COTA Australia Board

COTA Australia’s board is made up of:

  • four Directors nominated by the eight State and Territory COTA organisations
  • four independent Directors, and
  • an independent chair, selected by board members.
Ms Lesley Podesta

Ms Lesley Podesta

Director
Lesley brings to the Board skills and knowledge as an experienced strategic fundraising professional with a strong track record in working with philanthropy.
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Mr James (Jim) Hazel

Mr James (Jim) Hazel

Director
Jim brings to the board substantial commercial experience with the added fact that he is familiar with the broad ageing market and the retirement housing sector.
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Mr Hugh Mackay AO

Mr Hugh Mackay AO

Director
Hugh Mackay brings significant public stature, immense experience in social research, a deep understanding of the Australian population, and a keen interest in our work.
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Kate Andrews

Kate Andrews

Director
Kate Andrews was appointed by the Board as an independent Director of COTA Australia in January 2017. She is a member of the Governance, HR and Remuneration Committee.
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Anne Edwards AO

Anne Edwards AO

Director
Anne Edwards AO is President of COTA SA. She has been a Director of COTA Australia since March 2012 and is the Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
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Peter Howells

Peter Howells

Director
Peter Howells is the President of COTA QLD. He has been a Director of COTA Australia since November 2012. Peter is the Chair of COTA Australia's National Policy Council.
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Joan Hughes

Joan Hughes

Director
Joan Hughes is President of COTA NSW. She has been a Director of COTA Australia since February 2016 and is a member of the Governance, HR and Remuneration Committee.
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Ronald Regan

Ronald Regan

Director
Ronald Regan is the President of COTA WA. He has been a Director of COTA Australia since October 2017 and is a member of the Compliance, Audit and Risk Committee.
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