The Joint Operating Committee (JOC) is the board that oversees the governance, strategic direction and business operations of the Burger Centre. The JOC comprises seven people with three members representing each partner organisation – JewishCare and Montefiore – along with an independent Chairperson.
David Balkin AM
David has played substantive leadership roles in our community for the last 35 years culminating in his presidency of the JCA (2005-2011) where he continues to be an Honorary Life Governor. Today he is a Board member of BJE and the founding President of the Burger Centre. Outside of his community involvement, David is the Chairman of two private companies and one public company. He received an Order of Australia (AM) for his contributions to the Jewish community and business in 2012.
Director since 2014
David is the Chief Strategy Officer and President Asia Pacific at Nanosonics Limited, and is a Non Executive Director of Technion Australia.
David has extensive experience in healthcare and medical devices, having served as the CEO and Managing Director of the Monash IVF Group. Before that position he was an Executive at Cochlear Limited, serving as Chief Strategy Officer, having previously been President of Cochlear Bone Anchored Solution, and Senior Vice President of Business Development.
Prior to joining Cochlear Limited, David worked at Accenture in the Strategy practice. He also has extensive Australian and International experience in consumer products, utilities and financial services.
David has a Bachelor of Business and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. David completed the Advanced Business Management Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
David was elected to the board of JewishCare in 2014.
Chief Executive Officer since 2021
Gary started his career in the NSW Police Force. For over 24 years, Gary worked in a number of roles in NSW Government including a number of senior executive roles. For eight years he served as the Executive Director in Family and Community Services, more recently for the Stronger Communities Investment and Inclusion Directorate. He was recruited to lead the COVID-19 response on behalf of the Department of Communities and Justice. In this capacity, he established the Vulnerable Priority Cohorts Strategy Group which delivered calculated, adaptive social policy changes and highly effective operational services.
Gary has worked closely with Ministers from NSW Government and Agencies to orchestrate a suite of strategies and frameworks including the NSW Carers Strategy 2020-2030; NSW Ageing Strategy; Whole-of-Government Outcomes Framework for Vulnerable Families and an overhaul of the Child Protection System.
Gary demonstrates a strategic mindset that, in its forward-looking focus, understands the role of data in high quality decision making.
He also consistently displays a strong sense of personal integrity and exceptional stakeholder engagement skills.
Gary is a financial and corporate adviser with more than 25 years of experience in commercial business, including property management and development, property funds management and public company experience. He’s been Head of Property for one of the largest property portfolios in NSW managing a team of more than of 75 staff who look after property worth in excess of $3 billion.
Gary is past Chairman of IWPE Nominees Pty Ltd, Trustee and Custodian for Investec Bank [Australia] Limited. He is a non-executive director for a number of other companies and has been CFO for a top 200 ASX-listed company.
He has been Vice President of Montefiore since 2004, prior to which he served as Honorary Treasurer for 3 years. Gary is a member of the Investment and Finance Committees, Chairs the Operations and Quality Committee, represents Montefiore on the Joint Operating Committee of the Burger Centre and is a Director of National Nurses Plus and Maroubra Shores.
Director since 2019
Jenna Baskin is the CEO of MCI, a multi award-winning training and education company delivering learning to the ASX200, large government organisations, and individuals across Australia. She was responsible for the creation of MCI's online consumer division, the MCI Institute, and the transition of the organisation into the digital learning landscape. Jenna led the sale of MCI to APM, Australia's largest private human services provider.
Jenna has a Bachelor of Commerce from UNSW and an MBA from Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. She was on the Australian Institute of Management 30 Under 30 list and serves on the boards of Mum for Mum and the Jewish National Fund.
Jenna has been on the Board of JewishCare since 2019.
Renée is a clinical psychologist and holds a degree in education. Renée was elected to the Montefiore Board in 2001, having already been an active member of the Operations Committee.
In her years as a Board member, she has written papers, presented at conferences on aspects of ageing, dementia, placing one’s relative in Montefiore and life within Montefiore.
Renée is passionate about contributing to the education of staff. She authored and was instrumental in setting up the Montefiore Staff Holocaust Awareness program which is conducted monthly at the Sydney Jewish Museum.
Robert has been associated with the aged care industry in a senior management capacity for more than 30 years. During that time he has managed leading organisations in both the private and not-for-profit sectors and has developed a broad insight and knowledge of the aged care industry, both at an operational and policy level.
As the current NSW/ACT representative Director and Deputy Chairman of Leading Age Services Australia (LASA), the largest peak industry body representing aged care providers, Robert advocates on behalf of the industry to ensure providers operate within a framework that supports quality outcomes for residents and providers alike.
In his role as Chief Executive Officer of Montefiore, Robert has primary responsibility for overseeing the effective day-to-day management of the organisation’s aged care operations, which include four residential aged care campuses accommodating more than 700 residents, adult day care centres, and an extensive home and community outreach program. Robert also plays an active role in the organisation’s strategic planning and business development.