SCCQ announces changes to the Board

3 March 2021

We would like to let you know that there have been some changes to the Southern Cross Care Queensland (SCCQ) Board.

Our current Chair, Don Neander OAM who has been involved with SCCQ since the building of our first aged care home in 1978, has decided to submit his resignation from the Board. Don has served the SCCQ family immeasurably as a board member for 25 years and Chair for the past seven years, leading the organisation through a period of significant growth and  ensuring the organisation is in a strong position for the future of our Mission.

In 2019, Don was honoured with the Medal of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to aged welfare. Please join me in conveying our deep appreciation to Don and his wife Shirley for his years of humble service and for instilling in our organisation a profound heart for serving community.

Don’s position of Chair of the Board will be filled by Francis Price, who was elected to the position by the Board. Francis joined our board in 2012 and holds an Associate Diploma in Civil Engineering, Bachelor of Business and Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors course. Francis runs his own consultancy supporting capital infrastructure projects and developments along with 30 years’ experience in the resources, facilities and government sectors including health care.

Please join us in congratulating Francis on being elected Chair. Chief Executive Officer Jason Eldering said:  “I look forward to working with Francis as we continue delivering on our mission and improving the lives of those we serve.”

At the heart of SCCQ is our guiding principle: respecting and valuing human life, which reflects our commitment to honouring each individual in our family, our communities and that every person matters.

Don Neander OAM has served on the SCCQ Board for 25 years and has decided to submit his resignation as Chair of the Board.


Francis Price will take up the position of Chair of the SCCQ Board.