Our Board Members

<p>Norah Barlow, BCA, ACA, ONZM</p>

Norah Barlow, BCA, ACA, ONZM

Norah holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration from Victoria University and is a Chartered Accountant.

Norah is amongst Australasia’s most experienced and respected executives and directors, with an in-depth knowledge of the aged and health care sector. Norah also holds extensive experience as the highly-respected former CEO and former Director of Summerset Group, an 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. Norah 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.

Norah was also a Non-executive Director of Ingenia Communities Group, Evolve Education Group Limited, and chair of the Audit Committee for Methven Limited. Norah stepped down as CEO of Estia Health in November 2018 and remains on the board as a Non-executive Director. Norah is currently Chief Executive of Heritage Lifecare Limited.

Sean Bilton, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Sean Bilton, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Appointed as the CEO and Managing Director at Estia Health in July 2022, Sean was previously in the roles of Chief Operating Officer and Deputy CEO since October 2018.

In his COO role, Sean has led the Workforce, Funding and Procurement Teams, together with P&L responsibility for Estia Health's portfolio of homes. Sean has also overseen the successful commissioning of three new homes and consideration of future growth opportunities. His success in leading the company through an unprecedented and complex period of change during the COVID-19 pandemic and the Aged Care Royal Commission has ensured Estia Health’s continued standing in the sector.

During his tenure, Sean has worked closely with the Chief People Officer on the development and operationalisation of Estia Health’s employee attraction and retention strategy. Sean embodies Estia Health’s values and principles and ensures that the purpose “To enrich and celebrate life together” is the foundation upon which all decisions are made.

Sean has worked for more than 15 years in the sector, his involvement commencing as an Asset Manager at AMP Capital when he managed the integration of multiple acquisitions, which were the genesis of the Opal Healthcare business.

When joining Opal as the Head of Commercial in 2010, Sean was responsible for overseeing the acquisition and development led growth of the business, as well as customer acquisition, communications, and marketing. 

He holds a Bachelor of Economics from UNSW, is a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia and a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at INSEAD.

<p>Harley Wright</p>

Harley Wright

Harley holds a MBA from Columbia Business School and a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Laws from the University of New South Wales.

Harley has extensive experience in healthcare and seniors living and is the Principal of AHB Capital. AHB’s advisory clients include public market investors, private equity, and some of Australia’s largest aged care and seniors living businesses. AHB’s projects include advice on acquisitions, divestments, capital raising and development feasibility.

Harley is also the founder of Safety Leadership – a consultancy that specialises in improving workplace safety in the health and aged care sector. 

Before AHB Capital and Safety Leadership, Harley was a senior executive at Opal Healthcare.  Harley was Opal Healthcare’s Chief Financial Officer, Head of Corporate Services and Chief Commercial Officer.  At Opal, Harley had responsibilities for; financial performance, budgeting and strategy, risk, clinical governance and workplace safety, and acquisitions, greenfield and brownfield development. 

Harley was previously an investment banker at UBS and Goldman Sachs, and a finance lawyer at Allens Linklaters.

<p>Charles Lawson</p>

Charles Lawson

Charles Lawson is a Managing Director on Bain Capital’s Asian Pacific Private Equity team. He covers Australian consumer & healthcare including Bain’s investments Virgin Australia and Estia Health and was previously a director of Retail Zoo.

Prior to joining Bain Capital, he worked at Advent International in New York where he focused on investments in technology, media and telecommunications sectors. Before Advent, Mr. Lawson spent several years as a management consultant with Bain & Company in Sydney and New York where he advised clients in a broad range of industries. He began his career as a lawyer, working as a Judge’s Associate (Clerk) at the Federal Court of Australia. Charles received an MBA from The Wharton School and holds a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Sydney.

<p>JoAnne Stephenson</p>

JoAnne Stephenson

After more than 25 years with KPMG, JoAnne now holds a portfolio of Board roles including private and listed entities.

Her current Board positions include publicly listed entities Challenger Limited (since 2012) & Qualitas Limited (since 2021). She is also a member of the Approved Provider Board for Estia Health and Chairs the Audit & Risk Committee for the Investor Board for Bain Capital.

A Chartered Accountant, JoAnne was a Partner with KPMG for more than 15 years, with experience across the audit, insolvency and advisory divisions. Her final management role was leading one of the two national advisory divisions as a member of the firm’s leadership team. JoAnne retired in 2011 as a senior client partner in the Advisory practice with KPMG in Melbourne working with both private and public sector clients in large complex projects.

<p>Professor Simon Willcock, MBBS (Hons 1), PhD, FRACGP, GAICD</p>

Professor Simon Willcock, MBBS (Hons 1), PhD, FRACGP, GAICD

Simon is a General Practitioner and the Director of Primary Care and wellbeing at MQ Health (A Macquarie University health entity). He was previously Head of the Discipline of General Practice in the University of Sydney Medical Program.

His education and research interests include the health of doctors, generational change in the medical workforce, aged care, men’s health and musculoskeletal medicine. Simon trained as a rural procedural GP and practiced in Inverell, NSW for seven years. For the past thirty years he has worked in academic and clinical practice in Sydney and has had a number of educational leadership roles.

Simon was until recently an elected board member and Chair of the Avant Mutual Group and is currently an elected board member and Deputy Chair of the Sydney North Health Network.