Illawarra Business Chamber to help farewell Michael Bassingthwaighte at networking event

Ready for changing of the guard: Retiring Peoplecare chief executive Michael Bassingthwaighte with incoming CEO Dr Melinda Williams at The Illawarra Connection dinner in April. Picture: Greg Ellis.
Ready for changing of the guard: Retiring Peoplecare chief executive Michael Bassingthwaighte with incoming CEO Dr Melinda Williams at The Illawarra Connection dinner in April. Picture: Greg Ellis.

The Illawarra Business Chamber and Peoplecare are combining to help send a much loved chief executive of three-and-a-half decades into retirement in style.

Peoplecare is hosting the chamber’s Business After Hours networking event next Wednesday in the Premier’s Room at WIN Entertainment Centre.

Mr Bassingthwaighte has been a respected business leader in the Illawarra since 1973 and at Peoplecare since 1982.

During the last 36 years he has led Peoplecare’s contribution to local charities, community events and contracting services with local businesses.

The Wollongong-based not-for-profit health insurer, has enjoyed sustained success during his tenure, evolving from a closed medical fund for Lysaght’s steelworkers to a national health fund open to all Australians.

The chamber wants to recognise Mr Bassingthwaighte for the way he has has brought a calm business savvy to the job along with his strong ethical desire to do the right thing by people.

It says that has served Peoplecare well, as it continues to outperform the health insurance industry on member growth, member satisfaction, customer service, employment growth and employee satisfaction.

Ther have been many awards along the ways for the Illawarra headquartered health fund that now employs 175 staff.

Along with being a farewell to Mr Bassingthwaighte the business after hours networking event hosted by Peoplecare will also welcome Dr Melinda Williams into the CEO’s role.