The LASA Board
The Initial Board of Leading Age Services Australia comprises six highly regarded pillars of the aged care community, who are proud of their leading role in bringing together the majority of aged care providers under the unified voice of LASA.
Mal Humphries, Valerie Lyons, Robert Dempsey, Peter Cosgrove, Geoff Taylor , Marcus Riley, Robert Orie, Chris How, Glenn Bunney, Tony Smith, Patrick Reid.Â
General Cosgrove is a retired Australian Army officer. He was the Chief of the Defence Force from 2002 â€“ 2005, when he retired from active service. In 2010, he was appointed Chancellor of the Australian Catholic University. He sits on the board of Australia’s main airline Qantas, and is on numerous other boards as Chairman or member. He was awarded Australian of the year for 2001.
Valerie Lyons (VIC)Â Â - Chair LASA Government Relations & Strategy Committee and CEO of Villa Maria, Board member of Catholic Health Australia
Valerie Lyons has some 35 yearsâ€™ experience in the health and finance industries, including 20 + years of experience in leadership roles within the Health sector with a focus on the senior, community, disability and education services. Appointments include four years as CEO of Villa Maria Society and ten years as CEO of Southern Cross Care (Vic).
In her current role of Chief Executive Officer at Villa Maria Society, Valerie leads one of Victoriaâ€™s oldest and largest community organisations committed to providing innovative, high quality service options in the disability, education and senior services sectors.
Marcus Riley (QLD)Â Â - Deputy Chair LASA, President of LASA QLD, and CEO of the Hibernian Society Ltd
Marcus Riley is the youngest-ever Director of the Queensland Hibernion Society Ltd, where he oversees the organisationâ€™s retirement living, aged care operations, and charitable activities. He has served as the Queensland representative for LASA QLD during the Associationâ€™s involvement in the national accreditation scheme for retirement villages (ARVA Scheme), was Chair of LASA QLDâ€™s Accreditation Committee and he is an active member of the Associationâ€™s Retirement Living Committee. He is currently a Director of Aged and Community Services Australia.
Glenn BunneyÂ (QLD) – CEO of Sundale Garden Village, Nambour
GlennÂ has held Chief Executive roles for almost 30 years, more than half of which have been within the aged care industry. He is the CEO of Sundale, a community-based charitable organisation providing community care, residential aged care, rehabilitation services, retirement living, affordable housing and childcare, childcare, on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
GlennÂ joined the Aged Care Queensland Board in 1997 and assumed its Presidency over 2000 – 2003. He served as President of Aged & Community Services Australia from 2003 – 2007, is a Director and immediate past Chair of the International Association for Homes and Services to the Aged, was a founding Director of Eden in Oz, a foundation established in 2003 to facilitate the introduction of The Eden AlternativeÂ® into Australia and New Zealand, and is a past serving Director of HESTA, the Industry Superannuation Fund for the health and community services sector. He is a current Director of Leading Age Services Australia (Queensland) and Industry Funds Management Pty Ltd.
Francis W Cook (NSW-ACT) – Owner, Â Cook Care Group
As owner with wife Christine of Cook Care Group, Francis owns and operates ten (10) facilities in NSW and Qld ranging from 40 beds to 167 High and Low Care including five (5) Extra Service. The group has grown from 29 beds in 1987 to its current 731 with another 103 Extra Service beds under construction.
Formerly past President (2000-2004) and Vice President (2006 -2012) of ACAA and now Vice President LASA NSW and Director LASA, Francis has been a management consultant and advisor to the Federal Boards of ACAA and LASA since 1980.Cook Care’s philosophy is “our people are not just cared for but cared about”
Mal HumphriesÂ (VIC) – Director of Development at Arcare
Malcolm is a Director of LASA with 20 years in the Retirement Village industry plus the past 12 years in the Aged Care sector. He was a Board member of VAHEC and for the past 6 years a Director and the former Vice President of ACCV.
He is the Director of Development of Arcare Pty Ltd, a private sector aged care provider which he birthed and grew over the past 10 years. A Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD) and previously a C.P.A. for 25 years and an ordained Minister of Religion where he ministered both in Australia and in mission roles overseas.
Christopher How (WA) -Â CEO, The Bethanie Group
Chris is the Chief Operating Officer for the residential division of The Bethanie Group.Â The Bethanie Group operates and managers 15 aged care facilities, comprising of 981 beds, within Western Australia. As the president of Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) â€“ Western Australia and a federal director of the board of LASA he is committed to influencing aged care policy and supporting the aged care industry.
Ross Johnston (VIC) -Â CEO Regis Aged Care
Regis has 45 residential aged care facilities with 4500 residents located in all mainland states.Â Ross worked both internationally and domestically with Lend Lease for fifteen years in Bovis Lend Lease.Â Prior to joining Regis in November 2008; Ross held the position of National General Manager, Property and Facilities and then the Chief Executive Officer of Spotless Australian Services, the Australian arm of Spotless Group Limited.
Ross is also the Chairman of BSA Limited listed on the ASX and joined the Board on 29 April 2008.Â The BSA group is a diverse engineering, contracting company focused on the delivery of infrastructure projects, services and equipment to the building services industry.
Robert OrieÂ (NSW-ACT) – CEO of Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home
Robert Orie has been associated with the aged care sector for more than 28 years and is currently the CEO of the Montefiore Home, a charitable organisation providing residential, adult day care and out-reach services within the Sydney metropolitan area . During his career he has held senior management positions with leading organisations in both the private and not-for-profit sectors of the industry. Robert has represented aged care providers in numerous Government and consumer forums and is the current NSW President and Federal Director of Leading Age Services Australia.
Robert Dempsey (SA) - CEO of Minda
Viv Padman (SA) - Executive Chairman of Padman Health Care
Geoff Taylor (WA) - Director of Aegis Health Care Group
Tony Smith (TAS) Â - The Gardens
Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Reid is LASAâ€™s CEO.Â Patrick has considerable experience in the health care industry highlighted by his career with The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, as both an elected official and senior executive. Patrick’s involvement in negotiating and implementing many aspects of the Community PharmacyÂ Agreements,Â bringsÂ LASAÂ extensiveÂ experienceÂ inÂ delivering national programs and policy on behalf of a member organisation.
“Patrickâ€™s appointment is a real triumph for LASA and the aged care sector. He is a very talented executive with a tremendous background in advocacy and stakeholder representation, governance, negotiation and healthcare management, all of which equip him well to lead LASA in this most significant of times for our industry,”
- Gen Cosgrove