Sonya Beyers


Sonya Beyers is a governance advisor who evaluates processes and frameworks to optimise organisational performance. She also leverages her expertise as a qualified solicitor to troubleshoot a range of issues. Sonya looks forward to adding value to SCC’s mission through the model of leadership expected in the Royal Commission’s governance reforms.
Sonya’s director portfolio includes Presiding Member of The Veterinary Surgeons Board of South Australia, and Non-Executive Director on IES College and Australian Affordable Housing Solutions. Sonya is also a member of the Queensland Law Society’s Not-For-Profit Committee.

Alayne Baker

Deputy Chair

Alayne currently holds the position of Executive Manager People & Culture, Archdiocese of Hobart/CatholicCare. Her depth of knowledge in human resources highlighted in her 5 year tenure as State president of the Australian HR Institute. Workforce planning, leadership and organisational development have been the backbone of her career. Alayne is dedicated to seeing others succeed and her contribution to the Board will be an asset to all employees at Southern Cross Care Tasmania.

Kelly Walker


A dynamic Non-Executive Director with a diversity of valuable experience in various organisations, which includes strong commercial and finance skills, innovative thinking, experience in business strategy, risk management, organisational culture, change and governance.
With her background as a Chartered Accountant, GAICD qualification and recent attainment of her Cyber Risk Management course through Harvard and the Prosci Change Management Certification, Kelly is well placed to provide a well-rounded perspective that will assist the future objectives of Southern Cross Care.

Alexander MacAskill


Alex has been a valued Board member since 2006 and brings clinical nursing, leadership and management skills to the table having held the position of Nurse Manager Procurement at Department of Health and Human Resources Nurse for over 40 years. She is a member of Golden Key Honorary Society, Australian Institute of Company Directors and Australian College of Health Service Managers.

Dr Jane Sargison


Jane is a Professional Engineer, consultant and independent director experienced in engineering, research and commercialisation of technology. She was awarded Australian and Tasmanian Professional Engineer for the year2011 for achievements as an innovative engineer, strategic thinker and work in attracting women to study engineering. Her experience includes independent directorships, engineering consultancy, engineering RD& D, small business expertise and university sector leadership.

Kellie Dean


Kellie has experience and capability in overseeing a broad range of corporate functions, including legal and governance, human resources, risk and strategy, safety and wellbeing and stakeholder relations. She is currently the General Manager of Corporate Services and Company Secretary at Metro Tasmania. Kellie received her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Laws in 2000 from the University of Tasmania, and since then, has also completed her Graduate Diploma in Applied Corporate Governance and Company Director course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Kellie is also Chair of the Sexual Assault Support Service (SASS), and was previously Deputy Chair of Li-Ve Tasmania, a leading disability support organisation.

Leonie Fowke


Leonie is an accomplished and trusted transformational executive leader, with over 20 years’ experience in Health, Disability and Aged Care Sectors. A collaborator who develops high performing, positive and empowered teams to consistently achieve excellent outcomes in the delivery of innovation, quality and sustainable Aged and Community Care Services. A proven leader in strategic planning to operational delivery and strength in transformational innovation delivering improved outcomes for care recipients and providers in high regulatory, complex, diverse and competitive environments. Leonie is passionate about leading and influencing significant change in Aged and Community Care, with a particular focus on ensuring resident/client first mindset to improve care and service outcomes – no matter the location.

Caroline Wells


Caroline is an authentic and values driven leader with extensive experience in senior and executive leadership roles in the healthcare sector including CEO, private hospital executive and national advisory roles. Caroline is now working as an Executive and Leadership Coach and Board Director. She is the Deputy Chair, Royal Flying Doctor Service Tasmania and is a member of the Premier’s Health and Wellbeing Advisory Council.
Caroline brings strong business development, clinical and corporate governance skills and stakeholder management, across all sectors, including with State and Federal governments. This is supported with her MBA qualifications, AICD Graduate Diploma and Level 1 Certification and Accreditation in Organisational Coaching from the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership.
Caroline is passionate about making a difference and ensuring that Southern Cross Care deliver an aged care experience that is inclusive, outcome focussed and caring.