Having worked at Fams since 2014, Julie’s passion and determination for better social outcomes for children, young people and communities alongside her extensive leadership and advocacy skills led to her appointment as CEO in August 2014.  After 7 years at the organisation, Julie feels it’s the right time to move on and continue to follow her passion to support children in frontline service delivery.

Under Julie’s leadership, Fams has grown to be a highly regarded NSW peak organisation which plays a critical role in providing unwavering and dependable advocacy, action and advice to transform the system so that vulnerable children and families get the right support, in the right place, at the right time.

Ms Hourigan Ruse said:

It has been my pleasure and privilege to be the Chief Executive Officer during a time that has seen Fams become the go-to trusted advisor of the NSW Government and sector, and influential public voice raising awareness of children and families at risk. I thank Fams’ staff, partners and supporters for the contributing to better outcomes for vulnerable children and making my time at Fams so memorable. This decision was not an easy one to make but I leave Fams knowing that the organisation is strongly placed to continue into the future with initiatives that are responsive to key issues in our community and sector.

Chair of the Board, Ashleigh Daines said:

I thank Julie for her inspiring leadership and her commitment to advocate for greater outcomes for vulnerable children and communities across NSW. It has been an absolute pleasure to work alongside Julie, the Fams Board is sorry to see Julie’s time at Fams come to an end and gives our blessings to her decision and future endeavours. Fams’ strategic plan and vision for the future means we are well placed to continue to build on the foundations that Julie and the Fams team have established for the organisation and have some exciting initiatives coming in the year ahead which will continue to support our mission to advocate for better public policy and providing advice on how to achieve sustainable outcomes to support vulnerable children, young people, families and communities.

The Board has commenced an executive search to select a new CEO. Fams will communicate the outcome of this process at the appropriate time.