ACH Group’s new CEO has commenced today, and he is excited about leading the organisation and its people in a way that will offer new opportunities for older people to live good lives.
Mr Ray Creen comes to ACH Group with an enviable record in senior health leadership roles, both in the United Kingdom and Australia.
He is well known for his leadership of SA Ambulance Service from 2008-2013, during which time the organisation was recognised as one of the top performing ambulance services in the country. A number of innovative initiatives were implemented under his leadership, including a unique ‘out-of-hospital’ service delivery where patients were treated in their homes if possible. This minimised disruption for the individual, and freed up hospital resources.
Mr Creen further made his mark as the CEO of NSW Ambulance, where he set a bold and exciting direction for the organisation that set an agenda of modernised service delivery, cultural change and values-based leadership. He is well known for his ability to develop excellent working relationships and is regularly called upon to offer advice and consultancy on leadership, performance improvement and cultural transformational change.
ACH Group Chairman Geoff Holdich said the ACH Group Board couldn’t be more pleased with the appointment.
“There were a number of outstanding applicants from around Australia and indeed the world. In Ray we have a very strong leader who, throughout his career, has uniquely and successfully combined a person-centred approach with a strong operational focus,” he said.
“We believe he is more than equipped to build on ACH Group’s strengths – and the legacy that has been created by outgoing CEO Mike Rungie – to continue to build the organisation into a world class, best practice organisation that brings together the best of aged and health care services, and continues to advocate for older people.”
Mr Creen says he is ready to join ACH Group.
“I am delighted to be joining an iconic aged care organisation such as ACH Group, where the values of the organisation closely mirror my own. I am looking forward to bringing my skills and experience to the table and working closely with the expert team that has such a tremendous record of supporting older people through quality care. Notably, ACH Group also demonstrates a sound commitment to ensuring that quality care is matched by quality of life experiences, and this excites me.
I realise that there are many challenges ahead, as we navigate through the changing climate due to government reforms and the ageing population, but ACH Group is already in an excellent position to continue delivering on its vision of good lives for older people.”