Andrew Larpent

Coming from a military family Andrew initially followed the family tradition.  He served for 30 years as an infantry officer in the British Army.  This culminated in commanding an armoured battlegroup throughout the first Gulf War.  He was awarded the OBE in 1992.  After leaving the regular Army in 1994 he worked in industry as a company director before being appointed CEO of a UK charity – Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood (CLIC) in 1997.  In 2001 he was appointed CEO of the Somerset Care Group, one of the UK’s leading not-for-profit aged and disability care companies.  During his time with Somerset Care he became a founding Board member of the National Care Forum (NCF), the UK’s peak body for not-for-profit care providers, and Chairman from 2006 to 2011.  In 2005 he joined the Board of the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) and was Vice Chairman from 2009 to 2012.

In November 2011 Andrew moved to Adelaide with his wife Anne and took up his current position as CEO of Southern Cross Care (SA&NT).  In 2014 Andrew was asked to take on the role of Chairman of Dignity in Care Australia, a new and rapidly growing global movement that places the individual patient or care recipient at the heart of all service delivery and design.  In 2013 Andrew launched the Commonwealth Association for the Ageing (CommonAge) and is now Chairman.