The AMPJP congratulates Mr Christopher Rigby his recent honour as Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in recognition of his significant service to health and aged care organisations.
Mr Rigby was instrumental in the establishment of Catholic Healthcare, Australia’s oldest Ministerial PJP. He served as Catholic Healthcare’s founding Managing Director (1994 – 2011).
Eva Skira AM, AMPJP Council Chair said:
Chris Rigby was a true pioneer. He was in that first band that ventured into the unknown territory of Ministerial Public Juridic Persons. He, and those who worked with him, demonstrated that this new form of Church governance could succeed in sponsoring – seeing them grow in size, effectiveness and fidelity to mission.
Belinda Moyes, Interim CEO, Catholic Healthcare said she was delighted to congratulate Mr Rigby on behalf of Catholic Healthcare.
“Chris was integral to the establishment and success of Catholic Healthcare,” says Ms Moyes. “A man of many strengths, Mr Rigby instilled in Catholic Healthcare a vision, determination, commitment to faith, and a passion for the respectful, compassionate and excellent care of those in need.”
Catholic Healthcare notes that when Mr Rigby was appointed Managing Director in 1994, he was the only employee. By the time he retired in 2011, Chris had built a team of 3,000 and transformed Catholic Healthcare into an award-winning aged and healthcare provider.
In speaking to the Catholic Weekly, Mr Rigby said
“I feel humbled because I recall the great teams and great colleagues I have worked with and proud because it is an unsought recognition that gives a sense of completion,”
“Looking back, I am very thankful for my Catholic upbringing particularly for the Jesuits and the Josephites who played a very significant role in my thinking today.”
The Catholic Weekly reports that he was educated at Maitland Marist and St Clement’s College Galong, he was a graduate of the Catholic Institute of Sydney and after a short career as a teacher, moved into health and aged care policy, management and service development; and inaugural director of the John Plunkett Centre for Medical Ethics at St Vincent’s Hospital.