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Our Council Directors

The Council’s Directors are listed below. Council Directors act collectively as a board to provide strategic guidance for the Council, oversee the Council’s management team and are accountable for the Council’s activities and performance.

Libby Lyons

Inaugural Chair

Libby Lyons was the Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency from 2015 to 2021. She oversaw the statutory reporting process that gathers gender equality data from more than 10,000 employers, covering more than four million employees. Libby initiated the development of a strategic plan focused on maximizing the Agency’s world-leading dataset and expanding the reach and impact of gender reporting nationally and internationally.

Prior to joining the Agency, Libby had a distinguished career in corporate affairs and government relations, including healing up BHP’s Olympic Dam corporate affairs division, as well as senior roles at Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa of Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.

Libby was listed in Apoliticial’s 100 Most Influential People Working in Gender Policy (2018 & 2019) and was featured in 200 Women Who Will Change the Way You See the World. Libby has a strong personal commitment to public service, having started her career as a primary school teacher. She sat on the boards of non-profit organisation SIDS and Kids WA, and was Executive Chairman for Kalparrin, a charity that supports the families of children with special needs and disabilities, and most recently was appointed as a member of the Commonwealth Government’s National Aged Care Advisory Council.

Kevin McCoy

Deputy Chair, Australian Unity

Kevin McCoy was appointed CEO of Australian Unity’s Independent and Assisted Living division in July 2017 and has the great fortune to represent almost 60,000 customers across the company’s Indigenous, aged care, disability and healthcare services.

Kevin spends as much time as possible on the road visiting Australian Unity’s customers and its 6,000 employees. He believes it’s in the customer’s home, retirement communities, aged care homes and the remote communities of the company’s Indigenous customers that he truly understands how to make a difference in lives of those people who trust Australian Unity with their wellbeing.

He joined Australian Unity in April 2012. His previous roles included Chief Financial Officer and Group Executive – Strategic Business Development and Deputy CFO – positions that have seen him hold responsibility for the effective execution of strategic initiatives, treasury, capital management and organisation-wide performance measures.

Working with Australian Unity, Kevin successfully managed the merger with Grand United in 2005, the sale of the General Insurance business in 2007 and the merger with Big Sky Credit Union in 2012. Kevin’s other major consulting clients included Westpac, where he managed the merger with St George in 2008.

Melissa Coad

United Workers Union

Melissa is the Strategic Stakeholder Management Coordinator at United Workers Union.

Melissa has worked at United Workers Union (formerly United Voice) for 12 years, and during this time she has had a number of senior roles. From 2012 to 2019 she was responsible nationally for managing policy, research and stakeholder relationships in aged care.

Prior to working at United Workers Union Melissa worked in a Community Legal Centre undertaking client casework and policy work.

Melissa is committed to improving the wellbeing of aged care workers – representing United Workers Union members across Australia in all aged care settings.

Graham Dangerfield


Graham is the CEO of Baptcare Ltd and Baptcare Affordable Housing since 2013.

Graham brings over 25 years’ experience across various industries, in for-profit and not-for-profit, and is driven by his belief in the unique value of each person, and a passion for social enterprise.

Graham finds satisfaction in his current role to champion Baptcare’s vision for communities where every person is cherished overseeing Baptcare’s work across Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. He also engages with various community organisations and is Chair of the Baptist Care Australia Board.

Sandra Hills OAM


Sandra is the CEO of leading Victorian aged care provider Benetas, having joined 2009.

Sandra brings extensive experience in government and the not-for-profit sector. Her qualifications span nursing, psychology, research and business management. Sandra was acknowledged for her service to aged care and promoting women in the workplace with a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division, in the 2017 Queens Birthday Honour List.

As a voice for older people, Sandra has published many articles and works in numerous leadership roles including as a long serving ex-Director and Vice President of Leading Aged Services Victoria (LASA), Council Member of Anglicare Australia and Community Chefs and a member of the National Aged Care Alliance.

Professor John McCallum

National Seniors Australia

John is the CEO of National Seniors Australia.

John has a lengthy and illustrious career in research relating to health and ageing, along with senior management roles in universities and national research organisations. John has undertaken ground-breaking research on retirement, has advised on Australia’s major longitudinal study of health and ageing (the Dubbo Study) and was instrumental in establishing research translation activities at the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Since joining National Seniors John and his team have completed over 30 research reports related to the quality of life for older Australians.

Graeme Prior

Hall and Prior

Graeme is the co-founder and CEO of Hall & Prior.

Founded in 1992 with a single family-owned nursing home, under Graeme’s leadership Hall & Prior has expanded to include 25 ‘centres for healing’ across Australia offering world-class care, amenities and cutting edge aged care programs, servicing 1,600 aged care residents and employing 2,100 permanent staff.

Over 25+ years, Graeme has been committed to enhancing social outcomes through the provision of carefully considered, quality and accessible care options for all older people no matter their individual circumstances or background. Graeme is passionate about improving the quality of aged care services through education, workforce enablement, and the use of technology to implement evidence-based practice. Graeme’s focus is on knowledge creation to ensure better evaluation, planning and delivery of care services.

Cathy Thomas


Cathy has been with Blue Care since 2012 and leads Aged Care and Community Services across Queensland and the Northern Territory. This includes the iconic brand of Blue Care and Australian and Regional Remote Community Services (ARRCS) in the Northern Territory.

Cathy has worked across many Queensland Health clinical areas and has vast experience through working in clinical, human resources and key management and leadership roles. In 2012 Cathy led a culture change project to implement the Blue Care Tailor Made service model. She has also co-authored a book, FISH! Transformation: The story of how Blue Care changed its culture and people’s lives, to share this journey more widely with the aged care and other industries.

Ian Thorley

Estia Health

Ian is the CEO and Managing Director of Estia Health, having been in the role since 2018. Prior to that he was their COO Since October 2016.

He is an accomplished senior leader with over 30 years’ health and aged care experience in both Australia and overseas. His executive experience includes CEO and COO roles in large aged care groups, acute private hospital groups and diagnostic services.

Ian has been at the forefront of major developments that have shaped Australia’s healthcare sector, including the privatisation of public hospitals, reimbursement and funding models, and public/private sector service models. Ian has held the position of non-executive director in private equity owned, and ASX listed companies, and has consulted to aged care operators, private hospital groups, health insurers, health logistics and health service businesses throughout Australia.

Tomás Chubb

Allity Aged Care

Tomás is the CEO of Allity Aged Care, having been in the role since 2019.

He has been involved with Allity since its formation in 2013, holding a number of roles including Chief Commercial Officer, Head of Strategy & Corporate Development and Non-Executive Director.

Tomás previously spent 15 years working in private equity and management consultancy with McKinsey, Macquarie Bank and Archer Capital.  Whilst there he helped drive transformational change in a multitude of businesses across a diverse range of industries.

Tomás is passionate about delivering quality care by supporting aged care workers to overcome the many challenges they face and make every day the best it can be for residents and each other.