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Goodbye and Hello


Ian Yates and Jay Weatherill

On Thursday the 9th of July COTA SA bid a formal farewell to Ian Yates, our Chief Executive between 1989 and 2013. During that time, both in COTA and in a variety of other roles, Ian has made a significant contribution to older people now and looking towards the future. In the words of COTA SA President, Professor Anne Edwards:

"Ian has provided consistent, clever and change oriented leadership as COTA SA has championed the rights and aspirations of older South Australians, redefining the expectations and opportunities that our ageing brings."

In 2013 Ian was appointed Chief Executive of COTA Australia and, while he has continued to be based out of the Adelaide office since that time, he is now moving to Canberra to fulfil that role.

At the same time COTA SA has, this month, completed our new management team under the leadership of Chief Executive Jane Mussared. In February this year we welcomed Jane (for more information please read the media release we issued when Jane started).

In May this year our new Business Manager, Sarah Groth, commenced; Sarah's a CPA with substantial previous experience as finance manager/controller with Bedford Group and Life Without Barriers amongst others.

Finally, just last week, we welcomed the final member of the leadership team, Kirsty Rawlings, in the role of Senior Manager, Programs. Kirsty comes to us fresh from her role as acting Deputy CEO of Central Adelaide and Hills Medicare Local (CAHML) - and continues to play a key role with CAHML while it winds up (Medicare Locals were replaced by Primary Health Networks at the start of this month). Kirsty previously worked in partnership with COTA SA on our popular Pills & Spills Peer Education program which was developed by COTA SA and CAHML.

With our new leadership team we look forward to continuing to engage with older Australians and influence policy as we redefine ageing and ensure South Australia is a community where older people can thrive and strive.

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