Day 2, 11:00am – 12:30pm – Women in Leadership Panel Session

Facilitator: Doreen Power, CEO, Lyndoch Living

Doreen is a health care professional with a nursing background and is an experienced senior executive across both the public and private health sectors ranging from Acute and Aged Care health services, Primary Health and Community Health. Doreen is also a Quality Assessor/Lead Assessor with The Australian Council on Healthcare Standards.
Doreen is currently CEO of Lyndoch Living, a regional Integrated Residential Aged Care facility that includes a retirement living hub, community services, rehabilitation services, respite and disability services and an innovative business model for a range of home care services. Lyndoch Living is undergoing significant building works and implementation of a master plan that includes a Primary Health Care Centre.
In March 2019, Doreen was named Aged Care CEO of the Year at the Australian Healthcare Week Awards, in recognition of her outstanding contribution in growing a vibrant community of elders living well and ageing well, with passionate and engaged staff.

Sandra Hills OAM, CEO,

Sandra Hills joined Benetas in 2009 with career experience in local and state government and the not-for-profit sector and has qualifications spanning nursing, psychology, research and business management.
Sandra was acknowledged for her service to aged care and the advancement of women in the workplace with a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division, in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honour List. She has published works on social isolation, consumer engagement, promotion of a good ageing and end of life experience, quality and best practice, and future reform agenda.
As a future-focused CEO, Sandra understands that she has a clear role in providing strong leadership for the company, as well as contributing her knowledge to policy development in creating sustainable aged care services across Victoria. She wants to give older people a stronger voice, and feels they should be valued for their past and current contributions.
Sandra has had a number of mentors across her career but ultimately believes that ‘you are in the driver’s seat’ of your own career. Her advice to young professionals is not to be too concerned with status but be attuned to what you are passionate about and what you are good at.
Sandra continues to work in leadership roles within the industry including her positions as a member of the Anglicare Australia Council, member of the National Aged Care Alliance, a member of the LASA (VIC) Members Advisory Committee and as a Director of the Community Chef Board.

Cynthia Payne, Director, Anchor Excellence

Cynthia Payne has more than 28 years executive leadership, Director and Board experience in both NFP and FP.
Her current Board level engagement includes: NED for the National Heart Foundation and most recently for Total Constructions. She is past chair for LASA NSW Member Advisory Committee and Director for LASA during the significant unification processes. Her experience includes: CEO for SummitCare(15 years) where she led substantial growth from 37M to 85M. SummitCarewas recognised on three separate reviews for global excellence using the Australian Business Excellence Framework and In 2015 was recognised in the Australian Growth Awards. In 2013 Cynthia was recognised by Australian Partnerships Australia for her Chairmanship of the Arts Health Institute and in 2018 Western Sydney University recognised her with the ‘Woman of the Year’ -Business Category on International Women’s day.
Cynthia holds an MBA, Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing and a certified practitioner of Balanced Scorecard. She is a seasoned public speaker and MC. Her industry engagement includes member of the IAC for Macquarie University Centre for Health Economics. She is MAICD, Fellow of the Governance Institute Australia and Long term member of the College of nursing and Fellow of the Manager and Leaders Institute.

Lidia Conci, Managing Director, AvantiCare

Lidia Conci

Lidia Conci is the Managing Director of AvantiCare, an organisation delivering Allied Health and Wellbeing services to the aged community. She began her career in 1997 as a Speech Pathologist and developed a special interest in working with older people. In 2000, Lidia developed a thriving Speech Pathology consulting business, servicing residential care facilities across Adelaide, before founding AvantiCare in 2012.
Lidia has presented at numerous industry conferences, workshops and webinars on a range of speciality areas and more recently on the implementation of wellness models in aged care.
Lidia and her team developed and hosted the Innovative Ageing Conference in 2018, bringing together industry leaders to share stories of innovation and purposeful ageing approaches. Lidia’s passion for positive ageing and heartfelt belief that we should all “age with purpose and meaning” has driven her commitment to create a movement for positive change in the age care industry.


Alison Quinn, Creating Leaders

Alison Quinn is a professional Non-Executive Director with more than 25 years’ experience as a CEO and senior executive and she is currently working with a range of boards in that capacity. Many of you in the audience would be aware of Alison involvement in our sector through her last two executive roles as the leader of 2 of the countries largest retirement village operators’ – RetireAustralia and Aveo. 
Uniquely Alison has been at the forefront of thought leadership regarding meeting the housing, care and other service needs of older Australians and was National President of the Retirement Living Council for 3 years and was recently recognised as a Life Member for her services to this association and the Property Council of Australia. 

Samantha Bowen, Principal Advisor Next Gen, Leading Age Services Australia

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Samantha is a leading voice on intergenerational leadership and engaging our next generation leaders. She heads LASA Next Gen and is working to disrupt our workforce challenges; by building the capacity of Next Gen leaders to execute change and see the dynamic opportunities around us. Samantha is well-known for her commentary on intergenerational workforce challenges facing aged care. She’s a board member for the NHMRC’s National Institute of Dementia Research, a recipient of the Layne Beachley Foundation Scholarship, Founder of Acorn Network Pty Ltd, a contributor to a number of national publications, hosts Grey Revolution – a podcast for aged care leaders, and runs a successful national online mentoring program for aged care leaders.