Australian Unity appoints new People & Culture Group executive
Member owned wellbeing company Australian Unity announced today the appointment of Dean Chesterman as acting Group Executive People & Culture from 26 July 2022.
Mr Chesterman’s appointment follows Prue Bowden’s move from the Group Executive People & Culture role to CEO and Group Executive of the Group’s new Home Health platform.
Mr Chesterman first joined the Group in 2012 as a senior manager in People & Culture and was most recently General Manager Branch Operations, supporting a workforce of more than 3,000 across the Group’s home care business.
Prior to Australian Unity, Mr Chesterman spent over 10 years at KPMG in human resources-related roles including Head of People Strategy and Performance and National Manager Employee Relations & Policy.
Group Managing Director Rohan Mead said, “Dean’s appointment is recognition of his work ethic, integrity and the empathetic and sensitive approach that has made him highly respected for among his colleagues and peers”.
“I believe these demonstrated traits along with experience in functional roles and line management in operating businesses equip Dean well to succeed in his new role and to build on the legacy left by Prue Bowden in People & Culture.”
Mr Chesterman said, “It is a privilege to be acting Group Executive People & Culture—an opportunity that takes me back to where I began my career, in human resources.”
“My time working and leading our employees in our home care business has given me a deep appreciation of the passion and professionalism of our people—especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I look forward to taking the employee-centred approach that I have developed in my time working in Independent & Assisted Living platform and applying it across the Group’s People & Culture function.”
Mr Chesterman holds a Bachelor of Business majoring in Management and Human Resources.
About Australian Unity
Established in 1840, Australian Unity is a member-owned wellbeing company with 260,000 members and more than 700,000 customers. Our range of health, wealth and care products and services provides member, customer and community value that is supportive of personal and community wellbeing.