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Statement regarding our CEO

It is with great sadness that we advise that our CEO, Debbie Collings, passed away suddenly last Friday.

The news has, of course, been extremely unsettling and upsetting for the staff and while we are working closely with them to ensure they feel supported, Peta Simpson has kindly agreed to step in as Acting CEO until we appoint a new Chief Executive Officer. Our communities can be assured that the organisation will continue operating as normal and can contact Peta going forward. 

The Foundation remains an important part of Victoria’s efforts to keep its young people safe on the roads, and we want to acknowledge Debbie’s role in achieving that.

It is a fine legacy.

Debbie will be remembered as a CEO who championed young people and their potential, both in the team she worked with and the students we all work for. Debbie was passionate in ensuring that every young person across Victoria had the opportunity to undertake the F2D Year 11 Workshop, regardless of where they lived or their learning environment. 

Under Debbie’s leadership the Foundation has;

- Reached over 100,000 Victorian Year 11 students with the F2D Year 11 Workshop

- Expanded the program delivery to 72 Victorian local government areas

- Implemented 3 new TAC programs statewide including the Student Voices Road Safety Forum, Smarter Moves Community Forum and LegitiMate 

While our thoughts are with Debbie’s family and close friends, we will continue to honour her passion for the Fit to Drive Foundation in our work.

Debbie impacted many young lives, will be sadly missed and forever appreciated.