Ron Thompson departs RSL LifeCare

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The long-serving CEO has resigned after 16 years of heading the NSW RSL’s aged care branch.

In a statement, the Board acknowledged Mr Thompson’s considerable contributions.

“When he became the CEO, RSL LifeCare was a small organisation having difficulties in providing an acceptable standard of care. Today, 16 years later, the organisation serves 7,500 residents and clients, employs over 3000 staff and operates from 50 locations throughout NSW and the ACT.”

The Board also said it has “strengthened its focus on governance practices and systems”.

It follows the recent Australian Charities and Not-For-Profits Commission (ACNC) investigation and the independent inquiry into the Not For Profit’s fundraising launched by the NSW Minister for Innovation and Better Regulation Matt Kean.

The inquiry heard that RSL LifeCare’s directors paid themselves $2.3 million without listing what they were for; that they did not work the hours to justify the consultancy fees; and that former director Jim Longley accepted board membership fees and additional “specialist payments”.

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