Simon Wallace has been appointed the new Chief Executive of the New Zealand Aged Care Association (NZACA), replacing Martin Taylor, who left the Association at the beginning of April.

Currently Policy and Insight Manager with the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA), Simon will take up his new role on 2 June.

“We are delighted to have recruited a Chief Executive from a membership organisation and who has such strong policy and lobbying skills,” says Simon O’Dowd, NZACA Chairman.

“Simon has headed up TIA’s policy and insight activities for almost nine years, and more recently has helped lead development of the New Zealand tourism industry’s long-term growth strategy, Tourism 2025”.

“His previous experience as a ministerial advisor in the health sector and his networks within government agencies and other business groups will also be very valuable in his work with NZACA.”

Simon Wallace is excited to be taking on the role at a time when the aged care sector is experiencing strong growth.

“I am keen to get out and meet members and engage with the wider sector to understand the opportunities and challenges being created by this growth, including areas such as investment and staff.

He says immediate priorities will be getting up to speed quickly with some of the big issues facing the membership as well as turning his attention to the upcoming Annual Conference in Auckland, 8-10 September.

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