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Tim Jack Adams, Founder, GreenX7

Tim has created an overarching framework that enables leaders, teams and organisations to thrive sustainably and move into their peak performance zone. He is the founder of a leading-edge wellness solutions company for all employees of an organisation through to Executives and Management Teams. A thought leader and speaker in the Wellness Industry, Tim has worked with the Australian Defence Force, Red Bull, Six Senses, Olympians and many of Australia’s top companies.

With so much change and instability occurring in the modern workplace, it is key to understand how to get the best out of your employees to ensure your organisation is not only surviving but thriving sustainably.  If you want a thriving culture, it’s about creating connections, deepening engagement, and inspiring your people to share your organisations vision.  Research shows happy people are measurably more productive, better decision makers and more effective.

Belinda Allen, General Manager - Services & Sector Capacity, ACCPA

Belinda Allen is an accomplished executive leader with expertise in strategy development, leading large transformation projects and teams, marketing and business development, and implementing significant community sector reform. Possessing more than 20 years’
experience in for-purpose organisations spanning government, corporate and for-profit settings, she is passionate about the delivery of quality services to those that are most vulnerable in our community. Belinda is responsible for ACCPA’s Services and Sector Capacity portfolio consisting of
funded programs, member services, consultancy, learning and events, workplace relations and innovation. Prior to joining ACCPA, Belinda held the position of Director of Member Services and Marketing for National Disability Services, the peak body for disability service providers.

Janet Anderson PSM, Commissioner, Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission

Janet was appointed as our inaugural Commissioner in January 2019 having held leadership positions in Commonwealth, State and Territory agencies for more than 20 years, working in the areas of health and aged care policy, strategy and planning.

After stints in the NSW Department of Health, the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs and the Commonwealth Department of Health, Janet took up the position of Deputy CEO, and then acting CEO, of the Northern Territory Department of Health. While in the Northern Territory, she led the government’s response to the Royal Commission into child protection and youth justice.

In 2009, Janet was awarded a Public Service Medal for her significant contributions to health policy development and reform – contributions she has continued to build on here at the Commission through the current program of aged care sector reforms.

The Commissioner is supported by an experienced Executive Leadership team and a diverse, highly skilled and experienced staff.

Kevin Andrews, Former member of Australian Liberal Party

The Hon. Kevin Andrews served in the Australian Commonwealth Parliament from 1991 until 2022 as the member for the Victorian seat of Menzies in the House of Representatives.

Mr Andrews held a number of Ministerial and Cabinet appointments during his time in Parliament, including serving as Minister for Defence (2014-2015), Minister for Social Services (2013-2014), Minister for Immigration and Citizenship (2007), Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations and Minister Assisting the Prime Minister for the Public Service (2003-2007), and Minister for Ageing (2001-2003).

More recently, Kevin was the Chairman of the Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Chairman of the Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System, Chairman of the Human Right Sub-Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade and Chairman of the House Privileges and Member’s Interests Committee. He was also a member of the Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security.

Cam Ansell, Managing Director, Ansell Strategic

Cam is a Chartered Accountant and Managing Director of Ansell Strategic.

With over 25 years of experience in the aged care and retirement living industries, Cam is a recognised thought leader in the sector.

Cam has undertaken comprehensive financial and operational reviews of retirement and aged care services in Australia, USA, Asia and New Zealand. He has lead major studies across Australia and New Zealand to advise Government and industry on financial viability and sustainability.

Cam has also performed detailed market metrics reviews to assist providers across Australia and New Zealand to identify market opportunities for capital development and redevelopment projects.

Cam has provided performance benchmarking analysis for most aged care providers in Australasia and is a recognised national and international speaker on the changing trends in seniors’ accommodation and care services.

Brenda Appleton OAM, the Senior Victorians Advisory Group and the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable

Brenda retired in 2009 after 35 years working in the corporate sector and is heavily involved volunteering with a wide range of community groups, including the LGBTIQ+ communities in Melbourne (for more than 20 years).

Brenda was the chair of Transgender Victoria until 2021, and stepped down in 2019, after two terms, as the co-chair of the LGBTIQ Taskforce set up by the Victorian Government. Brenda has been a member of the Victoria Mental Health Ministerial Advisory Committee, the Victorian LGBTI Taskforce Health and Human Services Working Group and the NWMPHN Suicide Prevention Taskforce. She is on the Senior Victorians Advisory Group and the Victorian Elder Abuse Roundtable.

Brenda is passionate about using her lived experience to improve the health and wellbeing of trans and gender diverse people across Victoria. She was inducted onto the Victorian Honour Roll of Women in 2017 and received a COTA Senior Achiever award as part of the 2018 Victoria Seniors of the Year awards.

Brenda is a retired chartered accountant. She has a Bachelor of Commerce, a Master of Sustainable Practice and GAICD, and was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in January 2019.

“The opportunities provided by The Pinnacle Foundation can be significant for the future success of many young disadvantaged LGBTIQ+ people, and I love being involved in this important work.”

Claire Bailey, Head of Workplace Relations, ACCPA

Claire Bailey started working in aged care in January 2020 and played an important role supporting members through COVID-19 during the height of the pandemic. She has worked in employment relations since 2002 in both the public and private sectors, gaining experience in a range of industries. She has an honours degree in industrial relations and human resource management from the University of Sydney. Claire enjoys working with ACCPA members to assist them to successfully manage their workplace relations matters. She is also passionate about strategic planning and advocating on behalf of members on significant workplace issues in our sector.

Kate Bain, Senior Operations Consultant, Ansell Strategic

Experienced Governance and Quality Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the hospital & health care industry. Skilled in full Residential Aged Care operational and financial management, Compliance, Auditing, Clinical Governance, Palliative Care, Rehabilitation, Comprehensive assessment, ACFI, Medical-Surgical, Patient Safety, WHS, RTW, No lift and Home Care. Strong healthcare services professional with a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing Sciences from University of Ballarat

Jason Binder, Managing Director, Respect

A social leader at heart, I utilise my corporate experience and business acumen to reduce burden and better serve our communities through value-based, human-centred leadership that ensures older people are respected, valued, and enjoy a high quality of life.

I’m the Managing Director at Respect, a not-for-profit organisation that has been proudly serving our communities with the highest standard of care for over a century.

Respect is strategic in its approach to growth and strives to be a leader in our communities through our actions, promoting an environment of respect, value, and belonging. Through this approach, many other not-for-profit organisations have joined Respect to make it a strong, influential, and progressive provider of aged care and retirement living in Australia.

I’m proud to be working closely with other not-for-profit aged care providers who share the same vision of making positive change while maintaining their rich community history and culture.

If you are a not-for-profit aged care provider seeking support please do not hesitate to reach out.

To learn more about Respect please visit our website:


Sue Blair, Client Partnership Manager, HESTA

Sue Blair has worked in superannuation for 10 years, joining HESTA as a Client Partnership Manager in 2019. She has an understanding of the aged care sector as her parents owned and operated an aged care home for 8 years with Sue working there prior to her studies in HR. After attending an education session on superannuation, Sue retrained and moved into the superannuation sector, to share what she considers is “need to know stuff”. Sue is passionate about helping people retire with dignity and works with employers and other members of the HESTA team to achieve this.

Danni Campbell-Manley, VIC State Manager, ACCPA

Danielle Campbell-Manley is a health professional with 30 years’ experience as a registered nurse, working for and with the health and aged care industry including the acute, community and residential aged care sectors.

Danielle has held senior management and leadership roles with private, not-for profit and government organisations with extensive experience consulting and representing the aged and community care providers at a state and federal level.

Danielle has had the opportunity to be a sessional lecturer and be a recipient of the June Allen Nursing Award.

She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing), Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (Information Systems) and Graduate Certificate Business Administration.

In the role of Victorian State Manager, Danielle advocates on behalf of ACCPA members and promotes the age services industry across all stakeholders.

Angela Cook Project Manager, CFA

Angela Cook is the Senior Engagement Advisor for People at Higher Risk in the Community Preparedness Team at the Country Fire Authority (CFA). Recently Angela managed a 3-year project which aimed to improve fire preparedness and safety for people at higher risk. People who are older or have a disability are at disproportionate risk in emergencies, including both house fires and bushfires. Angela has worked at CFA for over 15 years and has managed a number of large state-wide community engagement programs and projects. Angela has a strong focus on accessibility and inclusion for all the community and believes strongly in the capability approach.

Geraldine Ellis-Maguire General Manager Member Relations, ACCPA

Geraldine Ellis-Maguire has gained extensive executive leadership experience within the professional services, recruitment, and peak body sectors. Prior to joining ACCPA, she led a Tasmanian Peak Body which successfully advocated for Tasmania to be the first state to raise the age of out-of-home care from 18-21.  Geraldine was previously a State Manager with ACSA and through this role she gained a true insight into the impacts that Members are facing and the critical role that ACCPA plays. It is for this reason that Geraldine focuses on ensuring that ACCPA delivers an exceptional member experience which can be adapted to meet the needs and feedback from members. At ACCPA, Geraldine is responsible for the Member Relations portfolio including State Managers, Member Administration, Member Advisory and Support and Communications, as well as overseeing the National and State Forums and the National Member Council. Geraldine possesses global expertise in addressing workforce shortages, workforce planning and building talented teams, which is knowledge that she looks forward to sharing with ACCPA members. 

Nikki Gilbertson, General Manager, genU

Nikki has over 20 years’ experience in the aged and disability sector, having started her career as a disability support worker, working her way through a variety of disability, case management, aged care and senior management positions whilst undertaking tertiary and post graduate studies in Welfare and Management. Nikki is passionate about aged care service delivery, and highly motivated to be part of the design of a future aged care sector we all want to enjoy – that is high quality, inclusive, innovative, contemporary and is co-designed by current and future participants, knowing that this can only be achieved with a high quality, professional and progressive workforce.  Nikki is General Manager of Community Aged Care at genU Karingal St Laurence based out of Geelong, supporting around 2000 aged care participants within Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania across Commonwealth Home Support Program, Home Care Packages and Department of Veterans Affairs, and employing over 400 staff.

Louise Greene, Director, Ideal Consultancy

Louise has held executive positions in hospitals and aged care groups. Louise’s experience includes developing innovative approaches to service delivery and funding models, and the evaluation of service and program models.

In 2020 Louise was approached to help implement the Victorian Aged Care Taskforce in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Louise has expert skills in business analysis, strategic planning and improving business operations 

Louise’s Information Management qualifications have enabled Ideal to develop a robust suite of analytic and forecasting tools for the senior’s service sector.

Louise commenced her career as a Registered Nurse and holds a Masters of Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Information Management and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Nursing).

Victor Harcourt, Principal, Russell Kennedy Lawyers

Victor leads the Aged Care team and is a recognised senior practitioner in administrative and disciplinary law, health and aged care, prosecutions, government law and alternative dispute resolution. Victor has a Masters in Health and Medical Law and was named Best Lawyers’ 2014 Melbourne Health and Aged Care Law “Lawyer of the Year” and was recognised in 2012 – 2022 for his expertise in Health and Aged Care Law.

He was also recognised in 2014 – 2022 for his expertise in Government Practice and in Retirement Villages and Senior Living Law in 2017 – 2022.

Ingrid Harvey, CEO, BlueCross

Ingrid joined BlueCross in December 2019, and brings over 25 years of senior leadership experience across multiple industries. Her previous roles have included Chief Operations Officer within a multi-site international retail environment, in addition to senior roles in hospitality and with Telstra. More recently, Ingrid has been in a senior leadership role in the aged care sector managing several States providing in-home care and community support services. She has a strong leadership background with an ability to build high performing teams, grow businesses, develop people and lead organisations through transformational change. Ingrid holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and is a graduate of the AICD. Ingrid was appointed CEO in March 2022.

Diane Herr, Consultant, ACCPA

Diane Herr is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the aged care sector. Diane has broad and extensive knowledge and applies these skills and expertise across
both clinical and operational areas, including compliance review and management, and quality improvement. Diane includes elements of training and mentoring in consultancies
undertaken, to ensure staff are supported and have the knowledge to effectively perform their roles.

Sandra Hills, CEO, Benetas

Sandra Hills joined Benetas in 2009 with career experience in local and state government and the not-for-profit sector and has qualifications spanning: nursing, psychology, research and business management. Sandra was acknowledged for her service to aged care and the advancement of women in the workplace with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division, in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honour List. She has published works on social isolation, consumer engagement, promotion of good ageing and end-of-life experience, quality and best practice, and future reform agenda.

As a future-focused CEO, Sandra understands that she has a clear role in providing strong leadership for the company, as well as contributing her knowledge to policy development in creating sustainable aged care services across Victoria. She wants to give older people a stronger voice and feels they should be valued for their past and current contributions.

Sandra has had a number of mentors across her career but ultimately believes that ‘you are in the driver’s seat of your career. Her advice to young professionals is not to be too concerned with status but be attuned to what you are passionate about and what you are good at.

Sandra continues to work in leadership roles within the industry including her positions as a Director of Anglicare Australia, a member of the National Aged Care Alliance, a member of the ACCPA (VIC) Members Advisory Committee and a Director of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council.

Jason Howie, Partner – Strategy & Corporate Governance, Pride Living

Jason brings immense knowledge and background in the Home Care space gained from his 20 years as CEO at KinCare

His particular focus is on Strategy and Governance with an emphasis on home care service provision in the currently changing regulatory setting.

Throughout the course of Jason’s professional career, he has held key roles in various projects: 

– Was appointed CEO at KinCare for 20 years, which grew from $2m in revenue and 60 staff to $110m revenue and 1,500 staff in 2022
– Oversaw several successful acquisitions including KinCare’s biggest competitor
– Oversaw several divestments of underperforming or non-core parts of KinCare
– Implemented Industry Leading IT Solutions at KinCare to meet the demands of the latest round of Industry Reform
– Was a Board member at Adventist Health Care Limited and served on the Audit and Risk Committee and the Business and Finance Committee
– Was Chair at Hills Adventist College
Tim Humphries, CEO, Homestyle Aged Care

Tim joined Homestyle in January 2014 and brings with him over 12 years of health experience including 10 years within aged care. Tim previously held the role CEO of Provider Assist, a large aged care consulting service and prior to this Tim was CFO at TLC Aged Care. With over 20 years of business experience, the variety of the roles he has fulfilled include, finance – up to CFO, IT – up to CIO, Project manager, Recruitment specialist and most recently, CEO. Tim is currently a director and chairs the audit and finance committee for the Victorian Cytology Service; and was previously Treasurer of the Wattle Park Primary School.

Tane Hunter Co-Founder Future Crunch

Tané is a cancer researcher, bio-informatician, and science communicator. He is a co-founder at Future Crunch. He has a Masters in Bioinformatics from the University of Melbourne, and has worked for the Melbourne Royal Children’s Hospital diagnosing rare genetic diseases. He is currently completing his PhD at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, using molecular biomarkers in DNA and analysing them with artificial intelligence to improve treatments for people suffering from cancer. He’s also a former United States mountain biking champion and an avid sailor.

Geoff Kaandorp, Manager, Fire Rescue Victoria

Geoff Kaandorp is Manager, At Risk Groups at Fire Rescue Victoria (FRV) and was previously Research Manager at the Metropolitan Fire Brigade. He has worked in the emergency management sector since 2012. Geoff comes from a social science and public sector background and his interests centre on the application of research and evidence to inform emergency service policy and practice impacting people most at risk from fire in their home. Geoff has taken a leading role in developing a national strategy to reduce the number of preventable residential fire fatalities towards zero.

Aunty Diane Kerr, Wurundjeri Elder

Wurundjeri Elder Aunty Di has made a life-long contribution to her community in the areas of health, welfare, education and land rights.

Born in Carlton in 1954, Aunty Di identifies with the Ganun Willam Balak clan of the Wurundjeri. Apart from one year of her life when she lived in Canberra, Diane has always resided in Wurundjeri country having grown up in Moorabbin. As a young girl she often spent holidays near Maroondah Dam and remembers when it was beautiful countryside with flowing creeks and open grassland.

Work in the health sector
In the health sector, Aunty Di has been actively involved with the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne. In 2013 she chaired the hospital’s Community Advisory Committee and was a member of its Consumer Committee. She helped found research at the University of Melbourne’s Heart Research Centre. Research was undertaken around mental illness and chronic disease afflicting the Wurundjeri people in a program, which received funding from mental health agency, Beyond Blue. Aunty Di feels that many Aboriginal people’s health problems stem from ‘a type of post-traumatic syndrome disorder’ which permeates the culture and comes from ‘the stress and distress of being removed off country.’

Since 2014 Aunty Di has been conducting women’s ceremonies for Aboriginal girls. The ceremonies enable the girls to approach womanhood with confidence, having gained a connection to country, a knowledge of their identity and a general sense of well-being.

Advocacy work
Aunty Di is well known for her advocacy work and strategic partnership networks with local, state and national governments. She also provides leadership and cultural advice to local councils, corporate and community organisations and is an ambassador for the Indigenous Leadership Network of Victoria.

Aunty Di was involved in Melbourne Museum’s First Peoples exhibition, being a member of the Yulendj group – the Museum’s Indigenous Advisory Committee. Yulendj, being a Kulin word for ‘knowledge and intelligence’, was the name chosen by the group, comprised of 16 respected community members and Elders from across Victoria. They guided the Museum on the culture and practices of the First Peoples for the Bunjilaka exhibition and shaped the exhibition into one that represents the diversity, history and pride of Koorie peoples.

Aunty Di was appointed a director of Native Title Services Victoria in January 2013, having formerly been a field officer for the organisation. She is currently Chair of the Board, having taken up that role in October 2013. Diane sees her work towards gaining native title as about much more than land rights:

Native title is about us as a people strengthening our connection with our land that has been diminished by dispossession. Only when we have a strong connection with our land, will our culture flourish and grow. It is that strong and growing culture that will give all of us, but particularly our young people, the strength and confidence to deal with the challenges we face in today’s society. The inner well-spring of knowing and celebrating our unique and timeless culture; of understanding the importance of connecting with our country as a central part of that culture; will nurture our young people whether they are on their own country or working in lands anywhere in the world.

In 2016 Aunty Di was appointed to the Victorian Aboriginal Treaty Working Group by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs Natalie Hutchins.

Aunty Di continues to be dedicated to improving the lives of those around her. She relishes the responsibility of guiding younger generations and works hard to uphold Aboriginal culture in a modern, urbanised world.

Daniel Knox, Recruitment Manager, Uniting AgeWell

We care deeply about our residents and clients and their families. Our team of more than 3,600 staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care and support to clients and strive to improve their lives and wellbeing every day.

Whether at a residential care site, a day centre or someone’s home, our staff offer welcoming and supportive environments for our clients. From a friendly smile or a heartfelt chat, to creating wonderful experiences and providing the best possible care available, our staff put the client and their needs first.

All our staff are fully qualified and experienced. Uniting AgeWell also understands the importance of ongoing training for all its employees. Our Learning and Development team provide staff with opportunities to maintain and build their skills and ensure they remain at the forefront of service delivery, and that clients continue to receive the best care and support.

We employ people in over 152 different roles – from hotel services and administration to nurses, chaplains and care workers. Uniting AgeWell celebrates diversity and has inclusive work practices and policies to ensure our staff always feel welcome, valued and respected.

Anne Lewis, Educator and Consultant, Vative Healthcare

Anne is an educator consultant for Vative healthcare.

Anne Lewis started her Healthcare career in 1999, she has extensive healthcare and business qualifications.  She is an experienced cardiac, ICU, and a trauma healthcare professional.  Her carer expands across many healthcare settings, worldwide experience in cultural diversity, business development, leadership and education.

Education is Anne’s passion, being able to teach and influence the new generation of healthcare professional to support the needs of our community and delivery quality care the way it should be is very rewarding.  Creating change in healthcare is a powerful tool.

Michael Lye Deputy Secretary, Ageing & Aged Care, Department of Health & Aged Care

Michael Lye joined the Department of Health in December 2019 as Deputy Secretary responsible for Ageing and Aged Care.

Prior to joining the Department, Michael was a Deputy Secretary at the Department of Social Services, where his responsibilities included disability and carers policy and programs, the National Disability Strategy, the National Disability Insurance Scheme and Disability Employment Services. Prior to this, Michael held the position of Chief Operating Officer at the Department of Social Services.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts, double majoring in psychology and law and industrial relations, and a Masters of Social Welfare Administration and Planning, both of which are from the University of Queensland.

Esther McMillan-Drendel, Palliative Care Advisory Service

Not one to back down from a challenge, Esther McMillan-Drendel embarked on establishing  the Statewide Palliative Care Advice Service in 2020, a first of its kind, which she continues  to lead in Victoria. A registered nurse, who for the last decade has worked in senior positions  across Australia in intensive care, palliative care, and forensic medicine. Esther ’s aim is to create  equitable access to specialist healthcare for all, through innovation and removing barriers.

Linda Mellors, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer, Regis Aged Care

Linda has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since September 2019. Linda has nearly 20 years of executive experience in health and aged care. Prior to joining Regis, Linda held a range of roles in hospital and health systems predominantly in Victoria, as well as a national aged care service.

Linda is currently a Board Director of Mackillop Family Services and was inaugural Chair of the Aged Care Reform Network. Linda was formerly the Chair of the Aged Care Guild, Co-Chair of the Victorian Metropolitan Hospital Chief Executive group, Chair of the North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, Board Member of the Parent Infant Research Institute and Board Director of the South West Melbourne Medicare Local.

Linda has a PhD in cardiac physiology, Bachelor of Science with first class Honours, Bachelor of Arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, operated by Leadership Victoria.

Tony Nicholls, CEO and Founder, Good Talent Media

Tony Nicholls is a dedicated Public Relations professional with 13 years’ experience telling stories in the digital and broadcast media spaces.   Tony uses his extensive journalism experience to help organizations connect with their stakeholders, clients and or target audiences.

Whether it’s an organisation under fire from the media with a difficult message to sell, or a large not-for-profit looking for a bigger slice of funding, Tony delights in creating the right story, for the right platform, at the right time.

He is a digital native, not through age but through circumstance.  Tony saw the effects and power of social media first hand as a television journalist at ABC, SBS and Network Ten.  Social has transformed the news cycle and the opinion cycle and therefore the way organization’s need to communicate to increase their profiles and strengthen their brands.

If you’re looking for a passionate, creative, hard-working in the know PR manager Tony’s the guy.  He really sets the standards at Good Talent PR.  Clients are number one and everything else is a distant last.

Paul Ostrowski, CEO, CareConnect

Paul is Chief Executive Officer at the Care Connect Group, Australia’s largest independent homecare provider operating entirely on the ‘connector model’. With 20 years international experience in private health and homecare, Paul has a strong track record in building leading health service organisations.

With the ongoing developments in Aged and Disability services, Paul and his team are focused on reinforcing the organisation’s role as an Independent Advisor and Service Connector, supporting people to build effective plans for their future, connect with the best providers in their community and ensure they’re living their life, through their choices and in their way.

Rachael Pandeli, CEO, Clinical Assessor Home Care

Rachael Pandeli is an experienced advisor and Registered Nurse with 31 years of expertise in the nursing industry. As an Approved Provider of Home Care Packages, she has recently implemented Quality Care and Consumer Advisory Boards to enhance governance of Home Care Providers. With a background as a contracted independent consultant to ACCPA,Eligible Care & services Advisor, and previously externally contracted Quality Assessor.  Rachael has served as an Operational Consultant for Home Care providers, recommissioning/Contracted Residential CEO positions, held teaching and clinical facilitation appointments, as well as completion of executive leadership programs.

Darrell Price Principal & National Head of Health & Aged Care Grant Thornton

Darrell has 30 years’ experience in professional services, the commercial, not for profit and public sectors in Australia. He has a strong track record in developing trusted relationships, leading strategic development, change, transformation, business optimisation and commercialisation in both external and client-side roles.

Through effective engagement and focussed facilitation processes, Darrell has led change and transformation in the Queensland Government, commercialisation and streamlining of services in aged and community care, outsourcing hospital services to the community sector, all of which required cultural and systemic change.

Jodi Schmidt, CEO, HSSO

Jodi brings an impressive track record of leading successful business transformation to her role as Chief Executive Officer. Her extensive experience in the vocational, education and training sector includes work within TAFE institutes and state government, and consulting to a range of sectors including human services.

She served as the Deputy Director-General, Training and Employment with the Queensland Government, and then as the inaugural chief executive officer of TAFE Queensland, leading the reform and amalgamation of Queensland’s TAFE institutes to create a consolidated commercial entity.

Jodi also served as the Chair of the National Education and Foundation Skills – Industry Reference Committee (IRC) and has been a member of several national review boards and expert panels.

Loren Sher, Clinical Director, Victorian Virtual Emergency Department (VVED) Northern Health ED Program

I have been the Head of Paediatric Emergency for the last 5 years. I have taken a new department and developed the training and education programs, as well as the model of care. I currently manage a team of senior and junior medical staff.

I work closely with the nursing team to ensure their ongoing development and growth.
We achieved accreditation for specialist training with 2 colleges, a first for a non tertiary Centre in Victoria. We have also run a successful Paediatric nursing post graduate program for the last 3 years.

In this role I have led the development of multiple Paediatric quality processes for my department and the hospital. I have overseen the growth of our resuscitation education program and continue to be actively involved with education, at a university, hospital and external level.

I am a collaborative leader that is able to use networking and lateral thinking to maximize resources.

I am committed to outstanding Paediatric care in the community.

Faye Spiteri OAM, CEO, Fronditha Care

An accomplished strategist Faye has extensive experience in executive leadership roles across government, corporate and for purpose sectors.

In February 2021, she was appointed CEO of Fronditha Care – a leading provider of aged care services and is committed to building on the legacy of the organisation in provision of care to the Greek and broader Australian community. She was also the first female President and Board Chair of the organisation and ended her 9-year tenure in 2019.

Her areas of expertise include aged care, cultural and religious diversity, gender parity, social justice, access and equity and social cohesion.
Passionate about achieving better social outcomes driven by genuine collaboration and engagement, in 2021 she was recognised with a Medal of the Order (OAM) for her contribution to driving social change and inducted to the Victorian Honour Roll for Women as a Change Agent in 2019.

Nicky Stitt Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator (Clinical Nurse Consultant) Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre Victoria

Nicky Stitt- Victorian Statewide Voluntary Assisted Dying Care Navigator

Nicky has over 30 years’ experience as a Registered Nurse both in Australia and the UK supporting patients and their carers through end of life and life limiting situations.

She has experience in Intensive Care, Organ Donation, Palliative Care, Neuro- Palliative Care and has been a Nurse consultant with Care Navigator team for the last 18 months.

Nicky is passionate about providing choice around end-of-life care options and to advocate for the best possible holistic care for her patients. She has a strong commitment to ensure people are treated with respect, dignity, and equality.

Manish Sundarjee, Director, Lipins Partners

Manish is a strategic thinker that leads him to drive forward on your behalf and believe that nothing is impossible in your financial, business and wealth journey. He loves being challenged in all areas of his work and leveraging his quick understanding of your issues to design workable solutions that deliver the results you need.

Connecting strongly with clients through building great and honest relationships, Manish excels in making a difference to their future financial wellbeing and security. He has been nominated for a number of industry awards in the accounting, wealth and SMSF areas.

Dr Nicole Sutton, Senior Lecturer Accounting Discipline Group, University Of Technology Sydney

Dr Nicole Sutton is a Senior Lecturer in accounting at UTS. Dr Sutton’s research interests are varied but share a common focus on delivering high-quality outcomes that influence policy and public debate on issues of high social impact, including aged care, sustainability, publicly-funded science and Indigenous rights. She has a strong track record in attracting grant income (totaling $1.05m to date), research supervision and publishing in top-tier journals. She is one of the founding members of the UTS Aging Research Collaborative and lead author of the biannual Australia’s Aged Care Sector Report. Dr Sutton is a passionate educator who has implemented a series of award-winning, research-informed, pioneering teaching innovations that have enhanced student learning. She also regularly engages with media, industry and government. Dr Sutton co-hosted the first two seasons of the podcast “Think Business Futures”, participated in the Federal Budget media lock-up and has written for The Conversation and The Sydney Morning Herald. She is currently Treasurer of Palliative Care NSW.

Tom Symondson CEO, ACCPA

Tom Symondson is a respected voice for aged care as the inaugural CEO of the Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), which represents over 1,100 aged care organisations providing care and housing for older Australians. A leader in the $23.6 billion aged care sector representing residential aged care, home and community care, and retirement living, Tom joined ACCPA in 2022 to help shape and advocate
for a high performing, trusted and sustainable aged care sector. Tom’s experience on matters relating to advocacy, government and aged care policy and strategy contribute to supporting an aged care system that improves the lives of over 1.5 million older Australians in care. With diverse expertise in the local government, public health and aged care sectors, Tom has been at the fore of policy reform, through driving thoughtful and effective advocacy, for two decades in both Australia and the UK. Before joining ACCPA, Tom led the Victorian Healthcare Association as CEO, and prior to that he held senior policy positions in one of the United Kingdom’s largest local councils before moving to Australia in 2011. Tom has also served on the Board of one of the largest superannuation funds in Australia, Aware Super, as well as a range of government boards and taskforces.

Gina Tresidder, Principal, Russell Kennedy

Gina is a Principal in Russell Kennedy’s Corporate and Commercial team, specialising in all aspects of intellectual property (IP). She acts for clients in a diverse range of industries including fast moving consumer goods (FMCG), medical products, healthcare, industrial and automotive products, media, marketing, food and hospitality, property development, franchising, fashion, insurance, financial services, government and technology.

Gina assists clients to proactively manage their intangible assets and establish effective and profitable business relationships. She has a wealth of experience advising on all aspects of IP, including trade marks, designs, copyright, confidential information, domain names and consumer protection matters.

Gina works with clients to manage the full lifecycle of their IP from brand development, to forming protection strategies, to managing Australian and international portfolios, to commercialisation, strategic management, enforcement and disputes.

She has significant technical expertise in structuring a range of software and technology agreements for both acquirers and suppliers of IT services and products and has a keen interest in, and advises on, Australia’s evolving privacy and data protection landscape.

Gina regularly presents at seminars and conferences on a range of legal topics for clients and industry groups. Gina’s experience includes international experience working for a Japanese specialist IP firm and in-house, reporting to the Global IP Counsel of a leading international gaming company.

Jane Welsh, Detective Superintendent of Cyber Crime Division, Victorian Police

Jane is a passionate lifelong learner who has more than 30 years’ experience serving the community as a police officer. Jane is currently Detective Superintendent in charge of the Finance and Cyber Crime Division at Victoria Police. Jane’s interests include applied ethics and moral philosophy, most particularly their role in decision-making and critical thinking. She is currently completing a Master of Ethics and Legal Studies.

Jane joined the WLSV Board in April 2019.

Natasha Wilkinson, CEO, Donwood

An outstanding compassionate, inclusive and inspirational leader. I lead organisations to create dynamic people centric cultures through connections, partnerships and collaboration. My strategic initiatives and values-based philosophy enable transformation change creating well regarded organisations who deliver exceptional service. I have extensive experience in industries focused on customer service spanning across Hospitality, Retail, Health, Finance and Information Technology. I am passionate about “connections” and ensuring the right services are delivered to ensure optimal customer satisfaction. I understand challenged industries and what it takes to drive change to overcome the challenges and thrive with new initiatives. I am driven in creating dynamic service organisations through crafting strategies for exceptional performance, growth and profit. Delivering outstanding care services, in an increasingly complex and challenging environment is rewarding and motivating. My commitment and exceptional communication skills foster loyalty and confidence within organisations which deliver outstanding outcomes. I collaborate and report directly to a Board of Directors, Chair the ACCPA (Industry Peak Body Member Forum), engage with the political heads of government and network extensively with my peers and industry stakeholders. I am a champion of change in the Aged Care industry and extremely proud of the reputation and accolades associated with the exceptional organisation I lead.