‘As Patron of Novita from 2007 to 2014, while Governor of South Australia, I was fortunate to gain a close insight into the work Novita does with children with disabilities and their families. Together with my wife Liz, I was impressed by the professional dedication and achievements of Novita staff and by the extra-ordinary achievements of Novita’s clients in confronting and overcoming hurdles and limitations with disability. Novita has a long and outstanding history in South Australia for the work it does in the community. I am proud to be a Director of the organisation.’
BMgmt(IntlMktg) BMgmt (Hons) PhD
‘As Executive Director at the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, South Australia Government, my team and I provide leadership, support and delivery of whole of government technology,
digital and cyber security services. These services enable government agencies to deliver secure and seamless services to citizens and businesses. My PhD in social entrepreneurship and innovation investigated the financial viability of social enterprises.
I am proud to share my expertise and knowledge in these areas as a Board Member to ensure Novita continues to deliver important services to South Australians. I have previously been a member of Novita’s Consumer Reference Group.’
BA(Acc) FCA FAICD FGLF
'I am a partner of Lynch Meyer Lawyers, specialising in employment and industrial relations, work health and safety, privacy and discrimination law. I am the Immediate Past Chair of the James Brown Memorial Trust and have also previously been on the board of HETA, because I am passionate about ensuring that those members of our society who are disadvantaged or vulnerable are afforded opportunities to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.
I am also a past member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (SA) and past council member of the Law Society of SA.
I am proud to bring my skills and knowledge to Novita, and to be part of an organisation with such an honourable charter of providing quality services and opportunities to children with disabilities, and their families.'
David Caudrey has a 45 year history of working in the disability field. He has a bachelor degree from the University of Adelaide and a PhD from London University.
In the 1970s he was a researcher in mental health in London and from 1984 to 1999 was CEO of Novita (then known as the Crippled Children’s Association). He was, from 2000 until 2016 the executive in the State government responsible for policy and funding the non-government disability sector. He led the State’s role in the trial of the National Disability Insurance Scheme from 2013 to 2016 and was recently director of the Disability Policy Unit that developed the Disability Inclusion Act 2018.
In 2019 he has been the State’s Disability Advocate charged with advising Ministers and the National Disability Insurance Agency on design improvements for the Scheme so that South Australians with a disability can get a better deal from the Scheme.
For the past 10 months David has been a member of the scosa Board and has joined the Novita Board with the amalgamation of Novita and scosa on 1 October 2019.
FCA FAIM MAICD BA(Acc)
‘As current CEO of Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority I am an extremely passionate South Australian. Adelaide Oval is a place for all South Australians and an integral part of the wider community. I have profound respect for the people involved with Novita who deliver a variety of critical, life-changing services to more than 2000 young clients, and offer much-needed support for their families and carers. I very much look forward to serving on the Board and providing support to an organisation that is a shining light for so many.’
CA CTA BCom BBus (Comm Law)
‘I am the Chief Executive Officer of McMahon Investments, and I am passionate about the positive impact that Novita has on South Australians living with disability. Seeing the role that Novita
plays in the lives of people living with disability, and the life changing impact that the staff and programs make to our clients and their families is truly inspiring. As a finance professional with strong community values, I am eager to assist Novita to
continue to grow and continue to change the lives of South Australians living with disability. It is an honour and a privilege to join the board of Novita.’
'I am the Chief Executive Officer of sportsmed Hospital and Orthopaedics, having held this position since late 2010. Previous to this I served in the roles of General Manager - Corporate Services and Chief Financial Officer. I am a chartered accountant, having previously spent 11 years working for an international accounting firm KPMG in the UK and Australia, specialising in transaction advisory engagements.
I am heavily involved in the health sector, being the State President and Treasurer of the Australian Private Hospitals Association – SA Branch and I sit on the Australian Private Hospitals Association National Board and Council where I am Chair of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee and a member of the Policy and Advocacy Taskforce.
I am a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, where I was also a member of the Tomorrow’s Director Committee. I was a Director of St Johns Grammar School in Belair and former Chair of its Finance, Audit and Risk Committee.
I joined the scosa Board in October 2016 and most recently held the role of Vice President. My initial involvement with scosa was through a corporate social responsibility program. I was so moved by the passion, commitment and care provided by the organisation and the joy this provided for clients that I sought a board position so that I could contribute to such a valuable community service. I am passionate about continuing to help Novita deliver much needed and valued services to its clients.'
Professor Pat Buckley
‘As a scientist and physiologist, I have a background in the university sector educating clinical practitioners, growing health and biomedical research, and leading research training and researcher development. Commitment to equal opportunity and social justice is intrinsic to my professional and personal life. And so it is with great pleasure that I join the Board of Directors at Novita – an organisation with inclusivity, achieving potential, and diversity as part of its DNA - to help support its fine work and the achievements of its community.’
'As a woman with a disability I have been an advocate for people with disabilities and chaired numerous advisory bodies, been a Disability Adviser to a Federal Minister and was President of Women with Disabilities for several years. I was Director of the
Adelaide Women’s Community Health Centre for nine years and I have held senior leadership positions in both State and Commonwealth Governments including State Manager of the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs for five years.
My life and work experience means that I have a passionate commitment to ensuring people with disabilities are able to live fulfilling lives, provided with opportunities and are treated with respect. I hope to be able to contribute to this through my work with the Novita Board.'
DipAppSci, BBus, MBA, GAICD
Greg Ward was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Novita Children’s Services in July 2016.
Greg has a long and impressive pedigree with successful military, public and private sector roles, including at CEO and Board level.
Following a 19 year career in the Royal Australian Navy, he has held a number of challenging positions in civil infrastructure, manufacturing, global defence businesses and ICT project management, both in South Australia and overseas.
Among his many achievements, Greg has successfully started, managed and grown a number of innovative businesses. With broad experience as a Project Director and Program Manager across civil design, IT and construction programs, he has delivered complex life-cycle projects. He has also consulted to a broad range of large global organisations focusing on project management strategy and implementation, operational effectiveness and improvement.
Greg is a firm advocate for investment into building skills, knowledge and staff retention, in order to maximise Novita’s unique offer, points of difference and intellectual properties.
CPA B.Fin B.Com
As a Certificate Practicing Accountant with qualifications in Finance and Commerce, Jonathon has more than 20 years finance experience having worked in banking, retail, construction, agriculture and in the disability services sector with responsibility for delivering financial, accounting and business analysis services.