Our Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors


Rembrandt Living is a not-for-profit Incorporated Association owned by its members and governed by its own Board of Directors. The Board’s role is to focus on the direction of the organisation and strategic matters. It delegates the running of the everyday operations to a Chief Executive Officer.

The Board’s composition is based on the optimal mix of skills required to best lead the organisation at any given time. These skills currently include aged care; business administration, information technology, clinical care, marketing & communications, risk and financial management and strategic planning. All Directors serve on a voluntary basis.

The Board is committed to practising best practice corporate and clinical governance including ethical behaviour, accountability and transparency. The Board fosters a supportive organisational culture by striving to balance humanitarian values and a business-like approach in the delivery of high-quality services to our community.

Please see below our current Directors.

Sef van den Nieuwelaar, Chair

Having graduated in Chemical Technology in the Netherlands, Sef now has a successful career running his own IT company specialising in business enterprise and accounting software with a client portfolio including Coopers Brewery, Yalumba Wine Company, Jurlique, Australian Vintage Ltd, Pernod Ricard and National Pharmacies. Sef is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Jacques Metzer, Deputy Chair

Professor Dr Metzer has been on the Board since 2012 and Deputy Chair for the last year. After a lifetime career in University research, lecturing and academic leadership, Jacques still assesses university accreditations and practises privately in general psychology (including forensic and clinical). Jacques’ other governance roles include past Chair of the Australian Psychological Society (SA) and Co-Chair of the Occupational Psychiatry Section of the World Psychiatric Association, and currently is Vice President of the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law (SA).


John Bird, Treasurer

John’s career has been predominantly in Finance, largely in automotive manufacture, including seven years with Ford(UK) and 25 years with Mitsubishi Motors Australia Ltd (MMAL). John joined the Rembrandt Living Board in 2012 and is currently the Treasurer. John is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (UK) and Australian society of Certified Practicing Accountants and is also an Associate Chartered Global Management Accountant (USA/UK).


Joy Tol

Joy has enjoyed a varied and fulfilling career in the acute health care setting for over 40 years in both Clinical and Senior Nurse Management roles. Joy has a Masters of Health Management, a Bachelor of Nursing and is a Registered Nurse and Midwife.


Etienne Scheepers

Etienne’s extensive career includes roles as Deputy Chief Executive for the Department for Child Protection, Executive Director (Workforce Innovation & Reform) for Health Workforce Australia and Executive Director for SA Health’s Workforce Division. Etienne has a Bachelor of Arts, a Law Degree, Master of Philosophy degrees and post graduate qualifications in leadership and management from various international universities.


Paul Thorne

Paul joined the Board in 2017 and is an experienced senior level executive with a background in managing large scale and complex services within leading South Australian organisations in aged care, retirement living and local government.

Paul has a proven track record of significant change management and innovation implementation at strategic and operational levels. He is a commercially and financially astute results focused leader whose career is defined by developing high performing teams, improving business performance and delivering memorable customer experiences that drive strategic outcomes and profitability.

Paul is the Chief Executive Officer of Lakeside Villages and is also engaged by BRM Advisory to provide management consultancy services with recent assignments as the Project Manager for the construction of the Southern Region Waste Resource Authority’s (SRWRA) Material Recovery Facility, the interim Chief Executive at SRWRA and the General Manager of the Adelaide Central Market Authority. Paul loves his family, cooking, gardening, travelling and is a passionate soccer supporter (Chelsea and Adelaide United). He has been married to wife Julie for 22 years and they have an eight year-old daughter Lily.


Marie Wood

Marie’s paid work has been in the area of education – teacher, principal and marketing communications consultant. Her roles on boards and committees have focussed on people in residential care facilities, individuals seeking employment, migrants and people seeking asylum, school aged Indigenous students in boarding residences and their families. Marie has been a director of their family business and has qualifications in education and a PhD in marketing and communications.


Simon Brewer

Simon has been an IT professional for 35 years including IT Management in manufacturing for 5 years and not-for-profit aged care from 2007 to the present. He served as the Mayor of Campbelltown from 2006 until stepping down in 2018 and has been involved in several Council and community organisations. He has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors for more than 10 years.


Sue Cantor

Sue has enjoyed a varied career in the critical care setting for 36 years in both Clinical and Management positions. Currently Sue is working in clinical education focusing on team training with multi-disciplinary groups. Sue has previously served on school boards and held executive roles in other community based organisations and incorporated bodies. Sue has Graduate diplomas in critical care and cardiac care, Cert 4 in workplace training and assessment and experience developing quality systems, auditing and risk management.