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Executive leadership team

A yellow labrador dogs face. The dog has a red collar and is looking to the left of the camera,

Executive Leadership Team

Our Executive Leadership Team is responsible for implementing the strategy set by the Board. The Team ensures that performance goals are met and that our work and programs are undertaken efficiently, effectively and sustainably.

Chief Executive Officer

Nicky Long joined Guide Dogs Victoria as CEO in April 2023 with an impressive track record in the disability and non-profit sectors. She brings experience and drive to lead Guide Dogs Victoria into the future, combined with a deep passion and commitment to empower people living with a disability.

Prior to commencing with Guide Dogs Victoria, Nicky was CEO of Expression Australia, and held roles in the healthcare, pharmaceutical and not for profit sectors  – including Inaugural CEO of Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision and board positions with The Royal Women’s Hospital Foundation, The Snowdome Foundation and Soap Aid.

Nicky is a current Board Member of the St Kilda Football Club Foundation and Independent Non-Executive Director of the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation.

Nicky is a member of ‘Mentor Walks Australia’, and a member of the mentor program at St Kilda Football Club for AFLW players. She was a finalist in the 2020 Telstra Business Women’s Awards for Victoria – for purpose and social enterprise.

Nicky has a degree in Nursing, a Graduate Diploma in Marketing and a Masters of Business in Innovation and Leadership.

Nicky Long holding a yellow Labrador puppy

Chief Financial Officer

Penny holding a yellow Labrador puppy

General Manager Dog and Vision Services

“Working with Guide Dogs is a unique opportunity to combine my passion for animal health and welfare and improving the lives of people through social connection, health and learning.

I am honoured to work with an amazing team that supports people to live life without limits.”

Russell is an experienced Community Service professional with a background in veterinary medicine, disability services, and health and aged care.

Dr Russell Harrison kneeling next to a yellow Labrador who is licking his face.

Project Manager - Campus Redevelopment

Catherine Curry-Hyde holding a yellow Labrador puppy

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