Our Team

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

Tracy Duke

Tracy Duke

Residential Care

QLD

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Tracey is a Registered Nurse with a Bachelor of Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate in Intensive Care, Graduate Diploma Business (Management), Master of Business Administration and a Diploma with Company Directors. She has over 30 years experience in the health sector and in private and not-for-profit aged care. Tracey is an active member of the Australian College of Nursing. Her background includes Adjunct Professorial Appointment to the School of Nursing and Midwifery Griffith University; participation on the Griffith and Australian Catholic University Bachelor of Nursing Advisory Committees; the QLD State-wide General Medical Clinical Network, QLD State-wide Clinical Handover Reference Group, the Corporate Services Committee for Queensland Nursing Council and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Amanda Fieldhouse

Amanda Fieldhouse

Residential Care

VIC/TAS

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Amanda has more than 30 years Australian and international experience in health and aged Care at senior management levels in both the private and public sectors. She has qualifications as a Registered Nurse (St Bartholomews, UK) and MBA (Monash) and has achieved a positive difference as a CEO, Facility Manager and Consultant through her successful leadership of high quality, compassionate, personalised care for residents/patients and their families. Amanda’s professional experience also includes turning around under-performing assets and leading multiple process improvement projects. She has well established, credible relationships with relevant business, government and key stakeholder groups.

Cheryl Edwards

Cheryl Edwards

Residential Care

SA/NT/WA

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Cheryl has 35 years experience in Residential Aged Care Management and has worked in both corporate and operational roles. She has worked for smaller and larger providers in both the private and not for profit sectors. Cheryl is a Registered Nurse who also holds qualifications in Management, Work Health & Safety and Workplace Trainer and Assessor. She is a Myers Briggs practitioner and has facilitated leadership development programs. Cheryl has mentoring and coaching skills and is passionate about people, particularly the aged.

Abraham Nyanzero

Abraham Nyanzero

Residential Care

NSW/ACT

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Abraham is a Registered Nurse who has worked in aged care for 14 years and in hospitals as a Registered Nurse in both acute and sub-acute wards. He holds a Masters in Business Administration, has specialised in Human Resources Management and holds an Advanced Diploma in Business Management. Prior to joining LASA Abraham worked as a Director of Nursing and a university tutor of nursing students. He is passionate about people and enjoys working in aged care.

Paul Murphy

Paul Murphy

Principal Advisor

Retirement Living
& Seniors Housing

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Paul is the Principal Advisor for Retirement Living & Seniors Housing with Leading Age Services Australia (LASA). Paul advises retirement village and seniors housing operators on compliance, legislative interpretation, policy and advocacy, financial models, contracts and training encompassing the customer experience. He has over 13 years’ experience operating Aged Care and Retirement Living in Australia. Paul has qualifications in Aged & Disability Services; a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations; is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD); an advanced Graduate of the Australian Institute of Superannuation Trustees (GAIST.Adv) and an experienced Company Director with over 14 years’ service on boards in the education, aged care and financial services sectors including 7 years as a Superannuation Trustee Director. Paul is currently a Director for Benevolent Living.

Jane Floyd

Jane Floyd

Home Care

QLD/NSW/ACT/VIC/TAS

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Jane is a specialist in community engagement, customer experience, sales and marketing functions. To date her career has largely been in customer services arenas across the government, not for profit and corporate sectors. Jane has valuable experience in understanding the health and community care systems and reforms. Her experience includes research to inform and evaluate policy and programs, commercial and social (change) marketing research and analysis, integrated campaign development and implementation, and extensive consumer and stakeholder engagement. Her professional range covers hands on project delivery through to Board-level influence.

Tania Saggers-Clarke

Tania Saggers-Clarke

Home Care

SA/NT/WA

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Tania has eight years’ experience in the aged care, community care and disability sectors in the not-for-profit sector, where she has held senior and executive management roles in WA. Tania holds qualifications in Business Management, Occupational Health and Safety, Human Resources, Governance and Risk Management and Quality Auditing. She holds professional memberships with Exemplar Global – ISO Quality Management Systems, Governance Institute of Australia and Association of Consultants in Access. Tania is passionate about her community and is a member of Ellenbrook Chamber of Commerce & Communities and Midland Chamber of Commerce. 

Samantha Bowen

Samantha Bowen

Principal Advisor

NextGen

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Samantha is a leading voice on intergenerational leadership and engaging our next generation leaders. She heads LASA Next Gen and is working to disrupt our workforce challenges; by building the capacity of Next Gen leaders to execute change and see the dynamic opportunities around us. Samantha is well-known for her commentary on intergenerational workforce challenges facing aged care. She’s a board member for the NHMRC’s National Institute of Dementia Research, a recipient of the Layne Beachley Foundation Scholarship, Founder of Acorn Network Pty Ltd, a contributor to a number of national publications, hosts Grey Revolution – a podcast for aged care leaders, and runs a successful national online mentoring program for aged care leaders.

Merlin Kong

Merlin Kong

Principal Advisor

Innovation

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Merlin is the head of innovAGEING – Australia’s innovation network for aged care services. He has previoiusly been 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 has held innovation advisory roles with both start-ups and institutions, and actively volunteers his time mentoring young entrepreneurs. He has also taught innovation and entrepreneurship, and business development strategy at the Australian National University.

Operational Managers

Simon Page

Simon Page

Communications & Marketing Manager

Christine Davis

Christine Davis

Manager

Business Support Services

Ina Pieterse

Ina Pieterse

Manager

People, Culture & Safety

Megan Leddin

Megan Leddin

Manager

Sponsorship & Events

Noel D’Cunha

Noel D’Cunha

Manager

Finance and ICT

Claire Bailey

Claire Bailey

Manager

Employment Relations

Karen Murray

Karen Murray

Manager

Workforce Development

Amanda Allen

Amanda Allen

Safety & Quality

Program Manager