Our Team

The whole team have come to our assistance and support during the past year.

In our world of change and uncertainty it is refreshing to have a team to rely on who are consistently up to the challenge.”

Liberty Community Connect - QLD

Executive Leadership Team

Sean Rooney

Sean Rooney

Chief Executive Officer

 

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As CEO of aged care industry peak body, Leading Age Services Australia, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the aged care industry. Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.

Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-profit sector organisations.  He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage. Sean also has practical experience at the nexus of the health and aged care sector, having been the CEO at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance.

Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.

George Andreola

George Andreola

Company Secretary,

General Manager

Corporate Services

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George has oversight responsibility for Finance, ICT, Corporate Communications/Affairs, HR and Legal at LASA. He has a background as a Partner in a professional accounting services firm with over 30 years of experience in accounting, audit and corporate advisory. George has a Bachelor of Business, Post Graduate Degree in Computer Science and a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia & New Zealand, a Registered Company Auditor, a founding director of a not for profit charity and a Director and the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance & Risk Committee of a community aged care facility in the not for profit sector.

Tim Hicks

Tim Hicks

General Manager

Policy & Advocacy

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Tim is a senior policy professional with strong networks and extensive experience in tax policy, regulatory reform, digital policy and stakeholder engagement, including as the head of economics and industry policy for the Australian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Tim has also held roles in Federal Treasury and has previously been an advisor to the ATO and the ACCC.

Kerri Lanchester

Kerri Lanchester

General Manager

Member Relations

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Kerri has operated at senior levels in aged services for the past 25 years working across both not for profit and the private sector. Kerri's career has spanned strategic and operational leadership within the portfolios of home care, indigenous services, mental health, housing, homelessness and tenancy support, along with training and development. Kerri represents LASA at the National Aged Care Alliance and has been active on a number of national Advisory Groups for the past four years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Educational Studies and has qualifications in Service Coordination, Mental Health, Workplace Training and Assessment and Home & Community Care.

Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore

General Manager

Member Services

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Brendan has worked in a variety of roles in both government and non-government human service sectors, aged care, health and disability industries, research, policy and program delivery, project management, business development, advocacy and campaigns, and consulting. He has 10 years’ senior management experience and holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA), Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Advanced Diploma in Management and a Diploma of Education.

State Managers

Chris Edith

Chris Edith

State Manager

QLD

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Chris provided Member support and advice to QLD Members for three years prior to taking up the State Manager role. She provides support to Members at all levels, including training, in-service support and consultancy. She is actively engaged across the state to ensure LASA maintains its high profile and value-adds to Members, internal business partners and external stakeholders.

Chris has previously worked with the former Aged Care Quality Agency as an assessor/ reviewer and with the Commonwealth Department of Health, including at the policy level. She also has many years of experience in the community sector, and as a staff trainer and HR manager. She holds a Bachelor of Education in Adult Education and Human Resource Management.

Ian Poalses

Ian Poalses

State Manager

NSW-ACT

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Ian has 10 years’ experience in the age services industry, entering the field by managing hostel-style operations and living on site at a managed village. He later joined Stockland in their Retirement Living division managing their South Australian villages before accepting a transfer to Sydney.

Earlier in his career Ian was a trade and industry diplomat and a director of various companies in the retail, financial services and commercial services fields.

He has an accounting degree and MBA from Bond University. As State Manager NSW/ACT, Ian advocates on behalf of LASA members and promotes the age services industry across all stakeholders.

Sharyn McIlwain

Sharyn McIlwain

State Manager

VIC-TAS

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Sharyn has worked in aged care for more than 20 years, including 10 years as Operations Manager for a small private operator. In this role, Sharyn was responsible for 140 residential aged care beds across two sites, one metropolitan and one rural.
Sharyn’s role spanned everything from human resources and budgeting, to ACFI funding and the Aged Care Act, and compliance with the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency. The experience in this position this has given Sharyn great insight and understanding of balancing the day-to-day aspects of managing a facility at the coal face.

Rosetta Rosa

Rosetta Rosa

State Manager

SA-NT

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Rosetta has over 25 years’ experience in aged care, pharmaceutical, allied and primary health care including hospitals, community pharmacy and medical and emergency physicians. Rosetta has worked at the operations and at the sector representation level across corporate services, policy and research and has held executive and business management leadership roles. Rosetta’s academic back ground includes environment and industrial relations labour law, Masters in Business Management with majors in business development and international cross cultural negotiations.

Liz Behjat

Liz Behjat

State Manager

WA

Subject Matter Experts

Tracey Duke

Tracey Duke

Residential Care

QLD-NSW-TAS-ACT

Cheryl Edwards

Cheryl Edwards

Residential Care

SA-NT-WA-VIC

Jane Floyd

Jane Floyd

Home Care

QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS

Tania Saggers-Clarke

Tania Saggers-Clarke

Home Care

SA/NT/WA

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Retirement Living & Seniors Housing

Operational Managers

Megan Leddin

Megan Leddin

Manager

Sponsorship & Events

Simon Page

Simon Page

Manager

Communications & Marketing

Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey

Manager

Employment Relations

Karen Murray

Karen Murray

Manager

Workforce Development

Christine Davis

Christine Davis

Manager

Business Support Services

Ina Pieterse

Ina Pieterse

Manager

People, Culture & Safety