Gender equality advocate and change management expert Libby Lyons has been named as the Aged Care Workforce Industry Council’s inaugural chair.

Ms Lyons is a board member of Chief Executive Women and chair of its Western Australian state chapter as well as the inaugural chair of Science in Australia Gender Equality.

Ms Lyons was director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency from October 2015 until April 2021 where she led an internationally recognised transformational program promoting evidence-based change for gender equality in Australian workplaces. 

Libby Lyons

She has a background in corporate affairs and government relations including previous senior roles at BHP, Atlas Iron, CITIC Pacific Mining, Alcoa of Australia, the Western Power Corporation and Telstra.

ACWIC acting chair Kevin McCoy said the council was thrilled about Ms Lyons’ appointment.

“With the current unprecedented focus on aged care and its workforce, Libby’s appointment will strengthen the Council’s ability to reshape how Australians view the sector and how we as industry leaders support our workforce to deliver care and support that older Australians expect and deserve,” Mr McCoy said.

Ms Lyons said the ACWIC has made exceptional inroads as part of its focus to deliver on the aged care workforce strategy outlined in A Matter of Care.

“I am excited to build on this momentum and work in collaboration with all industry partners who share in the vision of having a respected, skilled and well supported workforce,” Ms Lyons said.

The ACWIC was established in 2019 to oversee the implementation of the sector’s workforce strategy.

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