Dr 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.
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.
Soula Dagas has more than 20 years’ experience as a senior marketing, communication, human resources, strategic planning and client engagement professional. With demonstrated consultation and communication skills to support stakeholder engagement and robust collaboration skills linking diverse groups to achieve common goals, Soula is committed to supporting the identification and implementation of sustainable community building solutions.
Soula has developed her skills across a range of sectors including financial services, community services, disability employment and disability services.
Holding a Bachelor of Management and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Soula is also a Committee Member of the Western Youth Centre and Foundation for Hellenic Studies. As Director of Client & Stakeholder Engagement at Community Living Australia, Soula is responsible for the delivery of quality, innovative, personalised services to people living with disability. Soula is passionate about working in partnership to find lasting solutions to strengthen regional communities and provide people with disability with every opportunity to have valued roles within the communities they choose to live.
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.
Since 2011, Jess Stevens has been Junction Australia’s Regional Manager, Fleurieu & Kangaroo Island. She holds a Bachelor of Psychology from the University of South Australia and attained a Master of Social Science, Counselling Studies in 2008. Her studies have also included the completion of a Graduate Certificate in Client Assessment and Case Management, specialising in Homelessness. Jess is currently undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Management having been awarded a scholarship for this study.
Jess holds a number of executive level positions with regional and sector level forums including Chair of the Southern Fleurieu Housing Round Table, Chair of the Fleurieu Violence Against Women Collaboration and Deputy Chair of the Coalition of Women’s Domestic Violence Services SA.
Over the last 15 years, Jess has held a variety of positions in the community services sector including being a Case Manager at the Catherine House Women’s Shelter, Coordinator of a volunteer Mental Health program for the Australian Red Cross and Drug and Alcohol Family Counsellor with Uniting Communities.
Jess grew up on the Fleurieu, where she continues to live, and now manages a team of staff who work across a number of services such as Homelessness, Domestic Violence, Community Development, Adult Community Education, and Mental health.
Jess believes all people on the Fleurieu and Kangaroo Island should have the opportunity to thrive, access services and achieve their full potential.
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.
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.