Nick Ryan is an experienced CEO, board member and senior executive with 30 years’ experience in a range of human services industries including aged care, government, youth services and education.
He has led and advised a variety of organisations from government departments, industry representative bodies, not for profit service providers and charities.
In May 2019 Mr Ryan joined Lutheran Services from an interim position of CEO at Southern Cross Care Queensland. Prior to this he was CEO of the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and CEO of Aged Care Queensland (now a part of Leading Age Services Australia). He has also served on the Boards of the Australian Children’s Education and Care Quality Authority and the Leukaemia Foundation of Queensland.
Mr Ryan is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and a graduate of the Yarra Theological Union and the University of Canberra.
Adam’s current role is the Associate Director of Mission for UnitingCare Qld. This includes oversight of chaplaincy services, integration of spiritual care across aged care and hospitals across 47 aged care facilities, community aged care and 4 hospitals in Qld.
Adam sits on the Uniting Church Synod Chaplaincy Commission which oversees spiritual care across Queensland including aged care, public hospitals, police, military and schools. He is on the Executive Leadership Team of the Aged Care and Community Services at UnitingCare Qld.
Adam is passionate about raising the awareness of, supporting and resourcing spiritual care in aged care across Australia. He works within the largest aged care provider in Qld, UnitingCare, and has a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing spiritual care in the aged care sector. A recent graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD), Adam works as part of the Executive Leadership Team for Aged Care and Community Services, and also oversees the pastoral and spiritual care across over 47 aged care facilities, community aged care and four hospitals.
Adam has obtained GAICD, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Theology, Doctor of Theology, Graduate Certificate in Education, Graduate Certificate in Management, Graduate Certificate in Organisation Coaching.
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.
Andrea is a Physiotherapist of nearly 30 years, having specialised in tertiary health in the areas of neuro, Acquired Brain Injury and Late Effects of Disability for most of that time, in Melbourne, UK, Toronto and Perth. Andrea has worked clinically for the majority of that time, but also scoped and established multidisciplinary teams in the neuro/aged setting. In the last 6 years she led, created and developed large teams of Allied Health in tertiary rehab (State Rehabilitation Service, Fiona Stanley Hospital) and now aged care/disability.
Andrea moved to the not-for-profit aged care/disability provider, Brightwater, over 3 years ago, where she has strategic, governance and operational responsibilities. She has created and led change in process and governance to elevate the human rights of the client, where their dignity, spirituality and choices are at the core of the work, while supporting her teams to ensure they are accountable and thriving in the space of Aged Care Standards and NDIS Quality and Safeguarding.
Susan Emerson is an experienced aged care nurse and thought leader who has worked in innovative roles in the aged and community care setting over thirty years. Susan has worked in clinical and managerial leadership, design, and project coordination for the construction of new aged care facilities and has made a sustained contribution to service and policy thinking in the wider aged care sector – informed by significant international aged care engagement.
Susan is currently an Independent Consultant at the Global Centre for Modern Ageing, represents Australian College of Nursing (ACN) at NACA; a member of the ACQS Expert Advisory Panel: Aged Care Funding Model Development for proposed Unified Aged Care at Home program; appointed as Expert Panel Member: Participating in the Enabling Capabilities for My Aged Care Program for Department of Health; is the Deputy Chair, Board of Palliative Care Association of SA, a Hearing Presenter: Aged Care Royal Commission into Quality and Safety; the Clinical Reference Lead for the Australian Digital Health Agency; a Policy Chapter Member, End of Life Care, for ACN; an Invited Reviewer of the Single Aged Care Quality Framework, Quality Standards and a member of the leadership group for The Lantern Project Australia.
John Ireland AM
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. He 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 Meaningful Ageing Australia 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. In the 1999 Queen’s Birthday Honours, John was awarded Membership of the Order of Australia for his services to the community particularly through Aged Care Australia and through social welfare, youth and church groups.
Much of Amanda’s working life has been dedicated to aged care. She started her aged care career in the community sector managing various programs for not-for-profits and local government. The programs were aimed at creating community connections and well-being for older people. Amanda became an assessor for the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency, which afforded her the opportunity to asses hundreds of different facilities and learn from each home.
Amanda finished her Master’s degree in Health Industry Management and currently works as the Quality Manager for Pennwood Aged Care Services, a stand-alone 80 bed aged care facility and home care services for the Serbian Community Welfare Association SA. She works closely with the CEO to ensure they are providing the best care and services to residents. Amanda brings expertise in quality improvement methodology, accreditation process, administration and aged care operations.