Council on the Ageing Victoria’s CEO Chris Potaris steps down


Council on the Ageing (COTA) Victoria and Seniors Rights Victoria CEO, Chris Potaris, has stepped down from the role.

“I’ve decided to leave COTA Victoria after a successful period of revitalisation, unparalleled organisational change, and focus,” Mr Potaris said.

“I’ve handpicked a talented senior management team who work with dedicated social workers, advocates, and lawyers to produce outcomes benefitting older Victorians throughout this state.

“I’m proud to have achieved a financial surplus during my tenure, alongside four years of confirmed funding from government and philanthropic bodies. This is all underpinned by a comprehensive strategic plan that will steer the organisation for years to come.”

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President of COTA Victoria and Seniors Rights Victoria, Robert Caulfield said that in just two years, Mr Potaris had created profound change within the organisation.

“On behalf of the board, I want to thank Chris for his focus, dedication, and leadership. He leaves COTA Victoria and Seniors Rights Victoria in a strong and stable position as the peak body representing the interests and rights of older Victorians,” Mr Caulfield said.

COTA has announced the interim appointment of Ben Rogers as CEO, while the search for a permanent replacement begins.

Mr Potaris stood down as CEO effective 3 May 2024.

Source: COTA Victoria.

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