Meet the Team

The Evergreen Leadership Team is passionate about delivering quality care and support services in a way that supports the dignity, wellbeing and individuality of our residents. The Evergreen Leadership Team is also supported by an accomplished Board of Directors and a team of committed and caring health and aged care professionals.

Our Leadership Team

Elle Goldfinch | Leadership Team of Evergreen West Gosford | Central Coast Retirement Living

Elle joined Evergreen in 2019 and brings more than 10 years of experience supporting Senior Management. Previously, Elle worked at NSW Treasury Corporation as the Personal Assistant to the General Manager, Investment Implementation and Operations. Elle loves to travel, and her favourite places are Nepal and Jordan. She also enjoys the beach, bushwalking and going out for dinner. Elle’s smile always lights up our residents’ day!

Sarah Kane | HR Advisor | Evergreen West Gosford | Central Coast Retirement Village | Yallambee Village | Yallambee Lodge

Sarah joined Evergreen in 2006 after completing her Certificate III Aged Care Nursing. In 2008 Sarah became the Nurse Trainer and Trainee Supervisor and has continued to progress through the ranks of Care Staff, Team Leader, Educator, Quality Systems Coordinator and now HR. Sarah brings practical experience and a passion for care into the role.

Michelle Croft | Senior Customer Care Manager | Evergreen West Gosford | Central Coast Retirement Village | Yallambee Village | Yallambee Lodge

Michelle Croft commenced as Customer Care Coordinator in 2019, managing sales of retirement units and admissions to the residential aged care facility. Michelle has 10 years of experience in aged care, and five years in not-for-profit organisations in fundraising and service development. She is always on hand to answer questions from new residents and their families.

Marie Kilander | Facility Manager | Evergreen West Gosford | Central Coast Retirement Village | Yallambee Village | Yallambee Lodge

Marie joined Evergreen in 2019 as Care Manager and was promoted to Facility Manager in 2022. She has over nine years’ experience working in the Aged Care sector as a Registered Nurse and Assistant in Nursing. Having also worked overseas as a Registered Nurse in Infectious disease and Oncology wards overseas, her experience brings a wealth of knowledge to us. Marie is committed to delivering a high standard of care and has a genuine wish to make a difference to our residents.

Matthew Bird | Evergreen West Gosford General Manager Hotel Services | Central Coast Retirement Village | Central Coast Aged Care

Matthew Bird joined Evergreen in 2023,  Matthew has worked across all aspects of the Hotel Industry with over 25 years of experience across Food and Beverage and Rooms Divisions in 4 and 5 Star hotel operations. More recently, Matthew has  worked for Australia’s largest provider of outsourced hotel housekeeping services. Matthew has a strong background leading diverse teams with a focus on people, process and compliance and his goal  is to provide a superior level of services  to our residents.

Cindy from the Leadership Team at Evergreen West Gosford | Central Coast Retirement Village | Central Coast Aged Care

Cindy commenced with Evergreen in July 2023 and has more than twenty years’ experience as a Registered Nurse. Starting her nursing career as an Assistant in Nursing, Cindy developed her passion in Healthcare. She has a background in Critical Care and Education. The last ten years, she has worked in Clinical Governance within the hospital system in both the Director and Deputy Directors roles, developing extensive knowledge and experience in Accreditation, Quality, Incident and Risk Management processes. Cindy is devoted to ensuring every resident continues to receive the highest level of care.

Emily Jones | Evergreen West Gosford General Manager of Corporate Services | Retirement Village Central Coast

Emily was born and raised on the Central Coast NSW, having completed her Bachelor of Commerce in 2015 at the University of Newcastle. Since graduating Emily has held several accounting positions within health and the government sector. Her journey with Evergreen started in March 2022 as an Assistant Accountant and progressed to General Manager, Corporate Services in April 2023. When Emily is not at Evergreen she enjoys spending time with my family, friends and on the odd occasion she has free time, she enjoys sewing.

Sophie serves as the General Manager of Home Care at Evergreen , bringing a wealth of corporate experience from the health, financial and insurance sectors. She has a proven track record in managing large teams, tech startups, and leading process improvement and digitization initiatives. Sophie’s dedication to enhancing the quality of life for clients drives her commitment to ensuring everyone has the opportunity to remain independent at home for as long as possible, with access to the highest quality care.

Home care is a deeply personal mission for Sophie, and she is passionate about providing compassionate and comprehensive support to the community. She is proud to be part of the vibrant Central Coast community, where she enjoys being involved with the local surf club. At home, Sophie cherishes time with her two small children, their lovable bulldog, and her ever-patient husband.

Our Board of Directors

James Roberts - Chairman Evergreen West Gosford Board of Directors

James has been on the Board since 2018, first as Director and then as Chairman since 2019. Qualified in Accounting and Economics, James has experience in senior project management and government roles where he managed teams and agencies.

Allan Keith - Evergreen Life Care Board of Directors

As a Chartered Accountant, Allan has over 35 years’ experience in both chartered and commercial roles. Joining the Board in 2019, his commercial experience spans from public companies and government event management through to small businesses. Allan provides board level advice on financial and management reporting and financial systems.

Jane Floyd -Director Evergreen Life Care Board of Directors

Jane is an aged care specialist with Leading Age Services Australia, the peak industry association. Qualified in Commerce, Communications and Public Administration, Jane brings extensive experience in aged care, public health, community and primary health. Joining our Board in 2020, she brings strategic and operational planning skills to drive change.

Dr Guruprasad Nagaraj Director - Evergreen Life Care Board of Directors

Joining our Board in 2021, Guruprasad is a senior emergency physician with special interest in geriatric acute care, integrated care and end of life care. Over the last decade he has led clinical innovations in the acute care of the elderly and end-of-life care, while supporting the establishment of geriatric emergency medicine training in Australia and emergency medicine as a specialty in several countries.

Ivan Kent - Evergreen Life Care Board of Directors

Ivan is the Principal of Kent Law Group in Gosford, NSW and joined the board in 2021. He has represented many elderly residents of Central Coast retirement villages and homes. Ivan has degrees in Aeronautical Engineering, Social Science and Law and has recently been awarded a Masters in Law specialising in Dispute Resolution.

Annie Milne | Director for Evergreen West Gosford board of directors

Annie, with a career rooted in recruitment since 1994, co-founded Sprout Recruitment in 2020. Prior to this Annie held senior leadership roles in major organisations including Select and Manpower and Skilled delivering successful outcomes for diverse businesses worldwide. Passionate about leadership, communication, and people, Annie also enjoys family time on the NSW Central Coast, Pilates and skiing.

Annie joined the Evergreen Board in September 2023.

Leese Bauer | Director | Evergreen West Gosford Board of Directors

Leesa is the founder of a technology-driven business dedicated to assisting senior and special needs people in maintaining their independence within the comfort of their own homes.

Before embarking on this entrepreneurial path, Leesa accumulated over two decades of experience within the banking and finance sector. In her corporate career, she successfully delivered large-scale technology infrastructure projects and oversaw the business and operations management of complex enterprises. She currently fulfils roles as a non-executive director, and secretary on various boards.

Leesa’s academic background includes a Bachelor of Science and a Diploma of Education, with a Masters in Business Information Technology. Her expertise spans technology, cybersecurity, risk management, and digital marketing, all of which contribute to her vision of using innovative solutions to enhance the lives of those she serves.