COTA NSW Board of Directors

COTA NSW is governed by a Board of Directors

Patron
His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retired)

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retired)

Governor of New South Wales

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is comprised of no more than nine Directors – six elected by a postal-vote of Members (referred to as Member Elected Directors) and three appointed by the Board (referred to as Co-opted Directors).

Mr Chris Rigby

Mr Chris Rigby

President and Member Elected Director

Chris Rigby joined the Board of COTA NSW in 2011. The Chief Executive of Scalabrini Villages Limited, Chris served as the as Managing Director of Catholic Healthcare Ltd for close to two decades, overseeing a period of significant expansion within that organisation.

Chris was also the Managing Director of Hawkesbury District Health Service Limited for fifteen years. Prior to this, he was involved in the establishment of the John Plunkett Centre for Ethics, a joint venture between the Australian Catholic University (ACU) and St Vincent’s Hospital. In the years preceding his involvement in the John Plunkett Centre for Ethics, Chris lectured in bioethics at the ACU.

Dr Sara Graham

Dr Sara Graham

Member Elected Director

Sara has been a member of COTA NSW Board since 2008. Over the last 20 years her research, policy analysis and advocacy roles have provided Sara’s with insights into and a concern for the issues that confront older people in Australia. Her specific research interest has been the evaluation of community support services for older people and people with disabilities and she was a member of the NSW Home and Community Care State Advisory Committee (HACC SAC) for six years.

Her current policy interests are in the health and wellbeing of older people, end of life issues, social justice and equity and access issues amongst older people. Currently she is a member of the COTA NSW Policy Council; conjoint senior lecturer at the Social Policy Research Centre, University of NSW. She was a founding member of the Advance Care Directive Association Inc

Dr Stephen Ginsborg

Dr Stephen Ginsborg

Co-Opted Director

Stephen joined the COTA NSW Board in 2016. He is a General Practitioner who works on Sydney's Northern Beaches in his practice that he established 40 years ago. He cares for all ages but the challenges of ageing and end of life have particular resonance for his work in health.

He collaborates with colleagues and partners with patients to facilitate choice in care. He is involved in health policy as a Board member of Sydney North Primary Health Network and the Manly Warringah Division of General Practice .  He also sits on the Board of Kamaroi School . He works each year in Aboriginal Medical Services in the Kimberley.

Mr Daryl Bates AM DSM

Mr Daryl Bates AM DSM

Co-Opted Director

Daryl joined the Board of COTA NSW in 2015. He now serves as a member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee and the Nominations and Board Development Committee. He completed a 40 year career in the Royal Australian Navy in February 2016, which included several command appointments and a range of operations, in the Middle East, East Timor and Australia’s maritime borders. Achieving the rank of Commodore, he has over ten years of experience on various Government boards, including membership and chairmanship of a range of board committees.

Daryl’s military career and board membership has enabled him to develop strong skills and experience in leadership, strategy development, corporate governance and risk management.

Daryl has deep concern for the welfare of older Australians, particularly the inclusion and empowerment of older people in an increasingly technologically connected and oriented society. He is acutely troubled about housing affordability for those reliant on the Age Pension living in private rental situations in Australia’s larger cities.

Mr Nirmal Hansra

Mr Nirmal Hansra

Treasurer and Co-opted Director

Nirmal Hansra joined the Board of COTA NSW in 2011. He now serves as both Treasurer and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee. Nirmal’s interest in financial management, risk management methodologies and corporate governance stems from his long business career.

Working in areas as diverse as IT&T to healthcare, Nirmal has variously served as Executive Finance Director, Chief Financial Officer, Company Secretary, Business Advisor and Non-Executive Director.

Ms Joan Hughes

Ms Joan Hughes

Member Elected Director

Joan Hughes joined the COTA NSW Board at the Annaul General Meeting 2014. Joan is also on the Board of COTA Australia. She has been in chief executive positions in the community services sector for twenty years including Australian Veteran Children's Assistance Trust (current - Sydney), Australian Red Cross (Canberra), Carers Australia (Canberra) and Carers NSW (Sydney). Joan has served on numerous federal and state/territory committees and councils including Deputy Chair Ministerial Advisory Council on Women to the ACT Government, Dementia Collaborative Research Centre Committee, Aged Care Advisory Committee to the Federal Minister on Ageing, Ministerial Dementia Advisory Group, Pension Taskforce reporting to the Federal Government, a Founding member of the National Disability and Carers Alliance and a member of the NSW Home and Community Care State Advisory Committee.

Joan is committed to social justice issues, especially those policies related to the cost of living, health and well-being of older people and inclusion of older people. Joan is an active community volunteer. 

Professor Colleen Cartwright

Professor Colleen Cartwright

Member Elected Director

Colleen was Foundation Professor of Aged Services at Southern Cross University until April 2014. She now is Principal Director of Cartwright Consulting Australia and a Senior Consultant with KP Health. Professor Cartwright has extensive teaching and research experience in ageing, ethics and medical decisions at the end of life, at national and international levels, with publications in major journals and a number of book chapters.

A recent study conducted by Colleen and her colleagues at QUT and UQ investigated what doctors in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria know about who can legally consent to withdrawing or withholding life-sustaining treatment from an adult who has lost capacity. Professor Cartwright designed the Advance Health Directive and Enduring Power of Attorney forms that are part of the Queensland Powers of Attorney Act (1998), and adapted the Queensland Advance Directive to meet New South Wales legislative provisions. She regularly runs information and training sessions for community and health professional groups on ethical and legal issues relating to care at the end of life, including advance care planning, informed consent and capacity, use of telehealth and other technologies, issues for carers and the special challenges of caring for people with dementia.

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