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 and 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, financial management and strategic planning. All Directors serve on a voluntary basis.

The board is committed to practicing 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.

Lyn Warnock

With over 30 years’ experience in the aged care industry, Lyn is a Registered Nurse and Justice of the Peace and has been a Rembrandt Living Director since 2002. Lyn is currently the Chief Executive Officer of St. Anna’s Residential Care Facility for the Croatian, Ukrainian and Belarusian Aged Care Association of South Australia Inc.

Paul Thorne

Paul joined the Board in 2017 and has a Bachelor of Education in Legal Studies and Economics and Diploma of Management. He spent 16 years in local government and nine years as an Executive General Manager with ECH Inc. and is currently employed as a management consultant with BRM Holdich.

Meet Andy Sakkas, Rembrandt Court's Hotel Services Coordinator

My role includes our hospitality services at Rembrandt Court (Food, Laundry and Domestic services) and the Kleine Café.

I grew up in Coober Pedy, am of Greek heritage and have a life-long passion for food (and basketball). I am a full trained Chef specialising in catering and hospitality and I have worked as a Chef at places like the Adelaide Casino and Grange Golf Club. I came to Rembrandt Living after doing a similar job for Bedford Group.

I am married with three young kids and love my role at Rembrandt Living for the challenges it poses on a daily, sometimes minute by minute basis. I am passionate about residents of aged care facilities enjoying the good things in life and food is a major part of this.