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.
CEO, Aged Care Guild
Matthew Richter is the CEO of the Aged Care Guild. Matt brings to the Guild almost 18 years of knowledge and experience in the areas of health, corporate strategy and finance, as well as policy and stakeholder relations, in both the public and private sectors.
The different facets of his career, from working as an exercise physiologist, roles at Macquarie Bank and Allianz Global, through to his time working in senior positions with the ACT Government in the areas of policy, health infrastructure, government relations and health services planning, have shaped his thinking in the aged care space and driven the direction of the Guild.
Matt firmly believes that a well-functioning industry means senior Australians will be better cared for, resulting in positive outcomes for aged care providers. He is passionate about working towards a holistic and collaborative approach to aged care, recognising the private sector as a key part of the solution.
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.
Founder, CarePage & HelloCare
Lauren Todorovic began her career in the healthcare industry more than 15 years ago, and since then has worked her way from clinical, to senior managerial roles across acute, palliative care, and aged care services.
After over a decade of accumulating knowledge and experience within the aged care industry, Lauren’s career as a nurse culminated in the creation of a community dementia care service at one of the leading private hospitals in Victoria. She was invited by the World Economic Forum to represent Melbourne as a Hub shaper, and has been named one of the 100 Women of Influence in the Australian Financial Review.
In recent years Lauren has established HelloCare – Australia’s biggest online aged care news/entertainment platform, and CarePage – Australia’s first online reviews site for aged care facilities, retirement villages and home care services.
Founder, Inside Ageing
Katie McKeown has more than 12 years’ experience in media, marketing and events, primarily in the health and aged care industries. She has held positions at The Pharmacy Guild of Australia, NPS MedicineWise and Leading Age Services Australia, and was a member of the founding steering committee for RUOK?Day.
In 2016 Katie founded Inside Ageing, a business news website for providers of aged care services. She is passionate about helping brands to tell their story and believes the Future of Ageing Awards offer an invaluable platform to celebrate and share the many amazing ideas and initiatives underway to improve the lives of ageing Australians.