10 December 2022

New chief executive announced for Anglican Overseas Aid

Jo Knight will take on the role of Anglican Overseas Aid chief executive. Picture: Supplied 

By Elspeth Kernebone 

23 December 2021

ANGLICAN Overseas Aid has announced its new chief executive, after current leader Reverend Bob Mitchell flagged he would depart in February. 

Tearfund advocacy director Jo Knight will take on the role, which begins in February 2022. 

AOA announced Ms Knight’s appointment in a Facebook post on Thursday, saying she was a Christian leader with 20 years of experience and a strong commitment to justice and sustainability. 

Read more: Tireless head of Anglican Overseas Aid to retire in 2022

Ms Knight thrives on bold social justice initiatives, and is an analytical and creative thinker, the post said. 

It named starting a youth movement to fight poverty, refugee test cases as a lawyer, and creating advocacy campaigns among the initiatives Ms Knight has directed. 

The post quoted Ms Knight saying she was looking forward to leading Anglican Overseas Aid into the season ahead. 

“The commitment and passion of AOA’s supporters in working to achieve their vision excites me and I’m looking forward to meeting many of them as I take up the role,” she said. 

Ms Knight is married to Peter Carolane, senior minister of Merri Creek Anglican in Melbourne’s north. 

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