To us, caring for people simply means caring about them.

Our wonderful
aged care team

At McKenzie, we are so proud of the caring, talented and dedicated people who make living at one of our residences so special.

Our wonderful aged care team is led by a support group of highly-qualified and experienced specialists who ensure that we are always delivering consistently high standards of care, compliance, training, continuous improvement and quality systems right across the Group.

We go beyond the regulated industry standards, with our own codes of conduct and stringent care practices to ensure our aged care communities give people the certainty of excellence in care. We only employ the most highly qualified medical and care staff, and we have leading professionals on hand at all of our aged care residences, 24 hours a day.  For us, when our residents tell us we’re ‘like family’, that’s 
about as good as it gets. So our therapists, medical team, program coordinators and support staff are chosen as 
much for their warm and caring approach, as the skills they bring. That’s how we create communities with heart. 

Supporting your active retirement

When it comes to our retirement communities, our team understands that this is the time of your life when you want to relax and enjoy yourself, so our focus is on letting you make the most of an independent, low-maintenance lifestyle, supported by some great amenities, help if you need it and plenty of opportunities to socialise with other residents whenever you choose. 

The McKenzie Leadership Team

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, guiding the Group to achieving excellence in care, operations and business performance. 

McKenzie Governance Team:

Mary-Ann McKenzie Director
Sally McKenzie Director
Rob Hutchison  Partner / Non Executive Director
Michael Powell  Partner / Non Executive Director

McKenzie Management Team:

Andrew Newton  CEO
Brett Rice CFO
Kate Gray (RN) General Manager - Operations
Peter Corrigan General Manager - ICT
Mary Scott General Manager - HR
Fiona Bamberry (RN) Regional Manager – Operations
Julie Murphy (RN) Regional Manager – Operations
Morag Oakley (RN) Regional Manager – Operations

Mary-Ann McKenzie

Director

Widely recognised for her expertise and industry knowledge, Mary-Ann brings 27 years of experience working as a Director and Licensed Real Estate Agent of Paul Anthony & Co Ltd.

Before taking a role within the McKenzie family real estate business in 1985, Mary-Ann spent the previous 12 years in hospitality, sales and sales management within the directory sales and air freight industries.

Mary-Ann is directly involved with a large number of current and prospective clients in purchasing existing nursing homes, hostels or private hospitals to run, or upgrade to current standards and trends.

Apart from Mary-Ann’s contributions at Board level, where she leverages her knowledge of the industry and its financial, property and management issues, she continues her role as a business broker.

Mary-Ann is active in the planning and design phase of new developments, as well as the commissioning stages of new facilities. In 2009, Mary-Ann became part of the sales team as she slowly scales back the brokerage business. She uses her extensive sales and marketing skills to contribute to marketing (demand generation) and sales (customer acquisition).

Sally McKenzie

Director

A highly regarded leader and, some might say, the public face of McKenzie.

Before joining McKenzie, Sally spent many years as a business broker within the aged care and hospital industries, working with clients on the planning and development of new services and facilities. Many of these projects set the foundation for some of today’s more successful operators within the assisted living sector.

Sally’s industry experience equips her to contribute to the Board at a strategic level whilst contributing significantly to the planning, design and fit-out of new facilities. At an operational level, Sally works closely with the client relations team, ensuring that they have the expertise to assist families in navigating their way through what is often a daunting and emotional process.

Rob Hutchison

Partner / Non Executive Director

Over the past decade, Rob has successfully led the organisation in raising its standard of care delivery, implementing a solid platform of business and care systems and increasing the depth and experience of the management team. The group is currently recognised by government agencies and industry stakeholders, to operate in the top quartile for care delivery, quality systems, compliance and training.

With McKenzie's recent acquisition of aged care residences and retirement communities, plus a residential development opportunity, Rob’s focus will be to oversee the integration of our new residences, ensuring they are aligned with McKenzie's culture, care operations and quality systems.

Prior to joining McKenzie, Rob spent almost 20 years with international IT and telco vendors in executive sales and leadership roles in corporate IT and business systems. This experience, combined with Rob’s enthusiasm and passion for continuing to set the benchmark in aged care, means McKenzie continually challenges itself to improve the services to residents and families, and the welfare of the staff.

Michael Powell

Partner / Non Executive Director

Michael plays a lead role in site identification, planning, design, licensing and commissioning of new assisted living facilities for McKenzie, using his experience to lead and get the best solutions from architects, engineers and builders. Since joining McKenzie in 2001, his focus has been on identifying suitable ‘greenfield’ sites that are appropriate for assisted living facilities and which have an inherent value in being developed from a community perspective.

Prior to joining McKenzie, Michael possessed broad industry knowledge, with experience gained from more than 10 years within the building and construction side of the assisted living sector. He applies his expertise to ensure optimal designs and construction techniques, utilising innovative technologies and building materials to ensure efficient and cost effective outcomes on all projects.

With extensive project and people management experience, Michael is well equipped in coordinating design teams, consisting of architects, town planners, engineers and builders, ensuring that the team develops buildable solutions that offer beautiful, yet functional, assisted living accommodation for our residents.

Andrew Newton

Chief Executive Officer

After spending nearly two decades in CEO roles for large organisations in the aged care sector, Andrew knows what it takes to successfully manage substantial budgets, high staff levels and the delivery of essential services in the aged care space – and it’s not just a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s about connecting with those you work with, responsible fiscal management and an unwavering commitment to ensuring the delivery of quality care.

Prior to joining McKenzie, Andrew was the CEO of Southern Cross Care Victoria Limited, the largest provider of Home Care packages in Victoria. His accumulation of experience in residential care, home care and retirement living has enabled Andrew to gain a holistic understanding of how best to facilitate the growth of these businesses and engage valued staff. His accomplishments include significantly increased staff retention and winning several awards including ‘best employer’ in the National HR awards, demonstrating his recognition of the importance of staff morale for business integrity. 

Andrew’s fiscal responsibilities have included managing average annual turnovers of $130 million and being tasked with overseeing assets worth more than $1 billion. His esteemed expertise will be an asset to McKenzie as it continually strives to provide the best services for residents and families and retain a strong, motivated workforce of around 2000 staff in three states.

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 reengineering 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 (RN)

General Manager - Operations

As 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 and Masters of Management) 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 her recent promotion to General Manager Integration and Operations. This broader role encompasses strategic and operational planning and delivery across the entire McKenzie. 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.

Peter Corrigan

General Manager - ICT

Joining the McKenzie team in 2018, Peter is an influential leader and an experienced technology manager with over 20 years experience delivering IT services, building highly successful teams of professionals and implementing large technology projects in mission critical environments. In a constantly evolving industry he brings a wealth of experience and IT knowledge to our business. 

Peter is known as someone who thrives in environments leading a team, collaborating with businesses and driving change in organisations to provide ongoing competitive advantage. Leading by example and instilling a mindset of continual service improvement, empowering teams to exceed objectives and expectations are key qualities exemplified by Peter.

Mary Scott

General Manager - Human Resources

Indulging her passion for volunteerism, 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 deliver outcomes that deliver value and 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.

Mary recognises that people are the critical success factor in our business and feels privileged to lead that strategy.  She also has a good sense of humour and fun… because ultimately it is important to live every day with passion.

Fiona Bamberry (RN)

Regional Manager- Operations

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.

Morag Oakley (RN)

Regional Manager- Operations

Morag has been a Registered Nurse for over 30 years and brings a broad range of experience to the operational team at McKenzie.  She spent many years in senior positions overseas and in Australia across Midwifery, the acute sector and mining industry before entering aged care in 2006.

Morag has extensive quality, clinical governance, project and risk management experience across a range of aged care settings and is passionate about research and innovation which effects positive outcomes for those in her care.

Julie Murphy (RN)

Regional Manager- Operations

Julie has worked in both the acute and aged care sectors and has 40 years experience as a Registered Nurse.  Aged care and caring for those in the community is clearly a passion, having managed in aged care for over 25 years and several years in community care and disability services.

Julie has held many voluntary positions providing input on various committees including PHNU, palliative care, disability and The Lantern Project, just to name a few.