Executive leadership

Andrew Sudholz

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director

Andrew is a founding shareholder and Executive Director of Japara Healthcare. Andrew has more than 30 years of experience in the real estate, healthcare and construction industries.

Prior to the establishment of Japara, Andrew was a Global Partner of the Arthur Andersen Group, the National Partner of Ernst & Young’s Real Estate Advisory Services Group and the State General Manager for the Triden Corporation

Andrew has consistently delivered results in his previous roles due to his expertise in strategy implementation, corporate finance, business management and funds management.

Andrew holds an Associate Diploma of Valuations from the Royal Melbourne Institution of Technology, a Diploma in Real Estate from the Prahran Institute of Technology and an Australia Financial Services License.

Chris Price

Chief Financial Officer

Chris brings to Japara more than 25 years’ finance and management experience at the executive level, the majority obtained with ASX listed companies.

His entrée into the professional world came via KPMG in 1987, where he rose quickly from the position of auditor, to senior consulting roles in corporate recovery and risk management. Seeking to drive outcomes from within a business, rather than simply advise, Chris switched to the client side from 1995: firstly, at PMP Limited, then many years later at Crowe Horwath Australia, where he would ultimately become Chief Executive Officer.

Since joining Japara in 2015, his knowledge and capabilities in investor relations, corporate governance, banking, acquisitions and capital management have realised significant improvements to the business—and continue to do so.

Forthright but fair, Chris is an articulate communicator and skilled negotiator who confronts every challenge with honesty, intellect and insight. He is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Business from RMIT University.

Anthony Rice

Chief Investment Officer

Anthony joined Japara from Macquarie Group, where as a Managing Director, he led the firm’s aged care sector coverage and helped a number of aged care groups prepare for
their initial public offering, and large corporate merger and acquisition transactions.

A real estate and healthcare sector specialist during his 20 years in investment banking, his expertise in corporate strategy, capital raising and mergers and acquisitions enables Japara to unlock the value of its asset base to fund home and service improvements, while also creating opportunities to expand into new markets. Anthony describes his switch from arm’s-length adviser to key decision maker in a mission-driven organisation as deeply fulfilling—personally and professionally.

Mindful of the need to give back, he has been a volunteer with Cabrini Health since 2015, where he is a Non-Executive Director of the Board of Cabrini and a member of the Audit and Risk Management Committee. Anthony holds a Masters in Applied Finance from the University of Melbourne and is a Chartered Accountant.

Peter McCann

Group Executive—Consumer Engagement

Peter brings to Japara nearly three decades of senior management and consulting experience in marketing and sales, during which he contributed to the success of major corporations throughout Australia and the Asia Pacific, including Cadbury Schweppes, Fosters Group, Whirlpool and Cleanaway.

No stranger to the healthcare industry, he was also Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Ansell, a role that spanned their consumer and hospital/medical markets. Analytical, intuitive, always spirited and ever ready to roll up the sleeves and take on new challenges, Peter draws on his multi-industry proficiency to deliver insights that invariably unlock the potential unrealised by conventional wisdom.

Strategic in approach, collaborative and caring by nature, his knowledge and skillset are now focused on bringing Japara’s vision to life through brand, tactical and operational initiatives that build strong relationships with consumers, market intermediaries and industry stakeholders. Peter holds a Bachelor of Business (Marketing) from the Queensland University of Technology.

Valeria Camara

Group Executive—People and Development

A highly educated, widely travelled, and greatly respected leader in her field, Valeria’s 2012 entrée to the aged living sector was driven by a desire for greater meaning in her work life—and to make a difference once she found it. Six years later she would be recognised by Human Resources Magazine as heading one of the best HR teams in Australia.

Committed to a lifelong career in the healthcare industry, Valeria’s unique ability to connect, enable and unite is inspiring Japara staff at every level to find their purpose, think like leaders, and be a positive influence on the lives of those around them. An avid reader and podcast listener, her desire for self-improvement is constant; not simply for the sake of new knowledge, but with the aim of applying it to further evolve Japara’s cultural strengths. She currently holds tertiary qualifications in human resource management, hotel management and leadership.