Meet Our Board Members

Our Board members serve from their respective and relevant professional backgrounds including, accounting, geriatrics, pharmaceutical, law, human resources, property development and real estate and they each have significant experience in overseeing aged care, retirement living and home support services. All are active members of their communities, holding prominent key positions in their fields of expertise and interest. 

Brendan Bowler AM

Brendan Bowler AM

Chairman of Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc.

Presiding over our Board as Chair since 1996, Brendan has been an active Board Member since 1984. This means he has lead Southern Cross Care on the strategic path required to embrace and facilitate a healthy living and enablement focused organisation for over 30 years.

In June 2010 Brendan was awarded the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to the welfare of the aged through executive roles with Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc. and to the broader community.

Brendan was educated at Rostrevor College then attended the University of Adelaide where he graduated with a Bachelor of Law in 1975. He started his career journey as a Legal Officer in the State Crown Solicitor’s Office then joined the firm Hume Taylor & Co in 1987, becoming a partner in 1988. He is married to Sue and they have two adult children, Mark and Tom. Brendan enjoys a round of golf and takes a keen interest in politics and current affairs.

His focus for Southern Cross Care is to ensure we continue to innovate while investing in the care, services and people we need and to continue to be seen as the aged care organisation people can trust with absolute certainty.


David Martin

David Martin

Deputy Chairman of Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & VIC) Inc.

David commenced on the Southern Cross Care Board on 28 July 2009 and became our Deputy Chairman on 27 November 2013.

He has witnessed our organisation grow by helping people age healthily, maintain valued independence, stay informed, and vitally, keep connected with their family and friends. 

David’s day job is as the Managing Partner for Finlaysons, one of Adelaide’s oldest and largest legal firms. His expertise in both commercial law and property and development law is of particular value to Southern Cross Care.

David is a past President, Life Member and current Executive Member of Urban Development Institute of Australia (SA Division), a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Board Member of Water Polo Australia Limited, a member of the “Chiefs for Gender Equity” Roundtable Group (established by the Equal Opportunities Commission) and a former Board Member and Chairman of St. Michael’s College Board.

David is married to Loretta and they have four children. His hobbies and special interests include water polo, cycling, all sports, reading and travel.

His focus for Southern Cross Care is "to ensure the whole Southern Cross Care community (the people we serve, their families, our wonderful staff and volunteers) all continue to thrive within our outstanding ethos of community, well-being and healthy ageing."


Grant Kardachi

Grant Kardachi

Grant was formerly a community pharmacist owner but now remains accredited to conduct Medication Management reviews both in Aged Care facilities and the community.

He has presented many papers on Pharmaceutical Care and Medication Management at conferences around Australia, and has been a member of several advisory groups involved in the implementation of medication management.

In addition to his role as a Board Member of Southern Cross Care, Grant is also chairman of the Workforce Committee and deputy Chairman of the Services Committee. He is currently the National President of the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia.


Jeremy Harris

Jeremy Harris

Jeremy is the Director of the CEO Institute of SA.

Jeremy's original career was within the tourism/travel industry in New Zealand, where he served for some years as Chairman of United Travel Holdings – New Zealand's largest retail travel consortium comprising 52 member companies with 124 offices throughout the country.

Jeremy moved to Australia in 1986 and commenced a career as an executive "headhunter" and management consultant, first with Hayes Consulting and then with the Clements Group, where he served for some years as General Manager before joining Speakman & Associates in 1995.

His original role with Speakman & Associates was as Group General Manager, responsible for the operations of Speakman and Select Staff activities.  To facilitate national expansion, Speakman & Associates merged with the international Select Appointments group in early 1998 with Jeremy taking the role of Executive Director of Speakman & Associates – later to become Tanner Menzies.

Before retirement from the industry at the end of 2007, Jeremy had executive responsibility for Tanner Menzies' operations in South Australia and New Zealand.

Jeremy’s interests are his family, sport of virtually any form and, of course, The CEO Institute’s professionalism and success in South Australia.


Klaus Zimmermann AM

Klaus Zimmermann AM

In January 2014 Klaus Zimmermann was awarded an Order of Australia for services to the Aged Care Sector.

He has 30 years+ extensive experience in CEO and senior executive positions and non-executive board membership including being the Chair with a management/finance background.

He has worked in the aged care sector since 1991. From August 2001 to September 2013, Klaus held the position of CEO of Eldercare Incorporated, which is one of the larger S.A. based not for profit aged care organisation specialising in Residential Facilities, Community Care and Retirement Villages for the elderly. Prior to that Klaus worked in the corporate sector including manufacturing and banking.

Klaus is now working as a non-executive director of HESTA Superannuation Fund, ISPT Super Property Trust, Commonwealth Association for the Ageing Ltd, The New Daily Pty Ltd, Southern Cross Aged Care SA/NT Inc. and is currently coaching and mentoring CEO’s and Senior Executives as well as assisting strategically in the aged care sector.

Klaus sat on the state and national aged care industry board for many years and he is a past National President and Chair of ACSA (September 2007 to November 2011) which is the major lobby organisation for the NFP aged care sector which in total is a $20billion+ industry comprising many stakeholders.


Dr Mandy Callary, B.M. B. S. FRACP Master Of Gerontology, Consultant Physician In Geriatric Medicine

Dr Mandy Callary, B.M. B. S. FRACP Master Of Gerontology, Consultant Physician In Geriatric Medicine

Dr Mandy Callary is employed by the Royal Adelaide Hospital as a Senior Visiting Medical Officer and is self-employed in private practice at College Grove Rehabilitation Hospital (practicing in Geriatric and Rehabilitation Medicine).  She is also a visiting Geriatrician to Residential Care Facilities.

Mandy graduated as "Dux" from Daws Rd High School in 1979 and is a Medical Graduate of Flinders University of South Australia (1986).

She holds a Higher Degree in Gerontology obtained from the University of South Australia in 1996 and a Fellowship of the Australasian College of Physicians (specialising in Geriatric Medicine), obtained in 2001.

Special clinical interests include the assessment, investigation and management of delirium, transitional care, and management of the aged care/acute care interface.

Mandy is married to Dr John Callary, Child, Adolescent and Family Psychiatrist, and is the mother of four children.


Michele McCormack

Michele McCormack

Michele joined the Board of the SCC in May 2010.

She is currently also Chair of our Community Foundation.

Michele commenced her career as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse & worked with them for a number of years.  She then spent 22 years in the Adelaide office of Moore Stephens, Chartered Accountants, advising to small business in the area of tax & accounting.  She served on several boards including Louise Place and the Catholic Development Fund.

Michele is married to John Lampard and they have two daughters, Bridget and Annabel. Michele has been involved with fundraising at the girls’ schools and is past President of Walford PTA and current treasurer of the Walford Rowing Committee. She enjoys walking, reading, travel and spending time at the holiday house on the Murray.


Michaela Webster

Michaela Webster

Michaela joined the Board of Southern Cross Care in 2018.

She has substantial experience in senior management roles within large Australian businesses including Peregrine Corporation where she worked for 12 years, and roles with Westfield in Sydney and the United Kingdom.

Michaela brings to the Board significant capabilities in marketing, brand management, business development and strategy. Furthermore Michaela understands the challenges and rewards of the aged care sector, with her family owning nursing homes in her earlier years.


Philip Rundle

Philip Rundle

Philip Rundle joined the Board of Southern Cross Care in 2002.

Starting with a career in the hotel broking business under the tutelage of his father and uncle, Philip later joined L J Hooker Commercial, specialising in industrial property sales and investment sales.  In the late 1980s he commenced work with Colliers International and undertook many roles including that of company auctioneer.

In 1995, Philip started his own commercial real estate company in Adelaide, Burgess Rawson.  After building that business to a staff of 15 and selling in 2004, Philip was appointed managing director of CB Richard Ellis in Adelaide, a role he still retains.

Philip is a director of the CB Richard Ellis operating entity in Australia and is on the state divisional council of the Property Council of Australia (PCA).  Philip also undertakes volunteer roles for Cancer Council of SA, St Vincent de Paul society, Renew Adelaide and Adelaide Hockey Club.

Philip is married to Celeste and has four children Benjamin, Charles, Lucy and Eliza. In his time off he enjoys hockey and water skiing.