WA AIDS Council appoints interim boss after sudden death of CEO

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FORMER Premier Colin Barnett’s Chief of Staff Peter Rowe will serve as interim chief executive of the WA AIDS Council after former chief executive Andrew Burry died on the weekend.

An emergency board meeting was held last night to carry a motion of condolence noting Mr Burry’s service, before it appointed Mr Rowe today.

Mr Burry served as chief executive for four years before his death on March 25.

It is understood Mr Burry suffered a heart attack while on holiday in Taiwan.

Mr Rowe served on the board for more than 10 years, including three as chairperson and served as the Australian Federation of AIDS Organisation’s president.

Mr Rowe will begin work immediately and is tasked with developing the pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) trial, which is due to begin in mid-2017.

The board will also create a Search, Recruitment and Selection sub-committee to find a permanent chief executive.