FCA CEO Mary Aldred resigns

Mary Aldred exits FCA
Mary Aldred, has resigned as the CEO of the FCA. Image supplied.

Mary Aldred, CEO of Franchise Council of Australia, is leaving the industry peak body after almost five years.

Aldred said “It has been an immense privilege to be entrusted with the task of restructuring the FCA and restoring the standing of franchising.

“The last four and a half years have been both challenging, and rewarding. Our focus on delivering value to members, managing regulatory reform and proving support during the challenges of the pandemic have put the FCA in a good position.”

FCA board chair Brendan Green told members “Mary leaves the FCA in a sound financial position, helped by a net uplift in membership numbers. We now have a modern and fit for purpose information management system, a solid calendar of events and member engagement program.

FCA CEO resigns, board moves swiftly to find replacement

“Under Mary’s leadership I am tremendously proud of the information, support and representation work the FCA has delivered for franchised businesses who were depending on us to help them through the pandemic and recovery,” he said.

The FCA board appointed Aldred in 2018 with a brief that included best practice standards, compliance, practical support and advocacy.

Green said “Mary goes with the sincere thanks and appreciation of our Board, members and staff, and will formally leave as CEO early in the new year.”

The FCA will move swiftly to find a new CEO, he said.

Aldred took on the CEO role in 2018, appointed by a board led by then-chairman Bruce Billson, now the Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman.

She took on the role after serving as CEO for the Committee for Gippsland Inc for seven years.

Aldred is moving into a business role, which she will announce at a later date.

She said “I have loved working closely with so many of our FCA members. Their commitment to their employees, businesses and local communities, is nothing short of inspiring. “