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- Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)
- Mrs Margret Meagher
- Mr Rod Young
- Adjunct Professor Michael Fine
- Professor Tracey McDonald AM
- Diane Robinson
- Mr David Pigott
- Ms Wendy Morgan
- Ms Joanna Maxwell
- Ms Margaret Kay
- A/Prof Joanne Earl
- Roy Starkey
- Margie O’Tarpey
Kathryn Greiner AO (Chair)
Kathryn Greiner has contributed in a wide range of leadership positions in public and private companies, government bodies and non-profit organisations. Her professional career has focused on Health, Education and Community Development.
Kathryn currently chairs the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Ageing (MACA) for the NSW Government; is Chairman of Loreto Kirribilli School Council and Chairman of Mary Ward International Australia, an Overseas Aid agency; and is a Director of the Bell Shakespeare Company. She was an elected Councillor to the City of Sydney Council (1995-2004).
Kathryn has held Directorships for Pacific Power, John Singleton Advertising, and the Financial Planning Association. She has been a member of the Bond University Council, as well as a member of the Advisory Council of L.E.K. Consulting Ltd. Her non-profit activities have included Chair of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal; Chair of Save the Children NSW and Australia; and Chair of the Sydney Peace Prize Foundation.
Kathryn has contributed to a number of NSW and Australian Government inquiries and committees, including the Review of Funding for Schooling (The Gonski Inquiry) and the Anzac Centenary Advisory Board.
Kathryn holds a Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW), was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australia (2001) and, in 2014, was awarded a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from the University of New South Wales.
Mrs Margret Meagher
Margret Meagher is Executive Director, Arts and Health Australia and a board member of the national peak body The Australian Centre for Arts and Health Limited. These organisations are dedicated to promoting the positive impact of the arts and creative engagement on health and wellbeing for individuals and communities. The field of arts and health encompasses primary and acute care, creative ageing, community health, health promotion and prevention, education and research.
Margret is a specialist in creative ageing, which utilises the arts (including visual arts, music, singing, dance, theatre, creative writing) to foster enhanced quality of life for older people – supporting those wishing to maintain their health and wellbeing and those living with a chronic condition, such as dementia or depression. Margret has particular expertise in designing and implementing creative ageing programs and research studies in retirement villages, hospitals, palliative and aged care facilities and community services. Margret is also experienced in creating public art projects and event management, including annual conferences for arts and health and creative ageing.
Mr Rod Young
Mr Young, based in Wollongong, is the former CEO of Aged Care Association Australia (ACAA). In this role, Rod had extensive experience in policy formulation and delivery across the age care continuum.
Rod was instrumental in the formation of the Aged Care Industry IT Council (Aciitc) and he maintains his membership. The council recently developed a paper outlining a vision for the Australian aged care IT industry. This paper was designed to help to drive the deployment and utilisation of assistive technologies, home based monitoring, sensor devices, telehealth and video conferencing uptake to ensure sustained long term efficiency and service quality is sustained across the breadth of the aged service industry.
Since retirement from ACAA, Rod has continued an active engagement in the aged care industry, undertaking work for various organisations such as IRT, Accenture, QPS, PwC, and Leading Age Services Australia (LASA).
Adjunct Professor Michael Fine
Adj Prof Michael Fine, who resides on the Central Coast, has over 30 years research and teaching experience in the fields of ageing, care and community development. Adj Prof Fine’s current research concerns the sociology of care. It addresses theories of care and international developments in care provision; the issue of migration, demography and care; links between formal and informal support; individualisation, social housing, isolation and social support; and on emergent patterns of service delivery, including issues of funding, planning and consumer engagement. He is also a former President of the NSW division of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and Vice-President of the Research Committee on the Sociology of Old Age of the International Sociological Association (ISA).
Prior to commencing at Macquarie University, Adj Prof Fine was Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, responsible for a number of important research studies in the areas of aged care, disability and social policy.
Professor Tracey McDonald AM
Dr Tracey McDonald AM PhD is a clinical gerontologist who focuses on policies and practices concerning older adults. Her particular interests are on prevention of abuse of older adults; safety and wellbeing; practice-driven research; and life quality of those receiving care services. For the past 14 years until her retirement mid2018, she held the Research Chair of Ageing with ACU in North Sydney and participated in State, National and international policy forums. She was admitted as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for work with UN Expert Groups and development of public health and social welfare policy. Her multidisciplinary qualifications and experience have enabled her to advise the National Lead Clinicians Group and later, to continue to contribute to the Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing NSW on high level policy, ageing trends and future planning for an inclusive and cohesive society.
Diane graduated BA LLB (Hons) and LLM (Hons) from the University of Sydney and is admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of NSW. She has worked as a lawyer for over 35 years and her professional experience includes legal practice, senior academic positions and appointment to a number of quasi-judicial tribunals.
Diane has been the President of the NSW Guardianship Tribunal, the Deputy President of the NSW Mental Health Review Tribunal as well serving as a member of the Social Security Appeals Tribunal, the Medical Tribunal and a range of health professional disciplinary tribunals. At present she is a Principal Member of the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) in its Occupational Division.
She has been the legal member of the NSW Medical Board (now Council) where she was involved in developing the Board's policies and providing legal advice. She is currently an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW where she teaches a postgraduate course in Therapeutic Jurisprudence.
Mr David Pigott
David Pigott is the General Manager, Sector Engagement at Mission Australia where he is responsible for the organisation’s policy, research, media and government relations teams.
He has previously worked as an adviser to the NSW Premier, Federal Treasurer and Minister for Foreign Affairs.
From 2006 to 2014 he was a non-executive director of ChildFund Australia, and he was Chair of the ChildFund Audit and Risk Committee from 2012 to 2014.
Currently, he is Chair of the Ella Centre, an aged care and disability provider in Sydney's Inner West which operates within the NSW/ACT Synod of the Uniting Church.
Ms Wendy Morgan
Wendy Morgan is an Aboriginal Woman from the Dyiringanj People of Wallaga Lake that forms part of the Yuin Nation on the Far South Coast of NSW. She worked for the Commonwealth Government for 28 yrs. During her employment, she worked in the Commonwealth Employment Services, the Aboriginal Policy Area in Canberra where she travelled over Australia interviewing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, researching areas of family payments and young people with severe brain injury from sniffing petrol.
Wendy volunteers her time in the Aboriginal Community in South West Sydney where she Co-Chairs the DCJ ‘Our People, our Way’ (Aboriginal Community Consultant Group) “Better Outcomes for Aboriginal Children and Families, she Co-ordinates Guntawang Aboriginal Resources Aboriginal Arts and Craft Group for women in the Liverpool and Fairfield Local Government Area, she is also on the Fairfield and Liverpool Aboriginal Advisory Groups to Council.
Wendy is a Director of Gandangara Local Aboriginal Land Council and a member of the MACA.
Ms Joanna Maxwell
Joanna is: Director, Age Discrimination at the Australian Human Rights Commission. In this role she considers a wide range of issues that affect older Australians, such as workplace discrimination, elder abuse, homelessness, isolation and intergenerational connection.
Joanna has also authored Rethink Your Career in your 40s, 50s and 60s (ABC Books/HarperCollins 2017) which won the Royal Society (Australian and New Zealand) inaugural Career Book of the Year award for 2018, and is being published in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom in 2020.
Joanna’s memberships have included: National Seniors, COTA, GAP Standing Committee on Productive Ageing, Inner West Council Seniors Working Group and work subgroup for the EveryAGECounts steering committee.
Joanna describes herself as: an experienced speaker and facilitator; a collaborative worker who enjoys the chance to contribute to team projects as well as initiating her own work. She relishes opportunities to work with others of diverse backgrounds and opinions, and has excellent connections throughout the community, from local council level to state and federal peak bodies, community organisations and stakeholder groups.
Ms Margaret Kay
Margaret has over 15 years’ experience in strategic policy and advocacy in community care, residential aged care and ageing. Most recently, working with Local Government NSW (LGNSW) Margaret’s role included researching, developing and implementing policies to support local government to enable people to remain living in their local community as they age, and enhancing the participation of older people.
Also, as a Town Planner and social policy expert, with strong connections to local government, Margaret’s particular interest is in developing local environments which enable older people to live the life they choose.
Margaret is a Director of Your Side Australia, a not-for-profit community care provider and an active member of the Centre for Universal Design Australia. She previously represented local government on the Inter Departmental Committee on the NSW Ageing Strategy.
Margaret considers herself a team player and project manager who can build and maintain effective relationships with a diverse range of stakeholders in a political environment, including senior management, staff, elected representatives, and external parties.
A/Prof Joanne Earl
Joanne is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Macquarie University; she has spent the last 12 years researching ageing, retirement planning and retirement adjustment. She is a Registered Psychologist and endorsed as an Organisational Psychologist.
Joanne has developed resources for National Seniors Australia (Retirement Readiness Program), is a co-recipient of a Liveable Communities research grant to focus on building resilience in older adults and holds ARC Discovery and Linkage grants focusing on the design of interventions to improve retirement planning.
Joanne has interests in financial literacy at older age and sits on the ASIC Financial Capability Research Steering Committee.
Joanne considers her strengths to include converting research findings and implications into everyday language, and presenting research findings to community groups in a way that is engaging. She regularly presents her research to government, community and practitioner groups on factors affecting retirement adjustment, retirement planning with a focus on other areas besides wealth, as well cognitive decline and financial literacy.
She is future-focused and able to see the bigger picture, but appreciates that often the “devil is in the detail”. Joanne is able to conceptualise multiple path ways to meet objectives and successfully evaluate pros and cons.
Roy Starkey recently retired following over 50 years of community engagement and support work.
Roy’s experiences range from general nursing, to funeral industry, counselling, prison support, care coordination and industry training in ageing, mental health, sexuality and ageing, LGBTI Ageing, aboriginal mental health and support as well as working with injecting drug users. Advocating for client rights and acceptance for the diverse communities in which he has worked, he unintentionally he became an activist for the rights of those living with HIV and the broader LGBT communities in both urban and rural/regional areas. He has presented at national and international conferences on ageing, HIV and care co-ordination.
Living in the Northern Rivers for over a decade and being engaged personally and professionally across the varied communities gives an insight into the differences between rural/regional ageing issues and those experienced by our urban seniors.
Despite retirement he remains engaged in Communities of Practice in Ageing and Family and Domestic Violence as well as looking at what defines “masculinity” across the life spectrum. A firm believer in Healthy Ageing he attends his local gym several times a week to remain physically active.
Margie O’Tarpey is an accomplished CEO with over 25 years experience managing Not for Profit professional associations. She has proven success in engagement, partnerships, representation and policy advice with a wide range of stakeholders at senior levels of organisations (Government and Industry), as well as the private sector at local, state and national levels.
Margie is an expert facilitator and has extensive experience and skills facilitating Boards, Stakeholder Forums; Strategic planning and Business planning sessions, team meetings and community consultations.
Margie has a strong human resources management and emotional intelligence focus and is committed to and competency in sound governance and financial sustainability standards.