Joan Hughes - COTA NSW President

Joan Hughes


Joan has extensive Board experience and a long executive career in the not-for-profit sector and charitable sectors, including with…

Laurie Axford - COTA NSW Vice President

Laurie Axford

Vice President

Laurie joined the Board after a 35-year career in health, predominately working with older Australians. He served on the Board…

Geoff Banting - COTA NSW Treasurer

Geoff Banting


Geoff is currently Director of Banting and Associates, specialising in corporate and financial services. Previously Geoff spent…

Elfa Moraitakis - COTA NSW Board Director

Elfa Moraitakis

Board Director

Elfa joined the COTA NSW Board in March 2022. She is the CEO of SydWest Multicultural Services, a Director of Settlement Services…

Elfa Moraitakis - COTA NSW Board Director

Sharon Burns

Board Director

Sharon has broad commercial experience gained in the financial services sector (private and public). She has worked in many operating environments…

Dr Stephen Ginsborg - COTA NSW Board Director

Dr Stephen Ginsborg

Board Director

Dr Stephen Ginsborg is a general practitioner working on the Northern Beaches of Sydney for over 40 years. He…

Associate Professor Myra Hamilton - COTA NSW Board Director

Myra Hamilton

Board Director

Myra is a Principal Research Fellow at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research at the University of Sydney.

Raymond Lim - COTA NSW Board Director

Raymond Lim

Board Director

Raymond holds qualifications in accounting, finance and law. He is an expert in providing comprehensive estate and business…

Marika Kontellis - COTA NSW Staff

Marika Kontellis

Chief Executive Officer

Marika has a deep commitment to ending discrimination and exclusion. She joined COTA NSW in 2022 with lived experience of ageism and wants…

Karen Appleby - COTA NSW Staff

Karen Appleby

Manager, Policy and Campaigns

Karen has specialised in examining the policies and issues that impact older Australians in NSW at Council on the Ageing (COTA) for over six years.

Gary Jacobson - COTA NSW Staff

Gary Jacobson

Strategic Business Advisor

Gary joined COTA NSW in October 2022 as the Strategic Business Advisor, having worked for more than 25 years in the not-for-profit…

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