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LASA appoints inaugural CEO of integrated national organisation


Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) is pleased to announce its next major step forward to national integration with the recruitment of Mr Sean Rooney as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of the unified body. 

Mr Rooney is expected to take office in June and will be based in Canberra, following the planned amendments to the LASA constitution to achieve the nationally integrated LASA organisation, replacing the separate federated state and national bodies.

“I am delighted that LASA has secured the services of such a talented and energetic leader for the future in Sean Rooney,” said LASA Chairman, Dr Graeme L Blackman, OAM.

“Sean is an excellent fit for this new role – he brings a wealth of relevant experience as well as enthusiasm for the challenges involved. His outstanding relationship skills set him out as a leader who will effectively develop the brand and membership of the unified LASA.”

“The LASA Board is confident that Mr Rooney brings the right mix of leadership capabilities, member-based organisation management experience, and policy advocacy to work with the Board and effectively lead and unify the organisation, its staff and members in the interests of the aged care sector.”

“His leadership will be a key influence in positioning LASA as a single unified voice for our members across the full continuum of aged care services,” Dr Blackman said.

Mr Rooney joins LASA having held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private, and not-for-profit sector organisations including the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, Sinclair Knight Merz, the CSIRO and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Business School at Griffith University.

He has led membership-based organisations and represented the interests of members on the local, national and international stage, including the development and delivery of a range of value-adding services for members. Mr Rooney is currently the Executive Director of Sustainability & Climate Change in the ACT Government.

“I am honoured and excited at the potential for influencing aged care reform and ensuring that the voices of LASA members are heard and are influential in policy making,” said Mr Rooney. “I am stepping into the CEO role at an important time for both the organisation and the aged care sector it represents. I look forward to building on LASA’s existing track record and strong reputation, and to working with all members to lead our organisation forward in the interests of our members,” he said.

“In actioning the transition to a fully integrated organisation, LASA is seeking to build capacity for stronger advocacy in a world of unprecedented change at the national level, while expanding its opportunities to share support and services equitably beyond state borders in a manner that achieves enhanced value for money for all members,” Dr Blackman said.

From LASA Media Release 6 April 2016

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