About Us

We are here to help

Southern Cross Care Tasmania Group (Southern Cross Care (Tas) Inc. and Mary’s Grange Inc.) is a not-for-profit organisation. It is Tasmania’s leading aged care provider and one of the State’s largest employers with over 1,300 full and part time employees.

Our site will provide you with information to get you started on your journey as a part of our family. If you can’t find what you are looking for or if you want to find out more please do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.

Our Mission

To demonstrate the love of Christ by providing a range of aged care services which meet the needs of people in our Tasmanian community.

Our Values

In the Spirit of Christ and in the tradition of the Catholic Faith, we value:


  • We respond willingly and positively to help meet the needs of those around us.
  • We promote a sense of belonging and community.
  • We demonstrate and foster empathy and sensitivity towards residents, clients, their families, our colleagues and the whole community.


  • We look for the good in all people and recognise the contribution of each individual as we work together.
  • We demonstrate honesty and trustworthiness in all that we do.
  • We are conscientious and ethical in our decision making and take responsibility for our own actions.


  • We believe in the sanctity of life and that each life is unique and has special individual worth and dignity.
  • We recognise and respect individuality and diversity
  • We treat all people with courtesy and respect regardless of gender, ethnic background, religious belief or economic circumstances.
  • We manage our resources wisely to minimise the impact on the environment.

Get involved with Southern Cross Care

Careers and Volunteering

Southern Cross Care is always looking for people who have a passion for assisting older people to feel right at home and live well and…

Donations and Bequests

As a not-for-profit organisation donations and bequests are a means to provide additional supports and programs to our residents and clients. You can assist us…

Meet our Board and Executive Team

The Southern Cross Care group is governed by a Board of Directors. All Directors undertake the role in a voluntary capacity.

Stephen Shirley


Helen McArdle

Deputy Chairman

Christopher Jones


John Shelverton


Alex MacAskill


Damian Griffin


Maryanne Ingram


Robyn Boyd

Chief Executive Officer

With nearly 20 years of executive leadership in the aged care services sector, Robyn joined Southern Cross Care in March 2020. With demonstrated experience in business development and growth and a drive to meet challenges in a complex and dynamic industry, Robyn has a strong customer-centric focus and a passion for quality care services for the most vulnerable in our community. Robyn’s goal is to see every employee and client proud of services delivered, and to position Southern Cross Care as a resilient leader of aged care services, continuing our proud history of caring across Tasmania.

Jara Dean

Chief Financial Officer

Jara has over 15 years of experience in financial management and reporting, governance, legislative compliance, and risk management. Jara holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Southern Queensland and is a member of both CPA Australia and Chartered Accountants ANZ. Before beginning at Southern Cross Care in January 2021, Jara held the role of Audit Director at Deloitte, providing audit and advisory services to clients across Australia and Tasmania. Jara's personal and career objectives have always been to be part of a highly driven organisation which is dedicated to building a strong team of capable professionals and cares about making a difference.

Jolene Perry

Executive Manager Care Services

Jo’s true passion is ensuring residents and clients in our care are respected, supported and receive high quality care that is tailored to meet individual physical, emotional and psychological needs. Jo commenced her career nearly 20 years ago in rural NSW, prior to coming to Southern Cross Care in March 2020. Jo was drawn to Southern Cross Care for their mission, vision and values. Jo is enthusiastic about improving care and developing innovative care models. Jo has been an active participant in research projects with the University of Tasmania, Dementia Australia, Calvary Health Care, Swinburne University and the University of Canberra.

Cathryn Kerr

Executive Manager Estate Development State Office

Cathryn has 27 years’ experience in the architectural industry. She has a demonstrated history of effective leadership, managing multi-disciplinary architectural teams and project consultants to successful outcomes. Cathryn holds a degree with a major in architecture and minor in city and regional planning, and a PhD in urban design. She believes the built environment significantly influences a person’s quality of life, that it has physiological impact, can determine comfort, and will contribute to wellbeing. Her greatest enjoyment is delivering a space or a place that makes a positive difference to the quality of life and wellbeing of people.

Mel Szczypka

Executive Manager Home & Community Services

Mel possesses extensive experience working with some of Australia's leading not-for-profit organisations. Mel has previously held senior positions specialising in community services with a strong focus on industry innovation and development in the aged and disability sectors. In these capacities, Mel has developed exceptional management skills and experience with a strong social justice framework. Mel is deeply passionate in providing a robust foundation of supports and services to promote senior Tasmanians in living an independent and fulfilling life in the place they call home.

Lee-Ann Patterson

Executive Manager Retirement Living

Lee-Ann’s focus has been on delivering purposeful outcomes for people in the community for over 30 years. Through her roles in government, boards of governance and place-based services, Lee-Ann has supported community growth with her leadership, mentoring and initiatives. Lee-Ann has managed Southern Cross Care’s Lifestyle Villages since 2018, and she and her team were recognised nationally in 2020 as the “Most Commendable Village Manager” for Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA). To build a thriving community in retirement living, her team’s goal is to engage our residents in a safe, socially inclusive environment and by creating a meaningful lifestyle for those who live within the village family.