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Friday, June 21, 2024

New directors for COTA Victoria board

The Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and Seniors Rights Victoria (SRV) have welcomed Gerard Mansour and Ray Cummings to its Board of Directors.

For four terms over a period of 10 years, Mr Mansour served as the Commissioner for Senior Victorians and acted as a vital conduit between community and the Victorian Government.

Some of Mr Mansour’s achievements while in the role include the launch of the “Ageing Well in a Changing World” report in 2020 alongside service as the Deputy Chair of the Elder Abuse and Safeguarding Advisory Group, as Chair for the Ministerial Advisory Committee for Seniors Victorians, and as Ambassador for Elder Abuse Prevention.

“Gerard joins the COTA Victoria board at a time of significant positive change and the implementation of a very focussed strategic plan,” said COTA Victoria and SRV CEO, Chris Potaris.

“He brings to the role highly valued strategic and practical thinking and echoes the voice of over 2.3 million Victorians over the age of 50.

“We’re thrilled to add Gerard’s knowledge and experience to our very collaborative and inclusive board,” Mr Potaris continued, “and I’m personally very pleased to continue our strong working relationship.”

Mr Mansour said he was delighted to be joining the board.

“This gives me the wonderful opportunity to continue addressing the priorities of senior Victorians,” he said.

Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria and with formal qualifications in law, accounting, and economics, Mr Cummings brings legal and financial experience to the board.

In his career, Mr Cummings has held positions including Tax Partner at Pitcher Partners and Founding Principal of Greenoak Advisory. He has proficiency in a wide range of commercial and legal issues including regulatory and reporting requirements, corporate governance, and legislative interpretation and policy.

“I am thrilled and excited to be joining the board,” said Mr Cummings on his appointment.

“I am very much looking forward to being able to add my contributions to those of a very talented and experienced board and executive team.”

“Ray’s broad and varied legal and financial experience continues to build upon the diverse credentials and skills found within our board,” said COTA Victoria & SRV President, Robert Caulfield, who also echoed the sentiment of Mr Potaris.

“We’re thrilled to continue to attract the insight and expertise of high-calibre professionals to our Board of Directors.

“We’ll use the knowledge of our new additions to continue our ever-important work with government to further a positive ageing agenda within this state and across Australia.”

The new board members will commence their roles effective immediately.

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