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Dr George Margelis – Independent Chair

Dr George Margelis is a medical practitioner who has been deeply involved in technology for the last 30 years. Originally trained as an optometrist, he started tinkering with computers in 1981 when he bought his first PC, a Sinclair ZX80 before going back to medical school to complete his training at the University of Sydney.

He was Chief Information Officer (CIO) of a private hospital group as well as managing an innovative software development team that produced a personal health record for Australians 10 years before the PCEHR. He joined Intel in 2005, and then Intel-GE Innovations as they tried to radically transform healthcare and has some amusing stories he can share about that time.

In 2013 he was appointed an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Western Sydney with the TeleHealth Research & Innovation Laboratory (THRIL) and is also currently a member of Ignition Labs a start-up incubator in the health space as well as a number of advisory roles. In 2014 he was appointed to the IT in Aged Care Hall of Fame for his work in the use of technology in aged care. He is a board member of Multicultural Care, an aged care provider in Sydney and also acts as their medical adviser.

Derek Dittrich- Board Member

Derek is ACSA’s State Manager for SA&NT as well as ACSA’s Senior Manager Strategic Policy with a national focus. Prior to joining ACSA, Derek was a General Manager for a medium sized provider in South Australia with responsibilities for residential care and retirement living services.

He has worked across both residential and community care from the mid 90’s and has seen significant reform, from the time of the first Accreditation round in 2000, the change from CAM/SAM through RCS to ACFI, and more recently the Productivity Commission report of 2011, the Government’s Living Longer Living Better response and over more recent years, multiple legislative and other reviews. Derek represents ACSA on a number of government and departmental reference, expert and advisory groups. Derek has a keen interest in the opportunities that technology will bring our sector as well as bringing his perspective to the current raft of challenges and opportunities our sector is currently facing.

Jennene Buckley- Board Member
Jennene  Buckley became the CEO of Feros Care in 1990. Her last 18 years at Feros has seen this organization expand from a single locality, residential provider of 95 clients to one of the fastest growing aged and community care services in Australia, supporting now over 65,000 people are year.

Jennene was inducted into the Aged Care IT Council’s Hall of Fame in 2016 and the company has won a many national and international awards for their innovation and digital transformation.

George Andreola – Board Member
George has over 35 years’ experience as a chartered accountant holding senior leadership roles in professional service firms and private & public enterprises both in Australia & internationally. Specialising in audit & corporate advisory matters over this time, George has a record of managing enterprises and large teams in long term and project management environments, including integration of businesses and acting as CEO/CFO/COO. He has provided services in respect of Corporate Governance and Board Assessments to both listed and private entities. George has experience in the Professional, Health, Manufacturing, Retailing, IT, Hospitality, Primary Production, Government, Not for Profit, Aged Care services sectors in Australian and internationally, is currently the Company Secretary & General Manager – Corporate Services for Leading Age Services Australia and holds a number of directorships including in the aged care and charity sectors.

Kerri Lanchester  – Board Member

Kerri is the General Manager for Member Relations within Leading Age Services Australia (LASA). Within her national portfolio, Kerri has strategic oversight for Membership, Events and LASA’s Centre for Workforce Development & Innovation. Kerri has operated at senior levels in aged and community services for the past 28 years working across both, not for profit and the private sector. Kerri’s career has spanned strategic and operational leadership within the portfolios of home care, indigenous services, mental health, housing, homelessness and tenancy support, along with training and development.

Anne Livingstone – Executive Lead
Anne has been involved in the community care service sector for over three decades – specifically in the areas of service delivery, research and development. She is committed to delivering innovative, quality and responsive community services through person-centred care.

Georgie Gould – Secretariat

Georgie has provided the Secretariat support for the Aged Care Industry Information Technology Council since 2018. She brings a range of skill sets including IT & Multimedia, administration, project management, marketing, event management and public relations. In her former roles she has worked with all three levels of Government, Community Leaders, Executives, and Boards in a range of sectors including health, transport, education, and community.