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After 20 years as COTA's chief executive, Ian Yates has decided to step down. Picture: Kym Smith/NewsCorp Australia.

‘New ventures’: Ian Yates steps down as COTA’s chief – podcast

After three decades of advocating for aged care, Ian Yates has announced he will step down as chief executive of COTA.

He has been at the helm of the peak body for almost 20 years, during which time he oversaw numerous national initiatives and established COTA's membership.

Over the last two years he led COTA through the turmoil of the Royal Commission's report that unveiled the sometimes poor conditions in residential aged care homes.

Yates says that leading COTA has been "a privilege and a challenge" and will continue to advocate for older Australians in other ways.

“My commitment to the well being of older Australians has not diminished in the least."

"But in leading a national organisation for so long one needs to think about how succession transition occurs well; and I know that this is when it happens as a planned process, not by waiting until a crisis precipitates it.

"I will continue my contribution in the other roles I have, such as Chair of the Council of Elders, and in new ventures."

Aged Care Insite spoke with Ian Yates about his new ventures and how he's planning to remain a passionate defender of the aged care industry.

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