Guide Dogs Victoria welcomes Nicky Long as CEO

January 13, 2023
Headshot of Nicky Long.

The Guide Dogs Victoria Board is pleased to confirm it has appointed former Expression Australia CEO, Nicky Long, as the incoming CEO following the announcement of her resignation this afternoon. Nicky will join GDV in mid-April once she has served her notice period. 

Nicky is an exceptional business leader with an impressive track record in the disability and non-profit sectors. She brings the experience and drive to lead Guide Dogs Victoria into the future, combined with a passion and commitment to empower people living with a disability. 

Nicky has most recently done this as the CEO of Expression Australia, which delivers NDIS services and support to empower the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Prior to this, Nicky spent five years as the CEO of Maddie Riewoldts’s Vision, achieving a host of outstanding outcomes across fundraising, research, strategy and culture.  

Nicky brings deep community links in Victoria. She volunteers as a mentor for women through Mentor Walks and St Kilda’s AFLW player program and is also a volunteer Director for the Priceline Sisterhood Foundation and St Kilda Football Club Foundation. 

The GDV Board would like to extend a huge thanks to Interim CEO, Iain Edwards, for his passion and stewardship of Guide Dogs Victoria since June 2022. We equally thank Iain’s employer, Peninsula Health, for allowing Iain to take a leave of absence over this time, which has enabled him to commit full-time to Guide Dogs Victoria. 

Iain has decided not to nominate for reappointment to the GDV Board once Nicky joins as CEO and will instead take a break from formal duties. We look forward to welcoming Iain back into the organisation in some capacity in the future. 

Dr David Cochrane will continue as Chair of the Guide Dogs Victoria Board.


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