Judging Panel

Jennene Buckley

Ms Buckley is an experienced Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Board Director with an impressive history of working in the health and aged care industry. She has a strong track record of success and is skilled in business planning, strategy, innovation, aged care, and digital transformation. Ms Buckley holds degrees from Griffith University, Stanford University, Harvard, and London Business School.

Ms Buckley previously served as the CEO and Executive Director of Feros Care for more than 20 years, where she successfully led the organisation’s growth from a 95-client aged care provider to a 60,000+ client People Care company. Her leadership was focused on fostering a culture of innovation and creating environments where people could live their best lives while enabling staff to excel in their work.

Ms Buckley has led internationally award-winning projects on service innovation, culture, and digital transformation in the aged care industry. She is passionate about playing a bigger role in shaping the future of aged care and is committed to assisting providers, government, peak bodies, and organisations in repositioning, renewing, and reinventing the way aged care is provided. She is a member of the National Aged Care Advisory Council, Director of the Aged Care Industry IT Council and Digital Health Advisory with the Australian Digital Health Agency.

Ms Buckley’s new company, Enkindle Consulting, is dedicated to supporting organisations with strategic planning and advisory, transformation and innovation, stakeholder engagement and change management, operational reviews, and market entry advisory and planning. She works with organisations, people, and teams who share her vision of creating a world-class aged care system that older people deserve and that all Australians can be proud of.

Prof Laurie Buys – Healthy Ageing, Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Laurie Buys, PhD is a Professor of Healthy Ageing at the Australian Catholic University in the Faculty of Health Sciences.

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 the National President of the Australian Association of Gerontology (AAG), is an AAG Fellow and an AAG Distinguished Member.

Sean Rooney

As the former CEO of aged care industry association, Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), and as a current Non-Executive Director of an aged care service, Sean Rooney is a recognised leader in the care sector.
Sean speaks with credibility and authority on issues of importance to older Australians and
providers of aged care services across residential care, home care and retirement living.

Sean has held several Chief Executive/Senior Executive roles in public, private and not-for-
profit sector organisations.

Sean has led aged care innovation initiatives in the sector through LASA’s innovAGEING
program and acknowledged leading practice in aged care services through LASA’s national
awards programs.

Further, Sean has a record of achievement in leading sustainability and climate change action in the public and community sectors, as well as in research and academic organisations.

Sean has a Bachelor of Commerce from the ANU, a Master of Business Administration from Melbourne University, Post Graduate qualifications in Cross-Sector Collaboration from Cambridge University and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the School of Medicine in Griffith University in Queensland.

Sean has held previous roles as an Adjunct Associate Professor at Griffith University’s Centre for Sustainable Enterprise and as a Steering Committee Member of the National Business Leaders Forum for Sustainable Development.

Kaye Fallick – Founder/CEO, Staying Connected

Kaye has over 20 years’ experience publishing for baby boomers through her own business YourLifeChoices – a publishing house she grew from 8,000 to more than 225,000 subscribers.

She consults across a number of different areas, including helping brands engage with baby boomers, and provides commentary to various media on what matters most to this unique demographic and on the topic of retirement planning.

Kaye is a published author with two best-selling books, Get a New Life and What Next – both non-fiction guides to negotiating life stage change, published by Allen & Unwin.

Prof Denise Jepsen (BPsych(Hons), MOrgPsych, Ph.D., PGCertHE, MAPS, FAHRI, FCOP, Org Psychologist)

Denise is an organisational psychologist and academic at Macquarie University where she is Chair of the Macquarie Ageing and Aged Care Researchers Network.

Denise’s research focuses on career orientations, individuals’ career perceptions, and strategic organisational behaviour and human resources issues. She has a focus on the aged care sector where she has a particular interest in attraction, retention, and careers of home and residential aged care employees.

Prior to academia, Professor Jepsen operated a consulting business partnering with several multinational firms. An international award-winning author and presenter, Professor Jepsen brings many years in the aged care sector and sound knowledge of culture and people drivers for change and success coupled with a large forward thinking peer network from across the globe.

Denise previously judged awards in the hospitality sector and human resources profession.

Reuben Jacob – Interim Chief Executive Officer, Aged Care Research & Industry Innovation Australia (ARIIA)

Reuben is the Interim CEO of ARIIA and works closely with the staff, Board, partners and stakeholders to deliver on ARIIA’s mission to grow the capability of the aged care sector in order to improve care through innovation.

He brings expertise and experience in strategy, executive management, business development, stakeholder engagement, commercialisation, operations and research working in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.