Executive Leadership Team

  • Paul Ostrowski

    Chief Executive Officer
    Bachelor of Engineering
    Master of Management
    Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

    Paul is Chief Executive Officer at the Care Connect Group, Australia’s largest independent homecare provider operating entirely on the ‘connector model’. With 20 years international experience in private health and homecare, Paul has a strong track record in building leading health service organisations.

    With the ongoing developments in Aged and Disability services, Paul and his team are focused on reinforcing the organisation’s role as an Independent Advisor and Service Connector, supporting people to build effective plans for their future, connect with the best providers in their community and ensure they’re living their life, through their choices and in their way.

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    Paul is Chief Executive Officer at the Care Connect Group, Australia’s largest independent homecare provider operating entirely on the ‘connector model’. With 20 years international experience in private health and homecare, Paul has a strong track record in building leading health service organisations.

    With the ongoing developments in Aged and Disability services, Paul and his team are focused on reinforcing the organisation’s role as an Independent Advisor and Service Connector, supporting people to build effective plans for their future, connect with the best providers in their community and ensure they’re living their life, through their choices and in their way.

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  • Frank Duerrmeier

    General Manager, Finance
    Bachelor of Business Administration

    Frank is an experienced and commercially well-rounded Finance leader with strong values, integrity, and results. He is passionate about transforming F&A teams into strategic business partners, leading digital transformation, and leveraging data and analysis to drive business results.

    Frank brings more than 18 years of proven management and leadership skills in a global environment across not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, including Aged Care and FMCG. In his most recent role prior to joining Care Connect, Frank was the Financial Controller at a large not-for-profit aged care, disability, and community services provider, leading the Finance team through a period of significant growth and change, including a major acquisition and wide-ranging government reforms.

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    Frank is an experienced and commercially well-rounded Finance leader with strong values, integrity, and results. He is passionate about transforming F&A teams into strategic business partners, leading digital transformation, and leveraging data and analysis to drive business results.

    Frank brings more than 18 years of proven management and leadership skills in a global environment across not-for-profit and for-profit sectors, including Aged Care and FMCG. In his most recent role prior to joining Care Connect, Frank was the Financial Controller at a large not-for-profit aged care, disability, and community services provider, leading the Finance team through a period of significant growth and change, including a major acquisition and wide-ranging government reforms.

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  • Deanne McKenzie

    Deanne McKenzie

    General Manager, Marketing & Business Development
    Bachelor of Science (Nutrition)
    Master of Commerce (Marketing)

    A results-driven leader with proven abilities in business development, commercial analysis, and marketing excellence, Deanne brings extensive commercial healthcare experience to Care Connect through her work in the pharmaceutical and consumable medical services sectors, and as the founder and Principal of a successful healthcare marketing consultancy.

    Deanne’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on being able to develop the organisation to better support its clients. Her most recent role was with Vision Australia, a leading not-for-profit that supports people who are blind or have low vision.

    Deanne lives on the outskirts of Melbourne on a small farm with her partner, children, two crazy hounds and ten horses!  In her free time, she likes to get out and get her hands dirty in the garden.

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    A results-driven leader with proven abilities in business development, commercial analysis, and marketing excellence, Deanne brings extensive commercial healthcare experience to Care Connect through her work in the pharmaceutical and consumable medical services sectors, and as the founder and Principal of a successful healthcare marketing consultancy.

    Deanne’s greatest strengths are her creativity, drive and leadership. She thrives on being able to develop the organisation to better support its clients. Her most recent role was with Vision Australia, a leading not-for-profit that supports people who are blind or have low vision.

    Deanne lives on the outskirts of Melbourne on a small farm with her partner, children, two crazy hounds and ten horses!  In her free time, she likes to get out and get her hands dirty in the garden.

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  • Kylie Prout

    General Manager, People & Practice
    Bachelor of Engineering
    Diploma of Human Resources Management
    Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

    Kylie is passionate about driving accountability and uplifting performance plus creating capacity and capability for empowered employees and sustainable business outcomes in the future.  She is committed to the Care Connect quality practice approach that builds knowledge, delivers consistently and ensures safe, effective, personal and connected services.

    Kylie has a somewhat different background for a HR professional; initially studying a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and working for large multinational manufacturing organisations in both engineering and quality / compliance roles.  Kylie has expanded her educational base in quality management systems, business auditing, training and assessment plus human resource management.

    Following 15 years in manufacturing, plus eight years experience in the private health sector, she offers unique insights into the challenges of attracting and retaining a culturally aligned workforce.

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    Kylie is passionate about driving accountability and uplifting performance plus creating capacity and capability for empowered employees and sustainable business outcomes in the future.  She is committed to the Care Connect quality practice approach that builds knowledge, delivers consistently and ensures safe, effective, personal and connected services.

    Kylie has a somewhat different background for a HR professional; initially studying a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering and working for large multinational manufacturing organisations in both engineering and quality / compliance roles.  Kylie has expanded her educational base in quality management systems, business auditing, training and assessment plus human resource management.

    Following 15 years in manufacturing, plus eight years experience in the private health sector, she offers unique insights into the challenges of attracting and retaining a culturally aligned workforce.

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    David Owen

    General Manager of Technology
    Bachelor of Social Science (Psych)
    Graduate Diploma in Computing

    David has spent 20 years working in technology within the health and human services sectors. He has transformed businesses with large scale complex technology within a variety of clinical and non-clinical environments. This experience has allowed him to appreciate the unique technology, people and process challenges when delivering high quality client services. He has a passion to advance technology utilisation within the sector and help improve business and client outcomes through innovation.

    David has held a wide variety of technology roles across his career including infrastructure, software deployment, architecture, and business intelligence. He has led large teams to deliver digital innovation projects, national and international system deployments, and organisational change programmes. He believes in maximising the benefit from technology investment through aligning technology and business strategy.

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    David has spent 20 years working in technology within the health and human services sectors. He has transformed businesses with large scale complex technology within a variety of clinical and non-clinical environments. This experience has allowed him to appreciate the unique technology, people and process challenges when delivering high quality client services. He has a passion to advance technology utilisation within the sector and help improve business and client outcomes through innovation.

    David has held a wide variety of technology roles across his career including infrastructure, software deployment, architecture, and business intelligence. He has led large teams to deliver digital innovation projects, national and international system deployments, and organisational change programmes. He believes in maximising the benefit from technology investment through aligning technology and business strategy.

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  • Sarah Keleher

    General Manager, Strategic Implementation
    Bachelor of Arts
    Certificate IV in Community Service

    Sarah is an operations-focused, senior executive with a customer-first mindset and a proven track record in driving transformational change across multiple domains. Having held Chief Operating Officer, General Manager (Operations) and Head of Support Services roles across varied sectors (healthcare, wealth, human services) over the past 10 years, Sarah has significant experience in leading large, cross-functional teams to deliver client service excellence whilst also driving innovation to ensure the business is continually adapting, improving and evolving.

    She has driven multiple transformation initiatives with quality and efficiency, delivering significant financial benefits and material risk reduction.

    Sarah is a strategically minded leader, capable of identifying future opportunities and translating them into breakthrough strategies, with a strong orientation to action and deliver tangible and meaningful results. She has the ability to gain the confidence of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity, leading the business through uncertainty by remaining adaptive and flexible when things are not certain and making good and timely decisions to keep the organisation moving forward.

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    Sarah is an operations-focused, senior executive with a customer-first mindset and a proven track record in driving transformational change across multiple domains. Having held Chief Operating Officer, General Manager (Operations) and Head of Support Services roles across varied sectors (healthcare, wealth, human services) over the past 10 years, Sarah has significant experience in leading large, cross-functional teams to deliver client service excellence whilst also driving innovation to ensure the business is continually adapting, improving and evolving.

    She has driven multiple transformation initiatives with quality and efficiency, delivering significant financial benefits and material risk reduction.

    Sarah is a strategically minded leader, capable of identifying future opportunities and translating them into breakthrough strategies, with a strong orientation to action and deliver tangible and meaningful results. She has the ability to gain the confidence of others through honesty, integrity and authenticity, leading the business through uncertainty by remaining adaptive and flexible when things are not certain and making good and timely decisions to keep the organisation moving forward.

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    Sarah Bucklar

    General Manager, Out of Hospital Care and Other Services
    Bachelor Degree of Visual Art
    Dementia Care Mapping

    Sarah has worked within the human services non-for-profit sector for over 20 years across many service areas. She is involved in community and residential settings, rural, regional, metro and remote locations and across the demographic in aged care, community health programs, and disability. Sarah is passionate and skilled in enabling person-centered principals and approaches to be integrated through an organisation’s culture, systems and processes to facilitate the actualisation of theory into practice. Sarah focuses on developing the team’s capability and nurturing collaboration to align with the common purpose of great outcomes for consumers and staff.

    Sarah has many years of experience working as a senior dementia consultant and practice specialist in organisational change management. She brings a depth of understanding of in-service delivery and mechanisms to support sustainable best-practice models of care.

    She has also developed experiential education for Dementia care and written resource material for Cert IV in Dementia Care leadership.

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    Sarah has worked within the human services non-for-profit sector for over 20 years across many service areas. She is involved in community and residential settings, rural, regional, metro and remote locations and across the demographic in aged care, community health programs, and disability. Sarah is passionate and skilled in enabling person-centered principals and approaches to be integrated through an organisation’s culture, systems and processes to facilitate the actualisation of theory into practice. Sarah focuses on developing the team’s capability and nurturing collaboration to align with the common purpose of great outcomes for consumers and staff.

    Sarah has many years of experience working as a senior dementia consultant and practice specialist in organisational change management. She brings a depth of understanding of in-service delivery and mechanisms to support sustainable best-practice models of care.

    She has also developed experiential education for Dementia care and written resource material for Cert IV in Dementia Care leadership.

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