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It all started 70 years ago

Sir Keith Wilson, a Senator for South Australia from 1938 to 1944, and Federal Member for Sturt from 1949 to 1966, was the founder and first Chairman of ACH Group (formerly known as Aged Cottage Homes).

In his 20s, Sir Keith developed an interest in housing and services for those less fortunate, which he identified as including War Veterans and War Widows experiencing homelessness.

On 20 May 1952, Aged Cottage Homes was incorporated. Less than two months later, on 5 July, it was announced in the local newspapers that a scheme to build cottage homes for the aged was being launched that day, with Aged Cottage Homes appealing for £25,000, with £730 already raised, mainly from door-to-door collecting.

The first Aged Cottage Homes were completed in 1954, with the homes built on land in Payneham.

Residents of the homes were charged low rents.

Sir Keith’s work inspired movement at a federal level with the Aged Persons Homes Act 1954 introduced by the Menzies’ government.

Prime Minister Robert Menzies became interested in Sir Keith’s efforts to build cottage style accommodation for older people, as the government insisted that it was preferable to have these homes built and managed by religious or philanthropic organisations rather than by governments.

The Aged Persons Homes Act 1954 provided incentives for organisations to build homes for older people with grants towards capital costs.

Here’s to 70 years of ACH Group.

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3 days ago

We are very pleased to share that Linda Feldt has been appointed CEO of ACH Group.

Our Chair, Imelda Lynch, made the announcement today on behalf of the Board.

Imelda said the board had been extremely impressed with Linda’s performance as interim CEO for the past five months, and across her nine years with ACH Group.

“Linda’s strong leadership of our workforce, and connection customers and other stakeholders, is exceptional,” Imelda said. “She has led business and operating model transformation to meet evolving regulatory requirements ensuring our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

“Linda is steering our organisation in the right direction, increasing our capability and capacity to support South Australians to age well.”

Linda said she was excited and privileged to have the opportunity to lead ACH Group.

“Every day I am inspired by our customers, residents and workforce,” she said. “Having the chance to lead ACH Group into our next phase of growth, with a focus on wellness, innovation and connected communities, is hugely exciting.

“As ACH Group continues to adapt and evolve, I am very optimistic about the potential to help older people live their best life.”

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We are very pleased to share that Linda Feldt has been appointed CEO of ACH Group.

Our Chair, Imelda Lynch, made the announcement today on behalf of the Board.

Imelda said the board had been extremely impressed with Linda’s performance as interim CEO for the past five months, and across her nine years with ACH Group.
 
“Linda’s strong leadership of our workforce, and connection customers and other stakeholders, is exceptional,” Imelda said. “She has led business and operating model transformation to meet evolving regulatory requirements ensuring our customers are at the heart of everything we do. 
 
“Linda is steering our organisation in the right direction, increasing our capability and capacity to support South Australians to age well.”

Linda said she was excited and privileged to have the opportunity to lead ACH Group.

“Every day I am inspired by our customers, residents and workforce,” she said. “Having the chance to lead ACH Group into our next phase of growth, with a focus on wellness, innovation and connected communities, is hugely exciting.

“As ACH Group continues to adapt and evolve, I am very optimistic about the potential to help older people live their best life.”
 
Read more here: https://bit.ly/49oYb6w

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Huge congrats Linda and thoroughly deserved 👏I’m looking forward to the exciting times ahead for ACH Group.

This is great news! Congratulations Linda! I know this is the very best outcome for ACH and our customers. Very well deserved.

Congratulations Linda! Exciting times ahead for the organisation 😊

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