Board of Directors

The Board’s role includes overseeing and reviewing the company’s strategies, policies and performance. This includes overseeing the financial and human resources Japara has in place to meet its objectives, reviewing management performance, protecting and optimising company performance and building sustainable value for shareholders.

The Board also sets, reviews and ensures compliance with the company’s values and governance framework (including establishing and observing high ethical standards) and ensures that shareholders are kept informed of the company’s performance and major developments affecting its state of affairs.

Linda Bardo Nicholls AO

Linda Bardo Nicholls AO

Non-Executive Chairman

Linda is a senior executive and company director with more than 30 years’ experience across Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Presently, Linda has directorships with Medibank Private and Inghams Group. She is also Chairperson of Melbourne Health and a Member of the Museums Board of Victoria. Previously, Linda held the position of Chairman at some of Australia’s most well-regarded companies including Healthscope, Australia Post and Yarra Trams.

Linda holds a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Cornell University and is a Life Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Chris Price

Chris Price

Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director

Chris was appointed as Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Japara on 20 March 2020. Chris joined Japara in June 2015 in the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Chris has over 30 years experience in management and finance within the financial services, professional services and manufacturing sectors. Prior to joining Japara, he was Managing Director of ASX listed professional services firm Crowe Horwath Australasia Limited, having previously served as the company’s Chief Financial Officer for seven years.

He is a qualified Chartered Accountant and has a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University. He is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

JoAnne Stephenson

JoAnne Stephenson

Non-Executive Director

JoAnne holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the University of Queensland and is a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

She has over 25 years of extensive experience in financial services having been a partner with KPMG and has key strengths in finance, accounting, risk management and governance.

JoAnne is a Non-Executive Director of Challenger, Asaleo Care and Myer Holdings.

She is also Chair of the Major Transport Infrastructure Board (Victoria).

David Blight

David Blight

Non-Executive Director

David is the co-founder and CEO of ARA Australia, the Australian business of the Singapore based ARA Group.  ARA is an Asia Pacific real estate investment management firm with over $50 billion in funds under management.

David is also a Non-Executive Director of Lifestyle Communities.

His previous roles include non-executive director of Cromwell Property Group, vice chairman of ING Real Estate and global chairman and CEO of ING Real Estate Investment Management based in The Netherlands. He has also held senior executive positions with Armstrong Jones, Mirvac Group and APN Property Group. David has more than 30 years’ experience in the real estate industry, across all major global markets and property sectors.

Leanne Rowe AM

Leanne Rowe AM

Non-Executive Director

Leanne is a Clinical Professor and Medical Practitioner with over 30 years of clinical experience in the public and private health systems across acute care, aged care, mental health and community health.

She is currently Chairman of Nexus Hospitals and a Non-Executive Director of the Medical Indemnity Protection Society, MIPS Insurance and Doctor Care Anywhere Group Limited. Previously she was Chairman of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and a Non-Executive Director of I-MED Radiology Network, Medibank Private, GMHBA, Australian Health Management, Barwon Health and Beyond Blue.

Leanne is a former Deputy Chancellor of Monash University and has been awarded a Doctor of Laws (honoris causa) for her services. She has also received a Member of the Order of Australia for her services to medicine and is a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bruce Paterson

Bruce Paterson

Company Secretary

Bruce has over 25 years corporate experience in senior roles with listed and unlisted companies. Prior to joining Japara, he was Company Secretary of Top 200 ASX listed professional services company, Crowe Horwath Australasia Limited for 14 years.

Bruce was appointed as lead Company Secretary of Japara Healthcare in December 2015.

He has a Bachelor of Business in Accounting and a Graduate Diploma in Company Secretarial Practices. Bruce is a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries & Administrators and CPA Australia.