The ACH Group Board comprises eleven members representing a wide range of skills and expertise in the areas of healthy ageing, aged care, finance, law, health, business development, local government, property, public policy, media, quality, risk, housing and governance.
The Board is responsible for ensuring that the resources of ACH Group are used to the maximum benefit of older people. The Board set up new committees in 2011 to give greater emphasis to its current strategic priorities: Governance, Audit and Finance, Quality and Risk Management and Strategic Planning. They will complement the previously established committee which oversees the Foundation for Older Australians.
Board members contract to regularly participate in our “Good Lives Conversations”, an initiative which provides a structured process of communication between the Board and the ACH Group community. This includes an opportunity for the Board to hear from ACH Group clients, families and people in their 70s, 80s and 90s living independently in the community about things we might do differently and better in the future, particularly to support older people to live good lives.
Chair (from 26 October, 2015)
Geoff Holdich believes in providing meaningful opportunities for older people to live good lives, promoting good health and happiness.
He is Chairman of BRM Holdich, a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, a registered tax agent and auditor and has financial planning qualifications. Mr Holdich was previously the Managing Partner of PKF where he was responsible for five offices in SA and NT and served on PKF’s National Council. He acts as Chairman of three other professional service firms, is active as a mentor to senior level executives and as a career management consultant. He is a member of the SAHT Audit and Finance Committee. Up to 26 October, 2015 Mr Holdich was Treasurer and Chair of the Audit & Finance Committee of ACH Group.
Deputy Chair (from 26 October, 2015) and Chair of Governance Committee
Mary Patetsos believes that life is an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of age, gender, culture and capacity.
This philosophy is reflected in Ms Patetsos’ membership on a number of boards including Chair SA Housing Trust, Chair of the SA Local Government Grants Commission, member of the Aged Care Finance Authority, Health Performance Council and National Aged Care Alliance. She is also a Chair and non-Executive Director of Power Community Limited and is a member of AICD.
Treasurer and Chair of Audit & Finance Committee (from 26 October, 2015)
Mark Goddard recognises that every Australian, regardless of their age, should have their rights respected and be considered valued members of society.
Mr Goddard was a founding Director of a leading Adelaide merchant bank and corporate advisory practice having previously worked extensively in the accounting and financial services industries. He currently manages his own consulting practice and provides advice to corporations across a broad range of industries.
Chair (to 26 October, 2015)
Brent Blanks is a strong advocate for older people to have active lives that enable them to contribute to the community.
As Principal of Heygrove Consulting, Mr Blanks provides strategic advice to the construction and property development industry. He is also a Director of FMG Engineering, a consultancy providing engineering, forensic and soil testing analysis.
Mr Blanks was Chair of the ACH Group Board 2006 – 2015.
Marjorie Schulze OAM
Chair of the ACH Group Foundation
As Chair of the ACH Group Foundation, Marjorie Schulze is a strong believer that we all have a responsibility to change the perceptions of what it means to grow older.
A former Pharmacist with tertiary qualifications in Public Policy and Management, Ms Schulze was awarded an OAM in 2002 in recognition of her services to Local Government and the community particularly through health and human service organisations. Up to 26 October, 2015 Ms Schulze was Deputy Chair of ACH Group.
Click here to watch a short video that captures Marjorie describing what makes a good life for her, and how ACH Group supports good lives for older people.
The Hon John Hill
John Hill’s desire to be part of an organisation which puts people first, along with his extensive experience in public life, as Minister for Health and Ageing in the SA Government for seven years, sees him well positioned to help ACH Group respond to the aged care reform agenda.
Currently Mr Hill serves as the Chair of SALA (South Australian Living Artists) Festival, Council Member of UniSA, and holds board positions in the private, educational and not-for-profit arenas.
Michael Luchich strongly supports creating opportunities for older people to live good lives, as well as placing great emphasis on promotion and advocacy for older people in our community.
As State Director of Dimension Data in South Australia, Mr Luchich has extensive experience from diverse industry backgrounds and is specifically focused on driving business performance, operational excellence, customer service, sales and marketing.
He also serves on a number of boards in the not-for-profit sector, including the Carnegie Mellon University Advisory Board, and has strong knowledge of board procedures, governance and regulatory compliance reporting.
Celine McInerney considers herself privileged to be able to influence and promote independent and healthy living for older people based on their choice.
A well known performer in radio, television and film, Ms McInerney is General Counsel for the University of Adelaide and a Director of several commercial and not-for-profit organisations, including the National Wine Centre and the National Policy Advisory Council for the Internet Industry Association of Australia. She was a 2003 State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards and the South Australian award recipient for the Asia Pacific Business Women’s Awards in 2005.
Julie Mitchell is a corporate social responsibility and communication specialist who believes in the power of words, and has a desire to change the narrative around describing ageing.
Ms Mitchell has designed and executed complex community investment programs in locations through Australia and Asia including managing the needs of corporate and not-for-profit clients in her consulting practice. Julie is also the Deputy Chair of Patch Theatre Company, Chair of Common Ground and a Member of the Foundation of the Botanic Gardens of Adelaide, and a Director of Health Choices Australia.
Graeme Percival is a strong supporter of the provision of quality services that support good lives opportunities, and affordable housing options especially for the most vulnerable.
A Company Director and Retired Trust Officer, Mr Percival is a Member of the Executor and Trustee Institute and Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also a Member of the Audit and Finance Committee, and the ACH Group Foundation.
Professor Brenda Wilson
Brenda Wilson’s passion is in contributing to healthier lives for older people, having worked in the health industry since 1973 in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK.
In addition to her Board position with ACH Group, Prof Wilson is a member of UniSA MBA Advisory Board and a Director of the Northern Adelaide Area Health Network.
She was the recipient of the 2000 Telstra Business Women’s Award: Corporate and Government Sector and the 1999 Johnson and Johnson Wharton Fellowship program. In 2014, Prof Wilson was appointed as South Australia’s first female Lieutenant Governor.