Question over dual role in governance
EXAMINATION of the governance structure of St John’s Village aged care facility reveals that the chair of the board, Desiree Harker, holds the positions of both chair of the board and managing director.
If this is the case, concerns arise as to the level of governance operating within this facility.
Proper governance structures require that these positions operate independently, with the managing director/CEO reporting to the chair of the board.
This is not possible if one person holds both positions.
With increased interest in the operation of aged care facilities nationally, it is incumbent on providers in Wangaratta to ensure they are properly accountable for the services they provide.
No inference is made as to the level of care provided by St John’s Village to its residents, but it is essential that the proper structures are in place when the inevitable audit of this village takes place.
Graeme Rose, Waldara