Tony Nicholson has dedicated 30 years to improving conditions of those living on or close to the edges of society. A feature of his work has been his ability to collaborate with colleague social justice organisations, governments and businesses to achieve reform in public policy and service delivery to the benefit of disadvantaged Australians.
Mr Nicholson’s expertise in understanding the historic and emerging needs of Australians experiencing homelessness led to his appointment in January 2008 as Chair of the Federal Government’s Steering Committee for the development of the White Paper on homelessness. Mr Nicholson brings stability and consistency from his experiences in the development of the White Paper to its implementation.
Mr Nicholson is currently Executive Director of the Brotherhood of St Laurence in Melbourne. He brings to the task of leadership at the Brotherhood a strong record of service development and innovation, research and policy analysis and compelling advocacy on behalf of those most disadvantaged in our community. Mr Nicholson and his colleagues at the Brotherhood have for several years been at the forefront of knowledge development and practice of a genuinely Australian approach to social inclusion. In recognition of this leadership Mr Nicholson was appointed member of the inaugural Australian Social Inclusion Board by the Prime Minister in May 2008.
Mr Nicholson is also Chairperson of the Victorian Government’s Community Support Fund Community Advisory Council.