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Who runs Omnicare?

Omnicare Alliance is a public company limited by guarantee, governed by a Board of Directors.

At an operational level, we're headed up by our Acting Chief Executive Officer, Ian Pople. His role involves developing strategies for the organisation, reporting those to the board for discussion and approval (and for any amendments deemed appropriate), then implementing the strategies.

Our Board of Directors has been selected by an independent panel according to their skills and experience. Each director is elected for a three-year term, and is eligible to be re-elected twice (i.e. serving a maximum of nine years). Directors receive no remuneration for their roles.

Board of Directors

The Board comprises:

Chair - Nik Sandeman Allen

Deputy Chair - Karen Kennedy

Directors - Karen Kennedy, Connie Porter, Andrea Caldwell, Les Murray, Ross Morgan, Marcus Kennedy and Ian Pople

There are three committees, set up in an advisory capacity, without decision-making powers.

  • Governance and Risk - chaired by Karen Kennedy
  • Audit & Finance - chaired by Ross Morgan
  • Commercial Evaluation - chaired by Les Murray


As a not-for-profit organisation, Omnicare is accountable - as per the Corporations Act 2001 - to the ACNC (Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission) and ASIC (Australia Securities and Investments Commission).

An external party conducts an audit annually, verifying that our finances meet legal obligations and we are compliant with regulations.

Australian Government Department of Health
Meals on Wheels NSW
Master Builders Association NSW
Registered Charity

Ian Pople - Acting CEO

This role involves heading up Omnicare’s operations and implementing its strategy.

The main responsibilities include accountability for the organisation; overseeing the Senior Management team; advocating for Omnicare and its clients; and business development and strategic planning

Monika Bretmaisser - General Manager - Finance

Monika’s role involves ensuring Omnicare is in optimal financial health.

Her main responsibilities are managing and running all finance activities; business cashflowing, budgeting, forecasting and auditing; financial planning and strategy; managing financial risks and opportunities; and financial reporting and board presentation.

Penny Poulton – General Manager Operations

Penny’s role involves looking after Omnicare’s people, processes and systems.

Her main responsibilities are client intake and engagement; human resource management; systems, processes and software; grants and projects; and strategic planning.

Head of Compliance and Administration - TBA

This role involves maintaining a safe and healthy Omnicare environment, and upholding high standards of service

The main responsibilities are: organisational compliance and administration management; quality management; organisational asset, resource and site service management; and strategic planning.

Robert Grein - Operations Manager, Home Modifications & Maintenance

This role involves overseeing timely delivery and high-quality service in and around clients’ homes.

Stacey McDonald – Head of Home Care

Stacey’s role involves delivering high-quality aged care at home.

Her main responsibilities include: maintaining person-centred care and support to enhance independence and community connections; overseeing coordination of home care, and strategic planning.

Kathy Wonderley - Head of Disability Services

This role is responsible for ensuring high quality, sustainable and compliant disability service planning and implementation and oversees a team of staff responsible for the service planning for disability clients.

Sarah McGarrity – Head of Social Support Groups

Sarah’s role involves facilitating social engagement and community connection through programmes of meaningful and purposeful activities.

Her main responsibilities are: overseeing five social support day centres, adopting The WISER Approach in the delivery of services, building positive relationships with clients and carers; recruiting, developing and managing support workers, and strategic planning.

Maree Foster - Head of Meals Services

Maree takes charge of seven branches, with two commercial kitchens and two non-production kitchens.

Her main responsibilities are: overseeing food safety plans and compliance with NSW Food Authority audits and guidelines; maintaining client and customer satisfaction; initiating regular reviews of menu options, pricing and suppliers; overseeing special dietary requirements for Aged Care and NDIS clients; and strategic planning.

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