Juniper Board

The Board of Juniper takes a progressive approach to its governance role. The Board sets the strategic direction and overall policy framework within which Executive staff can manage the effective operation of care services and related business activities.

Maree Arnason

Independent Board Chair

An experienced director and senior executive, Maree’s career has spanned 30 years in the resources, energy and manufacturing sectors. Maree is a Non Executive Director of ASX listed Gold Road Resources Limited and a Co Founder/Director of Energy Access Services, who operate an independent Western Australian focused digital wholesale gas trading platform. Maree has experience in the start up, commercialisation and innovation space and was recognised as one of the Top 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining in 2018. An active contributor to the not-for-profit sector for 25 years, Maree serves on the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (Corporate Governance Consultative Panel), is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an AICD WA Divisional Councillor. Maree is the Chair of the Juniper Nomination and Remuneration Committee.


Helen Cook

BSc UWA, Grad Diploma Applied Finance FINSIA, CPA (Honorary), Member CEW, FAICD
Independent Board Member

Helen is a former KPMG Partner with extensive executive experience and has over 25 years experience as a Director and Chair on numerous organisations in the commercial, Government and Not for Profit sectors. She is a Deputy Chairman of the Minerals Research Institute of WA, Councillor of the National Gallery of Australia, WA Divisional Councillor of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of Australia Council’s Finance and Governance Panel for all its Multi Year Partnerships and Advisory Panel member for UWA’s Centre for Energy and Natural Resources Law. Helen is a member of the Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee and of the Juniper Audit and Risk Committee.

Dr Arthur Criddle

Independent Board Member

Arthur is a retired Physician in geriatric and general medicine. He was formerly head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Western Australia. He has served as a policy advisor to the WA State Health Department in aged care. His clinical practice focused on acute care and rehabilitation of the elderly. Arthur is Chair of the Juniper Care and Clinical Governance Committee and a member of the Juniper Audit and Risk Committee

Rev David de Kock

Independent Board Member

David retired as the General Secretary of the Uniting Church in Western Australia in 2021. He currently serves on the Governance Committee of the Uniting Church National Safe Church Unit and is a member of the Nominations Committee of UCA Redress Ltd. He is also a member of the Committee for Discipline in the Uniting Church Synod of Western Australia. David is an ordained minister and has served the church in this role in Southern Africa and Australia. David is a Graduate of the AICD Company Directors Course. David is a member of the Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee.

Karen Gullick

Independent Board Member

Karen has more than 40 years’ experience of the healthcare industry, working in senior and executive roles in both public and private hospitals and previously in the education sector. She completed a ten year appointment to the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Western Australia in 2021, and was appointed to the North Metropolitan Health Services Board In August 2022. She is a member of the Finance and Safety and Quality Committees. Karen has a master’s degree in nursing and is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Managers, a Certified Health Executive, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Council member of the ACHSM (WA). She holds Adjunct Associate Professorial positions with both Edith Cowan University and Curtin University of Technology. Karen is a member of the Juniper Care and Clinical Governance Committee.

Barry Honey

Independent Board Member

An experienced board director, Barry is a Chartered Accountant whose roles have included chairing HBF Health Limited, The Bethanie Group Inc and Bethanie Housing Ltd and Churches of Christ in WA. He was a board member with Plan B Group Holdings Limited, Plan B Trustees Ltd, HBF Insurance Pty Ltd, Westcare Incorporated and major not for profit sports associations Barry sits on various committees of the Uniting Church in Australia, the board of The Finance Brokers Association of Australia Limited and is a Governor of the Ron Tough Yachting Foundation. Formerly a partner in the Corporate Recovery Division of KPMG, Barry is presently a partner at Chartered Accountants Honey Honey. Barry brings a high level of governance and financial analytical skills as well as expertise in the oversight of aged care undertakings in a ‘for purpose’ environment. Barry is the Chair of the Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee and a member of the Juniper Audit and Risk Committee.

Penny Knight

Independent Board Member

Penny has worked as a Principal Consultant with KPMG London and PWC Hong Kong before returning to Perth to work with the State Treasury and establish a database business. She has over 25 years’ experience in organisation analysis and strategic planning and is the Managing Director of consulting firm, BaxterLawley. She is a Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, where she is also undertaking Phd studies in governance and reporting. She has 15 years’ experience as a board director and serves on the board of Trinity Residential College. Penny is a member of the Juniper Care and Clinical Governance Committee, Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee and the Juniper Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Grant Robinson

Independent Board Member

Grant is the Assistant Auditor General Financial Audit at the Office of the Auditor General in Western Australia. Grant has a wealth of experience across a range of industries, including as a partner with KPMG in the Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting division with a focus in the health, ageing and human services sector. He is a board director of Bethesda Health Care and has relevant experience as a previous board member of numerous organisations including the North Metropolitan Health Service, Zoological Parks Authority and Netball WA. Grant’s skills include financial analysis, compliance, governance, and risk management along with his sector experience. Grant is Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee and the Juniper Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Ben Edwards

Independent Board Member

Ben has over 20 years’ experience in senior leadership roles focused on the healthcare sector.  Currently the Group Chief Operating Officer for St John of God Health Care, Ben has previously been the CEO of several large and medium sized hospitals.  Ben began his career with operational management roles in the UK’s NHS, then spent 10 years as a management consultant with Ernst & Young and PWC working globally.  He was a Non-Executive Director on the St John of God Foundation Board until 2022.  Ben is a member of the Juniper Care and Clinical Governance Committee.


Executive Leadership Team

Juniper’s executive leadership team provides leadership and support to operational managers and oversees effective business systems to ensure Juniper delivers the best possible care and services to our residents and clients.

Russell Bricknell

Chief Executive Officer

Russell was appointed as Chief Executive Officer in December 2022. Russell has an extensive background in the aged care and community services sector. He was previously the Chief Executive of a faith-based aged care provider serving metropolitan and regional Western Australian communities. Prior to this role, Russell was Chief Executive of an Aged Care education provider, overseeing operations in Australia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, and New Zealand. Prior to this role, Russell held several senior executive and CEO roles in not-for-profit and faith-based aged, disability and community services organisations in Queensland, NSW and Victoria. Russell has worked in the aged and community services sector since 2001. Russell is a member of the Juniper Finance and Property Development Committee and Juniper Care and Clinical Governance Committee.

Eve Currie

Executive Director People and Strategy

Eve commenced with Juniper in November 2018 and was appointed to the role of Executive Director Planning and Strategy Support in August 2019. In 2023, Eve was appointed Executive Director People and Strategy. Eve has a Masters in Business Administration and over 20 years’ experience working in the not-for-profit sector in Aged Care, Health Care and Community services in middle management and executive roles.

Eve has extensive experience working with leadership teams and boards, facilitating strategic planning and organisational reviews. She has successfully led several significant organisational change management initiatives and is an effective team leader, motivator and communicator with skills in project management, business planning and process improvement. At Juniper, Eve is responsible for employee services, learning and development, health and safety, recruitment and special projects.

David Fisher

BCompt(Hons), CPA(SA), GIA(Cert), MAICD
Executive Director Corporate Services

David commenced with Juniper in an executive role in 2007. He is a highly innovative, results driven and achievement orientated Executive Director.

With over 25 years of post-graduate experience in business, he has demonstrated a track record of success in small to large organisations across Property Management, Intellectual Property, Information Technology and Aged Care. His role focuses on Juniper’s commercial and strategic business objectives, by ensuring that operational executives and managers have the resources to deliver services to residents and clients and by providing strong commercial and financial leadership. He analyses the organisation’s business and information needs and develops systems, processes and procedures to meet those needs, all in a highly regulated environment with funding constraints and increasing demand for services.

David holds a Bachelor of Accounting Science (Honours), various other qualifications recognised by CPA Australia, and is a member of the Governance Institute of Australia.

David is responsible for finance, grants, payroll, procurement and contracts, ICT and building assets.

Daniel Norgard

Executive Director Residential

In October 2021, Dan joined Juniper as Executive Director Residential. With a focus on sustainability and meaningful reform, Dan is committed to comprehensive quality care provision whilst improving resident, family, staff and volunteer experience.

In addition to extensive health, aged and community care sector experience, Dan has held multiple senior leadership roles with highly regarded, purpose driven national organisations where he has proven his ability to lead and improve complex business, service delivery and clinical operations.

The skills and experience Dan has in areas such as performance improvement, business intelligence and analytics, operational excellence, change management, growth and transformation of businesses are well-suited to Juniper and residential care settings.

His professional qualifications include a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Western Australia as well as certifications in strategy, leadership, governance, risk management, and process improvement.

The position of Executive Director Residential oversees Juniper’s residential aged care services, including transitional care, spiritual care, hospitality services, rostering and operations.

Philippa Wharton

Executive Director Governance and Quality Improvement

Philippa has been employed with Juniper since 2016 and was appointed as Executive Director Governance and Quality Improvement in October 2021.

Philippa is a registered nurse and has a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, Executive Certificate in Health Management, Certificate in Gerontological Nursing, and a Master of Business Leadership.

The position of Executive Director Governance and Quality Improvement is responsible for leading and directing clinical and operational governance, infection control, compliance, quality and risk for all Juniper services, in order to promote and safeguard high standards in resident and client care.

Philippa is responsible for clinical governance, quality, risk, audits and quality data.

Jo Wilkinson

Executive Director Community Business Development

Jo joined the Juniper team in August 2021. She has over twenty years of experience in community health across aged community care, disabilities and mental health having worked in several Australian states and in various national roles.

Jo recently managed the largest portfolio of aged care home services for a major not-for-profit home care provider, before moving to a national role.  Jo has extensive experience in retirement living, affordable housing planning, service marketing and innovation, together with business development, including mergers and acquisitions and business transformation and growth.  She has an outstanding record of leading teams to achieve full compliance with the Aged Care Quality Standards. Jo is a member of the WA Divisional Council of ACSA and is currently completing a Master of Business Administration.

The position of Executive Director Community Business Development oversees Juniper’s home care, community transition care, retirement villages, independent living units, affordable housing, sales and marketing, rostering and consumer engagement areas.

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