Paul Sadler appointed ACSA interim CEO as Patricia Sparrow resigns

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Pat Sparrow has resigned after five years as CEO of Aged and Community Services Australia, the national organisation supporting Not For Profit, church and charitable providers of retirement living, community, home and residential care.

Paul Sadler (photo above), is a former President of ACSA. He was CEO of Presbyterian Aged Care NSW & ACT for 14 years until March 2021, where he achieved a 22-fold increase in home care consumers and trebling of retirement living units.

“Paul is one of the nation’s most experienced leaders in aged care. His experience and knowledge in leading ACSA is critical as we continue to work through structural reforms and navigate the pandemic,” said Ms Blunt.

“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 for some time. We appreciate her commitment to a smooth transition and know that this is the right time for all involved,” said ACSA Board Chair Sara Blunt.

Pat Sparrow assumed the leadership of ACSA as the group transitioned from a federated state based group to a national body, which had been negotiated by her predecessor John Kelly.

Ms Sparrow spent 11 years with ACSA up to 2011, commencing as a Policy Manager and rising to Acting CEO. She then joined COTA as a Researcher and then the Department of Health as an aged care advisor. She returned to ACSA as CEO in 2016.

Ms Sparrow will take up a new position as the CEO of Not For Profit organisation Vision 2020, which advocates for the eye health and vision care sector. She replaces Judith Abbott.

She takes up her new role on 3 September.