Our Board

Ken Stewart


Ken Stewart retired as Assistant General Manager of a regional bank in 1994 following 40 years in the finance sector. His 34 years with Westpac across three States in many different roles has provided sound appreciation of business principles and disciplines. Ken joined the Association and Board of QVCare in November 1993 and has greatly enjoyed the long-term association with this wonderful community asset.

Moira Laverty


Moira Laverty is CEO of Queen Victoria Care. She is a registered general and psychiatric nurse (Edinburgh) and has held several management positions in both public and private health in Victoria and Tasmania. Moira was Chair of the Nursing Board of Tasmania for two consecutive terms and rejoined the Board as CEO, a position she held for ten years. Moira is a strong proponent of the right of every older person to live ‘the best life they can live’ and receive the best and most appropriate care they require as they age. She works with the dedicated team at the QVCare to ensure this happens.

Michael Bratt

Deputy Chairperson

Michael Bratt BEc has worked in the public sector, private enterprise and most recently in the charitable/not-for-profit sector. He retired from the position of Chief Executive Officer of Queen Victoria Home in July 2014 after 17 years. He has been a member of the Board of QVCare since 1994 and feels privileged to contribute to the development and ongoing delivery of quality aged care services by QVCare.

Bruce Maddock

Board Member

Bruce Maddock spent his early career in sales and sales management in the clothing, general merchandise, footwear and life assurance industries and held senior roles with Australian United Foods and Voca Communications. He was Executive Director, Software Engineering Aus (Tas), and CEO, Mentor Resources Tasmania, both not-for-profit companies. Bruce has had a long association with Scouting in Tasmania (Queen Scout and BP Award), youth sailing at Sandy Bay, and is a member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club of Hobart. He is married with three adult sons.

Margaret Murray

Board Member

Margaret Murray BBus is a retired Registered Nurse. During her 30-year career at the Royal Hobart Hospital she spent 12 years as Clinical Nurse Manager of the Intensive Care Unit and 10 years as Nursing Director for Medical Services. Following retirement from full time work in 2003 Margaret was appointed Deputy member of the Parole Board of Tasmania. Her involvement with the Queen Victoria Home began in 2002 when her father and later a much-loved aunt were residents of the home. She has been a member of the QVCare Board since 2015.

Nicolas Turner

Board Member

Nicolas Turner is Managing Director of public relations, advertising and marketing agency Corporate Communications (Tas) Pty Ltd. He has 30 years’ experience as a journalist and public relations professional in Tasmania. A former reporter with the Mercury, Nick covered State politics, industrial relations, rural affairs and sport. In his role at Corporate Communications he consults to enterprises involved in a wide range of industries. He is a former national and Tasmanian president of the Public Relations Institute of Australia (PRIA) and is a Life Member of the PRIA and OHA Hockey Club in Hobart.

Ruth Webster

Board Member

Ruth Webster is a retired nurse who has worked in a variety of roles ranging from Clinical Nurse Consultant on a surgical unit to piloting a Hospital in the Home project for the Royal Hobart Hospital. She joined the staff of QVCare as a clinical nurse in 2001, and in 2002 was appointed Director of Care. She retired in 2008 and joined the Board in 2009. Ruth played an active role in the Student Nurses Association during her training and represented Tasmania at national and international conferences. She has worked on many committees, loves reading, gardening, tennis, walking and mah-jong and enjoys time with her family.

James Oakley

Board Member

James Oakley retired as a partner in Hobart mid-size legal firm Simmons Wolfhagen in 2012 after practicing solely in the commercial and property sectors throughout his more than 34-year career. He joined the Board of QVCare in January 2013 but was not unknown to QVC having acted for the organisation for most of his legal career.

Tom Ellis

Board member

Tom Ellis retired from TAFE Tasmania (now TasTAFE) in 2009 after 26 years in teaching and administrative positions, including Campus Manager of Drysdale House, State Manager Customer Services and Facilities, and State Manager International Education. Prior to this Tom worked as a hotel officer on passenger ships. He moved to Tasmania in 1977 where he undertook senior hotel management positions. All these roles involved customer relations, financial and human resource management skills. He joined the Association and Board of QVCare in 1997.