Aged care and retirement living provider UPA of New South Wales has promoted executive manager of operations Tim Thorndyke to chief executive officer.  

Mr Thorndyke has been with the organisation for 14 years, with his previous roles including regional manager of UPA Sydney, where he was involved in major building programs.

Mr Thorndyke takes over from Steve Walkderden who will retire on 1 October after 26 years at the helm.

UPA State President Louise Buxton said the board was delighted to find the best candidate with the right skills, calibre and cultural fit within the senior management team.

“Tim not only has a deep knowledge and understanding of how we do things but also a breadth of experience in the wider aged care sector, having worked at other leading organisations before joining UPA and is highly regarded within the organisation and among his peers.

“We are confident that Tim has the skill to lead the UPA into the future and embrace the challenges and opportunities that will arise along the way,” Ms Buxton said.

Mr Thorndyke said he was excited to take on the new role.

“The people at UPA and care they deliver every day to our consumers and its culture, are what make a difference and I am genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this diverse and special organisation,” Mr Thorndyke said.

Mr Thorndyke and Mr Walkderden will work together until the latter steps down to ensure a smooth transition for staff, residents and operations.

Main image: Tim Thorndyke

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