SENIORS AWARD 2018: JOHN HOOD

John Hood is Chairman of the volunteer Board of Directors of mecwacare and has held this position since July, 2010. mecwacare is a major not-for-profit provider in the aged care and disability sector.  mecwacare commenced in 1959 in very modest fashion as the Malvern Elderly Citizens Welfare Association providing meals on wheels to residents of Malvern.

It is now one of Victoria's largest not-for-profit providers of services, predominantly to the elderly, across most of the State.

When John became mecwacare Chairman in 2010 approximately 7,000 clients and residents received services from around 800 employees and 250 volunteers.  Today mecwacare is an organisation providing residential aged care services (more than 700 residents across 11 facilities), home nursing and support services, community day programmes, disability day programmes and community housing services for more than 11,000 seniors and people with disabilities across Victoria, with now more than 1,700 employees and 350 volunteers.

Mecwacare's revenue for the year to 30th June 2017 was $93.5 million and its net assets exceeded $46 million. mecwacare is now of a size and complexity exceeding that of many companies listed on the Australian Stock Exchange and yet is run by an entirely voluntary board responsible for its strategic direction, risk management and performance.

John Hood as Chairman of this Board has extraordinary responsibility and a heavy workload. He has the main responsibility for developing and maintaining the relationship between the Chief- Executive and the Board. The amazing expansion in mecwacare's services to the community and the elderly in the seven years since John took over as Chairman reflects the very strong relationship between Chief-Executive and Board which he has helped to build.

Other important voluntary roles John has held include Chair of the Victorian Divisional Board of Australian Red Cross from 2007 to 2014 and member of the National Council. He continues to provide support to the Red Cross as a Special Councillor to the Council of Australian Red Cross and is an Honorary Life Member.

John has received some recognition for his voluntary work. He was the recipient of the Mayor's Special Service Award at the 2016 City of Stonnington Citizen of the Year Gala Presentation. During 2016 he also received a Higgins Community Service Award from the Federal Member for Higgins in recognition of his significant contribution to the community in a volunteer capacity.

John Hood is 75 years of age and a former member of the Rotary Club of Melbourne, meets all the criteria for the Club's Seniors Award and is a very worthy winner of the Award.

 


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