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.

Laurie Burns - General Manager, People

Laurie Burns - General Manager, People

Laurie has more than 30 years’ experience in employee relations and human resource management in Australia. He has worked for, and consulted to, a number of organisations providing health, disability, community and aged care services in both the government and private sectors.

Following a career as an Industrial Officer and Industrial Advocate, Laurie has held human resource management positions for the past 25 years.

Laurie is the General Manager, People Services and has responsibility for human resources and Employee relations, strategic learning and growth, payroll and recruitment.

Laurie is Deputy Chair of the Industrial Relations Policy Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and represents Aged and Community Services Western Australia on the National Workplace Relations Committee.

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

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 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 Chair

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

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

Cedar Woods Properties operates in Perth, the Pilbara and Melbourne and is active in residential land subdivision, medium density housing and urban infill projects.

As Managing Director, Paul’s responsibilities cover the range of the company’s operations, including planning the company’s growth and ensuring it is well placed to respond to changes in the residential market.

Prior to joining Cedar Woods, Paul was manager of the Bunnings Warehouse Property Trust and previously held roles with Wesfarmers Limited, Western Power and Barrack Mines. Paul is currently a Senate Member of Murdoch University and a Council Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (WA Division).

Paul is a member of the Housing Industry Association’s Planning & Environment Committee and has served on various industry bodies, including as a Councillor for the Urban Development Institute of Australia and the Property Education Foundation. He currently sits on the Property Advisory Committee at Activ Foundation.

Paul joined the Board of Brightwater in November 2010.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Deputy Chairman
  • Care Committee Member
  • Governance Committee Member
  • Business Committee Chairman

Martin Langridge, BA (Hons), CA (Scot), FCA, AIMM - Treasurer

Martin Langridge, BA (Hons), CA (Scot), FCA, AIMM - Treasurer

Martin began his career in Edinburgh and after qualifying with the Scottish Institute of Chartered Accountants, migrated to Australia to take up a position in Perth in 1986. In 1996 he joined Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, was admitted as a partner in 1998 and is currently partner in charge of the Forensic practice in Perth. He has overall responsibility for all Deloitte Forensic services in WA including dispute consulting, investigations, technology, data analytics and risk.

Martin has a wide variety of experience providing accounting, taxation and management consulting services to the private and public sectors. He has been involved in the development of strategic and business plans and has a keen understanding of the corporate environment and the critical success factors for business. Martin served as the Honorary Treasurer of Cystic Fibrosis WA 2004-2009 and is involved in not-for-profit groups promoting economic self-determination for indigenous people.

Martin joined the Board of Brightwater in October 2010.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Audit & Risk Committee Chairman
  • Business Committee Member

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

Prudence Ford, BSc (Hons), Dip Ed

Prudence Ford, BSc (Hons), Dip Ed

Prudence has had 30 years of policy, program delivery and management experience in the public sector. She has worked for both the Australian and Western Australian governments in the health, community service and corporate management areas. Since leaving the public sector in 2006, Prudence has worked as a consultant for the community based, not-for-profit sector and for government.

Prudence has been a member of the National Health and Medical Council, the QE2 Medical Centre Trust, the Western Australian State Tenders Committee and the Human Research Ethics Committee for Edith Cowan University. Currently she is a member of the Health Consumers Council of WA, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) and the Western Australian Board of the MBA.

Prudence joined the Brightwater Board in October 2010.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Care Committee Chair

Honourable James McGinty, AM, BA, BJuris (Hons), LLB

Honourable James McGinty, AM, BA, BJuris (Hons), LLB

James retired from politics in 2009, having represented Fremantle in the State Parliament since 1990.

During his time in Parliament James held numerous positions including Leader of the Opposition, Health Minister, Attorney General, Minister for Housing and Minister for Environment.

Since leaving Parliament he has served on the following Boards:

  • Health Workforce Australia (to January 2014)
  • Australian Medicare Local Alliance
  • Telethon Kids Institute
  • Fremantle Medicare Local
  • Access Housing
  • Access CCIN (Chairman)

In 2013 James’s contribution to law reform and Parliament was recognised with the award of Member of the Order of Australia.

James joined the Brightwater Board in 2014.

Special Responsibilities:

  • Care Committee Member
  • Audit & Risk 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, RACGP

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:

  • Member of Care Committee

 

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