Our Leadership Team

Wayne Belcher (OAM)
Chief Executive

Wayne is an experienced Chief Executive in the aged care sector. Having entered aged care early in his career, he has held roles including Chief Executive of Bethanie as well as Director and Interim Chief Executive of Baptistcare WA.

Wayne was awarded a Medallion of the Order of Australia in 2007, in recognition of his significant contribution to community services. This in part acknowledged his dedication to aged care as well as assistance he gave to the Howard Government in an advisory capacity.

Wayne holds postgraduate qualifications in Health Administration, Divinity and Ministry.  He is also alumni at the Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania.

Until recently Wayne Belcher was a Pastor at Lake Joondalup Baptist Church. In March 2017 he joined Braemar as Chief Executive.  He will lead Braemar’s service delivery, growth and development into the future.

Wayne maintains an aged care blog at www.wlbelcher.com


Lena Hopkinson
Executive Manager Care and Strategic Development

Lena joined Braemar in 2014 and has held the roles of Executive Manager Strategy and Performance as well as her current role of Executive Manager Care and Strategic Development

Lena is a Registered Mental Health Nurse with extensive experience in health care. She has held senior roles in both Western Australia and the United Kingdom. Throughout her career she has worked in a range of specialties, but her passion is dementia care.

She is qualified in Dementia Care Mapping and had the opportunity to work with Professor Tom Kitwood who pioneer the tool. She also holds a Master of Administration in Health and Social Care from Leeds University and has completed a number of Leadership and Management courses.


Renee Reid
General Manager Workforce

Renee grew up in South Africa before immigrating to the United Kingdom and moved to Australia in 2012, joining Braemar in October of that year as Human Resources Manager.

Now holding the role of General Manager Workforce, Renee brings 12 years’ experience in Human Resources Management to the Braemar senior executive team.

Renee has commercial experience in Construction, PR, Residential Care, Mental Health and Aged Care and is Qualified as an Ontological Coach. In 2015 she won the ACSWA Excellence award in the Trainee Category.


Kristy Ryan
General Manager Finance and Administration

Kristy graduated from Murdoch University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Professional Accounting before taking a role in Audit at Grant Thornton the following year.

Kristy became a Chartered Accountant in 2009, joining Braemar in 2015 as Financial Controller, a position she held until 2017 when she was promoted to the newly created role of General Manager Finance and Administration.

Kristy brings commercial experience from Energy, Oil and Gas, Logistics and Audit to the Braemar senior leadership team. Born in Southampton she grew up in Western Australia and has an interest in basketball, boating, RMS. Titanic and the Fremantle Dockers.


Our facility managers

Carol Dickson - Braemar Aged CareBraemar Cooinda
Carol Dickson

Carol completed her registered nurse training at Forth Valley College of Nursing, Scotland in 1991 and after some years working in the hospital and community environment as a registered nurse, she returned to education in 2004 where she completed a BSc in Public Health Nursing at Queen Margaret University Edinburgh.

Carol moved to Australia with her family in Jan 2014 and joined Braemar in October of 2014 as clinical nurse consultant for the organization.  Carol was appointed facility manager of Cooinda at its opening in May 2016.

Carol has practical and management experience in various disciplines of nursing including community nursing, school nursing, health visiting (community health nursing),  aged care and nurse education.  She has recently become an Eden Associate in aged care.


Bernadette Samura - Braemar Aged CareBraemar House
Bernadette Samura

Bernadette has worked overseas as Midwife, Community health nurse and acute care nurse. She gained valuable experience in the aged care industry through working in various positions and built clinical expertise over the years as a clinical nurse and in the clinical management field.

Bernadette has conducted a successful research study in clinical education and Clinical experiences of student nurses, and led various aged care teams through successful Accreditation periods.

Recently Bernadette was endorsed as an Eden Associate in the aged care industry.


Lyn Cattell - Braemar Aged CareBraemar Village
Lyn Cattell

Lyn joined Braemar in 2016 as Facility Manager at Braemar Village. She has experience in residential aged care for many years holding a number of senior management roles across WA Residential aged care providers.

Lyn originally trained in England as a registered Mental Health nurse before migrating to WA and undertaking a Bachelor of Applied Science in Nursing, graduating in the top 15% of students at Curtin University.

Lyn developed a passion for Aged care undertaking a number of clinical courses Continence Nurse Consultant, Dementia, Palliative, Wound care and Management and Leadership.