McLelland replaces O’Neill at workforce industry council

Sarah McLelland has been appointed interim CEO of the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council after Louise O’Neill tenders her resignation.

The Aged Care Workforce Industry Council’s executive policy director has been appointed to lead the organisation in the interim after Louise O’Neill tendered her resignation this week.

Ms O’Neill, who was appointed the ACWIC’s inaugural chief executive officer two years ago, has resigned her position due to personal reasons, the ACWIC announced on Monday.

ACWIC executive policy director of policy and engagement Sarah McLelland (pictured above) has been appointed to the role of Interim CEO, effective immediately.

Ms McLelland is a public servant with more than 15 years’ experience across aged-care, disability and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health. She acted as interim CEO earlier this year.

Louise O’Neill

Ms O’Neill joined ACWIC in July 2020 to lead the organisation’s implementation of 14 strategic actions emanating from Australia’s Aged Care Workforce Strategy A Matter of Care.

ACWIC chair Libby Lyons said Ms O’Neill has made a significant contribution to the council and its mission to build and shape the future aged care workforce.

“We wish Louise the very best and thank her for setting the organisation on a strong path to delivering on our purpose.”

Libby Lyons

Ms O’Neill said she was proud of the progress ACWIC had made against its charter.

“The council plays a critically important role in solving the workforce challenge for aged care by bringing the industry together and working to a united approach.”

The ACWIC board has commenced the search for a new CEO imminently.

“We’re well-placed to continue the momentum under Sarah’s leadership as we embark on the appointment of a permanent CEO”, Ms Lyons said.

Main image: Sarah McLelland

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