About Us

Key Staff

James Beckford Saunders BSc (Hons), MBA and GAICD
Chief Executive Officer
James Beckford Saunders is the CEO and Company Secretary of Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG) and the AAG Research Trust, as well as Executive Officer for both the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics Asia Oceania Region and the International Longevity Centre Australia.
James has almost three decades of experience in not-for-profit, tertiary and commercial sectors in Australia, Europe and the UK including senior management responsibilities for policy, advocacy and funding at a state and national level, change management, marketing and communications, operations and corporate services, through leadership roles at UnitingCare ReGen, beyondblue, University of Melbourne, Mental Illness Fellowship, Cancer Research UK, Oxfam Australia and Comic Relief UK


Michael Tan BBus (Marketing & HR)
Membership & Marketing Manager

Michael is the lead for the Conference, Events and Membership. He has two decades in corporate and not-for-profits sectors including senior roles at a state and national level in marketing and communications, operations, policy, industrial relations and stakeholder management at Meat & Livestock Australia and Restaurant & Catering Association.


Tonye Segbedzi BA/LLB, Master of Social Policy
Senior Policy & Research Officer
(Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday)

Tonye has 25 years in legal and policy in the corporate, public and not-for-profit sectors including senior roles at Philips Fox, Victoria Legal Aid, Legal Services Commissioner, Department of Human Services and Volunteering Victoria.

Primary focus - older people from both Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (incl CALD SIG) backgrounds, and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (incl LGBTIQ SIG) communities.

Secondary focus – International (IAGG, ILC etc), financial issues, housing and homelessness (support).


Ms Kathy Bell GAICD, Masters of Public Health, Graduate Certificate in Health Economics, Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
Senior Policy & Research Officer
(Monday & Wednesday)

Kathy has been CEO of a range of NFPs including Heart Foundation Victoria, Australian Primary Health Care Nurses Association (APNA), General Practice and Primary Health Care NT and the Australian Rural Health Education Network and held senior policy and management roles at the Commonwealth Dept of Health. Kathy was senior policy advisor at National Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Organisation (NACCHO) from 1997 to 2001. More recently Kathy has stepped back from CEO roles to undertake policy consulting including for Alzheimer’s Australia and Board roles.

  • Primary focus - Older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities (incl ATSIAAG), ageing in regional rural and remote Australia (incl RRR SIG)
  • Secondary focus - Healthy ageing, dementia, palliative care/ end of life, carers and aged care support in the community, Gerontology Nurses SIG

Dr Sandra South B.Sc.(Hons) Ph.D
Senior Policy & Research Officer

Sandra has 14 years of international experience conducting, analysing, compiling and translating research across a wide range of research fields and organisations, including in her past roles as Research and Policy Manager at Audiology Australia and Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Knowledge-Based Policy and Guidance at the National Board of Health and Welfare in Sweden. She was a Board Director of the National Alliance of Self-Regulating Health Professions and her working group contributions include that with the Primary Care Safety and Quality Framework Committee with the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care. She has a good understanding of the health, disability and aged care sectors from a service provider perspective.

  • Primary – Intersection between the aged care, health, allied health and disability systems (incl AAG CRCs), Housing and homelessness (incl HBE SIG), SUBSTANCE Evaluation (with NARI), Conference Communiques
  • Secondary - Aged Care reforms including Consumer Directed Care, elder abuse (incl elder abuse SIG), workforce (incl AWE SIG), assistive technologies (including aids and equipment), literature reviews (including LGBTI Research Position Paper).


Sue Riley BBus, CA, MAICD
Chief Financial Officer

Sue is a Chartered Accountant with more than 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector. She has worked mostly in the health sector as a senior finance manager for private hospitals, public hospitals, Victorian Government health departments and private consultants specialising in health. When not at work, Sue’s passion is golf and she is a member and a director of the board of Southern Golf Club.



Matthew Jones

Marketing & Administration Officer

Matthew has over 20 years of experience in administration and office management roles. Formerly a senior barristers' clerk in London Matthew moved into quality assurance and change management. He has undertaken office management and business analyst roles in Perth and Malaysia since emigrating from the UK. For this role Matthew has returned to work following a spell at home as primary carer for his son.



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