Tamra is a clinically trained and registered nurse and psychotherapist and has held executive health roles in both strategy and operations in areas of health, aged care, mental health, culturally safe service models and service design focused on regional and remote locations across Queensland and the Northern Territory.
Tamra has established and lead a range of health and community services in a not-for-profit organisation across regional and remote Queensland including residential aged care, residential drug and alcohol treatment centres, residential family therapy facilities, child care and school programs, community aged care, and state-wide assessment services. As Group General Manager for Regional and Remote Aged Care and Community Services as a part of Uniting Care Queensland she held responsibility for both QLD and NT services, including staffing and operational budgeting.
Tamra holds a Masters in Business Administration (Executive) and is an impactful and effective leader in the sector, with significant experience providing leadership in complex and high-risk situations. Tamra is currently the Executive Director of SilverChain in Queensland and holds the national portfolio responsible for leadership of the community impact and inclusion strategy.
Mark has worked extensively in the community services, health, and aged care sectors in five state and territory jurisdictions over the past 40 years. He has held General Manager, Executive Director, Regional Director and CEO roles in both metropolitan and rural public and non-government organisations. He has worked at state and federal level in undertaking system level reform and advocacy as well as responsibility for the development and delivery of services at regional and local levels.
Mark has skills and experience in hospital, health service and aged care management in metropolitan, regional and isolated remote areas, and has skills in leadership, operational management, project management, change management and service redesign. He has a strong interest in rural and remote health, mental health, Indigenous health, primary health care and aged care. He is a Fellow and Life Member of the Australasian College of Health Service Management after having served on the Board for over 10 years. He holds a post graduate degree in Social Work, is a former quality assessor with the Australian Council on Health Care Standards and has been a member of the Aged Care Remote Accord leadership group since its inception in 2018.
Mark’s work experience includes the management of regional health and aged care services based in Orange NSW, and Clare and Port Pirie in South Australia. He was the inaugural General Manager of Australian Regional and Remote Community Services Ltd (ARRCS) based in Darwin, and more recently the CEO of the National Rural Health Alliance – the peak national representative body for rural health in Australia. Since 2012 he has operated his own consulting business out of Adelaide – work which has included participation in the Commonwealth Service Development Assistance Panel providing assistance, training and support to aged care services in remote and very remote locations.
Praveen has held various senior roles with QANTAS, Amity Group, Sodexo, Uniting, Aurrum and Summit Care over an aged care career that has spanned more than 20 years in Australia. He has direct experience managing COVID outbreak sites within rural and remote community and residential aged care services and has extensive experience in culinary and auxiliary hospitality services across Aged and Community care spectrum.
He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Hospitality Management and holds formal tertiary qualifications in Gerontology, Quality Management, Project Management, Accounting & Strategy, and holds a Masters degree in business administration.
Praveen is currently the Deputy Chair of the Aged Care Workforce Remote Accord and has spent over five years implementing and improving access to aged care services for remote and very remote indigenous communities in Northern Territory, New South Wales, and Victoria.
Ken’s people are Mununjhali from the Beaudesert region in southeast Queensland. He also has cultural responsibilities for neighbouring Wangerriburra country.
Ken is passionate about creating and driving positive outcomes for his people. He has been working in Aboriginal affairs for almost 30 years in government, community, corporate, and business roles. Consequently, Ken has developed rich national networks across Australia including regional and remote areas.
Ken led the establishment of the now highly successful Working on Country program across Australia which provides real jobs for Indigenous rangers and communities, particularly in remote areas, to manage Australia’s natural and cultural values.
For the last 15 years Ken has focussed on economic development and commercial sectors as he has become increasingly convinced the solutions to many of the wicked challenges facing his people is through Indigenous led economic empowerment and independence. This included roles with Ernst and Young, Indigenous Business Australia, and running his own successful professional services consulting business – Markwell and Associates.
For the past three years Ken has been with Australian Unity as the Executive General Manager Indigenous Services which includes Aboriginal Home Care – one of the largest employers of Aboriginal people in Australia. The opportunity to be part of an organisation and team that delivers profound impacts on the lives of Elders and vulnerable Aboriginal people is what attracted Ken to the role.
Chris is the Chief Executive Officer of Juniper in Western Australia. He has held senior leadership and corporate governance positions for more than 30 years in the Australian not-for-profit sector and local government industry at national, state, and local levels. He has worked in the community services, health, mental health, disability, and aged care sectors and has served on numerous advisory and consultative bodies and committees to federal, state and local governments and on the boards of various not-for-profit organisations. He has tertiary qualifications in business management, social work and the arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration Australia WA, and 2009 Churchill Fellow.
Juniper provides care, accommodation, and support services to older Western Australians. In addition to operating services across the Perth metropolitan area, Juniper operates regional and remote services in the Great Southern, Kimberley, Mid-West and Wheatbelt regions of WA. In the Kimberley, Juniper is committed to working with local communities to build culturally appropriate services that take account of Kimberley Aboriginal people and their communities’ aspirations for self-determination and Aboriginal controlled services. Chris has been a member of the Leadership Team and Chair of the Remote Accord since its establishment in 2018.
Wendy Hubbard is the General Manager at Australian Rural and Remote Community Services (ARRCS), a not-for-profit Aged Care organisation with affiliations with Uniting Care Queensland. Wendy has significant management experience in Acute, Sub-acute, Community Services, and Aged Care with a particular focus on governance and systems to support quality care. She served on the Victorian Quality Council for 6 years and was also a member of the Clinical Incident Review Panel and the Cancer Survivorship Program Advisory Group in Victoria.
A qualified Physiotherapist with a Masters Degree in Business Administration, over her almost three years at ARRCS Wendy has become very familiar with the issues and challenges of providing culturally appropriate aged care in the Northern Territory, and in particular for indigenous people in regional and remote areas.
In her time at ARRCS Wendy has recognised the challenges of substantial workforce issues, skills shortages and transport and accommodation costs, and has worked to ensure ARRCS is addressing these challenges in sustainable ways that meet the consumer’s needs while meeting Aged Care Quality and Safety Standards.
Phillip is a Management Consultant and Executive Leader with more than 25 years’ experience working closely with clients and key stakeholders to identify business development opportunities, lead strategy planning and implementation, engage key stakeholders, and drive the delivery of innovative and highly successful business strategies, projects, and programs.
Phillip has expertise in commercial and financial management with a background in chartered accounting, and extensive experience in establishing corporate structures, managing governance, risk identification and mitigation, and investment and contract management. Phillip has experience in both CEO and Director roles at local council and state government levels in the Northern Territory, and a strong focus on implementation and program delivery.
Phillip’s experience in service delivery in remote and very remote regions have been an asset to the Remote Accord since Phil’s appointment to the Leadership Group in 2020.
Mary begun her career working with asylum seeker children in community detention, and then with children and families in out of home care programs across the ACT, with a strong focus on cultural safety and trauma informed care.
Mary was involved in the redevelopment of Mental Illness Education ACT’s program to reduce instances of eating disorders in young women. Mary was also involved in the establishment of the 50/50 by 2030 Foundation at the University of Canberra, which is a research and advocacy centre with a focus on achieving equal representation of women in leadership and key decision-making roles in all levels of government and public institutions around Australia.
With a background in direct service delivery, Mary was drawn to policy and advocacy as a way of addressing the systemic challenges commonly faced by services in the not-for-profit space. Mary is an alumni of the Crawford School of Public Policy at the Australian National University, where she completed a degree in Public Policy, specialising in economic policy.
Mary has been working with the Remote Accord since late 2019.
Russell was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Uniting Church Homes trading as Juniper in December 2022 and is an ex-officio member of the Board. Russell has an extensive background in the aged care and community services sector. He was previously the Chief Executive of a faith-based aged care provider serving metropolitan and regional Western Australian communities. Prior to this role, Russell was Chief Executive of an Aged Care education provider, overseeing operations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand. Prior to this role, Russell held several senior executive and CEO roles in not-for-profit and faith-based aged, disability and community services organisations in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Russell has worked in the aged and community services sector since 2001.