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Stephanie Buckland

Stephanie Buckland BS, MBA

Chief Executive Officer

Stephanie Buckland joined Amana Living in 2016 with a background in leadership, marketing and product management. Since joining the organisation, she has worked with the board and senior management team to initiate a program of change and transformation to bring Amana Living closer to its customers. Significant initiatives include the Dedicated Staffing Model, implemented in all residential care centres; the launch of the Amana Living Training Institute; the acquisition of Meadow Springs retirement village in Mandurah; and taking over delivery of CHSP in the Cities of Wanneroo and Fremantle, which added 700 new clients to Amana Living’s home care services.

Prior to joining Amana Living, Stephanie was CEO of Tourism WA for six years. Earlier in her career, she held senior marketing roles with BankWest and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare in the USA and Australia.

Stephanie is a Board member of Aged and Community Services Australia and Chair of the WA Divisional Council; a Director of Anglicare Australia; Chair of St George’s Anglican Grammar School; and a member of the Curtin University Business School Advisory Council. Stephanie has a Bachelors degree in Marketing from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master in Business Administration from the University of Virginia.

Stephanie Buckland
Sara Amir-Ansari

Sara Amir-Ansari BCOMM

Chief Financial Officer

Sara joined Amana Living in 2019 as Chief Financial Officer. Sara has approximately 20 years’ experience in asset intensive and service-based industries (including digital) in ASX-listed, private and government-owned enterprises – where she has held senior finance and planning roles including several as Chief Financial Officer.

Sara has a commercial focus and has supported the development and execution of a range of business critical projects including multiple acquisition and divestment transactions, new product developments and significant systems and business process implementations.

Sara has a Bachelor of Commerce, is a qualified accountant, and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Sara Amir-Ansari
Marian McCarthy


General Manager Health Care Quality Assurance

Marian commenced her role with Amana Living in August 2017. Marian is a registered nurse with experience in implementing Clinical Governance in the community and tertiary sectors.

Marian has extensive experience in aged care and comes to us from Brightwater Care Group, where she was the Manager of Health Care Delivery. Prior to this, Marian worked at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital as Manager of the Clinical Governance Unit, and Nurse Manger for several areas.

Marian is on the Curtin University School of Nursing Advisory Board and holds a Master of Health Services Management, Bachelor of Nursing, and Diploma in Project Management. She is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Australasian College of Health Service Management.

Marian McCarthy
Jenny Williams

Jenny Williams BA GAICD

General Manager of Care and Services

Jenny joined Amana Living in 2012 as General Manager Human Resources and took up the Home Care & Housing portfolio in January 2017. In July 2021, Jenny acquired the residential care portfolio, and begun her new title; General Manager of Care and Services.

Jenny has held senior leadership roles in a range of industries including construction, finance, and aged care. Jenny has developed extensive experience in all aspects of HR strategy and best practice supported by sound business principals. Jenny is a member of the Aged and Community Services Australia's Community Care Committee and sits on the Property Council of WA’s Retirement Living Committee.

Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in Psychology and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Jenny Williams
Stephen Thomas

Stephen Thomas

General Manager People & Culture

Stephen re-joined Amana Living in December 2020 as General Manager People and Culture, following a previous tenure leading the Human Resources Team.

Stephen has held a variety of people and culture leadership roles in the acute care, aged care and disability sectors over the past 15 years and has extensive experience across health and human service sectors. Stephen is skilled in developing and implementing people related strategy and HR management across all aspects of the employee lifecycle.

Stephen holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a double major in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations.

Stephen Thomas
Revd Jeni Goring

Revd Jeni Goring BA, BSOCWK, BD

Senior Chaplain

Jeni is currently acting Senior Chaplain and leads our Chaplaincy team.

As well as her responsibilities as Chaplain to our care centre and housing residents, Jeni supports our home care and transition care clients.

Revd Jeni Goring
Jacob Hollenberg

Jacob Hollenberg BA HONS MBA

General Manager Property and Services

Jacob Hollenberg joined Amana Living in 2018 and is General Manager of Property & Services. Jacob’s most recent role prior to this was General Manager of Property Development with Bethanie Group Inc.

Jacob is experienced in the creation and implementation of strategic plans relating to property development and asset management activities, and has been responsible for delivering a variety of major capital projects. Jacob oversees the management and strategic direction of the Customer Service and Total Catering Solutions divisions.

Jacob’s background is in Town Planning, having completed a BA Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) at Curtin University and, more recently, having completed a Master of Business Administration at Curtin Graduate School of Business.

Jacob Hollenberg