Alzheimer’s Australia Vic welcomes appointment of new Chair

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic has announced the appointment of Neil Samuel as Chair of the organisation’s Board of Directors.

Mr Samuel, previously the Vice Chair, replaces Graeme Samuel AC whose resignation from the position follows his appointment as President of Alzheimer’s Australia.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic CEO, Maree McCabe commended the contribution by Graeme Samuel while congratulating the appointment of Neil Samuel to the organisation’s Chair.

“Graeme Samuel’s contribution to our organisation has been immeasurable thanks to his tireless leadership, commitment and business expertise in supporting our continual growth, and we look forward to continuing this journey with Neil, who has proven an invaluable resource since his succession to the board eleven years ago.

“Neil brings a wealth of business acumen and management skill to his appointment, along with expertise in governance and finance accrued throughout his involvement in business management activities over the past 30 years,” Ms McCabe said.

Mr Samuel has welcomed his appointment as Chair during a time when the need for dementia support services throughout Victoria continues to grow.

“I look forward to leading a highly skilled and committed Board while contributing to the leadership of an organisation comprised of talented individuals whose commitment to supporting those impacted by dementia is greatly admired,” he said.

Mr Samuel is the Managing Director of Dryen Australia Pty. Ltd., one of Australia’s largest domestic linen importers and wholesalers servicing Australian and overseas retailers.

He has been a board member of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic since May 2003 and has served in leadership positions on numerous Boards within the not for profit sector.

Specialising in areas of Finance, Administration, Sourcing and Procurement, Mr Samuel’s business management expertise extends beyond the domestic market to Asia and Europe, in which he has travelled extensively throughout his career.

“Neil’s appointment signifies an important time in the growth of Alzheimer’s Australia Vic, and I look forward to working closely with Neil as we continue to deliver and enhance our essential services and support programs to the increasing number of Victorians affected by dementia,” Ms McCabe said.

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In Victoria almost 81,000 people are living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Australia Vic is the peak body and charity representing people with all forms of dementia in Victoria. As the peak body, we provide specialised dementia information, education and support services.

Call our National Dementia Helpline on 1800 100 500 or visit

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