Cynthia Payne

Founder and Managing Director, Anchor Excellence


Cynthia Payne has more than 30 years executive leadership experience and over 20 year as a Director in both NFP and FP boards. Cynthia founded Anchor Excellence in September 2018, now three years old, AE has impacted over 30% of the Australian aged care market via its programs, solutions and education. Passionate about leaders, supporting and enabling them and consumers’ lived experience, Cynthia and the seventeen strong AE team together have a formidable level of expertise and commitment to the entire aged care ecosystem. Cynthia holds an MBA, Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing. She is a Cert IV qualified Yoga teacher (800HrRYT) and certified practitioner of Balanced Scorecard. She is a seasoned public speaker and MC. She is MAICD, Fellow of the Governance Institute Australia and long term member of the Australian College of Nursing and Fellow of the Manager and Leaders Institute. She is Board adviser to Total Construction (2019- current) and past NED for the National Heart Foundation (2017-2021), Current Independent review panel member for Business Excellence Australia.