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Dr Chris Lease 

Presiding Member

Chris Lease

Dr Chris Lease is the Director of Health Protection at SA Health and the Deputy Chair of the National Environmental Health Standing Committee (enHealth).

Chris' qualifications include a Bachelor of Applied Science (Environmental Health) and a PhD in environmental biotechnology both from Flinders University of South Australia.

Before joining the Department of Health, Chris was involved in lecturing and research in health and environment related fields at Flinders University.  He has extensive experience in working in Local Government in environmental health, regulatory services and community services management.  He has also worked as a private environmental management consultant assisting government and the private sector in the field of environmental and waste management.

Chris brings expertise in public health with a focus on environmentally mediated disease and the social determinants of health, engagement with the planning and development sector on public health issues and State/Local government relations.

Graham Brown

Graham Brown

Graham has been the Chief Executive Officer of Junction Australia since 2005. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration and has broad experience in organisational development, strategic planning and project management.  He has held senior management roles in three non-government organisations since 1999.

Graham has a passionate belief that people can achieve great things that are of enduring value, when they come together to share insights, perspectives and experiences, envisage better ways or desired outcomes and then work together to pursue their shared vision. Under his leadership, and by adopting this dynamic approach, Junction Australia has experienced steady grown and development over recent years.

Graham is committed to ensuring that Junction Australia is a strong independent community-based organisation with a vibrant and empowering organisational culture that is recognised as a ‘Centre of Excellence for Integrated Social Practice’ as it continues to pursue and strengthen its ‘integrated approach to transforming lives and communities’, that is being implemented through Junction Australia’s distinctive ‘Crisis to Connectedness’ service model.

Andrew Boardman

Andrew Boardman

With 25+ years of experience at senior level in businesses in the developed and developing world, I feel that I am well qualified to lead in the business of making a difference. I have taken businesses through periods of intense upheaval and change with profitable and equitable results, working with some of the leading businesses in intensive / extensive Agri/Horticulture, fast-moving consumer goods, Oil & Gas in Europe and Oceania and latterly Local Government in Australia.

Whether the business is large or small, I can (and do!) make a difference to the way the organisation operates. I enjoy the challenges associated with creating and implementing innovative strategies to manage the way we face / respond to social, economic, environmental and technological pressures that drive change. Taking a whole-of-business approach, I am able to create innovative, nimble, customer-centric, profitable and sustainable enterprises.

Bec Davis

Bec Davis

Bec first joined the KI Community Housing Association (KICHA) in 2003, when the KI Council nominated her to the KICHA Board as Council representative.  On resigning from the KI Council in 2014, Bec continued her involvement as KICHA’s Community representative and has been Secretary to the Board since 2014. 

With a Bachelor of Social Science in Community Development and Politics, Bec has a long standing interest in initiatives that will improve the social health of the KI community.  Bec was a key player in the development of the KI Community Housing Strategy; a joint project that aimed to address the limited access to accessible and affordable housing on KI across a range of demographics and which formed the basis of the Draft Management Plan for Housing on KI.

Bec is currently employed with Finding Workable Solutions who provide disability employment services and a youth drug and alcohol program on KI.  As part of this role, Bec works in the local Centrelink Agency, helping customers to access Centrelink services.  Bec also works for Community Living Australia as a disability support worker.

Diana Massey - to be updated

Maxine McSherry

Maxine McSherry has an extensive background in education with a Bachelor of Education and a Masters of Educational Studies.

Maxine’s career as an educator  has spanned over 30 years, 20 of those years have been spent in school leadership at both complex metropolitan and rural / isolated locations. As part of her career she has also provided training and development to educators state-wide, been selected on the DECD Education Review Team and also supported clusters of schools to develop literacy, numeracy and social justice initiatives.  In her current role as Principal of Kangaroo Island Community Education Maxine leads a complex, multi-campus school (Penneshaw, Parndana and Kingscote) with over 680 students from pre-school to Year 12 and over 100 staff.

Maxine has lived in Kingscote, on the island for the past 8 years but her close connection with the island extends   far longer as her husband’s family were Soldier Settlers on Kangaroo Island.  She is the mother of two sons who now reside in Adelaide.

Last year Maxine was awarded the Fleurieu and KI Educator of the Year in the Women’s Community Awards.

Maria Palumbo

Maria Palumbo

Maria Palumbo commenced her role with Renewal SA as Director, Housing Strategy in June 2015 with responsibility for funding & growth of the community housing industry in South Australia as well as affordable housing strategy and supply initiatives.

Prior to joining Renewal SA, Maria was CEO of Common Ground Adelaide for 5 years – a community housing provider with a mission to end a person’s experience of homelessness.  She joined Common Ground in 2010 after spending around 7 years at Housing SA as Director, Community Partnerships and Growth.  In that role, Maria was responsible for strategy, regulation and funding of community and affordable housing programs in South Australia. 

Other roles Maria had while with Housing SA included Director, Homelessness and Community Programs, responsible for strategy formation and reform of Homelessness NP reforms along with negotiations of new homelessness housing projects under federal funding initiatives.

Marjo Smith - to be updated

Colin Taylor

Colin Taylor

Colin Is a strategic executive project manager with proven experience in setting up and operating a successful technology focused innovation centre in South Australia. 

Along with being responsible for establishing the governance procedures including charters and business rules for the Innovation Centre Sponsor Forum and Board, Colin chaired the monthly Sponsor Forum meetings to review and monitor current Innovation Centre projects, and also the biannual Pitch Day panel to review potential new projects. He also participated as a member of the Hills Innovation Centre Board (quarterly meetings) to consider and approve funding of new projects.

Colin established strong networks across industry, government and universities, enabling him to engage and influence at all levels including board, executive management and key stakeholders including Ministers and State Government CEOs. 

Colin has frequently participated as a keynote speaker at events to promote innovation, collaboration and the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Australia. 

Other personal strengths of Colin include; strong leadership together with staff management skills, stakeholder engagement at all levels, the development and implementation of systems and processes including governance and compliance to ensure best practice.

He is committed to working closely with management and staff to create a world-class innovative culture.