ARIIA announces Kylie Walker as board chair

Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia has named technology sector leader and experienced community and health sector organisation director Kylie Walker as chair of its independent board.

Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation Australia has named technology sector leader and experienced community and health sector organisation director Kylie Walker as chair of its recently recruited independent board.

Ms Walker – chief executive officer of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences & Engineering – was one of five directors ARIIA welcomed to its new board about six weeks ago.

At ATSE, she convenes impactful evidence-based conversations, strategies and actions to contribute to a thriving, healthy, inclusive and connected Australia, supported by science and technology.

Ms Walker is known for her ability to bridge the gap between technologists, engineers, scientists and stakeholders including governments, businesses, media and society. She has led campaigns aimed at bolstering investment in Australian research and development and pioneered inclusion programs such as the Superstars of STEM and Elevate: Boosting Women in STEM.

Her diverse chair experience includes on the boards of Australia’s National Commission for UNESCO, the National Research and Innovation Alliance, and National Science Week. She’s also a visiting fellow at the Australian Science Media Centre, recognised as an AFR 100 Woman of Influence, and a member of leadership development program Chief Executive Women.

Ms Walker said she was honoured to take on the responsibility, especially during this critical time of reform for the aged care sector.

“ARIIA is at the forefront of navigating these changes, proactively improving workforce capability through evidence-based training, and catalysing important creation and application of knowledge through research, development and innovation,” Ms Walker said.

“It’s our aim that research-informed high-quality aged care is available to and has enduring benefits for our growing population of older Australians, now and into the future.”

ARIIA interim CEO Reuben Jacob said Ms Walker’s demonstrated leadership achievements and background in health and community sector organisations made her the ideal person for the role.

“In her new role, Kylie will work with the board and executive to steer ARIIA’s continuing efforts and unwavering commitment to driving innovation and transformative change in the aged care sector.”

New board to oversee translation of high-quality projects

ARIIA’s independent board is skills-based and responsible for overseeing the organisation. The other directors named on 7 August are:

  • Fraser Bell, partner of Thomson Greer
  • Gary Brady, chair of Anglicare Southern Queensland
  • Judith Leeson, director of Vector Consultants
  • Richard Porter, chief financial officer of Flinders University.

All five directors have been appointed to the ARIIA board initially for a one-year term. They replaced an interim board of directors, whose terms ended earlier this year. ARIIA is in the process of recruiting two other board members.

Professor Sue Gordon

ARIIA research director Professor Sue Gordon said the independent board would benefit the aged care sector by overseeing the development and translation of high-quality projects that addressed crucial gaps in the aged care workforce’s capability and knowledge.

“I look forward to working with our independent board to lead the aged care sector as we address the critical and changing needs facing the sector Australia-wide.”

Main image L to R: Reuben Jacob, Kylie Walker and Richard Porter

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