Interim Chief Executive
Robert was appointed as Interim Chief Executive in August 2018. Robert has been part of the leadership since October 2017 when he took up the role of Executive General Manager - Business Development, Property and Infrastructure. He comes to BlueCross with more than 20 years of experience in a number of senior roles at Australian Unity including finance, commercial, operations and business development. His last role at Australian Unity was General Manger - Retirement Communities. Robert holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Deakin University and is both a Licensed Real Estate Agent and a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant (FCPA). Over many years in the industry, he has developed an extensive knowledge of both the aged care and retirement village living sectors, making him well placed to lead the company and help us in achieving our growth and expansion plans into the future.
Executive General Manager – Clinical Governance, Risk & Innovation
Jo joined Blue Cross in October 2017. She has an extensive background in clinical governance, improvement and risk management. She was most recently the Director of Quality, Planning & Innovation at Eastern Health. Jo has been involved in building and leading clinical governance systems across both Alfred Health and Eastern Health over the past 10 years. Jo is an Occupational Therapist by background. She worked clinically principally in Aged Persons Mental Health services and holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Management from Monash University. At Eastern Health, Jo worked tirelessly with her team and achieved national recognition for work in understanding and responding to patient experience. Reflecting this commitment, in 2017, Eastern Health was named the most outstanding Health Service in Australia by the Australian Patients Association. Jo is also a regular presenter on Clinical Governance and Patient Experience Conference.
Executive General Manager – Human Resources
Valeria was appointed to her role in January 2018. She has held roles as General Manager-Human Resources, People and Culture Operations Manager, National Operations Manager- Human Resources, Human Resources Business Partner and Industrial Relations Advisor working across defence, manufacturing, disability, finance and aged care sectors. She has worked in strategic and operational HR, recruitment and selection, change management and learning and development roles, managing high-performing teams with a strong emphasis on leadership and employee engagement. Valeria has worked in Argentina, the USA, the UK, Switzerland and Australia. Her experience and professional acumen have provided her with insight into effective Human Resources Management, with a strong sensitivity to the needs of staff and employers alike.
Valeria holds a Postgraduate Qualification in Human Resources, an Associate Degree in Science, a Swiss Hotel Association Diploma in Hotel Management. She is an accredited Conflict Resolution Coach and is currently a candidate for the Women in Leadership Australia-Advanced Executive Leadership Program.
Executive General Manager – Operations (COO)
Fabio was appointed to his role in December 2017 and has a 25 year history in aged care and nursing, most recently as Chief Operating Officer of Sapphire Care between 2011-2015 and then assuming the role of Chief Executive in 2015. Fabio is a Registered Nurse by background and he has held general manager positions at large community aged care groups including Mercy Health and Vasey RSL as well as having managed aged care residences.
Executive General Manager – Finance & Corporate Services (CFO)
Colin joined BlueCross in September 2016. He has responsibility for the Group's finance and information technology functions including statutory accounting, finance, taxation, treasury, accounts and payroll management and company secretarial. Colin has over 30 years' experience in financial management, with the most recent nine years in public health, as CFO for Melbourne Health, CFO for South Metropolitan Health in Perth, Interim CFO for Northern Health in Melbourne, and Interim CFO for Barwon Health in Geelong. Previously from a predominantly manufacturing background, Colin had five years' collective experience as Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary for ASX listed hospitality group National Leisure & Gaming and for agri-food business Select Harvests; 13 in a variety of senior financial and commercial roles within South Pacific Tyres; and three years as Divisional Financial Controller for the automotive division of Nylex. Colin holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting), a Master of Business Administration, and a Graduate Diploma of CSP. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia, a member of Governance Institute of Australia, and a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.