Faith-based aged care provider UPA has announced Tim Thorndyke as its new Chief Executive Officer, replacing Steve Walkderden who will be retiring after a long tenure with the organisation.
Tim has been with UPA for more than 14 years, most recently in the role of Executive Manager Operations and prior to this Regional Manager for UPA Sydney.
UPA operates19 residential aged centres, 23 retirement villages, five centres for veterans’ home care, one serviced apartment and provides home care packages in NSW, QLD and Victoria. They also have a successful Youth Care service for young people who cannot live with their natural families.
UPA State President Louise Buxton said that after a rigorous recruitment process, the board was delighted to find the best candidate with the right skills, calibre and cultural fit within the senior management team.
“Tim not only has a deep knowledge and understanding of how we do things but also a breadth of experience in the wider aged care sector, having worked at other leading organisations before joining UPA and is highly regarded within the organisation and among his peers. We are confident that Tim has the skill to lead the UPA Into the future and embrace the challenges and opportunities that will arise along the way,” she said.
Commenting on his appointment Tim Thorndyke said, “The people at UPA and the care they deliver every day to our consumers and its culture, are what makes a difference and I am genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to lead this diverse and special organisation.”