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Our Board

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 from ACH Group - black and white

Mary Patetsos

Chair 

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 of FECCA (Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia), Chair of the SA Local Government Grants Commission, Council member of the University of South Australia, Deputy Chairperson Health Performance Council and member National Aged Care Alliance. She is also a Chair and non-Executive Director of Power Community Limited and is a member of AICD.

Brent Blanks

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

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.

Ach Group board member: 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 board member

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. He 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, Meals on Wheels SA  and the Maggie Beer Foundation. He is a director of AML3D Limited (ASX) and an advisor to a professional services firm. He is a member of the Audit & Risk committee for the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator.

Ach Group Board member: Michael Luchich

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.

Michael has extensive experience in growing businesses across Australia and New Zealand from start-ups, to SMEs, corporate, governments and multinationals with a specific ICT focus .

He has extensive leadership experience across diverse industry backgrounds and is specifically focused on driving business performance through effective use of technology, operational excellence, customer service, business development and marketing.

He also serves on a number of boards in the not-for-profit sector, and with his ICT background provides a strong technology emphasis in driving ACH Group’s technology strategy.

Michael is also Chair of the ACH Group Foundation, with particular focus on raising funds for various arts and wellbeing programs including the ACH Group Brain Health Scholarships.

Ach Group Board Member: Celine McInerney

Celine McInerney

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.

Ach Group Board Member: Julie Mitchell

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 Board member

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.

Graeme Percival

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 Finance, Risk and Audit Committee, and the ACH Group Foundation.

Ach Group Board Member: Craig Holden

Craig Holden

Craig Holden shares in the commitment of ACH Group in the promotion of Good Lives for Older People and is supportive of the many benefits of ageing well by living an active, independent healthy lifestyle.

Craig has experience in design and property development with qualifications in architecture, project management and construction and is an executive member of the Urban Development Institute Australia (SA) involved in advocating progressive policies for the development sector.

Craig is Deputy Chair of the SA Housing Trust and as a former board member of Common Ground Adelaide he has an ongoing commitment to the not for profit sector in the provision of affordable and social housing.