COTA NSW Board of Directors

COTA NSW is governed by a Board of Directors

Patron

Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales

Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, Governor of New South Wales

Governor of NSW

Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC is the 39th Governor of New South Wales, commencing her five year tenure on 2 May 2019.

Prior to her appointment as Governor, Her Excellency enjoyed a long and distinguished law career spanning 43 years, during which time she served as a role model for women in law at both the State and national level.

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).

Ms Joan Hughes

Ms Joan Hughes

President and 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. 

Mr Daryl Bates AM DSM

Mr Daryl Bates AM DSM

Vice-President and 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 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.

Ms Janet Beale

Ms Janet Beale

Treasurer and Member Elected Director

Janet has over 30 years of business experience and has worked in senior executive positions in superannuation, insurance, investment, governance and technology in Australian and Canadian companies. 

In 2015, she was awarded the Industry Excellence Award from the Financial Services Council for her extensive work on helping to reduce the regulatory burden of the Stronger Super reforms.

She is also a current a global ambassador for the University of Waterloo, an international judge for the Stevie Awards for Women in Business and a director of a consulting company focussing on superannuation and property. 

Mr Laurie Axford

Mr Laurie Axford

Member Elected Director

Laurie joins the Board after a 35 year career in health, predominantly working with older Australians. He was a director of Australia’s first private cardiac rehabilitation centre, and then a managing director of two other research centres. The most recent of these companies specialises in patient preference research, and has a focus on understanding what patients value in treatments.  He is passionate about the health and wellbeing of older Australians.

Laurie has board experience in both commercial organisations and not-for-profits such as the Australian Cardiac Rehabilitation Association and the Australian Sports Medicine.

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.

Dr Myra Hamilton

Dr Myra Hamilton

Member Elected Director

Myra joined the Board in September 2019 as a Member Elected Director.

Dr Myra Hamilton is a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of New South Wales, Australia. She is a sociologist and social policy researcher whose expertise is in the fields of ageing and care across the life course. In particular, she has focused on the ways families organise the provision of unpaid care and the effects that unpaid care provision has on their wellbeing, participation in paid work, education and training, and retirement incomes. She also conducts research on aged care services and the aged care workforce. The focus in all of her work is on the ways in which policies and services support individuals and families to meet their care needs.



Mr Raymond Lim

Mr Raymond Lim

Casual Vacancy as a Member Elected Director

Raymond joined the Board in September 2018 as a Member Elected Board Director.  Raymond holds qualifications in accounting, finance and law and holds dual qualifications as a chartered accountant and solicitor. He is an expert in providing comprehensive estate and business succession planning services including trust structuring, tax advice and the implementation of all relevant documentation. He is the sole expert in Australia in the area of international estate planning.

Raymond is a Chartered Tax Adviser of the Taxation Institute of Australia, a member of the Law Society’s Elder Law and Succession Sub-Committee, Institute of Chartered Accountants and a full member of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.

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