Executive Team

Executive Team


Bill Appleby

Chief Executive Officer

Bill is a strong executive leader with extensive experience and strategic understanding of the aged care and community services. Bill’s deep commitment to community welfare is well suited to his current role as Chief Executive Officer.

Originally trained as a Division 1 nurse, Bill holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA), Graduate Diploma Industrial Relations/Human Resource Management and an Associate Diploma Occupational Health & Safety. Bill is a currently a Board Member for East Timor Hearts Fund and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). He has held various senior positions including Board Member of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA) Victoria for six years, Director on the Tweddle Child & Family Health Service Board (Vic) for six years and his most previous role as Executive Director, Aged Care, Mercy Health and General Manager of Operations at Regis Group.

Bill is passionate about value-based leadership and how he can influence the development of a “good society”. Driven by a personal objective to care more than others think is wise, to risk more than others think is safe, to dream more than others think is practical, and to expect more than others think is possible, Bill is driven in his desire to create value through change.


Johann Kelaart

Chief Financial Officer

Johann has spent much of his commercial career in the health and not for profit sectors in Senior Finance roles. Johann holds a Business Degree (majoring in Accounting), has been a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA) for over 15 years and holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

He has held various senior positions including as Business Manager at Jessie McPherson Private Hospital and Director of Corporate Services for a commercial arm of Cabrini Hospital. Johann enjoys creating an environment where the Finance Division is a trusted and valued arm of the organisation, and is seen to be an important enabler to Business Division goals and strategic objectives. Johann has proven his ability to build positive relationships with internal and external stakeholders. He boasts a leadership style of managing with a heart and integrity.

Johann enjoys working for mission based organisations, and is very committed to giving back to community, is a Board Member at a local school and has been involved in local sporting organisations.


Hugh Cattermole

Chief Operating Officer

Hugh graduated as a physiotherapist and holds an MBA as well as a Masters of Commercial Law. He has spent much of his commercial career in the health sector and brings a wealth of health services management experience to Jewish Care. As well as Australia he has worked in Denmark and UK.

His most recent role was as CEO of Australia’s largest allied health services provider to the aged and community care sector where he oversaw substantive growth with respect to organisational size and service complexity. He also led the sale of the business from private ownership to an ASX listed entity and as a result has strong governance and accountability skills.

Hugh’s focus is driving efficiencies through service delivery without compromising the outcomes that each individual receives.

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Cameron Mackay

Chief Information Officer

Since joining Jewish Care in 2011, Cameron has lead the Information Technology and Communications team. He is responsible for ensuring IT and related infrastructure is running around the clock. In addition, Cameron is charged with the organisational refresh of complex clinical and business applications.

Cameron has over 10 years experience managing complex IT environments, particularly in aged care and community service environments. Prior to Jewish Care, Cameron spent eight years with Baptcare, including two years as their IT Operations Team Leader, supporting over 30 sites across two states. He is an experienced manager with a passion to "make things work better", which frees staff to focus on providing the best care and services for our clients.


Marcus Harty

General Manager of Infrastructure

Marcus brings to Jewish Care significant management experience in complex property, facilities management and construction project management. In his most recent role as General Manager Property at Healthscope Limited, Marcus managed the client side delivery of two new hospitals in NSW and a new pathology laboratory in NZ. Marcus successfully managed over 500 leased premises in Australia, and completed the refurbishment of numerous hospitals, medical centres, pathology collection centres and community housing facilities, just to name a few.

Marcus has also held senior positions in property funds management, managing the acquisition and development of property assets in the commercial, industrial and healthcare sectors.

Marcus holds an Associate Diploma of Valuations, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, a Certificate in Business Studies– Real Estate, Prahran College of TAFE and an Associate Membership at the Australian Institute of Valuers and Land Economists.


Mark Joel

General Manager - Community

Mark Joel's portfolio incorporates fundraising, marketing, communications, Jewish Life, planned giving and Next Generation.

Mark is well known to many in the Jewish community through his involvement with Leibler Yavneh College and, in particular, his position as Chairman of its School Council and co-founder of its Foundation.

Mark is well known and well regarded within all sectors of the Jewish community. While he is recognisably Orthodox, he is most embracing of all the diversity which the Jewish world comprises. Mark is a strong communicator and has a sound understanding of Jewish law, ritual, history, Israel, Jewish communities worldwide and he is a capable and articulate spokesperson.

Mark has a passion for fundraising and community development and significant experience with many organisations in the Jewish community. He has worked professionally as a lawyer, corporate adviser and senior executive in the commercial field and his experience at senior management level complements the skill set within the executive management team.

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Julia Cookson

General Manager - People & Culture

Julia is an insightful, creative and strategic senior Executive with extensive experience across health, science and financial services sectors in NFPs, commercial and NGO organisations. She is deeply committed to making a difference to the culture, capability and working environment of Jewish Care in her role as GM People and Culture, and can draw on her wealth of connections and experience to do so.

She holds a Master of Commerce (Business Administration) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). She is a Director on the Lorne Community Hospital Board. Most recently she has held senior HR roles in the Australian Genome Research Facility and AHPRA.

Julia is driven to create value as a leader through connecting individuals and aligning effort around a common purpose, developing strong leaders and teams. Julia has been nominated for Telstra's Business Woman of the Year 2013, 2014, 2015 for the Science Technology and Innovation Leadership Development Program. Her particular interest is in mindful leadership and role of self-knowledge on leadership capability and impact. She acknowledges that the most profound growth comes during complex, sometimes uncomfortable change. She has guided both individuals and organisations through these periods to move through and out to successful new horizons.

She is also interested in diversity, particularly around social structures that impact on workforce inclusion. She is involved in several community services groups focussing effort on improving the prospects of older unemployed and victims of violence in obtaining and retaining work.


Stephen Thomas

General Manager Innovation & Quality

Stephen has had many senior roles within the health sector and possesses a strong clinical and systems based background. Most recently, Stephen worked as the Acting General Manager – Operations and Quality, Justice Health, Victorian Department of Justice.

Prior to this, Stephen was CEO of WorkPac HealthCare, Nurse Director at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre and Operations Director at Peter McCallum Cancer Centre.

Stephen holds qualifications as a Registered Nurse Division 1 with postgraduate clinical qualifications in Neuroscience and Advanced Clinical Practice, Diploma in Front Line Management and an MBA (Executive) completed in 2012.

Stephen takes a Kaizen approach to organisational improvement, instilling in his staff that efficiency, safety and positive outcomes can be generated through all daily interactions, and that the identification and escalation of ideas and innovations is a key part of everyone’s role.


Samuel Murray

Organisational Lead - Practice and Support

Samuel Murray has provided a wide array of professional supports to people with a disability, their family and carers for almost 20 years. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Disability) from RMIT, Melbourne, is a Past President of ASID (Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability - Victoria), and Australasian Board Member.

Samuel was awarded the Victorian Disability Support Worker of the Year Award (2006) going on to play a pivotal role on the state wide awards selection panel, successfully advocating for the launch of a DSW Team of the Year Award. In addition, Samuel contributes to a number of ministerial panels and has been actively involved in disability workforce development on behalf of the Office of Premier and Cabinet (Victoria) – leading the public consultation on the proposed registration and accreditation scheme for support workers.

After being awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2010, Samuel took up the challenge to improve the quality of support being provided to people with a disability, particularly those with profound and multiple disabilities often left at the fringes of their community.

Samuel joined the Executive team at Jewish Care (Victoria) in February of 2017, as the Organisational Lead: Practice and Support, and has responsibility for leading organisation-wide development of staff to deliver truly person-centred supports to the people we serve.


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