New aged-care body ACCPA unveils board appointments

Thursday, 12 May, 2022

New aged-care body ACCPA unveils board appointments

The newly formed Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), set to be operational by July 2022, has announced its inaugural board structure.

Dr Graeme Blackman AO FTSE FAICD and Cherylee Treloar, CEO at Footprints Community, Queensland, were appointed as Chair and Deputy Chair at the board’s inaugural meeting. The new board comprises 10 elected Directors, three independent Directors; and two multi-state Directors.

“The formation of ACCPA is the first step towards a more unified industry, with a single and strong voice able to represent all aged-care providers. The ACCPA Board will play a pivotal role in ensuring the new organisation provides the governance and leadership that the community clearly expects, and our industry needs, for a sustainable aged-care future,” Blackman said.

Treloar said a major focus for the new board would be the appointment of ACCPA’s first CEO, with an announcement expected in July 2022.

“Our new board is already working hard to find the right leader, one who is able to drive ACCPA through this new era with strong purpose, and a collaborative approach to working with consumers, communities and government. I look forward to representing our sector through this change, and the creation of our new high-performing, trusted industry association.”

Major priorities for the new board range from setting the governance structure, including the establishment of sub-committees that enable national representation, diversity of experience and promotion of strategic priorities, to forming a board committee to oversee director appointments in the future.

The new association, ACCPA, was announced on 3 May, following a call by the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety last year, which recommended greater industry collaboration and unified leadership. As a result, a transformation committee was formed to help drive change. Members of peak bodies Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) then voted in favour of creating the single industry association at respective Special General Meetings on 29 April, paving the way for the creation of ACCPA by July 2022.

In addition to Blackman and Treloar, Directors of the Board are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Daniel Aitchison, Chief Executive at Clayton Church Homes, South Australia;
  • Dr Saranne Cooke, Independent Director;
  • Jackie Howard, CEO at Masonic Care, Tasmania;
  • Michelle Jenkins, CEO of Community Vision Australia, Western Australia;
  • Nick Loudon, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Envigor, Queensland;
  • Lee Martin, CEO and Director of Care at Tanunda Lutheran Home, South Australia;
  • Linda Mellors, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer at Regis Aged Care, multi-state Director;
  • Robert Orie, Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore, New South Wales;
  • Sue Peden AM, Independent Director;
  • Kerri Rivett, Chief Executive of Royal Freemasons;
  • Mark Sewell, CEO at Warrigal, New South Wales;
  • Stephen Muggleton, Group CEO at Bolton Clarke;
  • Shane Yensch, Executive Director at Alinea Inc., Western Australia.

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