Chief Executive Officer
Sean Rooney has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in the public, private, and not-for-profit sector including as the former Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Medicare Local Alliance. Previously, Mr Rooney was the Executive Director of Sustainability & Climate Change in the ACT Government. He has also held executive roles at Sinclair Knight Merz where he managed the sustainability capability, and at the CSIRO, where he held a number of roles including Director of the Sustainable Communities Research Program and CSIRO’s Australian Government Business Manager. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from ANU, a Masters of Business Administration from Melbourne University and Post Graduate qualifications in Cross Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University.
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.
Policy & Advocacy
Kate has extensive experience in policy, advocacy, strategy, and change management with specific, long-term expertise in health and community services policy and advocacy. She has worked in senior management roles at the NSW Cabinet Office and NSW Treasury, responsible for oversighting the financial performance and policy and reform agenda for key agencies including the NSW Department of Health and the Department of Family and Community Services. Kate worked on many Commonwealth-State negotiations covering health, aged care, community services and the establishment of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. In 2015 and 2016 Kate worked in a member organisation as a senior advocate and then Manager of Strategy and Policy.
Training & Events
State Manager QLD
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, 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.
Business Support Services
State Manager NSW/ACT
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 Manager VIC/TAS
Veronica has a back ground in general management and has been involved in the Health Sector for over 30 years. Previously, Veronica held CEO and senior executive roles in both rural Victorian and metropolitan Melbourne health services in both the public healthcare and not-for-profit sectors.
Veronica has a Masters of Business, Graduate Diploma of Management and an Arts Degree (Psych) and a Masters of Human Resource Management. She is a fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and of the Aged Care Complaints Commisioner Consultative Committee.
State Manager WA
With more than 11 years executive experience in not for profit management, Christine recently transferred her skills to the aged care sector, having previously been the Managing Director of a not-for-profit, member-based peak body for the business tourism industry. Responding to member needs and delivering tangible benefits are crucial – and Christine believes that a greater focus on brand, marketing and innovation will be critical to the success of aged care organisations as the sector transforms to a more consumer focused, market driven industry.
State Manager SA/NT
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.
& Seniors Housing
Paul has over 12 years’ experience in aged care, community care and retirement living having served as General Manager and Group General Manager for in Queensland not-for-profit and for-profit organisations. Previously, Paul worked in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations in NSW public hospitals then in QLD private hospital pharmacy services. He holds a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations, Certificate IV in Aged & Disability Services, is a former Qld State Councillor and Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute (AHRI); Graduate of GAICD, GAIST-adv and is an experienced Company Director.
Residential Aged Care
Sharyn has worked in aged care for more than 20 years, including the past 10 as Operations Manager for a small private operator. In this role, Sharyn was responsible for the day to day operations of 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.
Troy started his career as a clinical psychologist in the mental health sector over 20 years ago. More recently he has worked in operational management with home care providers, gaining a comprehensive understanding of all home care service management and operations, including staffing, funding, quality reporting and stakeholder engagement. His experience includes policy development and analysis, program development, implementation and evaluation, operational management, strategic planning, clinical redesign, workforce planning/management, clinical intervention and care planning, consultancy advice, data management and research.
Merlin Kong has an eclectic background, including: Executive Director at Community Services #1, Executive Director at the ACT Property Council, and Policy Strategy Director and Senior Adviser to various MLAs in the ACT Legislative Assembly.
Merlin also held innovation advisory roles with both start-ups and institutions, and actively volunteers his time mentoring young entrepreneurs.
He is pursuing innovation studies at Stanford University, and has taught innovation and entrepreneurship, and business development strategy at the Australian National University.
At LASA, Merlin will be progressing our plans to establish a national innovation network for age services in Australia, whilst also contributing to policy and advocacy team activities.
People & Culture
Business Support Services
Sponsorship & Events
Senior Policy Officer
Nigel is a registered nurse with over 25 years of diverse clinical expertise, 15 of those within the aged care sector.
He has been employed in multifaceted educative, supervisory and management positions, including as a chief executive officer.
Nigel has served as a clinical advisor to the Australian Council of Health Care Standards and to not-for-profit organisations. Nigel’s background in bioethics has seen him sit on various medical ethics committees both nationally and internationally.
Nigel’s role at LASA sees him working between our Members and Government on resolving operational/system issues experienced by our Members (e.g. MAC, payments, etc).
In addition, Nigel’s practical operational aged care experience and knowledge will assist in our interpretation of Government policy and legislation changes from a provider perspective.