Corporate profile

Estia (Victoria) was formed in 2005. Today Estia Health (EHE) is one of the largest residential aged care providers in Australia with 69 facilities, 5,921 operating places and 7,000+ employees across Victoria, South Australia, New South Wales and Queensland.*

Its recent and rapid growth story is based upon the consolidation in July 2014 of three residential aged care businesses, each with strong reputations, modern facilities and experienced management.

Estia aims to provide its customers with the highest standards of aged care services in an innovative, supportive and caring environment. 

Estia has an experienced executive and management team, underpinned with a committed and skilled workforce.  Estia’s operational efficiency to deliver results and expand its portfolio, is via its corporate centre in Melbourne, supporting 11 regional networks of facilities across Australia and utilising state of the art clinical care, financial and people systems to ensure that it serves higher and more complex care services as demand for these increases.

* As at June 2016.

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Board of Directors

Dr. Gary Weiss

Dr. Gary Weiss

Non-executive Director and Chairman

Dr. Weiss holds the degrees of LL.B (Hons) and LL.M (with dist.) from Victoria University of Wellington, as well as a Doctor of Juridical Science (JSD) from Cornell University, New York. Dr Weiss has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions.

Dr Weiss is Chairman of Ridley Corporation Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a director of several public companies including the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Premier Investments Limited and The Straits Trading Company Ltd.  He was recently appointed to the Board of the Australian Rugby League Commission.

He was Chairman of Clearview Wealth Ltd from 2013 to May 2016, executive director of Guinness Peat Group plc from 1990 to April 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including Coats Group plc (Chairman), Westfield Group, Tower Australia Ltd, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Ltd (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Ltd (Chairman), CIC Ltd, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Ltd and Industrial Equity Ltd. He has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.

Gary is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

Gary joined the Board in February 2016 and was appointed Chairman in January 2017. 

 
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Norah Barlow

Norah Barlow

Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director
BCA; ACA; ONZM

Norah is amongst Australasia’s most experienced and respected executives and directors and has in-depth knowledge of the aged and health care sector. As a Director of Estia since November 2014, she has an excellent understanding of the organisation and its homes. She also holds extensive experience as the highly-respected former CEO and former Director of Summerset Group, a NZX and ASX-listed company named Australasia’s best retirement village operator four years running.

Norah has a strong background across business leadership and management, strategy, corporate finance, governance, tax and accounting. She is a member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women and the National Taskforce on Allied Health Workers governance committee, she was President of the Retirement Villages Association (NZ) for seven years and made an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to business in 2014.

 
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Patrick Grier, AM

Patrick Grier, AM

Non-executive Director
BSc; AO

Patrick Grier was appointed to the Board in November 2014 as Chairman and independent, non-executive director, bringing with him over 25 years in the private health care industry. He retired as Chairman on 31 December 2016 and continues on the Board as an independent non-executive director. 

Patrick was MD and CEO of Ramsay Health Care Limited for 14 years. Under his leadership, Patrick grew the Ramsay group from 7 hospitals to an ASX listed organisation operating over 100 hospitals in Australia and overseas, with an annual turnover of almost $3 billion and employing 25,000 people. He remains on the board of Ramsay as a non-executive director. Prior to this role, he was with Hospital Corporation Australia.

Patrick also served as both President and Chairman of the Australian Private Hospitals Association for over 10 years. In 2010, he was awarded the Order of Australia for his leadership and contribution to the Australian health care sector. He was previously the Chairman of the Opal Aged Care group and Chairman of the Australian Healthcare Workforce Institute. Patrick is a member of the Skin Cancer Network Advisory Board.

Pat is a member of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee and a member of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

 
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Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Non-executive Director
B.Comm; MA; MAICD

Paul is an experienced financial services professional and company director, with more than 20 years of investment experience in the infrastructure, private equity and real estate asset classes, including substantial investments in the healthcare sector. Until May 2015 Paul was head of AMP Capital's Infrastructure investment business in Australia and New Zealand, where he was responsible for the management of $4.5 billion of infrastructure investments on behalf of Australian and global superannuation funds and investors.

In this role and amongst investments spanning the aged care, transport, timberland and social infrastructure sectors Paul was responsible for the investment that created the second largest for profit aged care business in Australia. Paul was a Director of the Opal Aged Care Group (formerly Domain Principal Group) between 2010 and 2015 and was Chairman of the group in 2011. Prior to AMP Capital Paul was an investment professional at Macquarie Bank and Perpetual Investments.

Paul is Chair of the Remuneration and Nomination Committee. 

 
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Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison

Non-executive Director
BEc; MBA; CA

Andrew is an experienced company director and corporate adviser. He is currently a non-executive director of Burson Group Limited. He has previously held executive and non-executive directorships with public, private and private equity owned companies, including as CFO of Seven Group Holdings, Group Finance Director of Landis + Gyr. and CFO and a director of Alesco.

Andrew was previously a Senior Manager at Ernst & Young (Sydney and London) and Gresham Partners Limited, and an Associate at Chase Manhattan Bank (New York).

Andrew is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. 

 
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