Novita Board of Directors


Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd)
BFA MMEc MSc Doctor honoris causa

‘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.’

Elected Directors

Eva Balan-Vnuk
BMgmt(IntlMktg) BMgmt (Hons) PhD

‘As State Director for Microsoft in South Australia, my team and I support the digital transformation of our customers to help them achieve more. 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.’

Andrew Daniels

‘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.’

Greg de Cure

‘As the parent of a client I have enjoyed a 15 year relationship with the organisation and fully appreciate the remarkable work done by the staff and management at Novita. I bring to the Board a broad range of professional skills and look forward to the opportunity of helping to support our clients and their families.’

Jennifer Fereday
RN RM DipAppSci(Nsg) BN MEd(Mgt) PhD

‘My current role is the Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery for the Women’s and Children’s Health Network (WCHN).  I have held senior nursing and midwifery positions in the areas of clinical care, management, education and research in both the public and private sectors since 1987.  I hold adjunct positions with University of SA and Flinders University. I have been involved with Novita previously through research projects and I am currently a member of the Channel 7 Children’s Research Foundation grant review committee. As a proud South Australian I have always respected the services Novita provides to children with disabilities and their families and I am pleased to serve as a director.’

Gretchen Richards

‘It is a great privilege to join the Novita Board of Directors and make contributions in the areas of brand, marketing and communications. I have always been passionate about fostering ability and developing potential, so the very core values of Novita resonate highly with me. Working with an organisation that directly impacts thousands of South Australian families will not only be immensely rewarding, but will allow me to give something back to the community that I proudly call home.’

Todd Roberts

‘I am the General Manager for Institutional & Corporate Banking SA/NT at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia and I am incredibly passionate about the role that Novita plays in the South Australian community. All South Australians deserve the opportunity to live rich and fulfilled lives and Novita gives children with disabilities the best start to life possible. As a finance professional and strong community supporter I will be eager to assist Novita in bringing even more assistance to an increased number of South Australian children in the years ahead. It’s a great privilege to join the board of Novita.’

Sonia Bolzon

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 current 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.

Appointed Directors

Justin Beilby

‘I have been involved in research and evaluation with workforce planning, primary care financing, innovative chronic illness models and the Quality Use of Medicines for over twenty five years, in both urban and rural settings and have published widely in asthma, diabetes, chronic disease management, point of care testing and primary care financing.
As Executive Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, I was responsible for undergraduate training in medicine, nursing, dentistry, health sciences, psychology and public health.
I am a past member of the National Health and Hospital Reform Commission and past President of the Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand Inc (2011 – 2013).   I currently Chair one of the established primary care organisations – Medicare Locals and I continue to consult in general practice.’

Company Secretary

Ian Thompson
LLB BSocAdmin

With qualifications as a Legal Practitioner and Social Worker, Ian has worked in legal services and in disability services. His responsibilities at Novita include governance, risk management and quality assurance. Following Novita’s transition to a Company Limited by Guarantee, Ian has been appointed as Company Secretary.

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