Governance reimagined

Leading to inspire change in the aged care sector

Rockpool's Board Members

Rockpool’s Board includes some of the sectors most highly regarded professionals dedicated to creating homes unlike any other. Each possesses the experience, expertise and passion in line with Rockpool vision of life reimagined. Their guidance and governance are complemented by a diverse range of skills and knowledge from a highly professional team.

Bill Summers

Executive Chairman

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Cathy Meyer

Non-executive Director

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Melissa Argent

Chief Executive Officer

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Patrick Staunton

Non-executive Director

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Michael Watson

Chief Financial Officer

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Anthony Vedelago

Non-executive Director

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Karen Conroy

Facility Manager

Karen has a passion for nursing leadership and has over thirty years’ experience in health with expert clinical knowledge in a range of practice settings including Medical Surgical, Residential, Subacute, Rehabilitation, Brain Injury and Psychogeriatric.

Karen facilitates the delivery of high-quality nursing care, blending her skills in chronic and acute illness to ensure an individualised person-centred approach to the nursing care of all our residents. Karen is very approachable and has an enthusiastic attitude to her work and the desire to ensure the aged care industry has a voice.

When not at work Karen will be boating on the high seas, actually she is really a fair-weather boater who is terrified of the high seas and is devoted to her family.

Matthias Larcher

Executive Manager Operational Services

Matthias has cooked and catered private dinners for the likes as American Presidents Bill Clinton, George Bush at the Ritz Carlton Double Bay, Luciano Pavarotti’s private dinners during his last 2 Sydney visits, The Arias, Gala dinners and Movie premier’s at Fox Studios and worked at some of Australia’s best-known 5 star Hotels and also alongside Australia’s best-known chefs.

Matthias began working within the aged care sector in 2017 as catholic healthcare national hotel and support services manager after ten years as managing director of his own hospitality group.

Other culinary highlights include working in top hatted restaurants and 5 star Hotels in Austria, Germany and Italy as well as some of Sydney’s most iconic restaurants including Gecko at Sheraton on the Park, Ritz Carlton, Hilton, Bank Restaurant Martin Place, Multi award winning Navara Venues and lastly his own Hospitality group of 7 Restaurants and Bars over 10 years. Matthias has now embraced the opportunity to bring to the aged care sector his vast restaurant experience along with his love for ‘honest’ foods where the ‘flavours do the talking’ through fresh, seasonal and sustainable produce and innovation in modified meals.

Matthias also embraces and endorses for all his leading chefs to attend Maggie Beer’s creating an Appetite for Life schools.

Desma-Ann Van Rosendal

Executive Manager Quality, Compliance & Innovation

With over 25 years in Aged Care, Desma has filled a variety of positions across Australia including Quality and Compliance Manager, Staff Development and Training Manager, Facility Manager, Chief Executive, Industry Consultant, Quality Assessor and Mediator. Desma is skilled in change management and team development. She is passionate about creating a culture that values cooperation and collaboration to achieve common goals.

Desma believes that by leading and partnering with team members, a sense of community is built which empowers the team to provide care and services in a way that enhances the quality of life for those who live in residential aged care. Desma has no doubt that Rockpool is an organisation that can offer these values to any resident seeking residential care.

Jimina Silvestri

Resident Relations Manager

Jimina is one of Aged Care leading Resident Relations Managers and comes to Rockpool with a breadth of experience of relationship building for our resident relations team and has over 20 years’ experience in Client Relations and Sales teams.

Jimina is responsible for leading Rockpool’s occupancy and engaging with local community groups. She works closely with teams on the ground to ensure our new family’s experience a smooth transition into aged care. Empowering and supporting Rockpool’s team to deliver exceptional care to every resident as they make their journey into Rockpool’s Residential Aged Care.

Prior to Aged Care, Jimina worked in Public Relations, Insurance, Sales Management, Client Relations and Property Sales working closely with developers on the Sunshine Coast. She currently holds licences and certificates from Financial Services Institute of Australia and Property Sales.

Jimina is constantly recognised for going the extra mile from start to finish when assisting families when making difficult decisions with their journeys into aged care.

Roman Summers

Development Manager

As development manager, Roman’s responsibilities lay mainly within ensuring Rockpool deliver the best built form outcomes for our residents. However he takes an interest in all parts of the operations of Rockpool to ensure we use learnings from all facets of our business. As most in aged care, he has a varied past, undertaking studies in engineering and psychology. The common thread being a passion for critical thinking and problem solving.

Roman is passionate about photography, basketball and food. He takes great delight that his friend’s often can’t tell the difference between the food photos taken at Rockpool or at fine dining. Residents often recognise him as the man with the camera during special events. Roman also works closely with Cathy Meyer on the Living Memories project, documenting some of the interesting facets of our resident’s lives.

Sydney Roberts

Senior Marketing Manager

Brandon del Rosario

Hospitality & Services Manager

Cheryl Norlander

Finance Manager

Kerri McLeod

Facility Manager

Latika Dumaru

Clinical Manager

Jade Miles

Clinical Manager

Bill Summers

Executive Chairman

As a co-founder of Rockpool Residential Aged Care, Bill is driven by passion, unrelenting commitment and an unwavering belief that the role of aged care is to not just provide care but also enhance quality of life. Bill has been a driving force in the evolution of the industry over the last three decades.

Having founded, managed and overseen some of Australia’s leading Aged Care groups, Bill is one of the sectors most respected leaders.

  • 1980’s Founder and Managing Director | Ashmore Aged Care
  • 2002 Co-founder and Managed Director | Domain Aged Care
  • 2008 Foundation Managing Director | Domain Principal Group (now Opal Aged Care)
  • 2009 – 2014 Non-Executive Director | Domain Principal Group (now Opal Aged Care)
  • 2014 – 2017 Consultant and member of the Development Committee | Opal Aged Care

Michael Watson

Chief Financial Officer

As a co-founder of Rockpool Residential Aged Care and with a career spanning more than 20 years in the residential aged care sector, Michael is an experienced Chartered Accountant. Having held a variety of CFO roles in large and medium sized Private Aged Care Groups, he brings a wealth of expertise and financial management experience to Rockpool.

Michael was the founding CFO of the Domain Aged Care Group. Established in 2004, under Michael’s financial management, it quickly grew to become one of the largest players in the Australian Residential Aged Care Industry with over 2,200 beds and some 20 facilities. Between 2010 and 2013, Michael was also the CFO of the IBIS Care Group.

Earlier in his career, Michael built his knowledge and expertise working in a large Chartered Accounting Practice, where he was a Partner for 6 years.

Melissa Argent

Chief Executive Officer

Moving into a Residential Aged Care facility is a life changing process for many people, their families and friends. Melissa is determined to ensure Aged Care provides support, dignity and trust, as well as a happy environment for all.

Melissa has over 20 years of diverse Healthcare and Financial Services experience. Melissa commenced her career as a Registered Nurse receiving her Bachelor of Nursing from Griffith University, a Graduate Certificate in Health Management from QUT and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Southern QLD.

Early in her clinical career, Melissa found her passion for the Aged Care sector and has since worked in a variety of specialties both in Australia and internationally. Her experiences have reinforced her commitment to ensuring the provision of exceptional Aged Care services. It is this commitment combined with her passion and enthusiasm for the sector that ensure Rockpool residents live their best life whilst receiving the care, support and compassion that they need.

Melissa is committed to leading a culture of excellence which always focuses on the resident and their family, ensuring professionalism, quality outcomes and collaborative practice.

Cathy Meyer

Non-executive Director

Cathy had a vision about what aged care should be from a young age after working as an Assistant Nurse. Since attaining her Registered Nurse qualification, Workplace Trainer and Assessor and Bachelor of Health Science (UCQ), Cathy has had many leadership roles within the sector such as Acting Manager Lower Hunter Community Health Centre, Facility Manager (Tricare), General Manager (Allity), External Assessor (AQSC), Panel member of Administrators for Non-Compliant homes (Accreditation Agency) and Gold Coast Regional Chair (LASA, formerly ACQ). Cathy has done all she can do to push the boundaries of traditional and institutional thinking in the sector in her many and varied areas of influence over the past 50 years.

Cathy embraced the opportunities of the Aged Care Reforms in the 1990’s to explore alternate care and service models that challenged the ineffective and disempowering hierarchal and medical model that framed aged care and services delivery at the time.
She became a qualified Eden Associate, Eden Trainer, Auditor and Mentor and Chair of Eden in OZ & NZ for over 10 years. Cathy then became co-founder and founding Chief Operations Officer of Domain Aged Care (now Opal). Cathy created, developed, and implemented a Quality Management System ensuring their group of 18 homes remained compliant and consistent with contemporary practice that was assured throughout the group.

Still driven by her high standards, unrelenting energy and expectations of others, to deliver quality care and services to residents, including support for their families. Cathy welcomes collaborative efforts to overcome today’s workforce challenges and continue to change the workforce standards across the sector through best practises implemented at Rockpool. Cathy seeks to engage with, nurture and support the young and emerging workforce so team members at Rockpool always feel cared for and supported by our culture.

Patrick Staunton

Non-executive Director

Patrick is a Chartered Accountant with a career spanning three decades. Before establishing his own practice in 2007, he was a Partner in a mid-tier Chartered Accounting firm for 8 years. He then went on to create a successful Salary Packaging Company that later became a subsidiary of a listed company, where he continued as CEO until 2007.

Through his own practice, Patrick has gained extensive experience in the medical and healthcare sectors working on projects for Queensland Health and other organisations. Providing business management consulting services to a variety of clients and projects, Patrick also works closely with a range of small and medium businesses on their accounting and taxation.

Anthony Vedelago

Non-executive Director

Anthony is an accomplished Civil Engineer turned Property Management, Finance and Investment Portfolio expert. He is passionate about creating community-driven social change. Following an accomplished career as a Civil Engineer, Anthony has spent the past decade operating a successful Property Management, Finance and Investment Portfolio Company.

His experiences have helped him develop high level strategic planning skills, analytically thinking and a strong commitment to long term, successful outcomes. He remains as an Executive at Standbyu, an organisation committed to connection to save lives. Whilst seeing the challenges across the child protection and domestic violence sectors, Anthony believes in the power and strength of families. He has a deep passion and unwavering focus to influence social change that delivers meaningful and positive outcomes to vulnerable children and families across the community.

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