Senior Management Team
Peter Birkett- Chief Executive Officer
Peter Birkett MBA, BCom, RM, RN, MAICD, MCHSM, ARI
Peter has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer to lead Assisi Aged Care. He has extensive experience in health service management and governance from both the metropolitan and rural sectors. His most recent role was the development of a sustainable combined NGO and Public Sector community-based organisation at Hesse Rural Health recognised for its unique dementia environment.
Peter is passionate about lifting the business and quality profile of aged care. He holds an honorary appointment as a Senior Adjunct Lecturer with La Trobe University in recognition of collaborative partnerships to advance the importance of quality care and design in residential aged care settings.
In 2016 Peter led a significant national quality project partnering the Australian Council on Healthcare Standards, the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency with Hesse and West Wimmera Health Service in the piloting of a joint accreditation under all National, EQuIP and Aged Care standards.
He has been sought to deliver many conference presentations nationally and internationally on aged care, dementia and the rural environment. In creating Hesse Rural Health as an aged care centre of excellence he has enabled Hesse to become part of a partnership with LaTrobe University (Melb), the University of Umea, Sweden, and the University of Oslo, Norway, to advance research into Person Centred Care and Thriving.
Peter entered the Health Care sector from the banking industry. He has studied General Nursing and Midwifery, holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Business Administration, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and in 2017 completed the Oxford University SAID Executive Advanced Management and Leadership Program in Oxford UK. As a Board Director he serves on an aged and community care organisation, Multicultural Aged Care Services Geelong Inc.
Santosh Kumari, Director of Care
Santosh was appointed Director of Care at Assisi in September 2019.
Santosh is a registered nurse with over a decade of experience working in acute and aged care settings and in clinical care management.
Santosh holds qualifications in Leadership & Management, Assessment & Training and is extensively trained in areas of dementia care, wound management and Occupational Health & Safety (OH & S).
Previous roles include, Facility Manager, Clinical Care Coordinator and Clinical Care Manager.
Jennifer Aird- Chief Financial Officer
Jennifer was appointed as Chief Financial Officer of Assisi in July 2019.
Jennifer has 15 years experience in finance roles across a range of industries, including 7 years within the Healthcare industry. Previous roles include Group Financial Controller and Acting Chief Financial Officer at BlueCross, a Victorian based residential aged care and community care provider.
Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from Monash University and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Lisa Coombes- Quality, Risk & Consumer Engagement Officer
Lisa was appointed Director of Quality, Risk and Consumer Engagement at Assisi in September 2020. Lisa is a Division One Registered Nurse and has extensive experience in the acute, community and aged care sectors. Previous roles include Assistant Director and Senior Surveyor with the Australian Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, Regional Quality Manager, Regional Operations Manager and Facility Manager roles.