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Our Board

Nick Ryan

Nick Ryan

Chair

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.

Andrea King

Andrea King

Board Member

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.

Shiva Gopalan

Shiva Gopalan

Board Member

Shiva is the Wellness and Lifestyle Manager at Warrigal. In his time in aged care, Shiva has worked in a broad range of roles, including physiotherapist, care giver, activities coordinator and Residential care manager. Shiva sits on a number of Peak committees within Warrigal, including Clinical care governance committee (Clinical systems), Wellness and lifestyle (Allied health and lifestyle), Clinical leaders forum (RN’s/ Allied Health), Specialised practice committee (Policies and procedure), Information technology organisational committee and the Service integrated communities (Operations) Leadership group.

Outside of his primary career, Shiva has assisted with start-ups and growth of existing organisations such as Savy – supporting young people in NZ to improve financial literacy, Mport – 3d body scanning technology and Dale Carnegie NSW/ACT.   

Shiva holds a BHSc Physiotherapy and is a member of the Australian Physiotherapist Association.

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.

Susan Emerson

Susan Emerson

Board Member

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.  

Tamika Hirata

Tamika Hirata

Board Member

Tamika is a Senior Manager at the Westpac Group, with experience as a management consultant and corporate finance. She has worked in partnership with a range of aged care providers and funders to support in the development of fit for purpose organisational strategies, in-depth market analysis and operational shifts in response to significant reform in the sector. 

Tamika has significant experience working in the aged care sector, with a range of providers as well as government agencies. This experience has given her unique insights into the development of policy that governs the sector, as well as how this plays out in practice, and impacts older Australians and their families. Tamika is passionate about people having the right to age in a manner that suits their unique desires and needs. 

Tamika holds a Master of Professional Accounting from the University of Technology Sydney and a Bachelor of Psychological Science from the University of New South Wales.

Adam McIntosh

Adam McIntosh

Deputy Chair

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.

Maria Dimitriadis

Maria Dimitriadis

Board Member

Maria is the General Manager – Alliances & Partnerships at Doutta Galla Aged Services. Maria is an experienced senior executive with a healthcare background and career that spans more than 25 years across aged care, disability, community, medical, natural health and government. She has worked with large corporations such as Smith & Nephew and CooperVision, privately run organisations such as Simavita and Sanctuary Global, and not-for-profits such as Baptcare and Doutta Galla.

Maria has worked with culturally diverse and multi-disciplinary teams including First Nations people where culture and country is their spiritual connection. Besides an extensive marketing and sales background, Maria has small business experience, and capabilities in governance, finance and strategic business planning, mitigating organisational risk, and compliance in legal /regulatory requirements.

Having knowledge of the Aged Care Quality Standards and key reforms, she understands the increased focus on consumers. Presently, Maria is overseeing Doutta Galla’s Consumer engagement framework, working with all departments to ensure that the people they serve are at the heart of planning, delivering and reviewing care. 

Maria obtained First Class Honours in Pharmacology BSc (Hons) and a Bachelor of Science from Monash University. She also holds a Diploma of Marketing from Monash University RMIT Campus Melbourne and a Bachelor of Health Science (BHSc. Nat) Southern
School of Natural Therapies, Fitzroy.