Craig Gear OAM, Chief Executive Officer
Craig Gear OAM was appointed CEO of the Older Persons Advocacy Network in 2018, after serving as its chairperson. Craig has extensive experience in health service management and health consulting, previously serving as Board Chair at Seniors Rights Service and working in health care advisory practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers. His background is in nursing, and he is passionate about connecting and improving the health system for all Australians.
Karen Doyle, Director Operations
Karen has worked with not-for-profits for over 25 years, with the past seven years in the community services sector. She holds a Bachelor of Business and an MBA. Karen’s extensive experience has included client services, operational management and business planning and development. She is passionate about having an impact on improving lives by providing quality services for the community.
Samantha Edmonds, Director Policy and Systemic Advocacy
Samantha Edmonds is the Director Policy and Systemic Advocacy. She has extensive knowledge and experience in policy, advocacy, human rights, and a strong commitment to inclusive aged care. She holds Masters Degrees in Politics, International Relations and Social Administration. Sam is on the Board of the International Federation of Ageing, Chairs the DoHAC Diversity Consultative Committee and is a distinguished member of the Australian Association of Gerontology. Her background is in health policy, human rights and social justice. She is passionate about ensuring the voices of older people are heard and making diversity core business in aged care.