Andrew Daniels is a qualified and proven Board Chair and Company Director with more than 30 years of experience in major projects and event management in Australia, including roles as the Chief Executive Officer of Adelaide Oval, Chief Executive of the South Australian Motor Sports Board, Commercial Manager of the South Australian Tourism Commission and Deputy Chief Executive of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Board.
Andrew is also Chair of the Adelaide Venue Management Corporation, the South Australian Motor Sport Board, and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra Holdings Ltd.
Andrew is passionate about Novita’s mission of enabling children, young people and adults living with disability and their families to participate in the community to their full potential and is proud to be able to support the organisation in its delivery.
BMgmt(IntlMktg) BMgmt (Hons) PhD
As Executive Director, Office of the Chief Information Officer, within the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, Dr Eva Balan-Vnuk and her team lead the South Australian Government’s technology, cyber security and digital government strategies and policies, and are the central service provider for whole of government technology and cyber security services and platforms that enable agencies to deliver secure and seamless services to citizens and businesses.
Eva has a PhD in social entrepreneurship and innovation, which investigated the financial viability of social enterprises, and has previously been a member of Novita’s Consumer Reference Group.
Eva is proud to share her expertise and knowledge in these areas as a Board Member to ensure Novita continues to deliver important services to South Australians.
LLB (Hons.) GDLP GAICD
As a partner of Lynch Meyer Lawyers, Sonia Bolzon specialises in employment and industrial relations, work health and safety, privacy and discrimination law. Sonia is the Immediate Past Chair of the James Brown Memorial Trust and has also previously been on the board of HETA, driven by her passion for ensuring that those members of our society who are disadvantaged or vulnerable are afforded opportunities to lead fulfilling and enriching lives.
Sonia is also a past member of the Equal Opportunity Tribunal (SA) and past council member of the Law Society of SA.
Sonia is proud to bring her 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, young people and adults living with disability, 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.
Professor Pat Buckley
Professor Pat Buckley is a scientist and physiologist, with a background in the university sector educating clinical practitioners, growing health and biomedical research, and leading research training and researcher development. She has also held multiple governance and Board roles.
Commitment to equal opportunity and social justice is intrinsic to Pat’s professional and personal life.
It is with great pleasure that Pat has joined the Board of Directors at Novita – an organisation she describes as having inclusivity, achieving potential, and diversity as part of its DNA.
CA CTA BCom BBus (Comm Law)
Amy is a Fellow of the Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, and a Chartered Tax Advisor with over 18 years experience providing advice and guidance to businesses to help achieve their financial goals.
Amy commenced her career at EY where she provided tax and accounting advice to a wide range of businesses across South Australia. Amy joined McMahon Services in 2010 and served as CFO until 2017 when she took on the role of CEO for McMahon Investments looking after a broad range of operations including plant hire, retirement living, commercial and residential property, and marine services.
Amy has a strong commercial acumen, with a particular focus on financial reporting, risk and governance.
Meryl has qualifications in counselling and social work and has been an advocate for adults, young people and children who live with disability in a number of positions across the Commonwealth Government. Her most recent position was as a senior executive with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), leading both national and state-based initiatives for eight years.
Meryl’s significant executive career in service‐based sectors includes disability, health workforce, Indigenous Affairs, housing, early childhood and return to work/rehabilitation.
Through Meryl’s lived and work experience, she has developed a passionate commitment to ensuring people living with disability are provided with opportunities, live fulfilled lives and are treated with dignity and respect. Meryl is pleased to join the Novita Board to contribute to delivering accessible solutions and building inclusive services and communities
Peter Prest’s career has focused on strategic planning, corporate performance, decision-critical information provision and the underlying organisational structures and systems that support this environment. Peter has broad commercial, general management and non-executive director experience in large and complex organisations in Australia, United Kingdom and New Zealand across a range of industries. As Chief Financial Officer he currently leads the Finance branch at The University of Adelaide in the Australian Higher Education sector.
Peter’s skills and experience are complemented by a philosophy of building high performing teams in a continuous improvement culture and providing structure and clarity around operational and strategic decisions. He has been involved in numerous change management initiatives including implementations of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems, the re-engineering of organisation-wide systems and processes and the alignment of organisational capabilities and structures.
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.