Mr Bob Mitchell has been appointed CEO of Melbourne-based relief and development agency Anglican Overseas Aid (formerly Anglicord).

Mr Mitchell, a former Chief of Mission at World Vision Australia, has been interim CEO at AOA since early this month.

He succeeds Ms Misha Coleman, who left the agency in August after three years to stand as a Greens candidate for the City of Yarra elections on 27 October.

Associate Professor Julian Rait, the Deputy Chairman of AOA, said: “We are delighted to appoint Bob as CEO at Anglican Overseas Aid following a rigorous selection process that attracted a field of high quality candidates.  The process revealed the high regard that our organisation has within the aid and development sector.

“The depth of experience and understanding expressed by the applicants to pursue a more just peaceful and sustainable world was also very encouraging.  Certainly, the Board feels that Bob brings a unique confluence of skills and values to the CEO role in addition a deep passion for our various aid and development programs.” 

An AOA statement on 25 September said the Board and staff looked forward to working with Mr Mitchell, whom it described as a committed Christian, to overcome poverty, injustice and environmental challenges through its various programs and partnerships.

Mr Mitchell, a solicitor for 25 years and a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers for 14 years, worked on church-based development projects in Timor-Leste. He has been a board member of several not-for-profit organisations and has served on the Federal Attorney-General’s International Pro Bono Advisory Group and as a director of Western Health. He holds post-graduate qualifications in public policy, theology and taxation law. 

AOA began life in 1988 as the Archbishop of Melbourne’s International Relief and Development Committee under the late Archbishop David Penman, who had served as a missionary in Pakistan and the Middle East. The agency now assists projects in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and the Pacific.

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