Ian Yates is Chief Executive of COTA Australia, the national peak body for COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in each State and Territory of Australia. Ian was appointed CE of COTA SA in June 1989 and has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002.
Ian serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies. He is a member of the Federal Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority; the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council.
Beyond aged care Ian is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), a Director of Livable Housing Australia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).
Ian holds a BA from Flinders University; is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; is an Honorary Doctor and Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University; and was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.
Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA)
Pat Sparrow is a social policy leader and innovator with expertise in stakeholder engagement and management. She has specific and detailed expertise in ageing policy and aged care, having worked as, and with, a diverse range of stakeholders including consumers, service providers, workforce, health professionals, corporate organisations and Government. This unique ‘360 degree’ perspective ensures that Pat’s leadership approach is strategic and nuanced, inclusive and collaborative.
Pat is currently leading Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) toward a new era, as a recently-transitioned national organisation and with the challenges it faces in an increasingly competitive, consumer-driven environment. She is focused on ensuring the organisation has genuine respect and influence among key stakeholders through the establishment of a strong national voice. Pat’s breadth of knowledge, depth of experience and constructive approach enable her to achieve results that benefit ACSA members and contribute to the best possible outcomes for older Australians.
Aged Care Financing Authority (ACFA)
James Milson Village
McKenzie Aged Care
Brett brings to McKenzie over 25 years financial and management experience in a variety of sectors and industries including senior finance and commercial roles with ASX top 100 companies and leading not-for-profit organisations. He has had significant governance and Board Director involvement with a number of commercial, community and mission based organisations. It is in the property and seniors living, retirement and aged care sector that Brett spent the last 7+ years and has developed a genuine passion for the sector to see quality care and services for residents delivered across sustainable and effective business operations.
In addition to undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Accounting & Economics, Brett has undertaken a number of corporate leadership training and development courses including attending the INSEAD executive education campus in Singapore and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brett is a strategic and transformational change leading finance executive with excellent technical and operational skills, management expertise and complemented with strong personal attributes that has seen demonstrated success in corporate governance, board and executive level reporting, performance measurement frameworks, overseeing key transformation and business process reengineering projects, major property project feasibility, delivering on M&A strategies, debt and capital management along with corporate support services functions including finance shared services, IT operations, PMO, facilities maintenance, procurement, legal and risk.
University of Technology Sydney
Professor Mike Woods is a Professor of Health Economics at UTS. His research interests include health policy and aged care. Mike undertakes a range of policy reviews for government and peak bodies. Mike was previously Deputy Chair of the Productivity Commission and was Presiding Commissioner on over 20 national policy inquiries, including Caring for Older Australians and Australia’s Health Workforce. He was lead Commissioner on research reports such as Deep and Persistent Disadvantage, Trends in Aged Care and Social Capital. His career in economics and public finance included appointment as Under Treasurer for the ACT Treasury and adviser to national Ministries in China and Vietnam over an extended period. Professor Woods is a member of the Aged Care Financing Authority, a Board Member of the Australian Digital Health Agency and Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW.
Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council
George is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80 before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney. During that time he also started a software distribution company that grew to one of the largest direct software sales companies in Australia.
He was CIO of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR. He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Care Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare, and has some amusing stories he can share about that time.
In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL), and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a start up incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles. He was appointed senior adviser to the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS), the peak international body in health information technology in February 2014. In July 2014 he was admitted into the IT in Aged Care (ITAC) Hall of Fame for his service to technology in aged care. He is a regular on the healthcare social media beat regularly blogging, tweeting, and commenting on healthcare trends.
Over the last 3 decades he has been deeply involved in both the healthcare world and the technology world, and sees a natural fit between the two.
Dr Margelis officially started his appointment as Independent Chair of the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council in March 2019.
James’ first jobs after high school were cleaning and cooking in two diverse aged care facilities. From these beginnings, James’ passion for service and care for others has shaped his career in finance and comes full circle with James joining Fronditha Care in 2018. Having worked cross culturally in Russia, SE Asia and the Pacific, James has embraced the Bounty of Care culture of Fronditha Care and enjoys his daily Greek coffee!
James’ professional career with international and domestic charities such as World Vision, Red Cross and Wesley Mission Victoria as focussed on building strong systems and teams of passionate finance professionals committed to enabling and supporting our front line people deliver their services to those most in need. Commercial and compliance experience was further sharpened as the CFO in a start-up ASIC regulated property fund.
Bachelor of Arts; Graduate Diploma of Accounting; CPA
Prince 2 Certified Practitioner; RG146 Compliance in Managed Investments; Conversational French & Russian
Joined FC January 2018
Grant is the head of the StewartBrown Consulting division. He specialises in a range of services including undertaking complex accounting assignments, governance reviews, risk assessments, system reviews, internal audits, management consulting, specialised audits and general business advice. With over 40 years’ experience in the profession, Grant has significant expertise in consulting and secondment assignments for large organisations within the aged, community service and disability sectors.
PACE Aged Care
Coming from an Accounting background, Greg has extensive experience gained from within multi-faceted organisations operating across a broad range of industry sectors.
He has General Management experience in Operations in Warehousing and Distribution, and Administration and Finance and has significant experience in the establishment and start-up of local and offshore companies; group entities, holding companies, and trusts.
Greg has been involved within Aged and Health Care since 2004 in roles including Group Financial Controller, Director of Finance and Executive Manager of Business Services within Catholic Healthcare and Uniting.
Greg commenced with PACE Aged Care in January 2017 as General Manager to:
- establish its shared Corporate Services function;
- transition financial, administrative, and payroll operations from the five member organisations to the shared service; and
- to develop its services to a level that can be offered to other independent, community-based not-for-profit aged and disability care providers
Department of Health
Minister for Aged Care & Senior Australians