Meagan Lawson joined COTA NSW as CEO in August 2017.
For two years prior to her appointment at COTA NSW, Meagan worked at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services where she managed the NSW Ageing Team .
In that time, she led the development of the refreshed NSW Ageing Strategy (2016-2020), and began its implementation; she also commissioned the Art of Ageing – a photographic exhibition aiming to challenge perceptions of ageing. She has worked across all levels of government, including time as a councillor on Hawkesbury City Council, and as an advisor to a Federal Minister.
Outside of government, Meagan has spent extensive time in the NGO sector, including as the Manager of Policy and Advocacy at the Cancer Council NSW. She has wide-ranging experience in public policy, communications, advocacy and campaigns. She is an enthusiastic advocate for social justice, and has worked across a range of issues, including public health, medicine, mental health, ageing and forestry.
At COTA NSW Meagan is focussed on further strengthening COTA NSW’s voice in order to advance the rights, interests and futures of older people in New South Wales, and ensure that ageing is a time of possibility, opportunity and influence for all older people. She is enjoying the chance to explore new collaborations and partnerships to better ensure that the views of older people are heard, and their experiences and contributions are valued.