Royal Freemasons

Providing residential accommodation and in-home services since 1867

Royal Freemasons has built a reputation on an ability to blend traditions of the past with modern innovations to deliver excellence in care for older persons.

Since 1867, Royal Freemasons has operated as one of Victoria’s most respected charitable organisations, proudly delivering residential accommodation and in-home services to help people live secure, dignified and rewarding lives.

We are known for our compassionate, ethical, service-oriented approach and a strongly held belief in the importance of community.

Expert care with a personal touch

More than 2,000 staff work in our residential aged care, and retirement and independent living communities, and home care services, providing compassionate, person-centred support to residents and consumers.

We have long recognised that it is our people that make our services special. Our workforce has a diverse range of skills and experience that enables us to provide comprehensive care.

dementia care

Nurses and carers

24h nurse

Hospitality staff

wellness serv

Lifestyle staff



Support staff

Royal Freemasons employees are carefully selected, credentialled and police checked on a regular basis. They work as a team to provide best practice, high-quality care.

Experience you can trust

Trustees oversee entities like trusts and charities, acting in the best interests of beneficiaries. They manage assets, make decisions, and ensure compliance. Their role is to safeguard and advance the entity’s goals, exercising integrity and independent judgment while avoiding conflicts of interest.

RWBro Bill Hayes


RWBro David Gibbs


RWBro Myles King


Board of Directors

The key function of the Board is to:

  • establish the vision, mission and values of the organisation
  • set the strategic direction
  • oversee the financial performance of the organisation
  • oversee the risk-management strategy and risk-management performance.

WBro Andrew Davenport

RWBro Craig Head

Bro Larry Jackson

MWBro Bob Jones

Rosemary Evans


Strategic leadership that drives us forward

Hugh Cattermole

Chief Executive Officer

Sharyn McIlwain

Chief Operating Officer
Residential Aged Care and Quality

Voula Yankoulas

Chief Financial Officer

Melanie McNamara

Executive Officer
Company Secretary

Ann Butcher

Chief Operating Officer — Community Services and Wellbeing
Chief People Officer

Royal Freemasons Reports and Publications

2021-2022 Impact Report