Leadership team

Leading by example

Achieving excellence

The McKenzie Leadership Team brings together combined expertise in a range of relevant fields, including care, risk and business management, leadership and governance, quality and compliance, assisted living and facility development.

With many years of experience, our Governance and Management teams guide the Group to achieve excellence in care, operations and business performance.

Governance team

Mary-Ann McKenzie

Director

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Sally McKenzie

Director

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Rob Hutchison

Partner / Non Executive Director

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Michael Powell

Partner / Non Executive Director

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Management team

Simon Keating

Chief Executive Officer

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Brett Rice

Chief Financial Officer

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Kate Gray

General Manager - Operations

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Mary Scott

General Manager - HR

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Fiona Bamberry (RN)

Regional Operations Manager - Sunshine Coast, QLD

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Fiona Charleston

Regional Operations Manager - Gold Coast/Brisbane, QLD

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Kristie Morton

Regional Operations Manager - VIC

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Adjunct Assoc. Professor Simon Keating

Chief Executive Officer

Simon is a highly experienced leader with 25 years of healthcare experience in the public and private sectors.

He is an Associate Professor with an MBA from Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University, and a Master of Science from La Trobe University Melbourne, with specialist training in both nursing and leadership. He has held executive roles at Northern Health, Healthscope and Cabrini Australia, demonstrating expertise in strategic operations, corporate governance, leadership and management, risk and auditing, and finance – fundamentally shaping the innovation and direction of these organisations.

Simon is a highly skilled at executing strategies to provide financial returns, improving company culture, and changing how businesses deliver health outcomes. This depth of experience will strengthen McKenzie Aged Care Group’s position as we navigate the expected industry changes through the Aged Care Reforms, and ensure we maintain an unwavering commitment to high quality care for consumers.

Brett Rice

Chief Financial Officer

Brett brings to McKenzie over 25 years financial and management experience in a variety of sectors and industries including senior finance and commercial roles with ASX top 100 companies and leading not-for-profit organisations.

He has had significant governance and Board Director involvement with a number of commercial, community and mission based organisations. It is in the property and seniors living, retirement and aged care sector that Brett spent the last 7+ years and has developed a genuine passion for the sector to see quality care and services for residents delivered across sustainable and effective business operations.

In addition to undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Accounting & Economics, Brett has undertaken a number of corporate leadership training and development courses including attending the INSEAD executive education campus in Singapore and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Brett is a strategic and transformational change leading finance executive with excellent technical and operational skills, management expertise and complemented with strong personal attributes that has seen demonstrated success in corporate governance, board and executive level reporting, performance measurement frameworks, overseeing key transformation and business process re-engineering projects, major property project feasibility, delivering on M&A strategies, debt and capital management along with corporate support services functions including finance shared services, IT operations, PMO, facilities maintenance, procurement, legal and risk.

Kate Gray

General Manager – Operations

Kate is a registered nurse with 25 years experience in nursing and senior management positions across aged care and mental health services.

Kate has a keen understanding of the challenges and priorities of providing high-quality assisted living services to our residents.

With her extensive qualifications (including a Bachelor of Education, Graduate Diploma in Business Management, Masters of Management and Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors) and her wealth of experience, including as Director of Aged Care Services in a large public sector organisation, Kate brings to McKenzie strong leadership, financial management skills and industry expertise.

Kate worked as Regional Operations Manager (for Queensland and NSW) for over three years, before being appointed General Manager Integration and Operations. This broader role encompasses strategic and operational planning and delivery across the entire McKenzie Group. Kate helps to create a positive workplace culture that invests in the personal and professional development of McKenzie staff; ensures a focus on quality to improve outcomes for residents; and oversees financial management, to ensure McKenzie remains a financially viable company into the future.

Mary Scott

General Manager – Human Resources

Indulging her passion for volunteering, Mary recently worked in the NFP disability sector transforming a national volunteer workforce of 3,500 people.

This role epitomises the strong leadership skills gained throughout her career and her in-depth knowledge and appreciation of the broader health and community sector.

Mary creates dynamic and visionary goals that inspire others to contribute maximum effort.  She is a people focused and authentic leader who empowers and motivates diverse teams to produce outcomes that deliver sustainable long term value to organisations. She has been nominated for awards in the development of Leave Management strategies and formal recognition for her values and ethical standards.

Mary is skilled in managing major business change and developing the culture needed to drive business imperatives. Mary has worked in Human Resources in a myriad of roles from IR to Executive Leadership roles.

In addition to undergraduate and post graduate qualifications in Human Resources Management, Mary has also completed studies in Fundraising, Project Management and Ethical Leadership.  She is also a fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

Fiona Bamberry (RN)

Regional Operations Manager – Sunshine Coast

A registered nurse since 1981, Fiona has long contributed to the wellbeing of others, from her work in mental health to her commitment to community services and residential aged care.

Fiona holds a Masters in Health Management, a Bachelor of Nursing, along with both General and Psychiatric Nursing Certifications. Further to these, Fiona is also a recognised health care auditor having reviewed, reported and made recommendations at public, executive and government level.

Fiona Charleston

Regional Operations Manager – Gold Coast/Brisbane

Fiona is an experienced and well-established Operations Manager who has demonstrated successful results gained through a range of roles with aged care providers in New South Wales and Queensland.

Fiona has extensive technical knowledge of the aged care industry and its legislation.

Experienced in strategy development and delivery, Fiona has a proven track record in improving operational efficiencies and business performance, while achieving positive results.

With her exceptional communication skills and the ability to build effective relationships, Fiona is helping to lead our teams with a more customer orientated focus.

Kristie Morton (RN)

Regional Operations Manager – Victoria

Kristie has been a Registered Nurse for over 15 years. Kristie’s journey has seen her work in the acute care sector, oncology and palliative care where she grew both professionally and personally.

It was that experience that led Kristie to want to move into aged care, making a difference in an industry that was so close to her heart. Kristie has been in aged care management roles for almost 10 years.

Kristie commenced her employment with McKenzie as Clinical Care Manager at Lynbrook in 2016 and progressed her career to secure the Facility Manager role at Rosebrook. During her time at McKenzie, Kristie has developed and demonstrated great leadership capabilities and achieved excellent outcomes for the homes she has worked at.

Kristie has an unwavering passion for aged care which makes a positive and significant difference in leading and supporting our Victorian homes.

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