Our Board

Dr Graeme Blackman AO


Dr Graeme L Blackman AO FTSE FAICD is an experienced company director and trustee. He joined LASA as Independent Chairman in August 2014. He is the Chancellor of the University of Divinity, a Director of the Australian Youth Orchestra, Chairman of the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia and a member of the Board of Stem Cells Australia. Dr Blackman is a Trustee of numerous trusts including Chairman of the Anglicare Victoria Community Services Trust, Chairman of Trustees of the Journal of Anglican Studies Trust and a trustee of the Leith Trust and the Johnston Collection of Fine and Decorative Arts. He is a former Professor of Pharmaceutical Chemistry in the Victorian College of Pharmacy and has served on the boards of several publicly listed technology companies.  He was the Chairman of the National Trust of Australia (Victoria), Chairman of the Australian Council of National Trusts and Chairman of Victoria’s Heritage Restoration Fund. He was the Chairman of Anglicare Victoria, a Director of Benetas aged care, a member of the Council and Board of Trinity College at the University of Melbourne, a Director of the Melbourne Anglican Diocesan Corporation and a member of the Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral Melbourne.  He was for several years a member of Archbishop in Council of the Anglican Diocese of Melbourne. Dr Blackman is an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to the pharmaceutical industry, to scientific research and policy development, to theological education and the Anglican Church of Australia, and to aged care.


Robert Orie

Deputy Chair

Robert has been associated with the aged care sector in a senior management capacity for more than 30 years and, during that time, has developed a broad insight and knowledge of the aged care industry, both at an operational and policy level.  His career has spanned both the private and not-for-profit sectors.
Robert is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore, a Sydney based provider of residential aged care, home care, retirement living and outreach services.  Robert has been actively involved with the industry’s peak body, Leading Age Services Australia Ltd (LASA) for many years and is currently the NSW/ACT representative Director on its Board in which he holds the position of Deputy Chairman.  As a Director on the LASA Board, Robert strongly advocates on behalf of the industry to ensure providers have access to adequate income streams in order to support quality outcomes for residents and the financial sustainability of the industry.  Robert is committed to ensuring the long term financial viability of the industry and greater efficiency through reduced paperwork and a sensible approach to regulatory compliance.


Dr Saranne Cooke

Chair, Finance, Audit & Risk Management Committee

Dr Saranne Cooke is a professional director serving on a number of boards across the education, health, sport, superannuation and charity sectors. Her current appointments include directorships on the boards of Racing NSW, Western NSW PHN (Western Health Alliance), HESTA, Charles Sturt University and Fisheries Research and Development Corporation. She is also the inaugural Chair of the Western Region NSW Committee of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior to her career as a professional director, Dr Cooke also held a number of senior roles within energy, banking and manufacturing industries. She holds a PhD in Board Governance, a Master of Business (Marketing), a Master of Commercial Law and a Bachelor of Commerce. Dr Cooke is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant, and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute.


Kerri Rivett

Kerri is Chief Executive of Royal Freemasons Ltd and was previously Chief Executive Officer of Shepparton Villages for five years. Kerri has been working
in the healthcare industry for nearly 35 years, including 20 years in senior management positions. Prior to her current role, Kerri held senior executive positions within both the public and non-for-profit health sectors including acute, subacute, residential care and mental health services. These roles have given her a comprehensive understanding of aged care from both a clinical and operational perspective, and in urban and rural settings. Currently working towards a Masters in Gerontology and Health Administration, Kerri’s specialties include service growth, service re-engineering, change management and budget realignment. Prior to the unification of LASA, Kerri was a Director of LASA Victoria from 2013 to 2016.


Nick Loudon

Nick is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Envigor Pty Ltd. Nick has more than 35 years clinical and executive management experience in private hospitals, public hospitals, health insurance, retirement living and in-home community care, and was a Board Director of LASA Queensland from 2013-2016. Nick holds a Master of Health Administration, a Bachelor of Science Nursing, and Post Graduate Qualifications in Trauma Management, Coronary Care, Hyperbaric Management and Midwifery. He believes passionately that at every stage and every age, each of us strive for ‘quality of life’ and he is determined that advanced age is no more a ‘disease’ than is youth – both have their challenges. His vision is that aged care, focused on quality of life and respect for the choices of our elders, can be delivered in any location.


David Panter

David is Chief Executive Officer of profit-for-purpose ECH Inc, South Australia’s biggest provider of housing and support services for older people. He has worked within health and social care services for almost 40 years inthe UK and Australia, over half of which has been at Chief Executive level. From 2004 David spent 10 years within the SA public health system heading up Central Northern Adelaide Health Service, where he was responsible for leading reforms including the development of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital. Since 2015, he has transformed ECH from a ‘traditional’ aged care provider into one that has moved away from residential care to focus entirely on independent living and enabling people to have choice. David holds a Bachelor of Science (Hons) in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology.


Michelle Jenkins

Michelle is Chief Executive Officer of Community Vision Australia, a not-for-profit provider of home care and disability support services.  Michelle is an experienced leader with a strong business background and extensive senior management experience. She has a passion for community-based aged care and disability services delivered in a way that ensures high quality care for consumers and sustainable business models for organisations across the sector. Michelle is a JP and has been a Board Director of both not-for-profit and Government organisations for the past 30 years both in the UK and in Australia as well as being a former Head of Commercial Banking for Westpac and State Leader for St George. Michelle holds a Masters degree in Business Leadership amongst her qualifications.


Sue Peden AM

Sue’s executive career has focused on brand strategy development and advertising – both traditional and digital. She worked for some of the country’s most respected agencies on many iconic brands for almost 25 years before co-founding her own business, which was sold five years later. She currently consults for clients ranging from large multinationals to start-ups.  Sue is also a Director on the Boards of Carers Australia (since 2015) and of a start-up called Care To Compare. Appointed by the Victorian Government, she is a member of the Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust. Sue has a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has been selected for their Chair’s Mentoring Program, and is a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Significant Service to Community.

Upcoming Events

Wed 08

Creating Inclusive Organisations Webinar

8 December 2021 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Fri 10

LASA National Excellence in Age Services Awards

10 December 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Mar 16

Age Services Industry Forum – 16 March 2022

March 16, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm