RM Begg is an organization of excellence, providing high quality aged and community care services to the people of Kyneton and the Macedon Ranges.
Our mission is to:
Research, develop and deliver high quality aged and community care services.
Establish and use contemporary structures and systems that are aligned to our strategy.
Achieve business excellence through continuous improvement, organizational development and the application of community business principles and practices.
The RM Begg board, management, staff and volunteers value:
Ethical behaviours of individuals and the organization are founded on trust, honesty and integrity.
Respect for and the recognition of individuals’ expectations, needs and aspirations.
A holistic approach that supports an individuals’ whole of life journey.
The tradition and history that is RM Begg.
The spirit of genuine care and compassion.
History of RM Begg Kyneton Aged Care
The Kyneton Lions Club was formed on the 17th August 1953, receiving its Charter on the 17th November that same year. At a Directors Board Meeting on the 24th September, it was decided that the establishment of a "Home for Elderly Persons" would be a desirable project for the Club to pursue as its charter project. The Lions Club then began looking into the feasibility of this project.
On the 9th August 1955, a public meeting was called to formally launch the project which included a fund raising programme. As a result of this meeting, on the 17th August, Miss Ray Begg made the offer to donate, for this purpose, the land her private school was situated on. They received strong support with many offers of assistance from the general public and went ahead with the establishment of the Ray M Begg Homes. After many working bees and extensive fund raising the Ray M. Begg Flats were opened in November 1959.
The Lions Club continued to work towards the betterment of the Homes and on the 1st November 1961 the Committee decided to purchase for future development, the 3.5 acres of land where the Hostel is now situated. With the completion of the units, the Committee decided to look into the possibility of building the next stage, the Hostel. In 1976 the Daffodil Festival Committee donated $21,202.00 towards a feasibility study and forward planning. In 1978/79 the Hostel was built (A & B Wings) and the first twenty eight residents moved in on the 28th October 1979. The Hostel was officially opened by Dame Margaret Guilfoyle on 10th February 1980. Building work continued and in 1981 we had in operation, 45 funded beds, (which included two respite beds) and one unfunded bed. In 1989/90 - a further 15 beds were added bringing us to 61 available beds (58 funded, 3 respite.) To enhance the lifestyle of our residents and to meet a perceived community need, the Water Therapy Pool was built in 1994. Further modification to the building was carried out in 1998, with the relocation of the dining room and laundry. In the year 2000, to meet current trends in Dementia Care, we developed "Safe Wing". In the 2002 Approval Round we gained funding for our 2 unfunded beds to give a total of 58 funded beds & 3 respite beds.
We have been extremely fortunate to have had a wonderful Ladies Auxiliary, who have raised extensive funds towards the furnishing of the building as well as for resident welfare. As the Homes have developed, the Committee of Management has undergone changes too. It became apparent that the Homes were becoming too big for the Lions Club alone. In 1968 the Committee was extended to include some interested Ladies from the wider Community. Other Service Clubs have willingly given their support by sending representatives to serve on the Committee.
On 25 November 2012, we opened stage one of our brand new purpose built facility.
The Committee of Management is an Incorporated body of 12 members which became a Board in 2008.
Board of Management
Patron - Jane Evelyn Lacey
Jane was born in Melbourne. She is married to Raymond Lacey a past Board Member of RM Begg. Jane has a Bachelor of Arts degree & graduated from Melbourne University in 1970. Worked at the Baillieu Library Melbourne University and at Coburg Technical School. Jane was Executive Chairman of Specialised Vibrated Concrete Company Pty Ltd, a manufacturing & importing company in Braeside, Victoria.
She also facilitated a women's cooking group in Kyneton for 6 years, aimed at improving their social integration, budgeting and cooking skills. Jane has been a volunteer pastoral care worker at Peter McCallum Cancer Hospital for 5 years.
Associated with Kyneton since 1964. My father Max Finlason purchased Rock House property in 1964 and we settled here in the early seventies. Our children attended Kyneton Primary School and we now divide our time between Kyneton & Melbourne.
My connection to RM Begg has been over many years, but it was when my father Max Finlason was a resident at the Hostel for many years until he died in 2003, that my appreciation and understanding of it's great community value for aged care in Kyneton and the Macedon Ranges Shire became clear.
Board of Mangement
RM Begg Kyneton Aged Care is managed by a Board of Management made up of members of the local community.
Phillip has over 30 years experience in business and during that time he has held a number of C Level corporate, board and non-executive director roles.
Phillip has worked across industries including manufacturing, logistics, retail IT and agribusiness. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Director's (AICD) and holds an EMBA from The University of Sydney and a Bachelor of Business from Charles Sturt University.
Phillip's key areas of expertise are in organisational effectiveness, transformation and turnaround.
Richard came to Kyneton in 1984 after completing his Bachelor of Pharmacy at the Victorian College of Pharmacy. He completed his internship and stayed on as a registered pharmacist.
In 1987 Richard completed a business management course and in 1988 became a partner in Kyneton Amcal Pharmacy. In 1999 he purchased the business outright and remains the sole owner. Richard was also in charge of the Pharmacy at Kyneton & District Hospital from 1988 to 1999.
Richard became a Board member of RM Begg in 1998 and was chairperson for 4 years from 2002. He has been involved in many community and sporting organisations over his time in the area including Apex, tennis clubs, squash clubs, cycling, little athletics, car club and M2M.
Kathy has lived in Kyneton for most of her life, growing up on the family farm. She was educated at Sacred Heart College and completed year 12 at Kyneton Secondary College.
Kathy trained as a Registered Nurse and Midwife at Mercy Private Hospital and Mercy Hospital for Women, later returning to Melbourne to further her career in oncology and then Palliative Care. She has worked in community based palliative care for over 20 years in clinical roles, management, education and quality improvement. Part of this role was provision of a consultancy service to aged care facilities within the western region.
Kathy has a Bachelor of Public Health and a Diploma of Business - Frontline Management. She is co-author of an internationally published article.
Kathy has had a 13 year involvement with RM Begg during the time her mother and mother–in-law were residents in the facility.
A year ago Jennifer moved from the Dandenong Ranges to the beautiful Macedon Ranges, after a decade of visiting and staying with family in this area.
Her corporate background is with an industry association, advising and training the business owners and staff in the retail sector.
This involved all of the relevant legislative areas; employment, OHS, leasing food safety, liquor laws, governance, GST and record keeping and so on.
Jennifer hopes that she can bring worthwhile input to the Board of RM Begg and she truly welcome this opportunity of community involvement.
Tracey's love of property took her from a Marketing and Event Management career in to property development in 2002.
After managing the sales on a number of high profile projects in the inner city and south east, she has most recently been appointed Sales Manager of the $2b redevelopment of the Mooney Valley Racecourse.
With a passion for country living Tracey re-located to the Macedon Ranges 10 years ago most recently breeding horses.
Graham is a lawyer with extensive experience in administrative law.
He has been a solicitor and barrister in private practice and held senior positions in Federal and State Governments and in private enterprise.
Sylvia is an Economist with General Management experience.
Her experience has been gained in a range of roles for differing sectors including Not For Profit, financial services, manufacturing and education.
These days Sylvia lives locally, is semi retired and enjoys part time farming and animal husbandry.
She looks forward to being involved with the local community and using her industry knowledge and skills.
Jeremy has been a proud resident of the Macedon Ranges since 2016, after spending time bouncing between Sydney, Melbourne and Europe for work. Originally from N. E Victoria, he decided it was time to get back to the country.
Now settled in Woodend with his two school aged sons, Jeremy commutes to Melbourne for work in his capacity of as Sales Director for John Cotton Australia.
Enjoying the balance of city work and the Macedon Ranges lifestyle, he is involved with the Macedon Ranges Tennis association and bringing up his two boys in a great community.
The Aged care sector is such an important piece of the community fabric, and RM Begg has a proud history of providing the best level of service.
He is excited to be part of continuing that proud history and looks forward to contributing further.
Penelope grew up in the Macedon Ranges. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Melbourne University and a Juris Doctor from Monash University.
Penelope spent several years working as a commercial lawyer at a top tier commercial law firm in Melbourne, followed by a stint working for a boutique commercial practice based in Paris.
Penelope returned to the Macedon Ranges in 2014 and now lives near Hanging Rock with her husband.
Penelope practices at the longstanding Kyneton law firm Armstrong Collins & Delacy.
Chief Executive Officer
Meredith Grant is a Registered Nurse with a certificate in Gerontology and over 30 years clinical experience. Meredith moved into the CEO role at RM Begg in May 2020 after working as RM Begg's Clinical Care Co-Ordinator since 2010.
During this time she has enjoyed forming close relationships with residents and their families encouraging them to be actively involved with RM Begg.
Meredith is looking forward to bringing her experience and knowledge to the CEO role; welcoming residents and families to the facility, as well as providing assistance with the admission process to commence a high quality of care that places the residents at the centre of all decisions.
Michelle is an Accountant (B. Bus Accounting) with 19 years experience in industry before a move to RM Begg and the not for profit sector in 2019.
Born and bred in Kyneton, Michelle has strong community ties, being involved as a volunteer coach and treasurer of local sporting groups for over 10 years.
Michelle has also held Board, finance member and treasurer positions with our local kindergarten and schools.
The role of Business Manager encompasses financial reporting internally and to the Board monthly, preparation of budgets, compliance with Government Prudential requirements and supporting the CEO to oversee the financial management of the organisation.
Michelle also liaises with residents and their family's in relation to fees and Accommodation deposits.
Clinical Care Co-ordinator
Continuous Quality Improvement Co-ordinator
Human Resources Co-ordinator