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Leadership Team

Alzheimer’s WA Leadership Team

Warren Harding – Chairman and Head of Research, Grants, and Innovation

Warren Harding was appointed to the Board in 2018/19. Warren has over 25 years of strategic management consulting and other NFP board experience. He was the former Ministerial adviser to a state Deputy Premier and Minister for State Development and held various senior government roles including Treasury.

Warren has a very broad international experience, working with PwC, Deloitte and Accenture at Managing Partner level in the Asia Pacific; serving some of the worlds largest companies in the energy, mining, telecommunications; life-sciences, health and public sector.  He has been an External Adviser to McKinsey & Company. He has led major organisational transformations involving complex OPEX/CAPEX budgets; major technology change and has a track record of building culture and developing talent.

He was a co-founder of the Future of Work Institute in WA and has been a regular speaker on future work skills, and the human factors of digitisation; AI and Automation and is working closely with the World Economic Forum.

He is the Minister for Health’s Nominee on the Sustainable Health Review and has strong views around financial sustainability, addressing the inequity of regional access and delivery, the opportunity for digital health and assistive technology to support care in the home, and the importance of workforce training. He has real-lived experience with dementia as a carer.

Warren holds a Bachelor of Science ( First Class Hons) from the University of Western Australia, a Graduate Diploma in Media (AFTRS); was a British Council Scholar at London School of Economics, and holds an Adjunct Professorship to the Curtin Business School.

Ella Dachs – Chief Executive Officer (Interim)

Ella Dachs has over twenty years of consulting experience in change management and is an experienced People and Organisation Culture Change professional.  Her career began in Tax, then Human Resources and continued on to Change Management and Talent Development.  She has held operational and leadership roles and has developed a comprehensive understanding of different industry sectors across multiple geographies.

Ella is the CEO (Interim) and leads a dedicated team of talented professionals who have extensive experience in Care and Support Services, People and Culture, Education, Consulting, Finance, Marketing, Brand and Digital Strategy.  The team is committed to providing high quality, person-centred services that can improve the lives of those living with dementia.

Ella holds a B.Bus. Organisational Psychology and Human Resources Management (UCT) and a Post Grad. Dip. Marketing (IMM). She is a strong advocate for diversity and inclusion to ensure Alzheimer’s WA delivers on our purpose, to be the dementia care experts and ensure AWA is an employer of choice.

“At Alzheimer’s WA, we look forward to developing trusted relationships with our ageing community and working with you, your family, friends and loved ones to enable and empower our ageing to live independently in their own homes for longer and to age in place with dignity in order to become truly inclusive dementia-friendly communities”

Chris Oldfield – Head of Care and Support Services

Chris commenced Alzheimer’s WA in December 2020 as Head of Care and Services.

With over 20 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector in Aged Care services in middle management and executive roles, Chris has extensive experience in both operational, strategic planning and development.

Chris has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing and Business Law.




Nigel Holmes – Head of Finance and Operational Performance (Acting)

The Aged Care sector is going through significant change and Nigel’s role is focused on creating financial value for the organisation and its members. To achieve this, we need to ensure we have robust systems and processes in place. Being able to introduce improvements and efficiencies to realise value provides job satisfaction.
Nigel has significant finance and commercial experience from working across various industries in senior finance roles. Working for Alzheimer’s WA has allowed him to be part of a values-based organisation that addresses the needs of those living with Dementia.
Nigel is a Member of CPA Australia. Mentoring of finance staff to help them achieve CPA membership.

David Garrett – IT Manager

As the IT Manager at Alzheimer’s WA, David is responsible for the core business platforms. His role ensures our organisation functions and utilises technology effectively to connect with all its staff and most importantly its clients; ensuring we can deliver a consistently reliable and high-quality service.

Technology has been a significant interest of David’s throughout his life; he pursued it with passion and spent a significant amount of time with a large engineering company migrating, implementing a large SAP ERP system. This journey has allowed him to be business-ready to assist organisations to adapt as technology and industry requirements change.

David is keen to assist Alzheimer’s WA goals, aligning his expertise with his real-life experiences as a carer.



Lorraine Benson – Team Leader

Lorraine is a dedicated member of the Alzheimer’s WA team, joining the organisation over 20 years ago.

For the last 7 years, Lorraine has managed the hardworking, passionate team at Hawthorn House, Albany. Hawthorn House is our Albany respite centre, focused on delivering best practice relationship-based support in the Albany area.

Lorraine has had years of experience working with people with dementia and an enthusiastic drive to improve services.

“I feel strongly that the values of people should be respected, and that we never lose sight of the individual and their role in community and family.”

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