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Allie Adamson, Product Owner, Vacant Beds

Originally from the USA, Allie has over a decade of experience in the private healthcare sector which spans across corporate GP and private hospital settings.  She has a bachelor’s degree in Biology and a postgraduate degree in Healthcare Management.

Allie played an integral communication role in a local private hospital’s Covid Command Centre during the pandemic and in addition, generated a multimillion-dollar profit for the hospital in revitalising a GP education program.

As the product lead for Vacant Beds, Allie brings project management, stakeholder relations and referral growth planning to this exciting new initiative for the aged care sector.

Christine Allen, CEO, COTA Western Australia

Chief Executive/Managing Director with significant experience in the not-for-profit sector – specifically (but not limited to) peak bodies.
I have a track record in building an organisation’s profile (through exceptional stakeholder management) and ensuring financial sustainability by developing innovative and contemporary business models . I’m an effective advocate who places great value on people, professionalism, excellence, relationships and culture.

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.

Professor Samar Aoun, Perron Institute Research Chair in Palliative Care, University of Western Australia

Professor Aoun has been named winner of the WA 2023 Australian of the Year Award. Read more here.

Samar Aoun is Perron Institute Research Chair in Palliative Care at the University of Western Australia, Head of Palliative Care Research at Perron Institute, and Adjunct Professor at La Trobe University.  She is a palliative care researcher with a public health approach and a focus on under-served population groups such as people with Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Samar advocates for a person-centred health and social care. Her research programs on supporting family caregivers at end of life and the public health approach to bereavement care have informed policy and practice at the national and international levels. Her recent work on social models in bereavement support has provided empirical evidence to strengthen the Compassionate Communities movement in bereavement support. She co-founded the South West Compassionate Communities Network in 2018 in WA and leads the Compassionate Connectors Program. She recently undertook for WA Health a palliative care review from the consumer perspective that is underpinning the work of the Department of Health.

She was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 from the Prime Minister of Australia and received in 2018 the medal for excellence in Person Centered Healthcare from the European Society for Person Centered Healthcare.

Samar currently chairs the MND Association in Western Australia, is a director on the board of MND Australia, a member of the scientific committee of MND Research Australia and a chief investigator in the MND Registry (MiNDAUS). At the international level, she is a member of the Public Health Palliative Care reference group of the European Association of Palliative Care, the EAPC task force on Last Aid and Public Palliative Care Education and Public Health Palliative Care International.

Samar has established and chaired the West Australian Country Health Services Research Ethics Committee for 23 years. She has served on two principal National Health and Medical Research Council committees (2012-15): the Australian Health Ethics Committee, and the Prevention and Community Health Committee. She has chaired NHMRC grant review panels for several years.

Ben Brackley, Business Relationship Manager, HESTA

Ben is a Business Relationship Manager at HESTA, managing a portfolio of key employers across Healthcare & Community Services across Western Australia. With over 20 years’ experience working in financial services in the UK and Australia, across Banking, Wealth Management, Investment Platforms and Superannuation, Ben is passionate about supporting our employers and promoting financial literacy to HESTA members.

Lynn Bailey, Director Seniors Communities Fresh Hope

Lynn Bailey – Fresh Hope Care – Director Seniors Communities

Lynn is a commercial astute health executive with over 30 years industry experience. Lynn is passionate about customer-centric service design, customer and employee engagement and creativity and innovation.

A lover of post it notes and sharpies for every occasion!

Lynn is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Member of NSW Branch Council of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, Member of NSW Leading Aged Services Members Advisory Committee, holds a Masters in Health Service Management and is Certified Advisory Board Chair. Lynn is also the proud holder of five graduation caps from Disney Institute in Florida.

Liz Behjat, WA State Manager, ACCPA

Prior to commencing in her current role as State Manager in WA, Liz Behjat spent eight years as a member of the Legislative Council in Western Australia and served in the former Liberal government. During her time in Parliament Liz was an Acting President and Chair of the Public Administration Committee and conducted a number of high-level enquiries as Chair of that Committee.

Before entering Parliament Liz worked for several Federal MPs and Senators in the role of strategic campaign adviser and electorate officer both in WA and Canberra. During her years in politics Liz developed a passion for issues involving health and multiculturalism.

In her early professional career, Liz worked in the tourism and hospitality sector and also spent a number of years as a para legal working in the commercial conveyancing and leasing areas of law.

Her extensive networks built up over many years helps her in her current role with ACCPA to ensure that the issues facing the aged and community care sector are given the prominence and attention they require. Liz was also elected as Board Member of Palliative Care WA in late 2022.

Stephanie Buckland, CEO, Amana Living

Stephanie Buckland joined Amana Living in 2016 with a background in leadership, marketing and product management. Since joining the organisation, she has worked with the board and senior management team to initiate a program of change and transformation to bring Amana Living closer to its customers. Significant initiatives include the Dedicated Staffing Model, implemented in all residential care centres; the launch of the Amana Living Training Institute; the acquisition of Meadow Springs retirement village in Mandurah; and taking over delivery of CHSP in the Cities of Wanneroo and Fremantle, which added 700 new clients to Amana Living’s home care services.

Prior to joining Amana Living, Stephanie was CEO of Tourism WA for six years. Earlier in her career, she held senior marketing roles with BankWest and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in the USA and Australia.

Stephanie is a Director of Anglicare Australia. Stephanie has a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.

Kayla Calladine, Executive Director Intergovernmental Relations & Strategic Program Support Strategy and Governance Division, WA Department of Health


Ruth Callaghan, Director & Chief Innovation Officer, Cannings Purple

Ruth uses two decades of experience as a media strategist, communications adviser and journalist to develop, deliver and distribute messages that cut through.

She specialises in providing strategic digital and content services for clients, using the principles of newsworthy and engaging content to tell compelling stories. She is a skilled media trainer and works with professionals both within and outside the communications industry to develop their digital, writing and media skills.

Ruth’s work in this field has included developing digital and inbound marketing strategies for clients, including use of lead generation software, content marketing and social media. She works with emerging technologies including virtual reality in campaigns and continues to write for publications including the Australian Financial Review.

When not distracted by the next shiny digital tool, Ruth likes to holiday in cooler climates with her family or hang out with her stubborn Scottish Terrier Maisie.

David Cox, Managing Director, Curtin Heritage Living & Shine Community Care

David has more than 25 years’ experience in the health and aged care sectors with clinical, operational and executive roles in both public and private healthcare and biotechnology.

David has owned or operated several aged care organisations and was most recently the COO of one of Australia’s largest providers of home care services.

David is also an experienced Director, having served on several not-for-profit and industry peak body boards.

Amber Crosthwaite, Lead Partner, Lavan

Amber is an experienced commercial lawyer who  specialises in providing legal strategy and advice to operators, providers and developers in the following sectors:

  • Retirement Villages
  • Lifestyle Villages
  • Disability (including ILO, SIL and SDA)
  • Community Housing
  • Not For Profits (NFPs).

Amber  has a particular focus on regulatory compliance, general commercial advice, sales/acquisitions and property development in the above sectors.

Amber is a strong advocate for her sectors and, in addition to hosting regular thought leadership and stakeholder engagement events for her clients, she is a regular contributor to the Business News on issues impacting these sectors.

Di Darmody, Presenter, MC, Conference Host, Di Darmody Media

Di Darmody is an engaging, entertaining and polished Master of Ceremonies, conference host and event facilitator.

With over 18 years experience as a journalist and presenter with ABC Radio, Di is a well known – and popular – voice for listeners in Perth and throughout Western Australia.

Di has presented ABC Radio Perth Breakfast, Focus, Afternoons, Drive, Saturday Breakfast, The Country Hour as well as National Nightlife. She has also worked on National Grandstand, AFL and WAFL coverage and hosted a variety of regional and state-wide programs across Western Australia.

As an MC her versatility and range of experience enables her to connect with people from all walks of life and areas of business. And its this experience, coupled with her passion for bringing corporate, community and sporting events to life, that has seen Di become an MC people rave about.

Her warm and friendly nature gives her the ability to engage any crowd, from business executives to guests at a gala ball or families at a community event.

Her poise, professionalism and bubbly presentation style makes her a favourite with event organisers.

Jackie Dillon, CEO, Residency by Dillons

Jackie brings a wealth of aged care and experience spanning over 45 years.  Combined with a background in business and finance both in the public and private sector she is very highly regarded by her peers. Jackie enjoys participating in her chosen sport of waveski surfing and regularly competes at an international level.

Andrew Dunjey, Corporate Relationship Executive, CBA

Through concurrent careers, my experience spans 30 years in Banking and Finance and the Army Reserve. I have experience in financial risk assessment and financial risk management. My skills acquired in planning processes and execution of those plans in a military environment, combined with significant experience in military risk management and corporate governance, have me well placed to be adaptable in many environments.

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. 

Andrew Farmer, Partner, Mirus Australia

Andrew is a Partner at Mirus Australia where he keeps the business stay on strategy and performing at its best for the staff and customers of Mirus Australia.

Andrew’s career includes senior leadership roles across horticulture, manufacturing, banking, and management consulting sectors, including 3 years spent in Canada. He has deep experience in the implementation of strategy and transformational change and thrives when working with innovation and through professional facilitation. He has an MBA in finance and a Bachelor of Science degree.

Kate Gatti, Executive Director, Health Department WA


Kim Gilbert, National Manager, Lockton-Zenith


Clare Grieveson, CEO, Southern Cross CareWA

Clare Grieveson leads the Groups’ exeutive team to deliver the organisation’s vision, mission and values. Clare commenced as Chief Executive Officer at SCC (WA) in NOvember 2021.

Clare has more than 25 years as an experienced senior executive in the health and aged care sectors in both the United Kingdom and Australia. She has worked in senior management roles at Monash Health in Melbourne and the Victorian Department of Health. Clare is a Board Member of Assisi Aged Care in Victoria. Before her appointment at SCC, Claire held the role of Executive Director of Quality, Safety, and Innovation at Mercy Health.

Clare has had a close involvement in advisory roles with government on policy issues and chages currently effecting the aged care sector. With a passion for working closely with consumers and health businesses, she was part if the leadership team that developed innovative healthy ageing service offerings at Mercy Health.

Clare has a clinical background in speech pathology and holds Bachelor of Science with Honours in Speech Sciences from University College London. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from Monash University and has a Graduate Certifiate in Leadership and Catholic Culture from Australian Catholic University. Clare is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australin Institute of Clnical Governance.

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.

Michelle Jenkins, WA Elected Director & ACCPA Board Member

Michelle is the former CEO of Community Vision Australia, currently in transition to exit the organisation in 30 June 2023).  Community Vision Australia is a not-for-profit provider of home care and disability support services. Michelle is an experienced leader with a strong business background and extensive senior management experience. She has a passion for community-based aged care and disability services delivered in a way that ensures high quality care for consumers and sustainable business models for organisations across the sector.

Michelle is a JP and has been a Board Director of both not-for-profit and Government organisations for the past 30 years both in the UK and in Australia as well as being a former Head of Commercial Banking for Westpac and State Leader for St George. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership amongst her qualifications. Michelle was formerly a director of Leading Age Services Australia from 2021 to 2023.

Penny Lipscombe, Director Legislation and Policy Consumer Protection Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety

Penny Lipscombe is the Director of Legislation and Policy with Consumer Protection and has held this position since 2011. She has also worked with the Building and Energy Division of the Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety to assist with policy development for building approvals for single residential housing.

Ken Ly, Funding Services Manager, Health Generation

After two years managing the funding performance of one of Queensland’s largest Aged Care Providers, Ken Ly recently rejoined Health Generation to establish our dedicated Funding Services division.

Ken recognises that insufficient financial resources have negative impacts on the facility, management and staff, and ultimately, the consumer’s quality of care. Not all providers have the right infrastructure to manage the new AN-ACC funding system and broader funding reforms. Health Generation’s Funding Services division provides clients with resources, guidance, and expertise to optimise their funding position. We are committed to assisting providers receive appropriate funding that align with the quality care they deliver.

Health Generation is an ideal platform for Ken to make a positive impact on an industry experiencing many challenges. Our expert team represents a collection of industry experts whose passion and energy synergise with Ken’s to make that impact a reality.

Anita McStay, Home Care Advisor WA/SA/NT, ACCPA

Anita is a specialist in Home Care, working in the sector for approximately 20 years. Her passion is supporting the development and delivery of services which will increase clients quality of life and create community respect for the sector.

Anita comes with a background in Social Work and Administration, Sociology and Social Geography and currently studying the Masters of Health Administration.

Simon Millman, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Health, Member for Lawley, ALP, WA Department of Health

I am the Member for Mount Lawley, which includes the suburbs of Mount Lawley, Yokine, Menora and Coolbinia, plus part of Dianella and Morley.

I am a long term local resident and live in Mount Lawley with my wife Tara and our two young boys.

On any given morning, you might see me out walking our dog Jett at Yokine Reserve or dropping the kids off at our local public primary school.

I graduated from UWA and practiced as a workers compensation lawyer in defence of asbestos victims and employees fighting against discrimination.

I have volunteered at our local community legal centres and I believe everyone deserves quality legal protection, no matter their background.

Cynthia Payne Managing Director, Anchor Excellence

Cynthia Payne has more than 30 years of executive leadership experience and over 20 years as a Director in both NFP and FP boards. Cynthia founded Anchor Excellence in 2018 and in 5 short years has impacted over 40% of the Australian aged care market via its programs, solutions and education.

Passionate about leaders, supporting and enabling them, defined by consumers’ lived experience, Cynthia and the twenty 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, Cert IV qualified Yoga teacher (800HrRYT), Certified Practitioner of Balanced Scorecard, Certified Aged Care Board Advisory Chair and Certified Practitioner with Team Management Systems. She is a seasoned public speaker and MC.

She is Member of AICD, 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 current NED for listed entity Painchek (2022-Current), Board Adviser to Total Construction (2019- current) and past NED for the National Heart Foundation (2017-2021) and Current Independent Review Panel member for Business Excellence Australia.

Steve Pretzel, CEO, TADWA

Steve brings to TADWA over forty years commercial experience, most at senior management / director level.

Prior to joining TADWA as CEO in 2017, Steve was Founder and Managing Director of internet pioneer Pretzel Logic, winner of WAITTA Achiever of the Year 2002, and a State Finalist Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2001.

He is currently Chairman of of Home Modifications Australia and a member of the Home Modification Information Clearing House (HMInfo) Advisory Committee.

Mitesh Ramji, Partner, Grant Thornton

Mitesh has over 22 years’ experience in Corporate Finance providing overall transaction advisory services to mid-market companies.
His areas of focus and experience include:

  • buy-side due diligence for acquisitive private, corporate & PE clients
  • vendor due diligence, mainly assisting businesses in their sale ready process
  • IPOs – investigating accountant’s reports (IARs) in conjunction with ASX and AIM listings
  • numerous private business valuations required for M&A; succession; tax or dispute reasons
  • mergers and acquisitions (M&A) advisory
  • financial model construction and/or reviews to support feasibility studies, business plans or restructuring events

Mitesh has worked with clients across a variety of industries including energy and resources, mining/oil & gas services, aged care (including retirement villages), manufacturing, education (VET & technology sectors), distribution, transport & logistics, labour hire, and automotive (component manufacturing and motor dealerships).

In addition, Mitesh has restructuring advisory experience during his 3 year secondment to Grant Thornton’s restructuring team around the time of the GFC – where he was involved in running businesses in Administration or Receivership in the following sectors – automotive dealership; retirement village; fire retardant materials manufacturer; kitchen cabinet manufacturer; LPG conversion outlets.

Mitesh leads Grant Thornton’s Health Aged Care Industry Focus Group in Perth which services approximately 30 residential aged care; retirement living; home care and disability providers in the private and NFP sectors in WA. He takes an active role in these sectors through his transaction advisory work as well through his member roles with the Property Council WA and CCIWA.  He is also a Grant Thornton Foundation Board Member.

Rosemary Roach, Partner, Hall & Wilcox

Rosie has over 20 years’ experience in employment, industrial, work health and safety and discrimination law.

Rosie has assisted clients with large and diverse workforces, across a variety of industries on all aspects of employment law and industrial relations, from sensitive disciplinary matters to dealing with complex industrial strategies and litigation.

Rosie enjoys getting to know her clients and their business imperatives. Rosie understands how important it is to communicate legal issues in a manner that makes sense to the client and addresses their objectives.

Clients appreciate the calm, thoughtful and pragmatic approach Rosie brings to each issue, no matter the size or complexity.

Dmitry Shibanov, Director, SMPLS INNOVATION

I am an expert in quality management, change management, and business improvement, and I achieve these results by leveraging IoT, AI, and the simplification of processes. Extraordinary outcomes and sustained success are the direct results of my forward-thinking, team-oriented methodology and dedication to cutting-edge technologies.

Quality management has always been central to my work, and by incorporating emerging technologies, we can raise quality standards across industries. My extensive experience in this field has given me a thorough understanding of how to apply these technologies effectively and responsibly, ensuring that quality remains the primary focus of every project.

With a strong background in IoT, I have been successful in implementing connected devices and systems that assist organisations in monitoring and managing their operations in real time, allowing them to identify and address quality-related issues more efficiently. This knowledge has also led me to investigate the vast potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in quality management, utilising machine learning algorithms and advanced analytics to optimise processes, reduce waste, and improve overall product and service quality.

Aside from my emphasis on technology, I have consistently worked to simplify processes in order to improve operational efficiency and streamline quality management efforts. I have assisted organisations in identifying and eliminating inefficiencies through the use of lean methodologies and other process improvement techniques, resulting in cost savings and improved overall performance.

As a firm believer in the power of collaboration, I strive to bring cross-functional teams together, fostering an environment where diverse perspectives and expertise can come together to drive innovation and deliver exceptional results. I am confident in my ability to contribute significantly to the success of any organisation by combining technology, process simplification, and a relentless focus on quality.

To summarise, my passion is to use IoT, AI, and process simplification to revolutionise quality management and improve operational efficiency. I am dedicated to staying on top of emerging technologies and industry trends to provide my clients and colleagues with the most innovative and effective solutions.

Professor Catherine Stoddart, CEO, Brightwater

Catherine was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in April 2022.

Most recently Catherine was the Deputy Director General, Department of Communities in WA and previously Chief Executive Officer, Northern Territory Health. With extensive leadership experience in complex health and care organisations including Deputy Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive, at the Oxford University Hospital’s NHS Foundation Trust, Catherine’s commitment to social justice and improving the lives of vulnerable groups of people has been the focus of many of her roles.

Catherine was awarded the 2011 Telstra Western Australia Business Woman of the Year for strategies that she put in place to build stronger nursing career paths, as well as the development of Aboriginal employment programmes across the Department of Health. In September 2013, she received the Australian Public Service Medal in recognition of her contribution to health and innovative global community health volunteering programmes.

Catherine holds a Masters of Business Administration and Management as well as a Master’s degree Science (Project Management). 

Eliza Strapp, First Assistant Secretary, Market and Workforce Division, Department of Health & Aged Care

Eliza Strapp is the First Assistant Secretary for the Market and Workforce Division within the Ageing and Aged Care Group at the Department of Health and Aged Care. The Division covers aged care workforce, dementia policies and programs, aged care programs targeted at thin markets, including services for First Nations elders. The Division is also developing the market stewardship function of the department, and implements policies and programs aimed at building the long-term financial sustainability of the aged care sector.

Eliza joined the Department of Health and Aged Care in July 2020 to lead the Aged Care COVID-19 Taskforce. Eliza has held senior roles at the Department of Social Services, working on the National Disability Insurance Scheme, and policies and programs focused on families and children, including the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children, the National Plan to Protect Women and their Children, and the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, working on the National Redress Scheme.

Eliza has a Bachelor of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts from Monash University. Prior to joining the public service she worked as a Social Worker and Disability Support Worker.

Laura Sutherland, Director & Founder, Above & Beyond I 3D Recruit

Laura is a Workforce specialist, Leadership and Career Coach. Her core professional purpose is to support individuals to fulfill their career potential, and support employers to develop the potential within their people.

Laura originally trained in Psychology with a BA (Hons) and started her career in Mental Health and Aged Care. She moved into the world of Recruitment in 2005 and chose to specialise in these sectors which she has a deep understanding of and connection to.

After working for large corporate recruitment companies in the UK and Australia, Laura identified the need for a more bespoke service to meet the unique demands of Aged Care & Community Services, and so she started 3D Recruit in 2012. Six years later Laura evolved the business to extend ‘Above & Beyond’ traditional recruitment to offer end to end workforce solutions in addition recruitment, including employee engagement, performance improvement, leadership development, coaching, and culture transformation.

Laura is considered the go-to trusted advisor on workforce challenges in our industry. Her honest approach is valued and she invests absolute care and attention to her clients. Laura has a strategic focus on the future and has been the Chair of the WA Ambassador Council for LASA’s NEXT GEN. She is committed to developing the capability and capacity within an organisation’s most valuable asset – their people, so that our whole industry can flourish into the future, for the benefit of us all.

Dr David Sykes, Director, Centre for Dementia Learning, Dementia Australia

David is the Director of Dementia Australia’s, Centre for Dementia Learning, a leading national provider of dementia education and consultancy.  David has over 20 years experience in senior roles across business, government and the not for profit sectors.  David is passionate about transforming dementia practice through creating unique learning experiences which touch, move and inspire participants to improve their practice. He represents Dementia Australia on the Dementia Training Australia Executive as a Director.

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.

Jo Wilkinson, Executive Director Community Business Development, Juniper

Jo joined the Juniper team in August 2021. She has over twenty years of experience in community health across aged community care, disabilities and mental health having worked in several Australian states and in various national roles.

Jo recently managed the largest portfolio of aged care home services for a major not-for-profit home care provider, before moving to a national role.  Jo has extensive experience in retirement living, affordable housing planning, service marketing and innovation, together with business development, including mergers and acquisitions and business transformation and growth.  She has an outstanding record of leading teams to achieve full compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards. Jo is a member of the WA Divisional Council of ACSA and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration.

The position of Executive Director Community Business Development oversees Juniper’s home care, independent living units, serviced units, affordable housing, sales and marketing, and consumer engagement areas.

Cassandra Winzar, Chief Economist, CEDA

Cassandra Winzar is an economist and policy professional with broad experience across the private and public sectors. Cassandra is currently Senior Economist with CEDA – the Committee for Economic Development of Australia. In this role Cassandra provides economic and policy analysis on the WA and national economies and leads CEDA’s national research program on delivering better human services, including into the Aged Care sector. Cassandra is also Chair of the WA Women in Economics Network.

Prior to joining CEDA she was Principal Economist at the WA Department of Communities (Housing Authority) where she focused on WA economic conditions, housing related research and the social impacts of economic change. This role included running the state government’s Housing Industry Forecasting Group.

Cassandra was previously the WA based Economist for the Reserve Bank of Australia where she undertook extensive liaison with the business, government and not-for-profit sectors. Cassandra started her career in Transfer Pricing at EY. Cassandra has a Bachelor of Economics (Honours) and Bachelor of Arts (Asian Studies) from the University of Western Australia.

Sharon Wood-Kenney, Executive Cultural Navigator Consultancy South West Kinships Cultural Immersions Co-design Community Engagement Lead

Reporter Host Producer & Lead Consultant Co-Design Cultural Lens community Engagement

Trainer governance and cultural navigation for diversity and equality.
Owner South West Kinships Cultural Immerisons

Founder Chair: Djinda Bridiya Wellbeing Foundation to support children, families, woman, building platforms for self determination, safe spaces to belong, heal and grow, we are the keepers of our song lines and we must respect each other.
Key note speaker, motivator, mediator, Public Speaking, Workshops,Elders forums, Welcomes, RAP, Counselling, Outreach, Event Management, Coaching, Strategic design, Search Conference, Co-design, Community Engagement,FASD studies, Educational FDV, OOHC, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Aged Care, Social Change, environment issues.
Joondalup, Wanneroo, PERTH

Smash Crew Sports Show: Issues in Community
Certificate Holistic Counselling
Councellor-Secretary Noongar Family Safety Wellbeing Council driving system change for constitutional reforms.

Holistic Approach Expert. Many years working with children, youth, families Indigenous and non Indigenous. Ability to engage and support vulnerable situations or high end decision making at round tables. Well respected linked in community & human services sector having ability to implement positive outcomes for clients and families.

NAIDOC awards winner , WA Ambassador
Sharon has worked key roles for change, self determination.
Executive Officer Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation. Strong voice on many key issues including OOHC, FDV, AOD, Mental Health, Suicide Prevention, Homelessness, Environment, looking after waterways, story telling, Elders leading the dialogue.
Connection to Culture Camps

Sharon has been honoured with hearing our old peoples stories since she was a little girl, always knowing her place was bringing people together as one.

Walking in Two Worlds, pushing towards true equality and reconciliation for a better place for generations to come. Well known for speaking of positive change, education, acknowledging past travesties, learning history, taking lessons from our Elders, Reconcilliation, feeling the shift, implementing key indicators towards positive change.

Sharon is a strong advocate for the tough conversations on disruption thinking, challenging non functioning systems, unique mind for cross cultural awareness, brings people together with strong leadership style, Integrity, hard work through complex cultural lens with a scope beyond many.

Believer we are all change makers. Together we can make a positive difference!