John Kilpatrick AM Retires From Anglican Care

The staff and residents of Anglican Care and members of the Anglican Diocese will later this month farewell their much-admired Chairman of the Board, Mr John Kilpatrick AM.

Mr Kilpatrick has dedicated the past 47 years to Anglican Care, having been appointed to the Board of Directors in 1971 and Chairman in 1980.

During that time, Mr Kilpatrick has led Anglican Care’s significant growth – from having just one residential aged care home and servicing 150 residents, to today providing a suite of aged care services including twelve residential aged care homes across the Hunter, Central Coast and Mid Coast regions of NSW, servicing over 1400 people.

John Kilpatrick makes a speech at the opening of Kilpatrick Court

CEO of Anglican Care, Mr Colin Osborne said Mr Kilpatrick has been a visionary leader, diversifying the business and ensuring they remain a market leader in aged care services.

“John has been a stalwart leader of Anglican Care and leaves us in a strong position for continued growth, particularly in the areas of Home Care and Retirement Living services.

“We are very grateful for the time, dedication and wisdom he has brought not only to the leadership team, but to the many residents and consumers of Anglican Care who’s lives he has had a profound impact upon,” Mr Osborne said.

During his time as Chairman of Anglican Care, Mr Kilpatrick also served as a Councillor at Lake Macquarie City Council for 21 years, 11 of those years as Mayor. He also served as Chairman of Greater Bank and the Greater Bank Charitable Foundation (then Greater Building Society) and the Samaritans.

In reflecting on his time with Anglican Care, Mr Kilpatrick said he was proud of the staff, residents and consumers who bring every facility and service to life and make Anglican Care the outstanding organisation it is today.

John and his wife Ellen at the opening of Kilpatrick Court

“The Executive Leadership team have done outstanding work to build the organisation and position itself as one of the leading aged care providers in NSW. But ultimately it’s the people on the ground – the carers in our aged care homes or out in the community, the kitchen staff, facilities management teams and all the wonderful people who work tirelessly day-in-and-day-out to make our residents feel loved and supported; they are the true heroes of our organisation,” Mr Kilpatrick said.

Newcastle Anglican Bishop Dr Peter Stuart said the Diocese was grateful for Mr Kilpatrick’s years of service.

“The Kilpatrick family have dedicated so much of their life to public service in the Hunter region, and as a community, we are so much richer for their unwavering commitment to see our community thrive.

“I wish John and Ellen and their family every blessing, Bishop Peter Stuart said.

Mr Malcolm McDonald will take over from Mr Kilpatrick as Chairman in March 2018. Mr McDonald has been an Anglican Care board member from 2003 – 2016 and is the Chairperson of the Audit & Risk Committee. He also has several other Directorships and memberships with Hunter based organisations.

Bishop Peter, John and Ellen unveil the plaque at the opening of Kilpatrick Court