Estia (Victoria) was formed in 2005. Today Estia Health (EHE) is one of the largest residential aged care providers in Australia with 68 facilities, 5,910 operating places and more than 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 is via its corporate centre in Melbourne, supporting regional networks of homes 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.
Dr. Gary Weiss
Non-executive Director and Chairman
LL.B (Hons). LL.M (with Dist), JSD
Gary 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.
Gary has extensive international business experience and has been involved in numerous cross-border mergers and acquisitions.
Gary is Chairman of Ridley Corporation Ltd and Ardent Leisure Group Ltd, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Ltd, and a director of several public companies including Thorney Opportunities Limited and The Straits Trading Company Ltd. Gary is also a Commissioner of the Australian Rugby League Commission and a Director of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute.
Gary 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), Premier Investments Ltd, 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.
Gary has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.
Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director
MCom (UNSW), GAICD
Ian is an accomplished senior leader with over 30 years’ health and aged care experience in both Australia and overseas.
Appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2018, Ian takes the helm of the organisation at a time of exciting growth and opportunity in the sector.
Appointed as Estia Health’s Chief Operating Officer in October 2016, Ian was responsible for leading Estia’s operations and care teams, embedding key improvements resulting in revenue growth and operational efficiencies, while delivering consistently high standards of quality care to residents across a growing portfolio of homes.
Ian’s executive experience includes CEO and COO roles in large aged care groups, acute private hospital groups and diagnostic services. Ian has been at the forefront of major developments that have shaped Australia’s healthcare sector, including the privatisation of public hospitals, new reimbursement and funding models, and a broad range of public/private sector service models.
Ian has held the position of non-executive director in private equity owned, and ASX listed companies, and has consulted to aged care operators, private hospital groups, health insurers, health logistics and specialist health recruitment businesses throughout Australia.
Ian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW.
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, 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. Norah is a member of the National Advisory Council on the Employment of Women, 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 will be stepping down as the CEO in November, Ian Thorley will be the incoming CEO.
B.Com (UNSW), FAICD and CPA
Karen Penrose has been a full time non-executive director since 2014 and has experience in finance, property and infrastructure. She is currently on the boards of Vicinity Centres, Bank of Queensland and Spark Infrastructure Group. Ms Penrose is also a member of Chief Executive Women.
Her prior executive career includes 20 years with Commonwealth Bank of Australia and HSBC and eight years as a Chief Financial Officer with two ASX listed companies. She previously held Non-executive Director roles with Future General Global Investment Company Limited, AWE Limited and Landcom.
B.Comm; MA; MAICD
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong and a Master of Arts from UNSW Australia.
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.
Paul is Managing Director at Pacific Equity Partners, one of Australia’s largest alternative investment management firms.
Until May 2015, he 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.
The Honourable Warwick L. Smith
Warwick is currently Chairman, Australia China Council and a Board Director of ANZ Bank China and Chairman, ANZ Bank Thailand and formerly Chairman, New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory and Senior Managing Director of ANZ Bank where he was a member of the Institutional Leadership team. He is Chairman of the Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity, holders of interests in Seven Group Holdings, West Australian News, Coates Hire, WesTrac and Caterpillar industrial services and equipment in Western Australia and New South Wales; Global Trustee of the Asia Society and Chairman Emeritus of the Asia Society in Australia and Chairman of the Flagship Property Group. He is currently Special Envoy, Trade & Investment – New South Wales (NSW) Government, Department of Premier & Cabinet.
Warwick is also Board Director of Seven Group Holdings and Coates Hire Ltd.
Formerly, he was Chairman of E*TRADE, the Australian Sports Commission and an Executive Director with Macquarie Bank; and a Federal Government Minister with a parliamentary career spanning 15 years with portfolios including the Minister for Sport, Territories and Local Government, Minister Assisting the Prime Minister on the Olympic Games in Sydney and Minister for Family Services and Aged Care. He was also Australia’s first Telecommunications Ombudsman and has received a Centenary Medal and an Order of Australia.
MBA, Grad Dip Wom Stud, PBC Crit Care, Cert Nsg, FAICD
Helen holds a Master of Business Administration from Victoria University.
Helen has extensive executive and non-executive experience across the healthcare sector. Helen is Chairman of Integral Diagnostics Ltd, and a non-executive Director of HBF Health Ltd and McMillan Shakespeare Limited. Helen was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Genesis Care for 7 years from early inception in 2007, creating Australia’s largest radiation oncology and cardiology service business. Previous roles also include non-executive Director of DCA Group Ltd which included residential aged care in Australia and New Zealand; non-executive Director of AMP Capital Investor’s aged care business Domain Principal Group, CEO and Executive Director of residential aged care provider Benetas and Board member of Melbourne Health and Orygen Research Centre.
Helen has also been actively involved in healthcare government policy reform across various areas of the healthcare sector.