Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victora is pleased to announce that Chris Potaris has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Tina Hogarth-Clarke, who has held the position for the last 3 years.
Mr Potaris, with over two decades senior management experience, in more than eight industries, boasts a wide-ranging skillset across global and local organisations, as well as multiple NFP and charitable entities.
COTA Victoria’s President, Gregg Nicholls, said Mr Potaris’s experience working in such a broad spectrum of industries including CEO roles, combined with his business development, advocacy, government relations and organisational strategy experience, made him the ideal candidate.
“For more than 71 years, COTA Victoria has evolved and grown into an organisation driven to represent the interests and rights of people aged over 50 in Victoria. Our programs, services and advocacy work are purely focused to elevate the lives and wellbeing of older people living in Victoria. With Mr Potaris at the helm, COTA Victoria will continue to deliver the premium services and programs to the high standards expected by our community.” said Mr Nicholls.
Mr Potaris has held the position of CEO in a diverse range of for-profit organisations that operated in a national and international capacity. He has chaired and sat on numerous Board’s, regional and community-based entities that included small, medium and larger not-for-profit’s. This included championing the rights of the broader community in critical areas such as Social Justice and Integrated Justice Services.
Mr Potaris said he is excited to take on the role and looks forward to building on the success of the organisation.
“I am humbled and thrilled to be appointed as COTA Victoria’s CEO. I am strongly committed to supporting and driving the voices of older people in Victoria by creating services, programs and advocacy work that really matter. I am determined during my tenure to continue to expand the reach of COTA Victoria to more parts of the state and enable best practice through industry-leading program development and building critical partnerships.”
Mr Potaris will commend in the role effective 18th July 2022.
“I would also like to sincerely thank Tina Hogarth-Clarke, for her amazing work in the CEO role. They are certainly big shoes to fill, and I look forward to working with the management team, staff, volunteers and the sector to amplify our efforts, continuing to be innovative, passionate and driven to achieve the results our older people deserve.” said Mr Potaris.