Next Gen Ambassadors


There’s a new league of young professionals providing fresh perspectives in the age services sector. They are Ambassadors – part of LASA’s Next Gen initiative.

 LASA Next Gen Ambassadors are

  • Young age service professionals and role models
  • Clinical and non-clinical professionals working across a variety of leadership roles
  • Passionate and seek to be actively involved in discussions affecting the future of the age services sector

 What do LASA Next Gen Ambassadors do?

  • Regularly attend meetings and support LASA Next Gen initiatives
  • Provide advice and insights on issues affecting them and their peers
  • Identify innovative projects and events to support young industry professionals, based on identified areas of strategic interest
  • Supported to share their expertise and passion for Aged Services through industry presentations, articles, interviews and more

 If you (or a young leader you know) are interested in becoming a LASA Next Gen Ambassador, join our mailing list and apply to become an Ambassador today.

 We are now accepting applications for our LASA next Gen Ambassador program.

Applications open: Monday 31 May, 2021
Online Information session: 22 June 2021, 10amAEST – register here
Applications close: Midnight, Sunday 27 June 2021
Applicants notified of outcome: Friday 30 July
Apply now

 Need more information?

We have an upcoming event with LASA Next Gen Ambassadors, allowing you further opportunity to learn more about becoming an Ambassador and hear from those who are part of this initiative. Register for our Fireside Chat on Friday, 22 June at 10amAEST – Click here to join us!

 Today LASA is ensuring younger generations are changing their perceptions of aged care by involving them in the industry’s transformation, and ensuring they are part of building solutions that support high quality care and safety of our older adults. If you have any questions about our LASA Next Gen Ambassadors, or would like to support this initiative please email us at


What our Next Gen Ambassadors say about the program

In past years, I loved working as a Next Gen Ambassador. I absolutely loved working for better change for the aged care industry. Aged care is my passion and this is where I find my happiness. I love to make difference in other people’s life. I have grown more personally and professionally after I became a LASA Next Gen Ambassador.”

 Nisha Maharajan, Clinical Nurse, Bene Aged Care

“I have genuinely and thoroughly enjoyed the relationships I’ve made (and lifelong sector friendships), the contributions I’ve made and positive impact I’ve had even in unknown or unspoken ways just being part of LASA Next Gen.”

– Aynsley Johnson, Aged Care Manager, Amergin

“I have been able to connect and collaborate with like-minded young leaders from all over Australia … I cannot wait to see what we can achieve as a collective over the next 2 years to be able to engage and inspire a new generation of young leaders in age services!”

– Jamie Langdon, Communications Manager, Benevolent Living

“LASA Next Gen is that stepping stone, that opportunity that helps me have an impact on another person and show the beauty inherent in this industry. An opportunity to help someone grow and hopefully, I get to learn something along the way too.”

– Kashim Oriaje, Clinical Manager, Bolton Clarke


LASA Next Gen Ambassadors

Nikki Beckman

National Director of Research & Innovation

Marchese Partners

Rebecca Hogan


3C Management

Kaizaad Mehta

National Director Healthcare

Commonwealth Bank

Eshna Khadka

Operations Manager

Castle Personnel

Rob Sacristani

National Operations & Business Manager

Next Generation Services

Paul Forrest

WA State Manager

Plena Healthcare

Oliver Heuthe

Marketing and Innovation Manager Martin Luther Homes

Jamie Langdon

Marketing & Communications Manager

Benevolent Living

Karren Estologa

Residential Services Manager

Blue Care

Madeline Walsh


Thomson Geer

Aynsley Johnson

Aged Care Manager


Emma Kalpakos

Clinical Nurse Manager

Brodribb Home Toowoomba

Dr Sam Fien


Central Queensland University

Andrew Spilar

Design & Development Manager


Tayla Gorman


Mullins Lawyers

Kashim Oriaje

Clinical Manager

Bolton Clarke

Taranjot (TJ) Minhas

Regional Manager

Allied Connect Australia

Rose Shapley



Gabbie Kenaghan

Executive Quality and Compliance Manager


Emily Sotiros

Operations Manager

IRT Home Care

Scott Lynch

Managing Director

Community Therapy

Pat Lucas

Innovation and Insights Specialist

IRT Group

Miranda Smelt

Solutions Engineer


Simon Kerrigan

Managing Director

Guide Healthcare

Shannon Sladen

Manager, Wellness & Lifestyle

The Benevolent Society

Danni Dixon

Financial Adviser

Alteris Financial Group

Rebecca McMillan (Pitt)

Senior Business Strategy Analyst

Bolton Clarke

Alyssa Borja

Learning and Development Team Manager

Multiple Sclerosis

Sam Forbes

Founder and Facilitator

Elbow Community Building

Ellie Lambert

Clinical Advisor - Occupational Therapist


Danielle Ainsworth

General Manager VIC & SA

Australian Unity

Tom Gray

Clinical Lead, Physiotherapist

Silver Chain Group

Liana Niutta

Support Worker Manager

 ACH Group

Nisha Maharjan

Clinical Nurse

Bene Aged Care

Sara Star

Brokerage Support Officer

Country Home Services

Jelena jiro


Altaira Nursing Services

Laura Sutherland


3D Recruit

Hayley Antipas

Music & Wellbeing Project Coordinator

Brightwater Care Group

Amanda Macnamara

Director of Corporate Services

Maurice Zeffert 

Naomi Scott

Facility Manager

Mercy Care

Pele Reeve

Service Manager

Curtin Heritage Living

Nicole Platell


Curtin Heritage Living

Sally Jones

Associate Architect

KPA Architects

Marc Thomas

Aged Care Business Manager

Healthcare Australia

Christine Jackson

Clinical Nurse Educator

Bethanie Group