Board of Management

The COTA Victoria Board of Management is responsible for the good governance of the organisation.  The Board consists of dedicated people with a diverse range of skills and backgrounds who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in areas important to COTA’s work and reputation.

Mike Lescai – President

Mike was appointed to the Board in 2014 and as President in November 2017. He has been Chair of the Business Development Committee, a member of the Executive and Audit and Risk Committee and in 2017 was one of the Board representatives on the Seniors Rights Victoria Advisory Committee. Mike runs his own business consultancy practice focusing on business improvement and is regarded as a specialist on strategy, particularly in regards to business development and managing risk.

In 2001 he relocated with his family to Singapore for five years to take up a Chief Operating Officer role (among others) for a publicly listed firm. In that time the company’s market capitalization grew fivefold. Previously Mike worked as an accountant and has Board experience with joint ventures and start-up companies.

While in Singapore he completed an MBA (International Management) from RMIT University and was awarded the outstanding student from his intake. On returning to Australia Mike was asked to rewrite the MBA course on International Trade and was the online Course Coordinator and lecturer for five years.

He is a past Victorian State President of the Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) and was awarded an International JCI Senatorship. He has taken an active interest in the development of affinity within community groups. His personal interests include sports and reading biographies.

Lynette Moore – Deputy President

Lynette brings 30 years of experience in aged care and disability services to the Board.

She was CEO of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic from 1996-2010, giving her a thorough knowledge of aged care policy and practice generally, dementia-specific matters and, as the initiator of Australia’s first dementia risk reduction campaign, an understanding of healthy ageing.

Lynette’s earlier work as an occupational therapist, an academic and in management with Yooralla gave her opportunities to appreciate the importance of information and education for individuals wanting to make the most of their lives and independence – and to embrace empowerment of consumers.

Her experience with government liaison, partnerships and the media – as well as being part of a federated organisation and working with a Board – proves invaluable in her role as a Board member of COTA Vic.

Lynette now balances her life with part-time work as a fundraiser in a large children’s welfare organisation, being a community volunteer – and her wonderful family.

Jean Raar – Treasurer

Jean was appointed to the Board in September, 2018 and has extensive knowledge of accounting practice. Jean holds a PhD in Accounting and is CPA qualified.  Recently retired as an Associate Professor in Accounting at Swinburne University, Jean is hoping to share the research and experiences gained during her time at Swinburne University to support Victorian’s as they age. Jean has been published extensively in accounting theory and as co-authored numerous publications. Jean is a fellow member of the Institute of Public Accounts, a fellow member of the Governance Institute, a fellow member of the Taxation Institute, CMA.

Cathy Mead (Immediate Past President)

Cathy was elected to the Board in 2013 and elected President in 2014.
She is also the Chair of COTA’s Policy Council. She has been a member of the Policy Council for three years.

Cathy has a medical degree from the University of Sydney and post graduate qualifications in public health. She worked as a Commonwealth public servant for more than 20 years in health policy, health promotion and international health. After coming to Melbourne in 2000, she was involved in coordinating public health policy across the Commonwealth and state governments and taught health policy at Latrobe University in the Masters of Public Health program.

Graeme Bird

Graeme Bird Trasurer

Graeme was elected to the Board in 2014 and has taken up the role of Treasurer. Graeme is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, A Fellow of Finsia (The Financial Services Institute of Australasia),  has extensive knowledge in the finance and banking sectors with experience in risk management, accounting, human and media relations areas, with roles as Company Director, Business Manager and Board member.

Graeme has been involved in Apex Clubs for over 18 years and is a past District Governor and Life member; a Rotary Club member for 24 years, particularly with Rotary Youth Exchange; health, commercial and service industries; banking; retail; and has personal interest in corporate development and small business success.

Ron Burke

Ron has had extensive experience in corporate and not-for-profit management in Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Europe and the United States.

He has held senior management positions in corporate affairs and marketing for major Australian and international companies. Those roles included responsibility for Chief Executive and Board advice on corporate strategy, marketing, organisational change, crisis management, corporate and investor communications.

Ron’s not-for-profit experience has included Board membership and leadership of arts and sports groups, as well as advice at Federal and State Government level on corporate and not-for-profit engagement.

Ron’s tertiary qualifications include a BA (Hons) from Melbourne University and an MBA from Monash University. He also has post-graduate qualifications in Clinical Counselling from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne.

Gregg Nicholls

Gregg holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) and Bachelor of Social Admin. He has extensive experience on Boards and Committees including roles as Treasurer and Chair. This included QICSA, Uniting Care Community Options and Bendigo Loddon and Inner East Primary Care Partnerships among others. He is currently Chair of Enliven Victoria and a member of the Mornington and District Historical Society.

Gregg has a strong passion for social justice and the rights of older people.  He understands the way government works and values the opportunity to contribute to enhancing the lives of older people. Gregg has extensive experience in the public sector in South Australia and Victoria including policy and planning roles and managing service delivery in health and community services.  He has lived and worked in regional NSW and Victoria for 17 years, managing a range of services for older people in a large regional health service.  Most recently Gregg was Chief Executive Officer of a community health service.

Tina Hogarth Clarke

Tina is an experienced director who currently sits on two not for profit boards and one peak body committee of management. Tina has over 20 years’ experience in the highly regulated health and aged care industries. Tina brings heath and aged care industry experience with a working knowledge of commercial arrangements and governance issues relating to these complex markets. Sound frameworks, policies and tactics around operational risk relevant to the aged care sector, from both a corporate and a client perspective. Enables diverse business opportunities from start up to business growth, through thorough market assessment, development and oversight of marketing strategy to ensure successful performance in the short and long term.

Tina is a graduate member of Australian institute of Company directors and member of Governance Institute of Australia.

Robert Caulfield

Robert has over forty years of experience as an architect with major projects throughout Australia and overseas. He has extensive experience with aged care, having designed numerous aged care facilities and retirement villages. He has been founder and managing director of several large architectural companies and a former national president of the Australian Institute of Architects. He was inaugural president of Kidsafe Vic Inc, currently vice president; a director of Donwood Community Aged Care Services, Commodore of Albert Sailing Club and a director of the Bulldogs Forever Foundation.

Robert has a Fellowship Diploma of Architecture, is a Life Fellow of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects, recipient of a Federal Government Centenary Award for services to architecture (2001) and is a recipient of the Victorian Premiers award for Volunteers (2016) for services to Child Safety.

Robert believes he has a unique skill set that would be invaluable to COTA Victoria. He has been involved with the planning, design and management of aged care facilities for over 40 years and has served on aged care boards.

Robert’s personal interests are Sailing, scuba diving, travelling and architecture




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