Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Patricia Sparrow, is moving on from the organisation to take up the role of CEO at Vision 2020 Australia.
ACSA’s Board of Directors have thanked Sparrow for five years of dedicated service, her extraordinary commitment to its members and the older people they serve.
Sparrow will depart ACSA on Friday (September 10) to take up her new position.
Paul Sadler, former President of ACSA and CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT, has been appointed interim CEO.
Chair of the ACSA Board, Sara Blunt, was glowing in her praise of Sparrow’s efforts and excellence during her time with the organisation.
“Patricia successfully led ACSA through important structural changes, but more importantly she played a pivotal role in leading Australia’s not-for-profit aged care providers through the most challenging and turbulent time for our sector in history,” Blunt said.
“Her knowledge, hard work and leadership have left us stronger than ever before, despite the tremendous difficulties of the Covid-19 pandemic, the intensity of the royal commission and the big structural and regulatory changes that have come as a result.
Blunt said amongst Sparrow’s most important achievements were her powerful advocacy through the Royal Commission and pandemic, bringing together a complex federated body of representatives while maintaining national unity, several specific regulatory and public health reforms, and perhaps most significantly, her leadership role in achieving significant reforms including an unprecedented increase in government funding.
“While we are sad to see Patricia go, the Board have been aware of her intentions to move on at the appropriate time following the conclusion of the royal commission,” Blunt said.
“We appreciate her commitment to a smooth transition and know that this is the right time for all involved.”
Blunt said ACSA is in safe hands with interim CEO Sadler.
“Paul is one of the nation’s most experienced leaders in aged care,” she said.
“His experience and knowledge in leading ACSA is critical as we continue to work through structural reforms and navigate the pandemic.”