We are constantly developing the best systems to create the opportunity for continuous improvement.  The people below are at the heart of that endeavor.  Click through to read more about them.


Our Board

Matt Kowald

Board Chairman

Matt commenced as General Manager, Residential Care Services in May 2014. Matt's working career originally started at Barossa Village as a carer in 1993 whilst he was studying his registered nursing degree. On gaining his registration Matt spent ten years working at the RAH and the Flinders Medical Centre emergency departments. He then moved to the ACH Group where he worked in Community programs and in an aged care liaison role from the Flinders Medical Centre. Matt comes to Barossa Village again after working at the Eudunda hospital for seven years. Matt is passionate about aged care and recently completed a Masters in Clinical Science through the University of Adelaide focusing on the management of behaviours in dementia. Matt is involved in several aged care interest groups and local health advisory groups.

Matt chairs the ACQA board meetings and helps with orginisational procedures of ACQA. 


Aileen Robertson

Board Governance Officer

Through her business, Let’s Manage, Aileen specialises in working with not for profit human service organisations.  With a background in Social Administration and Social Work Aileen brings nearly 30 years of experience in designing, establishing, reviewing and restructuring and managing human service organisations and programs. 

Aileen specialises in change management - rebuilding organisations, programs and teams to increase their capacity to deliver quality services to the community.  A critical part of this is working with Boards to increase their knowledge and understanding of their important role.

Aileen brings to the ACQA Board skills in governance, planning and organisational structure.


Gail Harding

Board Member

Director of Nursing

RN Ba Health Science (Nursing), Cert IV Frontline Management,  Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, Cert III Work Health & Safety, JP for SA.

Gail Harding has over 25years of experience as a Director of Nursing in rural Hospitals and Aged Care Facilities. She has represented the Rural Aged Care Sector on the Aged and Community Services SA & NT Rural Task Force. Her passion is to develop the culture which determines the manner in which Aged Care Facilities are operated. She is the driver of Evidence Based Practice within her organisation and is committed to ensuring the spread of this as the basis for care in Residential Aged Care Facilities.

An Innovator and Leader, she has been a Policy Leader in Ageing in Place to the Commonwealth Department of Health and Ageing. She is committed to developing the skills and capabilities of each employee to meet the growing needs of care recipients. Gail has lead organisations through change process and was the recipient of two 2013 ITAC Awards for Implementation and Infrastructure. Her organisation was also awarded the Gwen Kelsey Award for Nutrition in Aged Care which recognised the innovative way in which Nutrition is managed within the Aged Care Setting. She has been successful in managing applications and implementation of several major building projects and the expansion of facilities bed places. She has lead major Commonwealth projects with the implementation of one of the first brokerage systems into Community Care for Regional areas of South Australia.