Nicole Hornsby was appointed Executive Director for Baptist Care Australia in January 2020. Prior to her appointment Nicole was Senior Strategic Adviser for Baptcare in Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia. She was responsible for monitoring and analysing regulatory policy across the wide-ranging context of Baptcare’s operations and providing advice to Executive Management to inform the organisation’s long-term strategy. Nicole has also represented Baptist Care Australia over several years with her participation in national working groups and her regular attendance at National Aged Care Alliance (NACA) meetings.
Mrs Hornsby’s career has evolved from origins as a registered nurse with a background in hospital administration and acute care management. She has worked within the for profit and not for profit sectors and for large and small organisations both as an administrator and as a consultant. She has more than 15 years’ experience in the aged care sector alone.
Upon her appointment, Mrs Hornsby said; “It’s been exciting to watch the growth of Baptist Care Australia and I feel privileged to join the members in their vision to build hopeful, purposeful communities. There is pressing need for advocacy in so many of the areas our members work in and I look forward to being able to speak out for the disadvantaged and the marginalised”.
Dr Robyn Sampson
Policy and Advocacy Advisor
Robyn comes to us after working for many years in policy and advocacy in the field of migration. After growing up in a multicultural Baptist church, Robyn found herself drawn to work on the social justice issues faced by people who are forced to migrate as a result of war and violent conflict. For almost 10 years, she undertook research as an academic in collaboration with community organisations on a range of topics regarding the health and wellbeing of refugees and migrants in Australia. She then completed a PhD in Politics, during which she developed a strong interest in how expert knowledge gets used in policy making processes.
Her desire to apply her learnings in the 'real world' led her to leave academia in favour of contributing to advocacy efforts full time. She joined the secretariat of an international network of NGOs working to protect the rights and dignity of people who migrate. Her contributions helped to create positive policy change in over 40 countries, and to secure key commitments by UN Member States as part of the Global Compact on Migration. For the two years prior to joining Baptist Care Australia, she was a private consultant providing research services, program planning and strategy advice to UN agencies and international humanitarian organisations. Robyn remains an active member of her local Baptist congregation in her hometown of Melbourne.
Passionate about social justice and equity, Nicole brings to Baptist Care Australia an extensive background in marketing and communications across the corporate, start-up and not-for-profit sectors. Having previously worked as Marketing & Communications Manager with peak body Aged & Community Services Australia (ACSA) throughout the Aged Care Royal Commission and Covid pandemic, Nicole has a strong understanding of the aged care and community support sectors, and has extensive experience in developing powerful communications campaigns to prompt positive political and social change.
A fierce advocate for the marginalised, Nicole is aligned with Baptist Care Australia’s mission to bring equality and opportunity to Australian communities, and with our vision of hope-filled, purposeful people, building communities where every voice is heard. Her expertise in integrated communications strategy and love of storytelling will see Nicole working closely with our members, to deliver Baptist Care Australia’s advocacy with impact through dynamic narratives that educate, engage and inspire.
The Directors of Baptist Care Australia Limited are the Chief Executive Officers of the six state Baptist community service agencies.
Charles Moore, Chair
CEO, BaptistCare (NSW and ACT)
Shane Austin, Deputy Chair
CEO, Baptist Care SA
CEO, Carinity (Queensland)
CEO, Baptcare (Victoria and Tasmania)
Acting CEO, Baptistcare (Western Australia)
Executive Officer, Baptist Care NT