Our Board

Ross Low

Ross Low

Chair

Chief Executive Officer – BaptistCare

Ross has been in the CEO role at BaptistCare since September 2010 after previously serving in leadership and management roles, including that of CFO, within the organization for six years.

Prior to his full-time employment with BaptistCare, Ross served as a Board member for four years. His professional background is in Commerce, with postgraduate qualifications in Finance.

Ross’ career has included various roles at senior management level with two multinational corporations, Unilever and Schering-Plough, both in Australia and two overseas countries.

Ross is actively involved in life outside BaptistCare with wife Anne, five adult children and six grandchildren, a very avid rugby union follower and worships at Epping Baptist Church.

Bryan Mason

Bryan Mason

Deputy Chair

Bryan is the Director of Seniors and Supported Living and is responsible for all aged care services provided by Churches of Christ in Queensland. This includes community care services throughout Queensland and 18 retirement villages and 28 residential aged care services across Queensland and Victoria.

Bryan joined Churches of Christ Care in 2012 as General Manager responsible for 28 residential aged care services. In line with current and planned growth, Bryan was in 2014 appointed the Director of Seniors and Supported Living, which encompasses Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living and Community Care.  

He has over 20 years experience in health and aged care including roles such as Finance Manager, Regional Manager and Managing Director.  Prior to joining Churches of Christ Care, Bryan was RSL Care’s Regional Operations Manager of Residential Aged Care, Retirement Villages and Community Aged Care Services.

Bryan has a number of qualifications including a Master of Arts from the Multnomah Graduate School and a Bachelor of Economics, Accounting/Economics from Monash University.

Craig Hamer

Craig Hamer

Secretary

Craig Hamer is Interim General Manager Shoalhaven Hospital Group following an extensive career as a senior leader in health and aged care. Appointed to IRT in 1996 in the role of Regional Manager South, Craig was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in 2010. In July 2016 Craig held the position of CEO IRT Care before being appointed to IRT Group Director – Journey of Care until June 2018. Commencing his career at a teaching hospital in Sydney, Craig completed a Bachelor of Health Administration and then was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of five rural hospitals and community health services in New South Wales before joining IRT.

John Ireland

John Ireland

Treasurer

John has four decades of experience and active involvement in aged care leadership roles ranging from chairman of the UPA Board for ten years to CEO Southern Cross Care NSW/ACT for 23 years.

John has been actively involved in sector leadership as NSW President of ACS for ten years, national president of ACSA for three years and on the Board of the International Association of Housing and Services for the Ageing for six years.

John has a passion for quality accommodation care and support for those in our society who are vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged. John has an enduring passion for pastoral and spiritual care.

John has also been a member of the task group that led to the establishment of PASCOP and has continued as a Board member since its formation as an association in 2013.

John continues to be actively involved in aged care by mentoring leaders in the sector and regularly visiting residents in three aged care facilities.

 

 

Sonya Smart

Sonya Smart

Board member

Sonya is Chief Executive Officer of Villa Maria Catholic Homes (VMCH) in Victoria. Prior to joining VMCH in February 2017, Sonya was Chief Executive of Catholic Homes Incorporated in WA, a position she held for over six years.  She has also held leadership roles in residential and community care at Southern Cross Care WA.

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (2016), Sonya holds a Master of Business Administration from Curtin University of Technology (2010) and a post graduate qualification in Clinical Psychology from Edith Cowan University (2002).  Sonya’s entrepreneurship and business acumen was recognized in 2008 when she received a ‘40under40’ award: an honour which recognizes excellence and innovation amongst WA’s young leaders.

With a passion for residential aged care, disability and community services, and a strong commitment to high quality pastoral and spiritual care, Sonya has been a long-time advocate for delivering exceptional care to marginalised people in the community.

Odette Waanders

Odette Waanders

Board Member

Odette is the CEO of Palliative Care Victoria, a position she has held since February 2010. She has held leadership roles in policy, advocacy and service management with government and not for profit organisations in Australia and NZ focused on improving quality of life with a particular focus on older people, people with disabilities and people from culturally and spiritually diverse backgrounds. The community organisations she has worked for include Aged Concern NZ, Aged & Community Services Australia, Jewish Care Victoria and Catholic Homes. Odette has a Bachelor of Social Science, BA (Hons) 1st Class, Masters of Business Administration and GAICD.

Raad Richards

Raad Richards

Board Member

Raad has had over 39 years experience in health and aged care services in New South Wales. Prior to joining Carrington in February 2004, Raad occupied a number of senior executive positions in the NSW Health System.

Raad has extensive involvement at Board level in various professional and community organisations, including:

  1. Past President and life member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management, (NSW Branch);
  2. Chairman of the Bankstown Credit Union;
  3. Chairman, Creating Links Community Services;
  4. Board Member of Aged and Community Services (NSW/ACT);
  5. Chair of the ACS Residential Advisory Committee; and
  6. Winner in the Business Leader category of the 2014 South Western Sydney Business Awards.
Mark Butler

Mark Butler

Board Member

Mark is the Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy Services Manager for Eldercare Incorporated, an aged care provider which is part of the Uniting Care South Australia network. Previously Mark has worked as a Registered Nurse, a Minister with Churches of Christ, the Chief Executive Officer of Churches of Christ in SA & NT and an Aged Care Chaplain. Mark is also a Chaplain with the Royal Australian Air Force Specialist Reserve and is currently the RAAF representative on a committee convened to develop a Spiritual Health and Wellbeing Strategy for the Australian Defence Force.

Mark has over 20 years’ experience as a director/board member on several not-for-profit governance Boards including the Boards of Churches of Christ Life Care Inc (Aged Care)., Churches of Christ in SA & NT CareWorks Inc., Churches of Christ Theological College Ltd, Schools Ministry Group (SA) Inc. and Chaplaincy Services SA Inc.  Mark has also completed the New Director Program with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Mark has a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Melbourne College of Divinity, a diploma in Ministry from the Churches of Christ Theological College and a Graduate Diploma in Bereavement Counselling from the Centre of Grief Education.

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