NEW CEO ANNOUNCED FOR DROUGHT ANGELS AS NATASHA JOHNSTON TRANSITIONS TO ADVOCACY ROLE.
Today, Drought Angels announced the appointment of new CEO Jason Law, former Telstra Executive, and Deputy Chair RDA Sunshine Coast.
The move comes as the charity primes for growth and Australian of the Year, Queensland Local Hero Natasha Johnston, transitions to focus on the heart of the charity she created whilst giving it the best opportunity to expand.
With a passion for driving change across regional Australia, Jason brings to Drought Angels a proven track record of success and a deep understanding of the issues facing regional and rural communities across Australia. As founding General Manager of the Telstra Country Wide initiative, he has been instrumental in delivering digital transformation initiatives in various regional communities across Queensland, coupled with 33 years in the technology sector; and 23 years working in Regional Economic Development organisations.
Raising over $21.3 million in just nine years has been no mean feat for Natasha Johnston, and her small team based in the humble HQ of Chinchilla. Since their inception in 2014 Drought Angels has provided support to over 4700 Primary Producers and 1300 communities throughout Australia impacted by all natural disasters (drought, flood, fire, and plagues) in the form of financial assistance, food hampers, care packs, and mental wellbeing support. Recognising the need for growth as the charity expands to a new level, Natasha is handing the reigns to whom she believes is better equipped for the position.
“Handing over the reins signifies the beginning of an exciting and important new chapter for Drought Angels. I firmly believe that leadership is about recognizing strengths and leveraging them for the greater good. With Jason’s track record, I know Drought Angels will soar to even greater heights, reaching more farmers, providing more support, and making an even larger impact in the lives of those affected by natural disasters and the mental health challenges these disasters help create. As the founder, my heart will always remain with Drought Angels. Together, let us continue to sow the seeds of compassion, resilience, and hope in the face of adversity. The journey may change, but the destination remains the same: a better and brighter future for our farmers and rural communities.”
This change will also enable her to do what she is truly passionate about, nurturing the heart of Drought Angels – their core values, farmers, community, and purpose.
Jason steps into the CEO role in the same month of Drought Angels first national campaign, the inaugural Flanno for a Farmer. On 25th August, Australians are being asked to don a flanno for one day to raise funds and awareness for the people who feed our country. Already attracting the likes of Giaan Rooney, Country Music Stars, Actors and Executives, the day hopes to raise over $200K for our farming community.
“As I step into the role of CEO at Drought Angels, I am honoured and inspired by the incredible work that Tash and her team have done for farmers and rural communities. Drought Angels’ unwavering commitment to supporting those affected by the harsh realities of natural disasters is truly commendable. Together, with our dedicated team and our generous supporters, my goal is to build our capacity and extend our reach”.
Jason has carved a reputation of having a unique blend of strategic thinking, innovative problem-solving and empowering his team members, which will be instrumental as Drought Angels continues to make big dents in the NFP Agri sector. His first objective is to provide permanent Angels on the ground in every State in Australia, ensuring a lasting difference in the lives of those who feed our nation.