The staff and residents of Anglican Care and members of the Anglican Diocese have said farewell to their much-admired Chairman of the Board, John Kilpatrick AM.
John has dedicated the past 47 years to Anglican Care, having been appointed to the Board of Directors in 1971 and Chairman in 1980.
During that time, John has led Anglican Care’s significant growth – from having just one residential aged care home and servicing 150 residents, to today providing a suite of aged care services including twelve residential aged care homes across the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid Coast regions of NSW, servicing over 1,400 people.
CEO of Anglican Care, Colin Osborne said John has been a visionary leader, diversifying the business and ensuring they remain a market leader in aged care services.
“John has been a stalwart leader of Anglican Care and leaves us in a strong position for continued growth, particularly in the areas of home care and retirement living services,” Colin said.
“We are very grateful for the time, dedication and wisdom he has brought not only to the leadership team, but to the many residents and consumers of Anglican Care whose lives he has had a profound impact upon.”
During his time as Chairman of Anglican Care, John served as an Alderman at Lake Macquarie City Council for 13 years, 11 of those years as Lord Mayor. He also served on the Board of Greater Bank (then Greater Building Society) and the Samaritans.
In reflecting on his time with Anglican Care, John said he was proud of the staff, residents and consumers who bring every facility and service to life and make Anglican Care the outstanding organisation it is today.
“The executive leadership team has done outstanding work to build the organisation and position itself as one of the leading aged care providers in NSW. But ultimately, it’s the people on the ground – the carers in our aged care homes or out in the community, the kitchen staff, facilities management teams and all the wonderful people who work tirelessly day-in-and day-out to make our residents feel loved and supported -who are the true heroes of our organisation,” John said.
Malcolm McDonald will take over from John as Chairman in March 2018. Malcolm has been an Anglican Care board member from 2003 until 2016 and is the Chairperson of the Audit and Risk Committee. He also has several other directorships and memberships with Hunter-based organisations.
IMAGE | John and Ellen Kilpatrick.