of a Search, Recruitment and Selection sub-committee to find a permanent CEO.