Noticeboard: Aged Care Guild CEO resigns

Also in this wrap: Meaningful Ageing Australia appoints new board member; two executive appointments at Bolton Clarke; and AHURI announces new chief.

In this story:

  • Aged Care Guild chief resigns
  • Meaningful Ageing Australia appoints new board member
  • Two executive appointments at Bolton Clarke
  • AHURI announces new chief

Aged Care Guild chief resigns

Cameron O’Reilly has resigned as CEO of the Aged Care Guild to take up a senior position advising the NSW Government on energy policy, the association representing the nine largest aged care providers has announced this week.

Cameron O’Reilly

Prior to joining the Guild in July 2015, Mr O’Reilly spent nine years as the chief executive of the Energy Retailers Association of Australia, the peak body for retailers of electricity and gas in Australia’s national energy market.

Guild chairman Ross Johnston said Mr O’Reilly has been a highly effective advocate for the aged care sector and instrumental in raising the profile of the organisation.

“His successor will have a very solid base from which to advance our agenda of ensuring that aged care remains a key priority for government.”

He said a search for Mr O’Reilly’s successor was underway.

Mr O’Reilly will finish up on 14 February, 2018.

Meaningful Ageing Australia appoints new board member

Villa Maria Catholic Homes CEO Sonya Smart has been appointed to the board of Meaningful Ageing Australia, the national peak body for spiritual care for older Australians.

Sonya Smart

Prior to becoming CEO of Victorian provider Villa Maria Catholic Homes in February this year, Ms Smart was chief executive of Catholic Homes Western Australia.

Ms Smart, who is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Master of Business Administration and a postgraduate qualification in clinical psychology.

She was honoured for her entrepreneurship and business acumen in 2008 through the “40under40” award, which recognises excellence and innovation among WA young leaders.

Meaningful Ageing Australia chair Ross Low welcomed Ms Smart to the role and said she would play a significant part in the organisation’s expanding role in the sector.

Two executive appointments at Bolton Clarke


Bolton Clarke has appointed Jim Toohey, a specialist in the residential aged care, community care and retirement living sector, as the group’s executive general manager operating performance.

Mr Toohey served for 10 years as the chief executive of for-profit aged care provider TriCare and will retain his role as chair of Carers Queensland.

Mr Toohey has been an expert advisor to the Productivity Commission, the Department of Health and several aged care ministers, has acted as an industry expert for the Reserve Bank of Australia and has considerable expertise on the National Disability Insurance Scheme and home support, said Bolton Clarke CEO Stephen Muggleton.

Melissa Leahy

Melissa Leahy has been appointed to Bolton Clarke’s executive leadership team as the organisation’s new people and culture leader.

Ms Leahy’s recent roles include executive general manager people and culture for Wotif Group and senior people and culture business partner with Newscorp Australia.

Mr Muggleton said the appointments would further strengthen and support Bolton Clarke’s operations and frontline teams as it developed and expanded its services and grew its capability to respond to customer preferences.

AHURI announces new chief

The Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute has appointed deputy executive direction Dr Michael Fotheringham as its new executive director.

Dr Michael Fotheringham

Dr Fotheringham, who is also current head of research services at AHURI, replaces Dr Ian Winter, who steps down this month after fourteen years in the role.

Prior to joining AHURI in 2014, Dr Fotheringham worked as a public health researcher and as a policy specialist and executive in health and human services.

Previous roles include general manager strategy at Arthritis Victoria and director of research at Baptcare.

Through his current role, Dr Fotheringham brings with him a wealth of experience and a deep understanding of AHURI and its workings with federal, state and territory governments and its national network of university partners, said chair Tony De Domenico in a statement.

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