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 high-care, low-care and dementia specific services, adult day care, outreach and community 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.


Stephen Muggleton

Currently Group CEO of Bolton Clarke, Stephen Muggleton is regarded as a transformational CEO with more than 25 years’ experience managing teaching hospitals and some of Australia’s largest residential aged and community care organisations. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Science, a Master’s Degree in Health Administration and is a Graduate of the AICD. He has been a member of several industry, national and international expert committees on health and ageing and is currently a member of the LASA Queensland MAC, Co-Chair of Trade Investment Queensland’s Australian Silver Industry Group, a Trustee of the John Villiers Philanthropic Trust and a member of the Ageing Asia Advisory Board. His contributions to health and aged care have been recognised with an Adjunct Professor title from the University of Queensland, a Queensland Reconciliation Award, a Prime Minister’s Award and an Institute of Management Award for not for profit Manager of the Year.  Stephen holds a Bachelor of Applied Science and a Masters in Health.


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 BSc (Hons) in Experimental Psychology and a PhD in Developmental Psychology.


Christopher How

Christopher is Chief Executive Officer of Bethanie. He has over 20 years’ experience in management and senior management across a number of industry sectors, positions that have included State Commercial Manager, Regional and General Manager, Chief Operating Officer and CEO.

A dedicated Health and Community Industry Leader, Christopher has participated on a number of industry related boards over the past decade including National Director with LASA and the President of the LASA-WA. He is currently a director of the disability provider, Interlife, the Chair of the Aged Care Forum at the WA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI), as well as a Member of the General Council of WA-CCI. Christopher holds a number of degrees across Science, and Health Management and has also achieved a Masters of Business in Health Care Administration.


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’s worked with brands across industries from food, healthcare, automotive, hardware and finance. She currently consults for clients ranging from large multinationals to  start-ups.

Sue’s first board appointment was Clemenger BBDO, Melbourne, in 2008. She then joined the board of Carers Victoria in 2013, and was elected President in February 2017. She also sits on the board of Carers Australia (since 2015), serving on their FARG (Finance, Audit, Risk and Governance) and Board Executive committees. Appointed by the Victorian Government, Sue is a member of the Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust, sitting on their Community Advisory Committee, and is a Director of a start-up called Care To Compare.

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 was recently awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for Significant Service to Community.

Upcoming Events

Fri 06
Mon 09

Clinical Governance in Aged Care – Group 2

9 November 2020 @ 3:00 pm - 16 November 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Tue 10
Thu 12
Thu 12
Tue 17
Fri 20
Tue 24

LASA Next Gen Online National Forum

24 November 2020 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Dec 01

Clinical Governance in Aged Care – Group 3

1 December 2020 @ 11:30 am - 8 December 2020 @ 1:30 pm