Katie Smith Sloan

Katie Smith Sloan

Executive Director, the Global Ageing Network

Katrinka (Katie) Smith Sloan is the Executive Director of The Global Ageing Network, an international community of individuals and organisations committed to quality of life for people as they age.

Ms Sloan has over 30 years’ experience working on ageing issues, including serving as President & CEO of LeadingAge, a US-based national organisation representing not-for-profit community based organisations providing services to people as they age. Katie is committed to the consumer movement, and serves as secretary-treasurer of the Consumer Federation of America and a member of the Board of the Center for the Study of Services/Consumer Checkbook. She also serves on the Board of Directors of ValueFirst, a group purchasing company serving the ageing services field.

Nicholas Brown

Nicholas Brown

Acting CEO, Aged Care Guild

Nicholas brings over ten years’ experience in various Commonwealth Government positions related to aged care and has been with the Aged Care Guild since June 2018.

Building a career in social policy, he has worked in both policy and program roles with a focus on funding, finance and access supports. In particular, he has experience developing program supports to assist vulnerable groups in accessing care, including dementia.

Leveraging his experience in stakeholder relations, Nicholas is able to effectively bridge conversations between Government and the Private sector. He is passionate about bringing the sector together to work towards necessary aged care reform and remain focused on improving the lives of senior Australians in care.

Prof Laurie Buys

Prof Laurie Buys

Director - Healthy Ageing Initiative, UQ

Laurie Buys, PhD is Director of the Healthy Ageing Initiative at the University of Queensland and Professor in Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty. She has a long history as a Social Gerontologist and was the Foundation Director of Senior Living Innovation at QUT – an industry research collaboration whose aim is to optimise the lifestyles of future seniors by identifying innovative approaches to designing for future housing, products and services. Her research directly explores the understanding of, and accountability for, the real effects felt by people resulting from changes in their physical, social and cultural life. Professor Buys was National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), is an AAG Fellow and an AAG Distinguished Member.