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Board Members

A/Prof Marguerite Bramble GAICD - President of AAG and Chair of the AAG Board of Directors (Chair of the Nominations and Remuneration Committee)
Associate Professor Marguerite Bramble is a senior academic and leader in aged care with national collaborations across disciplines. An AAG member and committee member across Tasmania, Queensland and NSW, involvement has included leading hot topic events, coordinating the NSW Rural Conference 2018 and contributing to national working groups. As an author and peer reviewer for the Australasian Journal of Ageing her expertise provides leverage in translating aged care policy and governance to practice.

Prior to her academic career her corporate experience as a manager and consultant ranged from graduating as a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors to board membership and serving on a number of senior management committees linked to boards in both private and public sectors.
Professor Linda Rosenman GAICD - Chair of the Trustees of the AAG Research Trust and AAG appointee to the AJA Inc Management Committee
Professor Linda Rosenman has been a member of AAG for 25 years. She has recently retired after an academic and senior management career at University of Queensland where she is professor emeritus, Victoria University (Melbourne) and Charles Darwin University where she is a professorial research fellow. Her research focuses upon superannuation and retirement incomes, financial elder abuse and intergenerational transfers of care and wealth.
Dr Claudia Meyer AAG Vice President , Deputy Chair of both the AAG Board and Trustees of the AAG Research Trust and SECG National Representative
Dr Claudia Meyer is a Research Fellow at the Bolton Clarke Research Institute in Melbourne. Bolton Clarke is a large not-for-profit organisation providing services across the spectrum for at-home support, retirement village living and residential care across Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia. Claudia combines her skills as an experienced physiotherapist with her research expertise, moving research into action for community-dwelling older people and their carers, specifically in the areas of equity in healthcare, falls prevention and dementia care. She draws upon her expanding network in the community care, hospital and academic sectors to drive her belief in reducing the gap between research and clinical practice. Dr Meyer is the immediate Past President of the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Council of Student Organisations, continuing as the Asia-Oceania representative. She has been an AAG Victorian Executive committee member since 2008 and has served as the National President of the Student and Early Career Group.
Susan Staples GAICD - Treasurer of AAG and AAG Research Trust (Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Management Committee)

Susan is a Director in KPMG’s Governance, Risk and Controls practice, providing advice to c-suite executives and boards across all sectors in strategic risk framework development and implementation, board and director duties and internal controls review. Her work focuses on supporting and strengthening corporate and board governance for both public and private sector clients, in a dynamic and constantly changing environment. Susan is a lead author of KPMG;s Directors’ Toolkit and led the development of the Victorian Health Services Directors’ Toolkit. Susan’s has a deep connection with the not-for-profit, with direct experience working in the disability sector and large portfolio of human services clients.

Dr Victoria Cornell

Victoria is the Housing Research Manager at ECH, one of SA’s largest independent living and aged care services providers; and a research active Adjunct Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide.

As a social gerontologist, Victoria is undertaking research including in-home care provision, community connectedness, the built environment and housing - especially alternative models of housing, and housing for vulnerable older people.Victoria convenes AAG’s Housing and the Built Environment special interest group.

In 2019 Victoria was awarded the AV Jennings Churchill Fellowship to investigate alternative, affordable models of housing that could help older Australians to age-in-place. For the Fellowship, Victoria will be visiting the USA, Germany, Denmark, Singapore and Japan.

Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott
Dr Kate-Ellen Elliott is a Senior Researcher at the University of Tasmania, Australia, in the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre, and a registered Clinical Psychologist. Her field is in psychogeriatrics, particularly older adults’ psychological adjustment to health conditions. She has practiced and published in the areas of aged and dementia care, workforce and older adult mental health, psycho-oncology, as well as implementation and translational health services research. Over the past six years, Kate-Ellen has contributed to the AAG’s Tasmanian Division as President and Student and Early Career representative. She has worked collaboratively to host gerontology events that attracted local media and awarded travel bursaries. Kate-Ellen was also a founding co-convenor for the special interest group on Ageing, Workforce and Education (AWE). She has led and contributed to, local and national networks and advisory groups on aged care workforce health and wellbeing.

Dr Chris Hatherly GAICD
Dr Chris Hatherly has been a member of the AAG since 2007, serving as ACT Division Treasurer (2010-12) and President (2012-15), as National Student Representative (2009), and as a Founding Director of the AAG Board on a one-year term in 2012. He was made an AAG Fellow in 2013.

Chris has a PHD in psychology from the ANU specialising in cognitive ageing, and currently works as Executive Director of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. He was previously Director of Science Policy at the Academy of Science and National Research Manager at Alzheimer’s Australia. These roles have involved effective advocacy to Federal Government Ministers and significant interaction with senior stakeholders in government, academia and industry.

Dr Gill Lewin
Gill has recently retired following a nearly thirty year career in ageing research during which time she headed up research in Silver Chain, a large community-based health and aged care organisation, and later combined this with a Professorship at Curtin University. While Gill and her colleagues completed projects and wrote and published papers and reports on a diverse range of topics about health and care services for older people, Gill’s especial research interest was on the development and testing of service models that enabled and empowered older people to optimise their health and ageing experience.

Gill has been a member of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) since 1994 and has held a number of roles including Chair of the WA Committee and National President. Gill is currently a director of the corporate trustee, a member of the Research Trust Steering Committee and a member of the Reconciliation Action Group. Gill was appointed to the Commonwealth’s Council of Elders in January 2022.

Ben Poona
Ben has been employed with Tangentyere Council Aboriginal Corporation in Alice Springs, Northern Territories for almost 10 years, where he currently co-manages the Family Safety & Social Services Division – 17 programs from various sectors that deliver services to local community members. Some of these programs include Aged & Community Services, Disability, Chronic Disease Care Coordination, Family Violence Prevention, Family & Kin Care, Harm Minimisation, Tenancy Sustainability, Emergency Relief and Creative Arts. With over 20 years of operational experience working in the Health, Business & Arts sectors, Ben is excited to share experiences of working with an extremely diverse and vulnerable cohort of people living in rural and regional areas of Central Australia.

Anita Westera
Anita’s passion is improving the care and support of older people through strengthening the nexus between research, policy and practice. She is an academic, registered nurse and former policy adviser to the Commonwealth, NSW Governments and NSW Parliament. As a Research Fellow at the Australian Health Services Research Institute, University of Wollongong, she undertakes applied research and evaluation projects regarding older people, aged care, dementia and mental health services, including supporting the work of the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety. Her 2020 election to the AAG Board of Directors and Trustees of the AAG Research Trust builds on over two decades involvement within the NSW and Illawarra AAG Commitees.

Dr Katrina Radford (BPsych (hons), MHRM, PhD, GradCertHighEdu)

Katrina is a lecturer at Griffith University. My research program focuses on managing an ageing population in three key areas: 1) How can we better support an ageing workforce? 2) How can we better retain and support employees within the aged care sector?, and 3) How can we build better systems or programs that provide quality care for the ageing population?

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Nov 2021

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