Board

Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland is overseen by an active Board whose members represent different areas within the non-profit and corporate sectors.

Peter Howells, Chair
Neale Condon, Deputy Chair
Maree McMahon, Non-Executive Director/Chair Finance & Risk Committee
Chris Edwards, Non-Executive Director
Jean McRuvie, Non-Executive Director
Robyn Robinson, Non-Executive Director
Prof. Linda Rosenman, Non-Executive Director
Mark Tucker-Evans, Chief Executive/Company Secretary

 

PETER HOWELLS, Chair
BA, MBA, GAICD, CAHRI

Peter is an independent business consultant specialising in providing Human Resources advice and project support to clients ranging from the corporate to the public sector and across a range of industries including professional services, finance and resources. He has held senior HR corporate roles for over 20 years. He has lead HR teams in the Retail Banking and Funds Management sectors, developing solutions and resolving issues to support high performing workplaces. He has been actively involved in industry and professional bodies such as the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Financial Institutions Remuneration Group (FIRG). Peter was Chairman of the FIRG management committee from 2006 to 2009. Peter embarked on his career in HR after studying psychology and anthropology at the University of Queensland. He also obtained an MBA from Griffith University. Peter is a Graduate Member, Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Certified Professional Australian Human Resources Institute.

NEALE CONDON  Deputy Chair
LLB, BBus, GAICD

Neale is an experienced Company Director, CEO and General Manager. He is a certified Transition Planning Consultant and also consults in corporate governance. Neale has worked mainly in the services sector and held specific responsibilities for Finance, Strategy and Corporate Governance. Neale has held senior leadership roles in non-profit companies in Health and Aged Care. In his role as Director of Finance and Corporate Services with Holy Spirit Hospital he was a key contributor to the successful planning, construction, commissioning and management of the Holy Spirit Northside Private Hospital in Brisbane. Neale is a former Director of Smart Services Cooperative Research Centre Pty Ltd. He is also on the Board of Insurance and Membership Services Limited. He holds Bachelor Degrees in Business and Law, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MAREE McMAHON, Non-Executive Director/Chair Finance & Risk Committee
BBus, FAICD, FCPA

Maree is an experienced senior finance leader with over 25 years leading finance teams in Queensland-based ASX listed companies.  The majority of that time had been spent with the Suncorp Group, where her most recent role was as an Executive Manager within the Suncorp Business Services CFO Division with responsibilities spanning not only a broad range of financial services but also business continuity planning, risk management, policy development and managing multiple service providers for the Finance Shared Services and Financial Control related functions.  Maree currently fulfils a full time Executive Leadership role as General Manager Corporate Services at Open Minds Australia Limited, a Not for Profit organisation that provides mental health, disability and employment services.  Throughout her career, Maree has also been an active member of CPA Australia, currently serving on the Queensland Divisional Council and Executive Committee as the Queensland Divisional President for 2016.  Maree brings skills in financial governance, financial reporting, business process improvement, integration and change management, strategic management accounting, strategic planning and implementation, risk management, customer shared service delivery, contract governance and systems design.

CHRISTOPHER EDWARDS, Non-Executive Director
MBA (International), FAICD, PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-PBA, CompIEAust

Chris is currently a senior executive at the Queensland State Government (Australia) undertaking the role of Program and Projects Director where his strategic leadership, governance, assurance, business analytical knowledge and engineering management leads the development of AU$40b in infrastructure investment.  Achievements in major resource and infrastructure projects throughout Australia has allowed Chris to apply his knowledge and experience to the challenges now faced by many professional Boards in monitoring and evaluating the degree of success associated with risk and audit processes, the setting of strategic organisational objectives aligned to the organisations purpose. Chris has previously worked as a Director for both PwC and Hatch Associates which provided him with an extensive network in capital infrastructure programs.

Highly credible MBA focusing on international business and strategy with strong communication skills who demonstrates an ability to provide leadership and adapt to increasing levels of complexity and responsibility. A Graduate of both the Project Management Institute (PMP, PMI-RMP, PMI-PBA) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

JEAN McRUVIE, Non-Executive Director

Jean has held the role of CEO, Senior Executive and Board Director for 21 years in a range of private and NGO Companies.  From 2012 to 2016 Jean was CEO of the Central Queensland Medicare Local and prior to that she was the General Manager of Focus Health based on the Sunshine Coast.  Both organisations provided clinical, Indigenous and general practice services including mental health, physical health and drug and alcohol treatment services, headspace, regional health planning and education.

Jean has held senior executive/director roles in regional development, tourism and small business and provided consultancy services to both large and small business and statutory bodies.

Jean is a Director of LiveBetter (a disability, child services, aged care and clinical service agency operating in NSW and Queensland), Prime Management Services (Qld), Coast2Bay Housing and Purpose Real Estate.

 

ROBYN ROBINSON, Non-Executive Director
.Sc. Dip.C.Sc., MSc., GAICD

Robyn worked in executive and senior management roles within the electricity industry in Queensland for over 20 years.  She has an extensive background in IT management, business performance improvement and managing organisational change. Currently Robyn works as an independent consultant advising energy industry bodies on energy consumer policy issues and stakeholder engagement. Robyn has qualifications in science and IT, and holds a Master of Science Degree in Operations Research. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In addition to her role on the Board of COTA Queensland, Robyn is President of the Redland District Committee on the Ageing and Chair of the Redland Seniors Network. She is a former director of the Donald Simpson Community Centre.

PROFESSOR LINDA ROSENMAN,
Non-Executive Director
BA Dip Soc Work MSW PhD GAICD

Professor Linda Rosenman has worked in academic and senior management positions at Universities in Queensland, across Australia and in the USA. She has researched, published and presented widely on economic security, superannuation and women, financial abuse and intergenerational financial relationships and has a long history of serving on and chairing boards and ministerial committees in the education, human services and ageing sectors.

Linda has a BA, Dip. Social Work, MSW and PhD and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

MARK TUCKER-EVANS, Chief Executive/Company Secretary

COTA Queensland’s Chief Executive Mark Tucker-Evans who also has had the role of Company Secretary since 12 June 2014 has over 30 years’ experience as a Chief Executive of industry and professional associations.  Mark has extensive Board experience and is currently Chair, Health Consumers Queensland, Institute for Healthy Communities Australia Ltd and Institute for Healthy Communities Australia Certification Pty Ltd. He is a former Assistant Commissioner, Health Quality & Complaints Commission, Chair of QCOSS and director of ACOSS.

 

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