Mr Anderson said that after 20 years service to Fairbridge this June and after recently turning 50, he had decided to move.
“Over the last 20 years I have had the opportunity to look at many different organisations across Australia and Fairbridge is an amazing place where true, positive long-term sustainable change can be achieved in the lives of young people struggling with life,’’ he said.
“Their courage and commitment to improve their lives in spite of such challenge and hardship will always be an inspiration to me.”
Board of Governors chairman John Alexander said Mr Anderson’s vision had achieved many positive outcomes for young people, their families and the community.
“His belief in the ability for young people to change their path in life with a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out’ has been inspiring and the motivation behind much of what Fairbridge does,” he said.
Iggy Matthew will serve as chief executive until a replacement is appointed.