Appointment of new CEO at Helping Hand - Helping Hand

Appointment of new CEO at Helping Hand

Helping Hand announced today the appointment of Chris Stewart as Chief Executive Officer of Helping Hand. The appointment will be effective January 7, 2019 following the retirement of current CEO, Ian Hardy.

Rosalie Pace, Helping Hand Chairperson said “The aged care sector is going through immense and rapid change. Chris is a strong leader who will bring with him three decades of business, customer service and governance experience. His hands-on expertise in financial services, health and aged care, technology and professional services places him in good stead to lead Helping Hand into the future. Chris can translate vision and strategy into sustainable, quality business outcomes”.

“Chris also stood apart in his understanding of our organisation’s strategic intent and the alignment of his personal and professional values to those of the organisation” said Rosalie.

Prior to this appointment, Chris Stewart joined Hood Sweeney in 2011 and progressed to the role of Managing Director in 2015. He has substantial experience in negotiation of acquisitions, partnerships and new ventures. Chris Stewart holds an Honours Degree in Science, an MBA and is a graduate fellow of AICD. He has also held non-executive Director and committee roles with Shelter SA, Windmill Theatre Co and the Churchill Trust.

Chris Stewart, incoming CEO Helping Hand said “Helping Hand is a recognised leader in the Aged Care sector and as a former board member, I was proud to say to people that I was involved with the organisation. I have always been impressed with the care that is provided by Helping Hand and the passion and commitment of the team” said Chris Stewart.

“With the recently announced Royal Commission, introduction of the single aged care quality standards, and the increasing options for how people wish to obtain their care, it is an incredibly exciting time for the industry and I am looking forward to being a part of it.”

“There is immense opportunity to continue to work with the board and team at Helping Hand to build upon the organisation’s strong foundations and expand into new services and business models. It is a privilege to lead Helping Hand and build upon the immense legacy left by Ian Hardy” said Chris.

Current CEO, Ian Hardy said “I am thrilled with the appointment of Chris Stewart to the role of Chief Executive Officer. During his time on the Board he showed his passion and commitment to both Helping Hand and the citizens that we serve. There is a business imperative, for all aged care providers, to reform and create new ways of delivering services. I leave with the confidence that Chris has the right leadership qualities and commitment to see Helping Hand thrive into the future.” Ian Hardy, who will retire at the end of the year as CEO, has been appointed the chair of the Industry Reference Committee which will be reviewing skills and qualifications for the future aged care workforce.

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