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  • Kwesi Addo – Board Director

  • Kwesi is an experienced legal and governance professional with nearly 15 years governance experience in the not-for-profit sector and 13 years of legal experience across a wide range of areas including intellectual property, tax, employment law, privacy and construction. Kwesi is the Chair of Compass Housing, one of the largest social and community housing organisations […]

  • Carolyn Parker – Board Director

  • Carolyn is an award-winning senior executive and accomplished Non Executive Director. She has 30 years commercial experience with Not for Profit and ASX listed companies and family owned businesses. Her expertise spans multiple industries, including social housing and property management, community services, retail, wholesale, entertainment, hospitality, tourism and media. Her strengths are corporate governance, risk […]

  • Maureen Walsh – Board Director

  • Maureen has wide experience working in the private sector, trade unions, and in State and Commonwealth public services. She was a councillor with Parramatta City Council for 17 years, including terms as Deputy Lord Mayor. She is a long time member and delegate to many organisations including Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils, University of […]

  • Margaret Duckett – Board Director – President

  • Margaret has held various senior roles including as Director of the NSW Office of Ageing. Her career has been primarily in the health and social sectors, building on her science background in terms of health promotion, advocacy and policy development. Margaret has extensive experience in government and political processes, and strategic policy development and implementation. She can point to a number of instances where her advocacy changed policy. Additional attributes she brings to the Board include extensive management skills, and excellent networks and networking skills. She recently supported her mother to live alone in her own home until the end of her life. Margaret has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma program.

  • Barbara Anderson – Board Director

  • I currently hold the position of Principal Policy Adviser in the Aged Care Unit, Health and Social Policy Branch, NSW Ministry of Health. My role includes researching, evaluating and advising on best practice policies and programs relevant to aged care, aged health and other priority policy areas associated with ageing, disability and integrated care policy and strategic issues.
    My professional background is Health Information Management and I hold a Master of Arts Degree from the University of New South Wales. I was Founding Editor of the Australian Medical Record Journal in 1970 (subsequently Health Information Management Journal). My publications include co-authoring Occupational therapy: Its place in Australia’s history. Sydney: NSW Association of Occupational Therapists (1988). I retain a keen interest in the written word.
    Prior to joining NSW Health in 2001, I ran my own business as a Quality Improvement, Accreditation and Medical Record Consultant. I have worked across all areas of health service delivery, including hospitals, community health, residential aged care and general practice. My previous experience includes managing the Education Service for the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards (ACHS) from 1990 to 1993. I was a registered Aged Care Quality Assessor from 2000 to 2002. I have a longstanding interest in ageing and the care of older people and was actively involved in development of the 2004-06 NSW Health Framework for integrated support and management of older people in the NSW health care system.

  • Elaine Leong – Board Director – Vice President

  • BA LLB, BA Comms (Hon), Grad Dip Legal Prac, GAICD
    Elaine is a career governance and legal professional with strong interest and experience in collaborating with Boards and Executive teams to advance organisational objectives through governance, strategy, policy and risk.
    Elaine is currently the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Australia’s oldest charity, The Benevolent Society and partner of a boutique law firm providing pro bono and cost effective legal advice to individuals, charities and small charities experiencing challenges with accessing or navigating the legal system. Elaine is an advocate and active volunteer of the not-for-profit sector and has a passion for advocating the rights of older people.

  • Russell Westacott – Chief Executive Officer

  • Russell Westacott is the Chief Executive Officer of Seniors Rights Service. He joined Seniors Rights Service in this capacity in January 2011. Russell has 30 years experience of working in non-government-organisations (NGOs). He worked for several organisations in the HIV sector and has worked for both state and national organisations. Russell has implemented projects in each state and territory in Australia in collaboration with local partners. He has worked on international projects in the South Pacific, South Africa and has represented Australian community-based groups at the United Nations. During the period 2001 to 2005 Russell worked in New York City at one of that city’s largest NGOs. Russell has an interest in the human rights of individuals who are often marginalised. Russell has studied at the University of NSW in Politics and International Relations and Sociology.

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