Paul Sadler to lead new industry peak through merger as Sean Rooney departs LASA

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Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) CEO Paul Sadler (above) will serve as the first interim CEO of the new Aged & Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), with Sean Rooney stepping down as head of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) ahead of the merger.

Paul will step into the role on 1 June ahead of the completion of the merger on 1 July, with five General Managers underneath him; this structure will continue until September, or until a permanent CEO is appointed.

According to Paul, this structure will provide the benefits of working as a unified organisation from the beginning.

“Now we have the mandate to build a single industry voice, it’s vital that we also behave and communicate as a single team.

“This enables a single focus on ACCPA’s long-term organisational structure and member services so our collaborative and unified approach to working with consumers, communities and government can begin,” he said.

LASA CEO Sean Rooney (pictured) will be stepping down following the completion of his role leading the Project Management Office for the ACCPA transition. Sean said the choice was a difficult one, but came at the right time.

“It has been a privilege to lead the outstanding team at LASA, work with a terrific Board, and do my best in representing and supporting the passionate and professional organisations and staff that provide care and support for older Australians.

“As I look to my future, I hope I can find other ways to contribute to the ageing and aged care agenda in Australia, whilst doing all I can to ensure that ACCPA realises its full potential,” he said.

ACCPA announced its Board last week.