Our Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team

At Peoplecare, our Leadership Team has a wide range of complementary skills and a wealth of industry experience.


Michael, our CEO, loves living back in the Gong, lots of Milo & ice-cream, travelling to see new places and working with a great bunch of people.


Chief Executive Officer
Michael Bassingthwaighte AM FAICD

Michael has been with Peoplecare as CEO since 1982 and has been instrumental in driving the direction of the company.

He has been a key player in private health insurance in Australia and has played a major role in representing the interests of smaller funds within the industry. His other current appointments include:

Director of:

  • Australian Health Service Alliance (AHSA) 
  • HAMB Systems Limited
  • Defence Health
  • Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute
  • Coordinare Limited
  • Members Own Health Funds Ltd

Michael was awarded the Member of the Order of Australia in 2013 for his “significant service to the private health insurance industry and the community of the Illawarra region”.


dale, our deputy DEO, loves fishing in the Bay, running by the seaside, riding his Harley on weekends, and helping Peoplecare make great decisions for our members.


Deputy CEO
Chief Risk Officer
Head of Governance, Risk & Compliance
Dale Cairney BCom CPA GAICD

Dale is responsible for governance, risk management, and compliance for Peoplecare and its customer insurers. Dale also undertakes the role of Chief Risk Officer as part of APRA requirements. 

Dale has a wealth of senior management experience across a range of industries, including private health insurance, dental and eye care practice management, finance, manufacturing, mining, and transport industries over the past 35 years. 

Dale’s particular strengths are in general management, corporate governance, risk management, and finance. 

Dale is a regular volunteer & participant in charitable events. His current volunteer appointments include:

  • WEA Illawarra (community college) – Director & Chair
    of the Board’s Finance, Audit & Risk Management
  • Cram Foundation (disability services) – Director &
    Chair of the Board’s Audit & Risk Committee


Anita, our marketing guru, loves her coffee with a double shot, Monday’s Body Combat class, playing online poker, and wowing our customers with everything we do.


Head of Customer Service & Marketing
Anita Mulrooney BA GDipIM GDipCom GAICD

Anita has over two decades of experience in the not-for-profit, insurance, and health sectors in Australia and South-East Asia across key business functions including operations, customer service, sales & marketing and human resources. 

She is responsible for the company’s brand, marketing & communications, corporate sponsorship, community relations, operations and customer service delivery. 

Since assuming the role in 2006, Anita has played a pivotal role in the evolution the Peoplecare brand from a small restricted fund to one of Australia’s most respected not-for-profit health insurers. 

Anita’s primary focus is to lead our Customer Service and Marketing Teams to provide clear, simple and high value products for our members and to make sure the Peoplecare customer service experience is an exceptional one.

Anita’s other appointments include:

  • HIRMAA Marketing Committee - Chair
  • Private Health Insurance Ombudsman’s Website Reference Group - Member
  • IRT - Director
  • Destination Wollongong - Director & Chair of the Board’s Performance & Remuneration Committee


Chris, our financial guru, loves his home brew, taking the kids to the footy, Thai curries, and making sure our finances track according to plan.


Chief Financial Officer
Head of Finance & Administration

Chris Stolk BCom CPA GAICD

Chris joined our Executive Team in September 2007. Chris is responsible for the provision of all financial
management functions of the organisation and has more than 20 years’ experience in the accounting and
finance field, most of which time was spent working with organisations in the financial services industry.

His specialist skills include management reporting, statutory reporting, taxation and business planning and
compliance. He also has a keen interest in treasury operations. Chris is also Company Secretary for Peoplecare. 

Chris is a Director at Big Fat Smile Group Limited and is a member of the Catholic Development Fund (CDF) Advisory Council as well as a representative on the Finance, Insurance & Audit Committee.

Maree, our HR star, loves getting her tennis game on, entertaining, cheering on her three sons at sport, and helping Peoplecarers develop their skills and knowledge.


Head of People & Culture
Maree Morgan-Monk

Maree joined Peoplecare in 2011 and is Head of People & Culture. She has 20 years of HR Management experience across various industries, including education, hospitality and general insurance. 

As Head of People & Culture, Maree is responsible for ensuring that our people, processes and practices retain Peoplecare’s status as a true employer of choice with an exceptional level of staff satisfaction. Maree supports our managers and staff in the areas of recruitment, training & development, WH&S, Human Resource policy, and cultural development. 

Maree was awarded Australia’s HR Manager of the Year for 2013 at the Australian HR Awards. Her particular areas of expertise are leadership development and training.

Mel, our clinical guru, loves those little packages of aeroplane food, sleeping in, doing the quiz in Saturday's paper and helping members recover where they're most comfy.


Head of Hospital & Health Services
Dr Melinda Williams BNurs, MPH, PhD, GAICD

Melinda joined Peoplecare in 2009 and is our Head of Hospital & Health Services. She has extensive experience in the design and evaluation of health management programs for health insurance members, as well as clinical nursing experience in both hospital and community sectors.

Melinda completed her PhD with the University of Wollongong in population health management. Melinda’s main responsibility is to lead our hospital and medical assessing and health services teams, as well as Peoplecare Eyes & Teeth, and ensure that a range of health services are available to members to keep them healthy.

Melinda is a Director of the Cram Foundation.

“sharing” a milkshake with his 4 kids, channelling his inner King of the Mountains when he rides, finding the perfect read in a second-hand bookshop and seeing his work help members.
  Head of Strategy & Innovation
Peter Buckley

Peter joined Peoplecare in 2016 as Head of Strategy & Innovation. He is an experienced executive manager who has held a number of key roles in large engineering and services businesses, along with a number of iconic Australian and ASX-listed companies. 

His experience crosses industry sectors from industrials, infrastructure and professional services, where he has a demonstrated track record of building value for businesses, their people and customers. 

Peter was awarded Young Businessperson of the Year in 2012 by Illawarra Business Chamber. His current appointments include volunteer roles for the University of Wollongong, The Smith Family and School for Social Entrepreneurs. He is a Director of The Illawarra Connection and a member of the Salvation Army Illawarra Advisory Board.