Senior Management Team
Paul Cohen, Chief Executive Officer
Paul was appointed as Interim Chief Executive Officer for Assisi in May 2019. Paul has enjoyed a long career as a senior leader in government, health and the higher education sectors. Originally from London, Paul emigrated to New Zealand in 1990 and worked at the Treasury and in the Ministry of Health, where he served as General Manager of the New Zealand Health Information Service from 1996 to 2000. While in this role, Paul was recognised as “CEO of The Year” by ComputerWorld magazine for delivery of leading-edge health information infrastructure into the health sector.
Paul moved to Australia in 2000 and worked in a variety of executive roles at Barwon Health in Geelong for over fourteen years, including eighteen months as Interim CEO. Barwon Health is the largest public health service across the south-west, responsible for hospital, aged care, community and mental health services with a budget of over $700 million and 7,000 staff. Prior to joining Assisi Paul spent two years as Chief Operating Officer for Melbourne University’s health faculty.
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
and has qualifications and is extensively trained in areas of dementia care, wound management and OH & S.
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.
Jo Gatehouse- Director Quality, Risk & Consumer Engagement
Jo was appointed as Director Quality, Risk and Consumer Engagement of Assisi in October 2019.
Jo has 15 years of clinical experience working predominantly in Aged Persons Mental Health and a further 15 years’ experience working in the acute health sector and aged care in Clinical Governance, quality and risk and consumer experience and participation. Previous roles include Director Quality Planning and Innovation (Patient Experience and Consumer participation) at Eastern Health and Executive Director Clinical Governance at Blue Cross, a Victorian based residential aged care and community care provider.