Adam Awty, described by LIV as an “experienced membership association and not-for-profit executive”, who has been acting as interim CEO since July, will take over the position permanently moving forward.
He previously spent 18 years at CPA Australia, including stints as interim CEO, chief operating officer, chief financial officer and company secretary.
Speaking about the appointment, LIV president Belinda Wilson said Mr Awty’s “impressive leadership skills and strategic understanding of membership organisations” was extremely valuable to the institute.
“We’re delighted that Adam has been able to come into the LIV and understand the issues that are of concern to members, the profession and the community. Adam has been working closely with members, staff and key stakeholders and he’ll continue that momentum and make a real difference for our members and the profession,” she said.
“Adam brings a genuine commitment to innovation and collaboration across the LIV and the legal profession. His strong experience in membership organisations will help the LIV as it moves to a new home in the legal precinct and celebrates its 160th anniversary next year while also wanting to tackle issues of concern to the profession and the community.”
The major issues of concern the LIV sees, it noted in a statement, are access to justice, increasing court resources and services, reducing court delays, fixing ageing infrastructure, addressing mandatory sentencing and tackling mental health and wellbeing in the profession.
Mr Awty said: “It is a great honour to lead the LIV and I am excited about the opportunities ahead for the Law Institute, especially around delivering value for all members and standing up for the legal profession and community.”