• Resthaven Executive Management Group

    Our Team

    Resthaven is proud of our team and their commitment to older people and the work that they do. Their behaviours exemplify our values: Trust, Dignity, Choice. Our workforce is our greatest asset.

    The well qualified and experienced Resthaven Board is responsible for good governance and high ethical standards. Board members are experienced professionals from a wide range of business and community sectors. The Board is responsible for setting overall strategic direction.

    The Board’s direction is implemented by an extensive qualified workforce, including a Chief Executive Officer and Executive Managers. Resthaven’s executive team of highly skilled professionals are led by Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hearn, who has worked at Resthaven for more than thirty years and actively advocates on behalf of older people.

    Resthaven is an inclusive organisation, employing staff with a wide range of diverse backgrounds. Our team of over 2,500 employees and 480 volunteers work across our 30 locations (residential care, community services and head office) in roles such as direct care, hospitality roles, nursing, allied health, management, administration, care coordination and project roles.

    Resthaven’s staff recruitment process includes values-based interviews, and screening such as police and referee checks to ensure the best candidates are selected for each position.

    Resthaven provides comprehensive orientation for new employees and ongoing training and professional development, supporting workers to gain new skills, qualifications and often, to advance their careers within Resthaven. We have a graduate nurse program, and mentoring scheme for new allied health graduates. We are committed to providing opportunities for student placement, with our structured placement programs supporting nearly 300 students per year.

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    Our team share our passion for working together to provide high-quality care and support to older people and their carers.


    The Executive Team

    Pictured above (L-R)

    • David Norton
      Executive Manager Finance and Technology (2009)
    • Tina Cooper
      Executive Manager Residential Services (2009)
    • Richard Hearn
      Chief Executive Officer (1986)
    • Sue McKechnie
      Executive Manager Community Services (2004)
    • Sam Bradley
      Executive Manager People and Culture (2019)
    • Darren Birbeck
      Executive Manager Governance and Corporate Services (2019)