Company Information

Board of Directors

Estia Health’s Board comprises a majority of Independent Non-executive Directors who, together with the Managing Director, have an appropriate balance of skills, knowledge, experience, independence and diversity. They each bring a wealth of experience to the Board's deliberations to enable the maximum benefit for our shareholders, residents, suppliers, employees, government regulators and members of the community in which Estia Health operates.

Gary Weiss

Dr. Gary Weiss, AM

Non-executive Director and Chairman

LL.B (Hons). LL.M (with Dist), JSD

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Gary Weiss

Dr. Gary Weiss, AM

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 Cromwell Property Group Limited and Ardent Leisure Group Limited, Executive Director of Ariadne Australia Limited, and a Director of Thorney Opportunities Limited and Hearts and Minds Investments Limited. 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 Coats Group plc from May 2004 to April 2012, Chairman of Clearview Wealth Ltd from 2013 to May 2016, Chairman of Ridley Corporation from June 2015 to June 2020, Executive Director of Guinness Peat Group plc from 1990 to April 2011 and has held directorships of numerous companies, including The Straits Trading Co Limited, Tag Pacific Limited, Pro-Pac Packaging Limited, Premier Investments Ltd, Westfield Group, Tower Australia Limited, Australian Wealth Management Limited, Tyndall Australia Limited (Deputy Chairman), Joe White Maltings Limited (Chairman), CIC Limited, Whitlam Turnbull & Co Limited and Industrial Equity Limited.

Gary has authored numerous articles on a variety of legal and commercial topics.

Gary was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant services to business and to the community.

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Ian Thorley

Ian Thorley

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

MCom (UNSW), GAICD

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Ian Thorley

Ian Thorley

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

MCom (UNSW), GAICD

Ian has over 30 years’ health and aged care experience in both Australia and overseas.

Appointed as Chief Executive Officer in October 2018, Ian was previously Estia Health's Chief Operating Officer from October 2016.

Ian’s executive experience includes CEO and COO roles in large aged care groups, acute private hospital groups and diagnostic services in Australia and internationally. 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 and health logistics businesses throughout Australia.

Ian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and holds a Bachelor of Health Administration and a Master of Commerce from the University of NSW.

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Norah Barlow

Norah Barlow, ONZM

Non-executive Director

BCA, ACA, ONZM

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Norah Barlow

Norah Barlow, ONZM

Non-executive Director

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 in November 2018 and remains on the board as a Non-executive Director. Norah is currently Chief Executive of Heritage Lifecare Limited.

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Karen Penrose

Karen Penrose

Non-executive Director

B.Com (UNSW), FAICD and CPA

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Karen Penrose

Karen Penrose

Non-executive Director

B.Com (UNSW), FAICD and CPA

Karen is an experienced Company Director who has served as a full-time Non-executive Director since 2014 on the boards of ASX listed companies across the financial services, aged care, healthcare, resources and infrastructure sectors.

Karen's executive career was in leadership and CFO roles, mainly in financial services. Karen worked with CBA and HSBC for over 20 years. She is passionate about consumer outcomes, financial management and well-versed in operating in a rapidly changing regulatory environment.

Karen is a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Bank of Queensland, Ramsay Health Care and Vicinity Centres. She is also Director of Marshall Investments Pty Ltd and Rugby Australia Limited.

Karen was formally a director of Future Generation Global Investment Company Limited, AWE Limited and Spark Infrastructure Group Limited.

Karen is a member of Chief Executive Women.

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Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Non-executive Director

B.Comm, MA, MAICD

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Paul Foster

Paul Foster

Non-executive Director

B.Comm, MA, MAICD

Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce (with Merit) 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 a Managing Director at Pacific Equity Partners, one of Australia’s largest alternative investment management firms. He is also a Non-executive Director of WINconnect Pty Ltd, PEP Services Pty Ltd and PEP Advisory Services Pty Ltd.

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. Paul was head of AMP Capital's Infrastructure investment business in Australia and New Zealand until 2015. Before AMP Capital, he was an investment professional at Macquarie Group and Perpetual Investments.

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Warwick L. Smith

The Honourable Warwick L. Smith, AO

Non-executive Director

AO LLB

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Warwick L. Smith

The Honourable Warwick L. Smith, AO

Non-executive Director

AO LLB

Warwick is a non-executive director of Seven Group Holdings (SGH), a leading Australian diversified operating and investment group with market-leading businesses with investments in a range of industrial services, oil and gas, and media businesses.

Warwick is also Chairman, Advisory Board of Australian Capital Equity, which has significant investment interests through its major shareholding in SGH. He is Chairman of Ord Minnett, a leading private wealth management group. In addition, he is also a Director of SGSP (Australia) Pty Ltd, Jemena Northern Gas Pipeline Pty Ltd and Wollar Solar Finance Pty Ltd.

Warwick was formerly Chairman of E*TRADE, Senior Managing Director of the Australia New Zealand Banking Group Limited (ANZ), Chairman, ANZ Thailand and Director, ANZ Greater China and Chairman, ANZ New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory.

He was an Executive Director with Macquarie Bank for 10 years and an Australian Federal Government Minister, with a parliamentary career spanning 15 years, including Minister for Family Services and Aged Care.

He was Australia's first Telecommunications Ombudsman and has received a Centenary Medal and twice been awarded an Order of Australia.

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Helen Kurincic

Helen Kurincic

Non-executive Director

MBA, Grad Dip Wom Stud, PBC Crit Care, Cert Nsg, FAICD FGIA

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Helen Kurincic

Helen Kurincic

Non-executive Director

MBA, Grad Dip Wom Stud, PBC Crit Care, Cert Nsg, FAICD FGIA

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 Limited and McMillan Shakespeare Limited, and a Non-executive Director of HBF Health Limited and Victorian Clinical Genetics Service.

Helen was previously the Chief Operating Officer and Director of Genesis Care for seven years from early inception in 2007, creating Australia’s largest radiation oncology and cardiology service business. Previous roles also include Non-executive Director of Sirtex Medical Limited, Non-executive Director of DCA Group Limited 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 government policy reform across various areas of the healthcare sector.

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Leanne Ralph

Leanne Ralph

Company Secretary

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Leanne Ralph

Leanne Ralph

Company Secretary

Leanne is an experienced Company Secretary with over 15 years in this field and holds this position for a number of ASX-listed entities. Leanne is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Directors.

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