Mike Baird named as new HammondCare Chief Executive Officer

HammondCare has today announced that Mike Baird has been appointed as incoming Chief Executive Officer and will replace Dr Stephen Judd who is stepping down on August 31, after more than 25 years in the role.

Mike Baird 580HammondCare Board Chair, John Kightley, said that Mr Baird had been selected after a rigorous search for the critical appointment, that commenced when Dr Judd announced in July 2019 his intention to stand down in 2020.

Mike Baird has extensive leadership experience with his career spanning both government and the banking sector. For more than 10 years he served in the NSW Parliament as Member for Manly and most notably was the 44th Premier of New South Wales between 2014 and 2017, prior to this serving as Treasurer from 2011 to 2014.

During his time as both NSW Premier and Treasurer, the state recorded the fastest economic growth in the country, the lowest jobless rate, undertook the largest infrastructure program in the State’s history, delivered record building approvals, and the budget went into surplus whilst retaining its AAA credit rating.

Mr Baird also has held multiple executive roles in the banking industry including working across the globe for NAB, HSBC and Deutsche Bank and most recently Chief Customer Officer - Consumer Banking at NAB in Australia. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) and a Diploma of Christian Studies from Regent College, Canada.

“I am excited to welcome Mike Baird to HammondCare from September 1 and I am confident his appointment will help ensure the continuing success of HammondCare both in organisational performance and in the relentless pursuit of our mission to improve quality of life for people in need,” Mr Kightley said.

“Alongside Mike’s strong leadership credentials, the other essential criteria for this appointment include a passion to genuinely serve the community and help others, as well as a strong Christian commitment.”

Mr Baird said that he was thrilled to move to this new role: “I didn’t have to look much further than their mission to see that this was a cause I wanted to be a part of - 'Our passion is improving quality of life for people in need'. On a daily basis, living out the mission for HammondCare, are 4000 staff and 1000 volunteers. I can think of no greater privilege than to help them care for some of the most vulnerable people across Australia.”

Mr 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.”

Dr Judd warmly welcomed the appointment of Mr Baird and said HammondCare was very intentional about planning for the future and this orderly change of Chief Executive was essential for promoting seamless service delivery, cultural continuity and the achievement of HammondCare’s mission.

HammondCare is an independent Christian charity and leading provider of health and aged carer services, with a focus on dementia care and palliative care, with more than 4000 staff operating across more than 60 service locations nationally.

Additional information - HammondCare at a glance

  • As an independent Christian charity, HammondCare champions life. Our passion is improving quality of life for people in need – see more on HammondCare’s mission.
  • Regarded nationally and internationally as one of Australia’s most innovative health and aged care providers, HammondCare offers hospital care, residential care and community services.
  • Reverend Robert Hammond founded HammondCare in Sydney in 1932 – see key highlights of our history
  • HammondCare serves people with complex health or aged care needs regardless of their circumstances across Residential Aged Care, HammondCare At Home (community aged care), HammondCare Health (including three hospitals), The Dementia Centre (research, consultancy).
  • Key statistics for HammondCare include:
    • more than 4000 staff and 1000 volunteers
    • more than 25,000 people cared for across 60 national locations
    • 2019 annual revenue of $303m with a social dividend of more than $26m
  • Residential care occurs in 22 care homes across 11 locations in NSW and Victoria with nearly 2000 residents and more than 1600 staff.
  • Home care occurs across 27 locations in NSW, ACT, Victoria and Queensland with nearly 9,000 clients and more than 1700 staff.
  • Health services provide palliative and supportive care, rehabilitation, older people’s mental health and other support services:
    • to nearly 4,600 people over 50,105 bed days
    • in four Sydney locations (Greenwich, Braeside and Neringah Hospitals, Northern Beaches Palliative Care Service)
    • and 358 rural and remote towns in NSW (Palliative Care Home Support).
  • The Dementia Centre founded in 1995 provides impartial research and expertise to the aged and dementia care community in Australia and the world including:

For more information about HammondCare read the 2019 annual report and watch these videos:

  • HammondCare Darlinghurst was opened in March 2020 and provides specialist care for older people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
  • HammondCare is a leader in the provision of palliative care and related research.
  • Increasingly older people want to receive aged care at home and HammondCare is one of the largest provider’s nationally.
  • Just one example of HammondCare’s dedicated dementia care staff.