Our People

Leadership Team

 

Jennifer Lawrence - Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Lawrence - Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2016 and is a strong advocate for change and innovation in the aged care and disability sectors. She joined the organisation in 2003 as the General Manager, Care Operations and more recently held the position of General Manager, Disability, Research and Risk.

She has a strong focus on innovation and technology, and considerable strategic development and management experience combined with a strong clinical background in medical science.

Jennifer held a number of executive roles in the private pathology industry locally and interstate before moving to Brightwater Care Group in 2003. As the organisation's manager of business operations of services for older people and people with disabilities, she was responsible for overseeing the building of new aged care infrastructure and a $20m redevelopment of the Oats Street rehabilitation service site. She also established the Brightwater Research Centre and has published and presented research internationally.

Jennifer is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Member of the Australian College of Health Service Management and a non-executive Director of the Leeuwin Foundation.

Bret Campbell - Chief Financial Officer

Bret Campbell - Chief Financial Officer

Bret re-joined Brightwater Care Group in 2016 as Chief Financial Officer, having previously spent six years in leadership positions with the group from 2002 to 2008. In the interim, he held executive positions at several other large metropolitan health and community services providers and was responsible for significant business transformation with a focus on organisational process improvement, change management and customer service.

With a sound understanding of the complexities of the aged care and disability sectors, Bret has experience in leading diverse work teams in the delivery and enhancement of organisational systems, processes and services and has successfully delivered lasting strategic, performance and operational improvements across aged care, health and commercial operations.

Bret is a Certified Practising Accountant who graduated from Curtin University with a double major in Financial Management and Economics, and Accounting. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Janet Wagland - General Manager, Community

Janet Wagland - General Manager, Community

Janet is a well-known and much-respected voice in the disability sector locally, nationally and internationally and has been instrumental over her 26 years with Brightwater in the development of disability services, especially the world-leading Oats Street slowstream rehabilitation program for people with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

Janet assumed the role of General Manager, Community in 2016, bringing a strong understanding of the requirements for successful operations in an NDIS environment and the synergies between this and the client directed care in residential and community aged care. Janet spent 12 years in the role of Manager, Services for Younger People, overseeing accommodation, rehabilitation, community and transitional services for people with ABI and accommodation services for people with Huntington’s Disease.

Janet represents Brightwater on numerous external networks and committees across the disability and health sectors in WA and is sought after to speak on behalf of the ABI and Huntington’s communities.

She possesses a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and is an Associate Fellow, School For Social Entrepreneurs Australia, having recently completed their NDIS accelerator program ‘Leading Innovation and Change.’

Trevor Green - General Manager, Commercial Services

Trevor Green - General Manager, Commercial Services

Trevor joined Brightwater in 2005 and oversees commercial operations, including Brightwater Catering, Brightwater Linen and Kingsway Court Retirement Village.

He has 30 years’ experience in senior management positions both local and internationally in healthcare, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, a national utility and various small and medium-sized enterprises.

He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Technology and serves on the Customer Advisory Council of the Water Corporation of WA.

Danyelle Lituri - General Manager, People

Danyelle Lituri - General Manager, People

Danyelle has more than 17 years’ experience in human resources and employee relations management. She has worked for, and consulted to, organisations across Australia and New Zealand in both the private and not for profit sectors, including agriculture, disability, community and aged care services.

Danyelle stepped into the role of General Manager, People Services in May 2016 and has responsibility for strategically leading and guiding the delivery of best practice people outcomes across Brightwater. The portfolio focuses specifically on strategic human resources, capability development, and health and safety.

Prior to this Danyelle was Manager for HR Operations at Brightwater, overseeing employee relations, payroll, recruitment, and systems functions; delivering customer focused and professional services that enabled Brightwater to meet its HR objectives and strategy.

Danyelle graduated from Curtin University with a double major in Management and Human Resources Management, and a minor in Industrial Relations. She was awarded the AHRI Prize as the highest achieving student in her graduating year.

Elizabeth Lawton - General Counsel and Company Secretary

Elizabeth Lawton - General Counsel and Company Secretary

Elizabeth joined Brightwater as Counsel in March 2015 and was appointed Company Secretary in June 2016.

She has extensive experience as a senior in-house lawyer and company secretary in the Australian banking and retails sectors. Prior to joining Brightwater, she was Counsel at National Australia Bank in Melbourne and Westpac Banking Corporation in Perth, covering both retail and institutional banking, and General Counsel and Company Secretary at Home Building Society Ltd, where she was heavily involved in guiding the Board and Executive through the scheme of arrangement with the Bank of Queensland Ltd.

As an Assistant Company Secretary at Wesfarmers Ltd, she fulfilled the role of Company Secretary of Coles, Bunnings, Officeworks, Kmart and Target and was involved in two pro-rata entitlement offers. She was also instrumental in her position as General Counsel and Company Secretary at P&N Bank Ltd in establishing a governance framework following its conversion from a building society to a mutual bank.

Elizabeth holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Western Australia.

John Brearley - General Manager, Business Development and Relationships

John Brearley - General Manager, Business Development and Relationships
When John stepped into his role at Brightwater in October 2016, he brought with him extensive leadership experience in large organisations in the drug and alcohol, mental health, rural health and non-government organisations. Originally from an education and social work background, he specialises in high-level stakeholder management, business system development, corporate and clinical governance, and consumer sensitive and inclusive service design. John possesses qualifications in social work, education, mental health and leadership, and is a member of the statewide Neurological and Developmental Disorder Sub Network.

Libby Simpson - General Manager, Residential

Libby Simpson - General Manager, Residential

Libby is a respected operational and strategic leader in the aged, community and disability sectors, with many years’ experience in operational management and business development. She joined Brightwater in October 2016, having previously held roles as General Manager and Chief Operating Officer at Amana Living and Workpower.

Libby is a current Fellow of Leadership WA and has qualifications in Nursing and Business Management and is a current or former member of numerous industry committees, including Aged and Community Services WA, the WA Directors of Nursing Association, WA Standards and Accreditation Agency, and the CCI Nursing and Health Workforce Strategy Committee.

Libby is extremely passionate about services that make a difference to peoples lives.

 

Board

 

David Craig, (Hons) LLP, LLM (London), GDipAppFin (Finsia), FAICD - Chairman

David Craig, (Hons) LLP, LLM (London), GDipAppFin (Finsia), FAICD - Chairman

David is a Non-Executive Chairman and Director, businessman and lawyer, with extensive board and executive experience in law, mining, construction, mining services, financial services, professional services, education, health and the oil and gas industry.

As partner of a major Perth law firm he specialised in resources and commercial legal advice, which included work on resources joint ventures, the acquisition and disposal of interests in companies and projects, and capital raisings by companies. This was followed by 10 years in the financial services industry as a stockbroker and an executive director and divisional chief executive in a national stockbroking and investment banking company. David spent five years working with Woodside Petroleum Ltd in an executive position in the field of public and government affairs. He has expertise in the law, financial markets, mining and mining services, the oil and gas industry, the construction industry, reputation management, strategic planning, and risk management. David has been a Chairman and Non-Executive Director of ASX 200 companies as well as holding positions on government and private company boards.

David’s work in the community includes non-executive roles as a WA State Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Deputy Chairman of the Perth Diocesan Trustees, former Vice President of VisAbility (formerly known as the Association for the Blind of W.A.), Chairman of the Anglican Community Fund, a Director and past Chairman of ICEA Ltd, and a Director of the Anglican Schools Commission. He was formerly Chairman of Christ Church Grammar School.

David joined the Board of Brightwater in May 2016 and assumed the role of Chairman in October 2016.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Chairman
  • Governance Commitee Chair
  • Business Committee member

Paul Sadleir, BE, MBA, AAPI, FAICD - Deputy Chairman

Paul Sadleir, BE, MBA, AAPI, FAICD - Deputy Chairman

Paul was the Managing Director of ASX listed Cedar Woods Properties Limited until he stepped down in September 2017.

Prior to this, he was manager of the Bunnings Warehouse Property Trust and had held roles with Wesfarmers Limited, Western Power and Barrack Mines.

He is a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA Division) and previously was a Senate Member of Murdoch University. He also serves on the Perth Catholic Archdiocese’s Property & Investment Committee and joined the Perron Group Board in November 2017.

Paul is Deputy Chairman of the Board, is Chairman of the Business Committee and is also a member of the Governance Committee, having also served on the Care Committee.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Deputy Chairman
  • Governance Committee Member
  • Business Committee Chairman

Karen Fleischer, BJuris, LLB, GAICD

Karen Fleischer, BJuris, LLB, GAICD

Karen is a commercial lawyer with 30 years’ experience. Karen started her career working for major law firms specialising in commercial property law, and for the past 16 years has worked as an in-house legal adviser to a number of companies.

Karen currently works as General Counsel – Resources for a global resources company with mines and processing plants in Western Australia, and upstream processing operations in the US and Japan. Previously she spent over 10 years as the senior in-house legal adviser for an ASX 200 company involved in agricultural investment.

Karen has wide ranging experience with professional and not-for-profit organisations including nine years on the Western Australian State Executive of the Australian Corporate Lawyers Association, with two years as a director and Western Australian State President. She has also served for eight years as a member of the Western Australian Regional Council for Redkite, a national not-for-profit organisation providing financial, emotional and educational support to children and young people with cancer and their families, including five years as President. Karen has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 2000.

Karen joined the Board of Brightwater in December 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Audit & Risk Member
  • Business Committee Member

John Nicolaou, BEc (Hons), MBA

John Nicolaou, BEc (Hons), MBA

John Nicolaou joined the ACIL Allen Consulting – Australia’s largest independent economic, public policy, and public affairs management consulting firm – in August 2015 as the Executive Director of the WA and NT Offices. John is highly respected across business and government at a state and federal level, with nearly 20 years of experience as an economist, policy leader and senior executive working at the Commonwealth and WA Treasuries and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of WA (CCIWA).

As Chief Economist at CCIWA for more than 10 years, John built a reputation as WA’s leading economist, and was regularly sought out for his insights by the media and as a speaker at major conferences and events.

John was educated at the University of Western Australia and holds a Bachelor of Economics with First Class Honours and a Master of Business Administration, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Curtin Business School. In recognition of his contribution to economics and the policy debate, John won a prestigious WA Business News 40under40 award in 2011.

John joined the Brightwater Board in September 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Audit & Risk Committee Member
  • Business Committee Member

Brian Roche, BBus (ECU), MMgt (UWA)

Brian Roche, BBus (ECU), MMgt (UWA)

Mr Roche is the Public Trustee of Western Australia, the statutory office holder of the self-funding State Government agency that operates under the authority of the Parliament of Western Australia.

He has 25 years senior management experience in Local and State Government agencies as well as in the private sector with Coles Myer. Prior to his appointment as the Public Trustee, Mr Roche held senior executive positions at the Department of Treasury and Finance, and the Department of Commerce. Brian has been a non-executive Board member of the Art Gallery of Western Australia, and a previous non-executive Board member of Alzheimer’s Australia (WA).

Brian was appointed to the Board of Brightwater in February 2016.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Audit & Risk Committee Member

Dr Maria Kailis, MBBS, DRANZOG, GAICD

Dr Maria Kailis, MBBS, DRANZOG, GAICD

Dr Maria Kailis joined the Brightwater Board on 9 February 2017.

Dr Kailis has practised as a General Practitioner and Obstetrician for over 30 years. Maria brings a strong clinical perspective and also business acumen, having sat on her family company Board for many years.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Care Committee Chair

Anna Dartnell, BA, GAICD

Anna Dartnell, BA, GAICD

Ms Anna Dartnell is an experienced business leader and professional with over 20 years’ experience facilitating productivity improvement in complex operating environments.

Anna’s early career was focused on organisational development and industrial relations, before extending to develop industry-leading expertise in operational excellence and customer fulfilment. She recently worked as the General Manager Customers & Innovation with resources logistics specialists, Bis Industries Limited (Bis), in Perth.

Anna has extensive management and executive experience developed in global businesses, including Rio Tinto, General Motors, Foster’s Group, EY and Bis. She is currently a Non-Executive Director with the Kimberley Ports Authority and the National Association of Women in Operations, and is Chair of the Board at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre.

Anna was a 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Awards finalist, is a former 40Under40 award winner and was the 2013 recipient of the University of Western Australia Strategic Alliance Award. She brings a wealth of knowledge on customer experience and client engagement to the Brightwater Board. Anna was appointed to the Board of Brightwater in February 2018. Special Responsibilities:

• Care Committee Member

Gail Milner, BAppSc, GradDipPubHlth, RN, GAICD

Gail Milner, BAppSc, GradDipPubHlth, RN, GAICD

Ms Gail Milner is a career health professional, specialising in clinical care, health policy and change management, with substantial experience in system wide planning and policy formulation, program planning, project management, leadership and performance evaluation in Western Australia.

Gail’s most recent position was as Assistant Director General System Policy and Panning with the Western Australian Department of Health, where she set the strategic direction for the WA health system and applied expertise, research, analysis and innovation to the establishment of system-wide plans, policies and programs. In this position, Gail implemented numerous strategies, including the WA Health Aboriginal Workforce Strategy, the WA Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing Framework, the WA Stroke Services Interventional Strategy, the WA Endoscopy Services Strategy as well as successfully negotiating with the Commonwealth Government to provide an additional 60 Transitional Care beds to WA.

Gail was the recipient of the Public Service Medal in the Australia Day Honours 2015 for outstanding service to the community and aged care reform, particularly through the establishment and implementation of innovative clinical programs. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Brightwater Board. Gail was appointed to the Board of Brightwater September 2017. Special Responsibilities:

• Care Committee Member

 

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