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Chief Executive Officer
Greg Ward - Chief Executive Officer
Greg Ward was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Novita Children’s Services in July 2016.
With a focus on innovation and shared outcomes, Greg offers strong leadership for the achievement of our vision and ongoing sustainability. His experience in the selection and management of high performing teams will enable the implementation of a range of new exciting strategies for our transformation into meeting the challenges of the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
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.
Chief People Officer
Ian Thompson - Director, Governance & People
The Group Manager Governance, Risk and Compliance, Ian Thompson, joined Novita Children’s Services in 2008 following his role as a lawyer at the South Australian Commission of Inquiry concerning children in State Care.
Ian holds a Degree in Law and a post-graduate Degree in Social Administration. His interests lie in the interface and connections between human services and legal services.
He has worked in private legal practice and at the SA Law Society in a range of areas including child protection, criminal law, family law, litigation and insurance. In disability services he worked at Minda Inc for ten years in the management of services to people with intellectual disabilities.
Ian has worked on Boards of non-government agencies for homeless, young people and he is a former chair of the SA Council of Social Services. He is currently Company Secretary to the Board of Novita Children’s Services.
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Chief Marketing Officer
Carolyn Francis - Chief Marketing Officer
Carolyn has significant experience at Executive and Board level across a diverse range of private and public sector industries including tourism, major events, sport, economic development, health and vocational education and training.
Her extensive experience in strategic marketing and communications, stakeholder engagement and transformational leadership have been key in delivering growth and success for some of South Australia’s most prominent organisations including the Australian Formula One Grand Prix, the Port Adelaide (Power) Football Club, South Australian Motor Sport Board, SA Health and TAFE SA.
Delivering effective and highly profitable sales, marketing and fundraising activities to support Novita’s provision of the best possible services and support to people living with disability and their families, drives her passion for working for Novita.
Carolyn holds post graduate qualifications in Business Administration from the University of South Australia, is a Certified Practising Marketer (CPM) and a Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute and the Australian Institute of Management.
Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy Brown – Chief Operating Officer
Jeremy has a wealth of experience in the community services sector where he has delivered strategy, management and innovative service delivery across a range of leading organisations in South Australia.
At Novita he is responsible for communicating, leading and delivering operational activities, identifying new product and service opportunities and driving growth across the organisation and its subsidiary companies.
Jeremy holds a Bachelor of Social Science from the University of South Australia, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Adelaide, and undertook advanced management training at Aarhus University in Denmark.
Chief Financial Officer
Jonathon Grant - Chief Financial Officer
Jonathon has more than 20 years finance experience having worked in banking, retail, construction and agriculture where he was responsible for delivering financial, accounting and business analysis services. For the past 15 months Jonathon has worked in the disability services sector, as the Chief Financial Officer for Can Do for Kids.
When not working Jonathon is likely to be coaching or enjoying sports.
Executive Manager, Knowledge Services
Terry Lyons - Executive Manager, Knowledge and Learning
The provision of positive outcomes for children and their families is what has always driven Terry, whether in her clinical role as an occupational therapist or more recently in various management roles. In order to assist children and their families to achieve the positive outcomes they seek the services offered need to be based on the best available evidence and to be delivered by competent staff.
Terry’s team of profession leaders, researchers and library professionals represent Novita’s commitment to clinical and service governance, training, clinical supervision and evidence based practice. It is this commitment that is a reason for families to engage Novita as their service provider and for staff to seek employment with Novita.
In her spare time Terry loves to cook for family gatherings, care for her three grandchildren, enjoys walking on the beach, and plays lawn bowls.
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Executive Manager, Community Services
Jo Shearer - Executive Manager, Community Inclusion
Jo is passionate about fostering inclusion and respect within our society, particularly as it affects the Novita community and people living with disability. She and her team strive to ensure that all of the adults, children, parents, carers and others, who come to COSA and Novita for services, receive a positive and valuable outcome.
Also studying for her PhD, Jo’s limited spare time is spent with friends or taking long walks in the beautiful bush surrounding her home.
Executive Manager, Allied Health Services