New Chief Executive for COTA SA

Media Release - Monday 23rd February 2015

COTA SA has welcomed a new Chief Executive, Jane Mussared. 

Jane Mussared is well known as a passionate advocate for thinking differently about what our ageing means - for individuals, for families and for our SA community.

Jane said she was very excited to join COTA SA.

‘I want to see us push the boundaries and extend the possibilities for older people in this state.  Our job is to promote vastly different expectations and opportunities about what being 55 or 75 or 95 will mean in the future,' she said.

‘We forget sometimes that our rich and diverse community is made up of people aged anywhere from 0 to 100 plus.  They all want the same thing - to live healthy lives of contribution and influence.  But older people tell us that we will therefore have to promote new expectations, and rethink the stereotypes and challenge the discrimination that hold them back.'

COTA SA President Emeritus Professor Anne Edwards AO said that Ms Mussared would provide the leadership the organisation needed at a time when ageing and the ageing population were becoming an important focus for the state and national governments and for our community.

‘We are confident that Jane will enhance COTA SA's already strong reputation as the peak body for older South Australians,' said Professor Edwards.

‘She has proven credentials in innovation, strategic leadership, and organisational management and is a highly regarded advocate for the rights and aspirations of older people.

‘In her past roles she has built strong relationships with government and the community sector. A key to COTA SA's future success is how we partner with and influence others. Jane has a proven track record in these areas.'

Jane serves on various boards and committees, including Cirkidz and the FECCA Healthy Ageing Reference Committee. She is also a member of national policy committees, such as the National Aged Care Alliance advisory group on Home Care.

In 2008 Jane was the SA Winner of the Innovation Award in the Telstra Business Women's Awards.

Jane's most recent role was as General Manager, People and Innovation, at the ACH Group, a not-for-profit aged care provider. She previously held other senior roles with ACH Group and also managed the state Office for the Ageing for several years.

For further information please contact Jane Mussared on jmussared@cotasa.org.au or Mobile 0408814483.

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