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Juniper Chair transition

Ms Maree Arnason will retire as Independent Board Chair of Juniper at the end of February 2024 following a distinguished decade with one of Western Australia’s largest not‐for‐profit aged care providers.

Ms Arnason, a seasoned non‐executive director and executive, joined the Juniper Board in 2014 and was appointed Chair in October 2019. During her tenure as Chair, Ms Arnason oversaw the most significant challenges in Juniper’s 75‐year history including the COVID‐19 pandemic, government funding uncertainty, two CEO transitions and sector‐wide transformational change following the Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety.

During Ms Arnason’s time as a Director and Chair the organisation has grown to become one of Western Australia’s largest not-for-profit specialist aged care providers with 24 residential aged care homes throughout WA, 2,200 employees and over 4,200 customers.

Under her exceptional leadership the organisation prioritised quality service delivery, has significantly strengthened governance, sustainability, agility and leadership capability for the organisation, with the Board and Executive and continued to build connections between Juniper, as an independent agency of the Uniting Church in Western Australia, and key stakeholders.

“It has been an absolute honour to be part of this organisation and its success today is a reflection on all our staff and volunteers who continue to care about positive outcomes for older Western Australians,” Ms Arnason said.

Juniper CEO Russell Bricknell said: “Maree has also been central in transforming the organisation from a traditional not‐for‐profit to a mission‐focused, commercially astute, contemporary not‐ for‐profit aged care provider.

“She has led the Board clearly, consistently and in a manner that the Board and Executive worked together with a strong purpose. At the heart of Maree’s time as Chair in a challenging environment has been a strong focus on pragmatic governance to achieve the wellbeing and provision of good quality care to our customers.”

The Juniper Board has appointed Mr Grant Robinson as the new Juniper Chair effective at the end of February 2024. Grant brings extensive aged care and not‐for‐profit sector experience and strong credentials in governance, as well as excellent insight into Juniper as an Independent Board Member since August 2018, and as Juniper’s Audit and Risk Committee Chair.

“As the incoming Board Chair, I’m humbled to accept this role and would like to continue with measured leadership, identifying key issues, remaining focused on the big picture and delivering on our strategy.”

Grant is the Assistant Auditor General Financial Audit at the Office of the Auditor General in Western Australia and a former partner with KPMG in the Audit, Assurance and Risk Consulting division with a focus in the health, ageing and human services sector. He is also a board director of Bethesda Health Care.