Down Syndrome Australia welcomes new CEO, Ruth Webber

Media Release January 27, 2015

Down Syndrome Australia extends a warm welcome to our new CEO, Ruth Webber

Before joining Down Syndrome Australia, Ruth worked in politics for many years, as a campaigner, policy adviser, political party official and ultimately as a Senator for Western Australia.

After leaving the Senate Ruth has advised a number of peak not-for-profit organisations.

In addition, Ruth is currently Deputy President of the Mental Illness Fellowship of WA, and has served on the boards of Carers WA, Women’s Health Works and the ArtSound FM radio station.

“I’m really looking forward to working with the Down syndrome community. In politics I always worried about the sections of our society that either didn’t know how to access the political system or weren’t able to.”

“I’m hoping I can use whatever skills, networks and knowledge I have to bring the Down syndrome community’s issues to the attention of the government and other key decision makers, in the hope that we can all work together and build a more confident and secure future for people with Down syndrome.”

We also sincerely thank Jackie Softly for her excellent work as Acting CEO over the past few months.



Ruth Webber

CEO, Down Syndrome Australia

0409 115 859


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