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The Australian Association of Gerontology appoints new CEO

The Australian Association of Gerontology – the peak national body linking professionals working across the multidisciplinary fields of ageing – has appointed experienced health sector executive Renu Borst as its new chief executive officer.

Ms Borst has held management and executive leadership roles for the past 20 years in the health sector. Her experience includes nine years as CEO of professional body New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists and most previously interim general manager at charitable advocacy organisation LiverWELL  incorporating Hepatitis Victoria.

Ms Borst, who is originally from Fiji and a previous resident of New Zealand, has a bachelor degree in public administration and sociology and a postgraduate qualification in strategic management.

She replaces James Beckford Saunders, who took on the role just over seven years ago. He told the board in February he would not be seeking to renew his contract from early 2023, AAG reported.

AAG president Associate Professor Marguerite Bramble said she was excited to welcome Ms Borst as the peak body’s new CEO. 

“She is a relationship-driven and results-focused executive with a breadth of business experience across health and aged care, community, government and information technology sectors,” Associate Professor Bramble said in a statement.  

“[Ms Borst] has a proven track record in forging strategic partnerships, leading business transformation and turning performance around for purpose-led organisations. She also has experience working closely with a board, focusing on resolution of complex strategic challenges, engaging internal and external stakeholders to collaboratively develop solutions and drive improved outcomes.”

Ms Borst’s role also includes CEO of AAG in its capacity as Corporate Trustee of the AAG Research Trust, and executive offficer for both the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics – Asia/Oceania Region and the International Longevity Centre Australia.

Renu starts in the role on Monday 22 August. Mr Saunders’ officially finishes at the end of the month.

Taken from Australian Ageing Agenda, 19 August 2022.

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