New CEO Appointed


Following the suddenly passing of CEO Andrew Burry in March 2017, and an extensive recruitment process, the Board of the WA AIDS Council is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. David Kernohan as Chief Executive Officer. 

Mr. Kernohan has held senior executive roles in the not-for-profit sector in Western Australia for over 20 years, most recently as CEO of the Mental Health Law Centre (WA).

“The Board and staff of the WA AIDS Council are delighted to welcome David to the role,” said Chairperson Asanka Gunasekera, “and we look forward to a bright future working together to improve the sexual health of Western Australians, reduce HIV transmissions and support those living with HIV.”

Mr. Kernohan has qualifications in Law (LLB Murdoch University), a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) Edith Cowan University, and Mental Health Nursing (Graylands Hospital). Prior to working in the community legal sector David worked in the community services sector with people who were homeless and had complex needs linked to drug, alcohol and mental health issues.

Mr. Gunasekera also thanked Peter ‘Willie’ Rowe for standing in as Interim CEO following Mr. Burry’s sudden passing until Mr. Kernohan’s appointment.


For media comment, please contact:

Willie Rowe
Interim CEO
Western Australian AIDS Council
Ph | 9482 0000
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