Shepparton Villages CEO Kerri Rivett has resigned her position to take up a role as CEO of Freemasons Victoria, based in Melbourne.
Ms Rivett finishes in the Shepparton Villages role on Friday May 8, and interim CEO Greg Pullen will take the chair until the Board appoints a new CEO.
Freemasons Victoria has 16 residential aged care facilities caring for 1300 residents, as well as retirement apartments and Independent Living Units, and employs 2,500 staff.
Ms Rivett has been CEO of Shepparton Villages for eight years, having come to the organisation prior to that as the Executive Manager of Care Services. She took up the CEO role on Kevin Bertram’s departure and in her tenure has overseen a number of huge growth projects for Shepparton Villages.
Amongst those has been the $34m state of the art residential facility, Maculata Place, a 120 bed two storey facility at Tarcoola.
Ms Rivett has also overseen the $20m redevelopment of the Mooroopna facility, to be known as Mooroopna Place at Rodney Park Village. This 100 bed facility will be finished by the end of 2020.
Board Chair Frank Dawson this week paid tribute to Ms Rivett for her outstanding dedication to Shepparton Villages, the residents and staff.
“In her eight years as CEO Kerri has grown the organisation incredibly and set us on a very good path with her initiatives and drive. It is a credit to Kerri that under her leadership, Shepparton Villages has grown to be a strong and significant aged care provider in regional Australia. The organisation and community will miss her greatly but wish her all the very best in her new role at Freemasons.
Mr Dawson said he and the board are particularly grateful to Ms Rivett for her stewardship during the COVID-19 crisis, an intense and magnified situation within the aged care industry.
“It’s a credit to Kerri and her staff for the way in which they have put the safety and wellbeing of residents and staff first and foremost.
“We are disappointed that we cannot farewell Kerri in the way in which she deserves after her years of service but look forward to having a face to face farewell when time allows.”