ECH Appoints Rosina Hislop as New Chair

Leading South Australian ageing care provider ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) has today announced that accomplished Adelaide business leader and Board Director, Rosina Hislop has been appointed Chair of the organisation.

Ms Hislop, who has served as ECH Deputy Chair for four years, takes over the Chair position from Sue Vardon AO who has completed two successful terms in the role.

Ms Hislop is an experienced Chair and Board Director and a national facilitator with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is an AICD Fellow and serves on boards of organisations across aged care, education and health.

ECH Chief Executive Dr David Panter said Ms Hislop brings with her a wealth of business acumen and corporate governance expertise and will lead the organisation through its next phase of growth and transformation.

“Rosina is a successful and highly sought-after strategic thinker and accomplished Chair and Director, making her the ideal fit for the Chair role,” Dr Panter said.

“Like all organisations in the aged care industry, ECH is continually evolving and I have no doubt that both the strategic and operational management of the organisation is in highly capable hands for the long term with Rosina at the helm.”

Ms Hislop said she was pleased to take on the role and continue to serve the ECH family and broader ageing care industry.

“ECH plays a crucial role in calling for and shaping industry change and I am looking forward to help set the strategic agenda” Ms Hislop said.

“We have a strong board of directors with diverse skills, experience and attributes, complemented by a high-performing CEO, executive group and operational team.”

“We work well together and will maintain a collaborative approach to ensure ECH grows in a sustainable manner with the utmost focus on good corporate governance to promote self-determination and enable people to live confidently at home and have the best possible life as they age.”

Ms Hislop is a Chartered Accountant and a former partner at EY. Her current Board roles include Dr Jones & Partners Medical Imaging and Chair of Seymour College. She is the former Chair of the Southern Adelaide Local Health Network Governing Council.

Ms Hislop thanked outgoing Chair Sue Vardon AO for her leadership and commitment to ECH over many years.

“Sue has played an integral role in steering the organisation through a sustained period of transformation as ECH continues to lead the industry in quality standards and investment in digital capabilities, including the 2020 acquisition of leading Australian aged care technology company, Billy.”

“I look forward to working with the Board and CEO David Panter as we realise the ECH vision of empowering older people, providing more choice and supporting people to remain living independently in their own homes.

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ECH (Enabling Confidence at Home) is a leading not-for-profit provider of services that promote self-determination and enable people to have the best life possible as they age. ECH supports more than 15,000 people and employs more than 650 staff, including home support workers, nursing, allied and other health professionals, maintenance teams and administrators.

ECH has 1,838 independent living units across 109 retirement villages throughout metropolitan Adelaide, the Adelaide Hills, Victor Harbor and Ardrossan, four Wellness Centres, four dementia-friendly Day Programs and a custom-designed Short Stay Respite Centre.

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Posted: November 5, 2020