Noticeboard: latest sector appointments

Darren Mathewson appointed to Australian Industry and Skills Committee; Suncare Community Services appoints Russell Mason CEO; Dr Briony Dow appointed interim director of NARI; Dr Stephanie Allen to lead Deloitte’s health consulting practice.

In this wrap:

  • Darren Mathewson appointed to Australian Industry and Skills Committee
  • Suncare Community Services appoints Russell Mason CEO
  • Dr Briony Dow appointed interim director of NARI
  • Dr Stephanie Allen to lead Deloitte’s health consulting practice

Darren Mathewson appointed to Australian Industry and Skills Committee

Darren Mathewson
Darren Mathewson

Darren Mathewson, CEO of Aged and Community Services Tasmania has been appointed to the Federal Government’s new industry and skills committee established to provide effective industry leadership to the vocational education and training (VET) sector.

Assistant Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham said the Australian Industry and Skills Committee would assist the government in delivering on its VET reform agenda to improve the quality of vocational education, cut red tape and make training more relevant to employer need.

As Australian Ageing Agenda has previously reported, the new body replaces the existing framework of 13 different committees and advisory bodies.

Mr Mathewson is also chair of ACSA’s Workplace Relations Committee and a member of the peak body’s Workforce Development Committee.

Suncare Community Services appoints Russell Mason CEO

Russell Mason
Russell Mason

The board of Suncare Community Services Limited has announced the appointment of Russell Mason as chief executive officer.

Chairman Iain Green said Mr Mason brought substantial experience from the private and public sectors in commercial environments, as well as leadership experience and high level understanding of membership-based organisations.

Mr Mason was previously CEO of Regional Development Australia Sunshine Coast and Tourism Sunshine Coast.

Mr Mason is currently chair of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Sunshine Coast as well as a member of the region’s health and wellbeing investment attraction taskforce and the Queensland Government’s GoDigitalQld business advisory board.

Mr Mason said: “When I was offered the chance to join Suncare I jumped at the opportunity. It is a privilege to be asked to lead an organisation such as Suncare at such an exciting time.”

Dr Briony Dow appointed interim director of NARI

Dr Briony Dow
Dr Briony Dow

Associate Professor Briony Dow has been appointed interim director of the National Ageing Research Institute.

She begins her new position on 25 May, following the retirement of Professor David Ames who has led NARI since 2007.

Associate Professor Michael Murray, NARI president, said Dr Dow had a wealth of experience both as a researcher and in leading emerging and senior researchers in programs as diverse as improving care for older people in Victorian health services, falls and balance, healthy ageing, diversity in ageing, and mental health.

Dr Dow is currently national president of the Australian Association of Gerontology.

She said NARI had a wonderful team of researchers and it would be a privilege to lead them in research that improved older people’s health and wellbeing. “I would like to thank David Ames for his thoughtful leadership over the past seven years. He has been an outstanding mentor and we will miss him greatly,” said Dr Dow.

Dr Stephanie Allen to lead Deloitte’s health consulting practice

Dr Stephanie Allen
Dr Stephanie Allen

Professional services firm Deloitte Australia has appointed Dr Stephanie Allen as the new leader of its health and human services consulting practice.

Deloitte said the consulting practice was a key investment priority and Dr Allen brought a wealth of experience that would help its already strong growth in the sector.

Dr Allen was most recently health consulting leader for PwC and has worked extensively across the primary, aged care and disability sectors in both the UK and Australia.

She said: “I am really looking forward to working at Deloitte. They are the only firm that can offer the healthcare industry insight and foresight through Deloitte Access Economics, combined with sustained performance improvement underpinned by relevant technologies. This is a unique capability and I am very excited to be a part of it.”

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