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The ACH Group Board comprises 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 has the following committees to give greater emphasis to its current strategic priorities: Governance, Risk and Compliance, Clinical Quality and Customer Safety, Audit and Budget, Nominations and Remuneration and the ACH Group Foundation for Older Australians.

Mary

Mary Patetsos AM

Chair 

Mary Patetsos AM, believes that life is an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of age, gender, culture, and capacity.

Ms Patetsos was named in the 2023 Australia Day Honours List with a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for her contribution in aged care and commitment to advancing multicultural Australia.

Ms Patetsos has extensive experience across the private, Government and not-for-profit sector and serves on both national and South Australian boards.

Her memberships include:

  • Board Member of the Can:Do Group
  • Board Member of the Consumers Health Forum of Australia (CHF)
  • Hon. President (Immediate Past Chair) of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA)
  • Board Member of the Glenelg Community Hospital Inc.
  • Member of the National Aged Care Advisory Council (NACAC)
  • Member of the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network (NALHN) Governing Board
  • Presiding Member of the South Australian Housing Trust Board
  • Member of the South Australian Leaders Advisory Board; and
  • Council Member of the University of South Australia
John Hill

The Hon John Hill

Deputy Chair

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. He is pleased to have been appointed deputy Chair of ACH Group.

Having left full-time employment John is enjoying an ‘encoreʼ career as a Board member of several significant not-for-profit South Australian organisations in the fields of arts, health, education and water research.

Kevin Reid

Kevin is a Chartered Accountant with 24 years’ experience as a partner with PwC and BDO practicing as an assurance and transaction services specialist. He occupied many leadership positions in both Sydney and Adelaide.

Kevin has served clients across a wide variety of industry sectors and has experience in audit, financial reporting, transaction services and risk management. He has a passion for the for-purpose sector, and is currently a director of Can:Do Group and Meals on Wheels SA and formerly a director of the Maggie Beer Foundation. He is a director Beston Global Foods (ASX) and an advisor to a professional services firm and a CEO mentor. He is a member of the Audit & Risk committee for the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

Michael Luchich, board member of ACH Group

Michael Luchich

Michael Luchich strongly supports creating positive opportunities for older people to live healthy good lives, as well as placing greater emphasis on promotion and advocacy for older people in our community.

He has over 30 years’ international, national and domestic senior executive leadership experience in Australia and New Zealand, in the technology sector, across a diverse range of industries and organisational structures in growing businesses across Australia and New Zealand, from start-ups, to SMEs, corporate, governments and multinationals, at CEO/MD and Board Directorship levels with the key focus in driving business and operational performance and exceptional customer service.

He is also currently the State Director SA & NT of Optus Australia, Chair of the Women’s & Children’s Hospital Foundation and a non-Executive Director of the ACH Group, with previous executive leadership roles & Board Director & Chair roles across Australia.

Celine McInerney

Celine McInerney

Celine McInerney is a strong advocate for vulnerable and older people being able to choose how they want to live their lives; how best to exercise and enjoy their choices; and how best to live independent and healthy lives either in care, or at home.

Céline is a seasoned and highly regarded senior executive and governance specialist, experienced in legal, risk and compliance disciplines, in both executive management and governance roles. She has served on a range of private and not for profit boards in health, education, technology, agriculture, wine and tourism, and the performing arts.

Following her distinguished and sustained service to the University of Adelaide, in early 2022 she was awarded the title Emerita Fellow after serving for 17 years as the University’s General Counsel and Executive Director of Legal and Risk.

She is a former State Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards; a recipient of the Women of Distinction Award from the Asia Pacific Business Council for Women, for her contribution to Law and Performing Arts; and was a Judge of the Telstra Business Awards for 2021-2022.

Céline is also a well-known performer in theatre, film television and radio.

Julie Mitchell

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.

A skilled communications practitioner, Julie helps clients to navigate the complexities of communication in organisational settings to support business imperatives. Julie has designed and executed community investment programs in locations throughout Australia and Asia, including managing the needs of corporate and not-for-profit clients in her consulting practice.

Julie is the Chair of Common Ground and of the Targeted Lead Abatement Program in Port Pirie, a Director of the ACH Group Board, Housing Choices Australia, and the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network.

Mark Balnaves

Mark Balnaves is principal of corporate advisory firm Evans & Ayers.  He is a director of Infrastructure Australia and chairman of Celsus, the company which designed, built, financed and operates the $3bn Royal Adelaide Hospital under a 30-year concession.  Mark has more than 25 years of advisory experience including advising on major business and property transactions as well as the development and implementation of strategic plans across a wide range of industries and organisations.  Mark holds degrees in Law and Economics and a Masters in Finance from London Business School.

Craig Holden

Craig Holden shares in the commitment of the ACH Group in promoting and supporting the many benefits of aging well by living an active, independent and healthy lifestyle.

Craig has qualifications in architecture, construction, real estate, project management and is a member of the Master Builders Association of South Australia, the Urban Development Institute Of Australia (SA) and Business SA.

Craig is Chair of the State Planning Commission and a member of the Adelaide Economic Development Agency (AEDA) both roles contributing to the growth and sustainable prosperity of South Australia.

Craig also has an interest in the not for profit housing sector and a past board member of Common Ground Adelaide Ltd, the South Australian Housing Trust and Renewal SA.

Imelda Lynch board member

Imelda Lynch

Imelda Lynch is the former CEO of the Heart Foundation SA and NT, with over 25 years within the public and private health sectors. As a highly experienced nurse clinician with a broad clinical and educational background, including Australian Institute of Company Directors Course Certificate of Completion, Master of Health Services Management and a Bachelor of Nursing, Imelda is well placed to understand the needs of the aged care sector.

Other Board positions include the Australian Medical Research Advisory Board, the Macular Disease Foundation Australia, Bellberry Limited and the Glenelg Golf Club. Previous Board Positions have included Brain Injury SA, Royal Adelaide Hospital and the Cardiac Society of Australia and NZ.

Imelda believes that ageing well is about maximising what people can do, which in turn is beneficial for their good health and wellbeing. On her appointment to the ACH Group Board in 2021 she said, “I consider myself fortunate to be part of an organisation that is driven by supporting good lives for older people.”

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ACH Group congratulates our Chair, Mary Patetsos, on her receipt of an Order of Australia (AM) award this Australia Day for her ‘contribution in the field of aged care and commitment to advancing multicultural Australia’.

Mary joined the ACH Group Board in October 2008 and has devoted significant time and energy to the organisation with a belief that life is an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of age, gender, culture, and capacity. She has led the Board with integrity and high governance standards since April 2018. Mary is also an Advisory Council Member of the National Aged Care Advisory, playing a critical role in ensuring that reform measures reflect the needs and expectations of older Australians, their families, and carers.

Her commitment to advancing multicultural Australia is reflected in her work as Hon. President and Immediate Past Chairperson of Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and through other governance roles involving collaboration between academia, business, and community.

Read more about Mary’s achievement here 🔗 bit.ly/3WDLtKy
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ACH Group congratulates our Chair, Mary Patetsos, on her receipt of an Order of Australia (AM) award this Australia Day for her ‘contribution in the field of aged care and commitment to advancing multicultural Australia’. 

Mary joined the ACH Group Board in October 2008 and has devoted significant time and energy to the organisation with a belief that life is an opportunity not to be missed, regardless of age, gender, culture, and capacity. She has led the Board with integrity and high governance standards since April 2018. Mary is also an Advisory Council Member of the National Aged Care Advisory, playing a critical role in ensuring that reform measures reflect the needs and expectations of older Australians, their families, and carers. 

Her commitment to advancing multicultural Australia is reflected in her work as Hon. President and Immediate Past Chairperson of Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) and through other governance roles involving collaboration between academia, business, and community. 

Read more about Mary’s achievement here 🔗 https://bit.ly/3WDLtKy

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Congratulations Mary! What an incredible achievement.