Chief Executive Officer – Independent & Assisted Living
Derek joined Australian Unity in 1999. He held a number of executive positions before being appointed into his current role in 2005. He is responsible for all elements of the operations and development of the Independent & Assisted Living business, spanning Retirement Communities, Aged Care and Home & Disability Services. Australian Unity Independent & Assisted Living now provides services to around 60,000 clients and residents.
Derek is a director of a number of Australian Unity Limited subsidiaries and is an active industry participant. Derek was elected to the board of the Retirement Villages Association (RVA) in 2007. Following its merger with the Property Council of Australia in 2012, Derek was elected the inaugural chairman of the new peak body, the Retirement Living Council, a position he held until early 2016. Derek recently served as a director of the Property Council of Australia and was a director of Leading Age Services Australia – Victoria from 2012 - 2016.
In December 2013 Derek McMillan was appointed as a director of the National Ageing Research Institute, Australia’s leading institute for research into ageing. Recently, Derek was appointed as a director of the Australian Centre for Health Research, a leading independent public policy research institute.