Our executive team

Damien Jacobs
Alison Standen  |  Chief Executive Officer

Alison Standen commenced in the role of Chief Executive Officer at Corumbene in October 2021. Alison has over 25 years’ professional experience working in Tasmania with a varied career that has focussed on supporting vulnerable Tasmanians; this includes experience in health and community services, in senior leadership roles in not-for-profit and public institutions.

From 2018-21, Alison served as Member for Franklin in the Tasmanian Parliament, with roles including Shadow Minister for Housing and Opposition spokesperson for Disability Services and Ageing in the House of Assembly.

Having worked in senior Commonwealth and State Government roles for many years, and having completed a Masters in Business Administration and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Company Directors Course, Alison has a strong understanding of public sector decision-making processes and governance.

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Julie Purves |  Chief Operating Officer

Julie started her accounting career with the NHS in the UK, and furthered her accounting skills in the UK, NZ, and WA before moving to Tasmania in 2016.

Her career has mostly been in people-centric organisations, including several years in WA at a large not-for-profit Aged Care organisation. She brings a rounded approach into the Corporate Services Arena, aided by her MBA studies.

Julie has a desire to see people develop into the best version of themselves and enjoys working with Residents, Clients and Staff. She facilitates everyone working together to help ensure that Corumbene is a sustainable Community where everyone belongs.

Diana Purcell |  Director of Community Services

Diana joined Corumbene as Director of Community Services at the beginning of 2022. She brings local, national and international experience in health care, aged and community care and education.

As a Registered Nurse and Midwife, Diana worked extensively with indigenous communities in the north of Western Australia and also in the North-west Territories of Canada. She also has a Doctorate in Education and is a strong advocate of education throughout life.

Diana’s focus with Corumbene is to build a strong and cohesive team of caring staff to support the elderly members of the community to optimise their health and wellbeing and remain safely in their own home, and to support the Rural Primary Health team who provide telemonitoring, wellness and health literacy services throughout the Derwent Valley, Central Highlands and Southern Midlands.

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Peter Woodhouse  |  Business Development Advisor – Finance

Peter has lived in the Derwent Valley most of his life, raised on a farm and with strong family and community values.

As a Certified Practicing Accountant with over 20 years working across government, semi-government, not-for-profit and commercial sectors throughout Australia, Peter brings both a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to his role with Corumbene.

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Mark Cocker  |  Director of Business Excellence

With over 30 years professional experience in Tasmanian public administration and the not-for-profit sector, Mark has enjoyed a long and varied career supporting our community to grow and prosper. He has developed a keen appreciation for the importance of good governance, evidenced-based decisions, community engagement and participation.

Mark’s extensive background covers a range of senior leadership roles including Residential Tenancy Commissioner, Commissioner for Corporate Affairs, Director Consumer Affairs and Fair Trading, Asbestos Compensation Commissioner and Chief Executive Officer of Worksafe Tasmania.

Mark understands challenges faced by the changing nature of the delivery of health services. He is committed to supporting our Corumbene community to ensure we are well-positioned for the future by providing innovative solutions and facilitating collaborative approaches.