Thea McCroary is the Chief Operating Officer and part owner of Prestige Inhome Care, Australia’s leading in-home care provider with a team of more than 800 dedicated people.
Thea is a passionate advocate for living independently, and with dignity, in your own home. Having supported her mother through dementia, she can personally relate to the families whose loved ones Prestige cares for.
An authentic and empowering leader, Thea achieves organisational outcomes by fostering a strong, purpose-driven culture and helping connect her team to the ‘why.’ Passionate about women in leadership, Thea believes that balancing a demanding career and motherhood can be a very positive and rewarding experience. She is a champion for inclusive workplaces that embrace diversity and enable people to balance their personal and professional lives.
Thea is a strong contributor to Leading Aged Services Australia, the national peak body for aged care providers. Thea is playing an important role in addressing workforce shortages facing the industry and using her marketing expertise to innovate creative ways to attract people to a secure industry in an exciting time of change. She is also actively involved with a number of charities including Treasure Chest and Dementia Australia.
Thea’s career started in the medical industry, influenced by her father, a highly regarded doctor and obstetrician. After completing a commerce degree, she moved into finance, working in Sydney and London for Goldman Sachs, UBS and Deutsche Bank. Returning to the health and aged care sector, Thea joined her brother and company founder, Nick McDonald, heading up Prestige’s business development. Later, Thea was General Manager of Sales and Marketing, followed by Acting CEO, with Nick on six months’ long-service leave. Today, Thea is our Chief Operating Officer.
Together with Nick, Thea has been instrumental in Prestige’s growth — from a start-up with a handful of staff and clients, to a nationally-focused organisation that proudly maintains its family-owned identity and supports over 1,800 valued clients a month to remain living at home.