IRT appoints new chair

Peter Fitzgerald has stepped into the lead role following the retirement of Mike Halloran.

Aged care and retirement living provider IRT Group has announced director Peter Fitzgerald has replaced Mike Halloran as chair.

The change in governance leadership occurred on 1 May, following the retirement of long-serving chair Mike Halloran – who joined the board in 2012.

Mr Fitzgerald – who joined the IRT Board in 2017 – said he had “big shoes to fill” in replacing Mr Halloran.

“Mike has been a fantastic chair. I give great credit also to the board and leadership team in setting the strategic direction for IRT. Looking ahead to the next 10 to 20 years, seniors’ living will continue to evolve and we need to be responsive to all the changes that come with this,” Mr Fitzgerald said.

“I have absolute confidence that the leadership team will deliver on the strategic plan while having an eye to opportunities that will present as the industry continues to change.”

On his tenure, Mr Halloran said it had been a privilege to oversee the organisation and watch it mature over the past 12 years.

“I’m going to miss it,” Mr Halloran said. “The place has never been in better shape financially and everyone has contributed to that. We’ve got a good, broad strategy in place and a strong leadership team and board who are committed to delivering on it.”

Mr Halloran congratulated his “good friend” Mr Fitzgerald and flagged changes ahead. “He’ll do things differently than I have done and he’ll take IRT to the next level. I’m sure of it,” Mr Halloran said.

IRT chief executive officer Patrick Reid thanked Mr Halloran and said he had left a lasting and positive mark on the organisation.

“His commitment to understanding the true experience of our employees, residents and customers has helped him steer IRT through some of the most challenging times in the organisation’s history,” Mr Reid said.

Mr Reid also welcomed Mr Fitzgerald to the role of chair.

“Peter has a deep knowledge of IRT and a strong focus on strategic risk management from his 27 years as a Partner of KPMG. I look forward to working with him closely in his new capacity as chair and achieving all we have set out to,” Mr Reid said.

Also on 1 May, Renee Campbell and Damien Israel joined the board as non-executive directors, following the retirement of non-executive director Dr Lee Moerman.

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