A love of working with older people and a desire to be part of a community is what drew new CEO Tina Hogarth-Clarke to Balwyn Evergreen.
“I enjoy working with and for older people and building their capacity to ensure they live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.”
Tina brings more than 20 years of experience in health and aged care to the role and has served on boards and committees for a range of not-for-profit organisations.
“I’ve seen how programs addressing social isolation impact the lives of older people and how important it is to feel included and part of a community, so was very excited to be appointed as the CEO of Balwyn Evergreen Centre,” she says.
Most recently she was the CEO of COTA Victoria after 14 years running her own aged care consultancy.
COTA Victoria is a not-for-profit organisation within the community and human services sector and is the peak body representing the rights and interests of Victorians over the age of 50.
Its most significant program is Seniors Rights Victoria, a specialist community legal centre that addresses and responds to elder abuse as a form of family violence.
Before working in ageing and aged care, Tina spent 12 years in the pharmaceutical and medical equipment industries.
A local Boroondarian, she also likes the idea that it only takes five minutes to drive to work or, on a good day, 20 minutes walking.
When not steering the Balwyn Evergreen ship, you’ll find her walking a very naughty beagle or in her veggie garden coaxing plants to yield food.
Tina has a son, step-son and step-daughter (all grown up and moved away) and one step-grandchild.