ACT Region Crime Stoppers (ACTRCS) has made Australian history by electing the youngest executive leadership team, comprised of highly qualified professionals all aged under 40, bringing a new younger perspective to keeping the Canberra region safe.
Oliver Forrester, digital entrepreneur and multi-business owner, was elected to the Chair after serving on the Board for the last 9 years. Now aged 31, Oliver is the youngest ever Chair of a Crime Stoppers jurisdiction in Australia.
“I am honoured to have this opportunity to lead this vitally important program. The whole organisation is progressively focused on how it can effectively reach, influence and involve young adults and youth in keeping our communities safe through awareness and reporting of increasingly complex and emerging crime types in Australia. The new executive team is significantly younger than what is common on Australian Boards, but we are ideally placed to embrace new and emerging technologies to engage with the community and encourage them to share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity.” Oliver said.
Greer Garrett-Meehan, aged in her mid-thirties, was elected Deputy Chair after serving four years as an ACTRCS Director. Greer is a lawyer who worked for the federal government in both a domestic and international setting before moving to KPMG’s Canberra practice as an Associate Director.
Ryan Stevens, another young Canberran achiever, continues in his role as ACTRCS Treasurer following his four years of volunteering with ACTRCS. A Chartered Accountant, Ryan has provided corporate and commercial advisory services to Government and the private sector, most recently at Icon Water where he is the Finance Business Partner for Infrastructure Services
Dr Katharine Bassett was elected Board Secretary. She is passionate about improving the health and social outcomes of all Australians. Katharine is a Policy Research Lead at the Australian Medical Association and recently joined ACTRCS to help make a difference to community safety outcomes.
Oliver will take over the position from retiring National and ACTRCS Chair, Diana Forrester. Diana has been an ACTRCS volunteer with since 2008. She has been the Chair of ACTRCS for the last five years, representing the ACT on the Crime Stoppers Australia Board. She made history as the first woman to lead the CSA Board when she was elected National Chair in early 2019.
Under Diana’s leadership ACTRCS have secured significant Commonwealth funding for a range of important national and state-based initiatives, strengthened relationships with key partners and kindred organisations, and we have considerably enhanced our governance and branding.