Key Staff

Key Staff

Ian Yates AM, D Univ Flin – Chief Executive

Ian Yates - Chief ExecutiveIan Yates is Chief Executive of COTA Australia, the national peak body for COTAs (Councils on the Ageing) in each State and Territory of Australia. Ian was appointed CE of COTA SA in June 1989 and has played national leadership roles in COTA since 2002.

COTAs are the peak aged consumer organisation in each state and territory and nationally, with thousands of organisational members representing over 500,000 seniors, plus 30,000 individual members.

Ian serves on a wide variety of federal government and aged care sector national bodies. He is a member of the Federal Government's Aged Care Financing Authority; the Aged Care Sector Committee and the Aged Care Quality Advisory Council of the Aged Care Quality Agency and the Department of Health's ACFI Monitoring Group. Ian is the COTA representative on the National Aged Care Alliance and its Sponsors Group. He is a Board member of the Aged Rights Advocacy Service (ARAS) in SA.

Beyond aged care Ian is a member of the Consumer Advisory Panel to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), a Director of Livable Housing Australia, and a member of the Advisory Board of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR).

Ian is Chair of the Management Committee of the Australasian Journal on Ageing (AJA) and serves as a Director of COTA's Insurance and Membership Services Ltd (IMS).

Ian has previously been a Director of the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency and has served on the Consumer Consultative Committee to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), the National Forum on Mature Age Participation, and the former Ageing Consultative Committee to the Federal Minister for Ageing.

Over the last decade Ian has been Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University and Chair of its Strategic Resources Committee and various other Committees; Chair of the Cancer Council SA and a Director of the Cancer Council Australia; Deputy Chair of the Repatriation General Hospital in SA; Deputy Chair of the SA Council of Social Service; Board Member of the Southern Adelaide Health Service; Board Member of the Flinders Medical Centre; and a member of the SA Government's Health Performance Council.

Ian holds a BA from Flinders University; is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors; is an Honorary Doctor and Emeritus Deputy Chancellor of Flinders University; and was awarded Membership in the Order of Australia (AM) in June 2005.

Judy Gregurke - National Manager Aged Care Reform

Judy Gregurke - National Manager Aged Care ReformJudy started with COTA in April 2014 and is currently responsible for providing Secretariat functions to the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) in relation to the aged care reforms. In this role Judy attends and works with all Advisory Groups and is well positioned to share her perspectives of the aged care reforms and the implications for providers of care in the home.

Judy came to the aged care sector in August 2011 and has extensive experience in community sector management roles, most recently as General Manager - Policy, Community Living & Rural Health at LASA Victoria. Prior to that, Judy was Regional General Manager for Victoria at Multiple Sclerosis Australia - ACT/NSW/VIC. As a qualified Speech Pathologist, Judy has worked in acute hospital, primary care and education settings and she has a Master's Degree in Health Administration. 

Ronda Held - Manager Home Care Today

Ronda Held - Manager Home Care TodayRonda is passionate about all people being able to live meaningful and fulfilling lives in the community, regardless of disability, age, frailty or other forms of disadvantage. Her focus is on building the capability of leaders, organisations and communities to work together to promote the social inclusion of all members. She also facilitates the development of positive organisational cultures.

Ronda has managed agencies that provide community support for older people, people with disabilities and other vulnerable groups. She was as CEO of UnitingCare Community Options from 2001-2009, where she initiated the People at Centre Stage (PACS) Consumer Directed Care (CDC) Research Project. She has promoted innovation, consumer participation and direction in services, grass roots leadership development and research to inform practice.

Past roles have included direct service, government positions and as an independent consultant, evaluator and trainer. Ronda has been consulting since 2010 and also works with a number of community groups on a voluntary basis. In her consultancy practice she has supported organisations with the implementation and evaluation of CDC. She is currently Chair of the Consumer Utilities Advocacy Centre in Victoria, is a consultant with UnitingCare Australia and Project Consultant with COTA Australia supporting consumers and providers to make the most of Consumer Directed Care.

Susan McGrath - National Policy Manager

Sue Mcgrath - National Policy ManagerSusan McGrath is the Canberra-based National Policy Manager for COTA Australia.

Sue has worked in a range of professional capacities in government and the community sector, and as a consultant to both. She has contributed extensively to policy development and advising across federal government and, as a management consultant, has collaborated with work teams over many years to improve government programs and administration and the effectiveness of a number of not-for-profit organisations.

Sue has a long history of advocacy through work and volunteering in the community sector. Also, in her continuing role over 35 years as a facilitator, she has helped to persuasively bring the views and ideas of many communities across Australia to the attention of government through consultation processes in health, communications, employment, industry development, regional development, housing and more.

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