Our Leaders

Our Leaders

We are fortunate to have the experience and expertise of our founders available to us. Their guidance is complemented by a diverse range of skills and knowledge from a highly professional team.

Together, they help ensure the success of our organisation.

And help ensure our people get the support they need, when they need it.

Graham Hodges

Graham Hodges Profile

Chairman, Independent Non-Executive Director

Graham has been a Non-Executive Director since August 2017 and was appointed Chairman on 1 July 2018. He has extensive international experience in the financial services industry with a career spanning more than 40 years. He commenced his career in Commonwealth Treasury, Canberra, where he worked for approximately 10 years before being seconded to the International Monetary Fund in Washington for several years.

For 28 years, Graham built an executive career at the Australian and New Zealand Banking Group Limited and was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive Officer, ANZ Banking Group Ltd. Graham is currently a Director of AmBank Holdings Berhad (stepping down on 2 September 2021) and Assemble Communities Pty Ltd, and was previously Chairman of ANZ SAM Board (Special Assets Management), Esanda, ANZ Wealth, and a member of the Australian Government’s Aged Care Financing Authority.

Graham holds a Bachelor of Economics (Hons) degree from Monash University.


Linda Mellors

Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer

Linda has been Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer since September 2019. Linda has nearly 20 years of executive experience in health and aged care. Prior to joining Regis, Linda held a range of roles in hospital and health systems predominantly in Victoria, as well as a national aged care service.

Linda is currently a Board Director of Mackillop Family Services and was inaugural Chair of the Aged Care Reform Network. Linda was formerly the Chair of the Aged Care Guild, Co-Chair of the Victorian Metropolitan Hospital Chief Executive group, Chair of the North Eastern Metropolitan Integrated Cancer Service, Board Member of the Parent Infant Research Institute and Board Director of the South West Melbourne Medicare Local.

Linda has a PhD in cardiac physiology, Bachelor of Science with first class Honours, Bachelor of Arts and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is also a graduate of the Williamson Community Leadership Program, operated by Leadership Victoria.


Christine Bennett AO

Christine Bennett Regis Aged Care

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in March 2018, Christine is a specialist paediatrician with over 30 years’ health industry experience in clinical care and governance, strategic planning, executive management, teaching and research. Christine is Deputy Vice Chancellor Enterprise & Partnerships and Head of the School of Medicine, Sydney, at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Christine is also Convenor of the Champions of Change Coalition Health Group and joined the Telstra Health Board in July 2020.

Previously, Christine was a Group Executive and Chief Medical Officer at both MBF Limited and Bupa Australia, a Partner in the KPMG Health and Life Sciences Practice, CEO of Westmead Hospital, Chair of the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network and Non-Executive Director of Digital Health CRC Limited.

From 2008 to 2010, Christine was Chair of the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission to provide advice on a long-term plan for the future of the Australian health and aged care system.

Christine was awarded an Officer of the Order of Australia in recognition of her distinguished service to medicine and health care leadership in 2014.

Christine holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery from the University of Sydney and a Master of Paediatrics from the University of New South Wales. She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Bryan Dorman

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Non-Executive Director

Bryan was a Director of the Group on listing on 7 October 2014. Prior to listing, Bryan had been a Director of Fairway Investment Holdings Pty Ltd since May 2007.

Bryan has considerable experience working in and growing enterprises across a broad range of industry sectors, including residential aged care, manufacturing, property development, asset investment and business services.

Bryan was a Partner in Melbourne accounting firm Rees Partners from 1977 until 2000 and is a qualified accountant.

Bryan is a founding Director and shareholder of Regis. From its commencement in the early 1990s until 2014, Bryan was Chairman (and Executive Chairman until 2008), during which time he oversaw the management and growth of the Group.

Bryan was also the National President of the former aged care industry body, The Aged Care Association of Australia, from 2004 to 2012, and was actively involved in the development of the industry and shaping its future.

Bryan holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).


Sylvia Falzon

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Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in September 2014, Sylvia brings to Regis valuable experience in the areas of business development, marketing, brand management, customer service, and risk and compliance, together with remuneration and people strategies.

Sylvia has held senior executive positions within the financial services industry over a 30-year career. Through her executive and non-executive career, she has gained extensive experience working in large consumer-facing and highly regulated businesses within the financial services, healthcare, retail and aged care sectors.

Currently an Independent Non-Executive Director of ASX listed companies Premier Investments Limited, Suncorp Group Limited and Zebit Incorporated, Sylvia is also Chairman of Cabrini Australia, a large not-for-profit health, technology and outreach organisation and was formerly a Non-Executive Director of Perpetual Limited.

Sylvia holds a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business from the University of Western Sydney. She is a Senior Fellow of the Financial Services Institute and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Matthew Quinn

Matthew Quinn Regis Aged Care

Independent Non-Executive Director

Appointed to the Board in March 2018, Matthew has a track record of strategy development, delivering financial results and driving operational efficiency as a senior real estate and property development executive. This, together with his deep understanding of strategic M&A, capital markets and regulatory environments enables him to make a significant contribution to the Board.

Matthew was Managing Director of Stockland for 13 years and is currently a Non-Executive Director of CSR Limited and Elders Limited, and Chairman of Class Limited and TSA Management Group Holdings Pty Ltd.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with Management (1st Class Honours) from Imperial College London and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.


Ian Roberts

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Non-Executive Director

Ian was a Director of the Group on listing on 7 October 2014. Prior to listing, Ian had been a Director of Fairway Investment Holdings Pty Ltd since May 2007.

Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the real estate sector including 20 years in residential aged care.

Prior to co-leading the Regis journey, Ian was involved in property development (sub-divisional and commercial) in South East Queensland.

As a founding shareholder and Director of Regis (Executive Director prior to 2008), Ian headed up the property division with oversight of the development and implementation of the strategy that saw the business grow to in excess of 4,500 beds nationally.

Ian is currently a Non-Executive Director of several property and property services enterprises.

Ian holds a Bachelor of Science (Surveying) from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.


EXECUTIVES

Imtiaz Bhayat

Chief Information Officer

Imtiaz commenced at Regis as Interim CIO in October 2020 before transitioning in to the permanent role. Imtiaz has a 20-year track record in using technology to transform organisations and improve outcomes. As a leader with broad commercial experience in tier 1 consulting, Imtiaz is known for identifying and building high performing teams that deliver great results.

Imtiaz holds a Master of Commerce (University of Sydney), Master of Research (Macquarie University), a Bachelor of Commerce (Western Sydney University), is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (project management), a CPA and a graduate of the Australia Institute of Company Directors.


CATHERINE BUTTIGIEG

Executive General Manager – People and Culture

Catherine has a strong background in people and culture roles across private and public industries, including regulatory authorities, multinationals and private equity. Catherine has worked in aged care, healthcare, business to business, business to consumer, FMCG, retail, sales, supply chain, warehousing, financial services, IT and insurance.

Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Business (Human Resources and Industrial Relations) and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


FILOMENA CIAVARELLA

Executive General Manager – Strategy, Quality and Improvement

Filomena commenced with Regis in August 2020.

Filomena has over 20 years’ experience in the health sector, working in various executive management and senior leadership roles, most recently as Executive Director, Strategy, Quality and Improvement at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

She has extensive experience in the development and implementation of clinical governance, strategic management, quality management, risk management and improvement frameworks within various health services, including the Royal Children’s Hospital, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Monash Health, Austin Health and Mercy Health.


PAUL COHEN

Executive General Manager Operations – VIC/SA/WA/TAS/Home Care
Paul has an impressive background spanning operations management, capital programs, IT, health information, strategy and finance. Paul has worked in health, aged care, tertiary education and finance sectors and has extensive Executive experience. He is well known for his inclusive and collaborative style and for his consumer-centred approach to care services.

Paul holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours (Politics and Government), London and is a past member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK).


Adjunct Professor Gaylene Coulton

Executive General Manager Operations – QLD/NSW/NT/Retirement Living
Gaylene has over nineteen years’ experience in executive roles across the health sector, working in various executive management and senior leadership roles. For more than ten years, Gaylene has been a chief executive in the primary care sector, leading a Primary Health Network, a Medicare Local and a Division of General Practice in Canberra, Melbourne and Brisbane respectively. In these roles, she has been responsible for providing strategic planning and business development, corporate and clinical governance, advocacy for primary care and vulnerable populations, and the implementation of innovative programs in areas such as mental health, aged care and multidisciplinary modes of care.

Gaylene has a deep understanding of the health sector and extensive experience in complex regulatory and contract environments. Gaylene has managed residential aged care, retirement villages and community health services in her earlier career and is passionate about meeting the needs and preferences of Older People.

Prior to Gaylene’s management career, she was a Registered Nurse with specialist experience in palliative care. Gaylene holds a Master of Nursing Leadership, is an Adjunct Professor at University of Canberra, Faculty of Health, and is a Graduate of the Company Directors Course.


GREGG FUNSTON

Executive General Manager – Support Services

Gregg joined Regis in 2010 as a Facility Manager, he then progressed to Regional Manager, Operations Manager and in 2018 was appointed to the role of National Manager Operations Support.


MICHAEL HORWOOD

Executive General Manager – Property

Michael has over 25 years experience in the construction and property development industry, including 15 years in residential aged care and retirement living. Michael joined Regis in July 2010 as General Manager- Property. In addition to executive team responsibilities, he heads up the property division where he is responsible for executing the growth strategy through land acquisition and property development. Michael also oversees all property aspects of facilities management across the portfolio. Previously, Michael has held senior positions in Lend Lease Primelife, Stockland, FKP and Tricare.

Michael holds a Masters of Project Management and a Bachelor of Construction Management from the Queensland University of Technology and is a registered builder. Michael is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


MELISSA MCDONALD

Executive General Manager – Clinical and Care Practice

Melissa McDonald was appointed as Executive General Manager Clinical and Care Practice in March 2020. Melissa has over 30 years’ experience across clinical, management and executive levels and has worked in private and public hospitals and health services. Melissa has extensive knowledge of contemporary nursing practice and standards and, importantly, has led infection control standards and consumer partnerships in health services. Along with a Bachelor degree in Health Science and being a Registered Nurse, Melissa holds a Master in Enterprise and Professional Certificate in Health Service Management, both from the University of Melbourne. She also has a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration.


RICK ROSTOLIS

Chief Financial Officer

Rick Rostolis was appointed as Chief Financial Officer in March 2020. Rick has over 10 years’ experience in ASX listed companies as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to listing, Rick was the Chief Financial Officer with Pro-Pac Packaging Limited. Rick is a chartered accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business, Accountancy degree from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.

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