Farewell and thank you to Dr Stephen Judd

HammondCare today farewells long serving Chief Executive Dr Stephen Judd who is stepping down after more than 25 years in the role.

Stephen Judd 25 yearsWidely regarded as one of the most astute minds serving health and aged care in Australia, particularly in regard to dementia care, Dr Judd has also presided over remarkable growth for the independent Christian charity.

HammondCare Board Chair, John Kightley, thanked Dr Judd for his more than 25 years service to HammondCare and the health and aged care sectors more broadly.

“Since he became Chief Executive in 1995, HammondCare has grown from serving 250 clients with an annual revenue of $8 million, to caring for more than 25,000 people, with 2018-19 revenue of more than $300 million.

“As Chair of the HammondCare Board, it has been a privilege to work alongside Stephen for the past 10 years.”

Former Chair John Clarke recalled that Dr Judd had been unwavering is passion for quality in the services provided for people in need.

SJ opening The Meadows 580"One of the things he said, which always stuck with me was, 'I’m not building anything I wouldn’t put my mother into!’"

General Manager of Residential Care, Angela Raguz, said a feature of Dr Judd’s leadership had been his insistence that staff at all levels “need the freedom to speak up, that something going wrong is a not a reason to start whacking people with a big stick”.

She also highlighted his willingness “to try stuff” to take risks for people whose wellbeing was at risk, such as ground-breaking services for people with severe symptoms of dementia and people with younger onset dementia – even when funding was not available.

Chief Medical Officer A/Prof Andrew Cole recalled Dr Judd’s determination to acquire Hope Healthcare in 2008, realising the importance of better linkages between aged care and sub acute hospital care.

Sj Ken Wyatt wahroongah opening 03 580“It was a strategic move to provide better integration of aged and dementia care with palliative care, rehabilitation and older people’s mental health.

Australian food icon Maggie Beer, now heavily involved in efforts to improve food in aged care, credits 'life changing' discussions with Dr Judd in 2010 with influencing this direction which has resulted in the establishment of the Maggie Beer Foundation.

More recently Rev Ed Vaughan, formerly of St John Darlinghurst, credits Dr Judd with having the courage to build a care home for older people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness despite the immense challenges.

“It was very hard graft, and the building would not have been completed without a lot of effort from Stephen, and the team who work with him."

Dr Judd has co-authored a number of books – Design for dementia, Design for Aging, and Driven by Purpose, and among other things, future writing projects are in the pipeline. Dr Judd’s replacement is former NSW Premier Mike Baird who begins as HammondCare Chief Executive Officer this week.

CAPTIONS: Top - Dr Stephen Judd receiving a farewell gift from Hammondcare. Middle - At the opening of The Meadows in 1995. Bottom - With then Minister for Afed Care Ken Wyatt at the opening of HammondCare Wahroonga in 2017.