Governance - Our Board

Community Options Australia works with a team of professionals to provide you with the best services.

Sara Haslinger

Sara Haslinger

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Sara rethinks service delivery, funding models and stakeholder engagement and designs new systems that make differences to communities, and government, not-for-profit and commercial delivery systems. She combines and integrates co-designing, strategic thinking and project delivery. She is an executive, a project lead, advocate, public speaker and problem solver. She has led and managed teams and organisations and more than 20 projects in Australia and the United Kingdom with a focus on the need to integrate social, legal, commercial, public, and individual perspectives so that what emerges are outcomes that provide opportunities for new work/life-conditions, and that meet the ever-changing levels of complexity in our society.

She has extensive experience in major capital works project management, assurance, governance and delivery covering both the public and private sectors. An expert in strategic asset planning, Sara has provided expert advice to NSW Government clients to improve asset governance planning, delivery, and management.

Sara has held senior executive leadership roles in legal, commercial and government sectors, and is passionate about her work, bringing a high level of passion and rigor.

Responsibilities

Chair of the Board

Dalvin Chien

Dalvin Chien

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Dalvin brings strategic legal, commercial, and technology skills from over 16 years’ experience practicing as a commercial and technology lawyer in the health, technology, and government sectors.

He is currently a senior lawyer at a global law firm where his main areas of practice are in cyber security, government contracting, technology sourcing, and e-commerce. In addition to his professional practice, Dalvin teaches a Master of Law Course at the Australian National University. Dalvin holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), and a Master of Law.

Dalvin is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and serves as Vice Chair of the Technology Sourcing committee of the International Technology Lawyers Association. He has presented and written on a wide array of commercial and cyber security topics.

Dalvin is strategically focussed and believes that putting the end-consumer at the centre of, and the use of effective risk management techniques in, decision making is the key to achieving long term positive outcomes.

Responsibilities

Deputy Chair of the Board

Member of Governance Committee

David Bruce

David Bruce

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David Bruce is a CEO/CFO and Company Director with experience in Australia, Middle East, India and the United Kingdom in the not-for-profit sectors of health, research and development, pharmaceutical, investment banking and finance, and design and building and construction  sectors.

He is strategically focused, achievement and performance-oriented and has been responsible for all aspects of business development, operations and stakeholder management.   David is a strong networker amongst business and political connections  in Australia, New Zealand and other international countries with governments, corporations and charities, particularly in the areas of not-for-profit health, pharmaceutical, research and development and medical organisation(s), design & building and construction. Recently, as CEO/CFO, Executive Director and shareholder of an international architectural practice at the Kann Finch Group, David focused on the corporate restructure and redevelopment of the practice during difficult trading conditions in Australia, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the Middle East and African (MENA) region – travelling between these countries to establish project contacts and develop businesses –  following the global financial crisis.

He is a graduate and member of the Australia Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia and Fellow of The Institute of Managers and Leaders and is currently completing an MBA and MBL via Southern Cross University.

Responsibilities

Member of the Risk & Finance Committee

Sarah-Richardson

Sarah Richardson

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Sarah brings strategic, financial and corporate governance skills from three decades of board and executive experience in not-for-profits, SMEs and multinationals in Australia, France and the US. She has served on 14 health / infrastructure / education / sport / agrifoods boards in the last decade (four current) and is Director of her own SME consultancy. Sarah holds a BA, BCA, MBA (Hons) and GAICD and has received multiple awards for her not-for-profit, consultancy and corporate work. She is a member of Governance Institute (Fellow), Australian Marketing Institute (Fellow, CPM, Awards Head Judge), Women on Boards, Australian Fulbright Alumni Association, Victoria University of Wellington Alumni Association (Regional Ambassador – Sydney) and University of Chicago Alumni Association (Founder and former Chair, Perth Branch). Sarah is enjoying combining her passion for the community sector with her communication skills to build awareness and advocacy for community services within Australia.

Responsibilities

Chair of Governance Committee

Jacqueline Brewer

Jacqueline Brewer

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Jacqueline is currently employed as a leader in the for-purpose sector which sees her working in pedagogy, project management, stakeholder engagement, digital programs and policy implementation. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Languages) and a Master of Teaching (Primary) from the University of Sydney and is a graduate Board Observer from the Sydney Observership program. Jacqueline has over 15 years’ experience working in diverse roles across the education sector in Australia and the UK. She is a former Primary School educator, researcher, teacher mentor, Admissions, Engagement and Advancement professional. Jacqueline’s career has been characterised by her personal philosophy of servant leadership; seeking out justice for those without the power and opportunities to develop agency on their own. She has implemented and led projects funded by large philanthropic and government organisations and see her working with vulnerable young people as well as First Nations peoples in remote, regional and metropolitan settings. Jacqueline is inspired by the potential of the not-for-profit sector to influence social change, policy and practice.

Responsibilities

Member of Risk and Finance Committee

Leesa Chesser

Leesa Chesser

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Leesa is a non-executive director with expertise in highly regulated industries where compliance or regulatory failure is a major risk to a company’s public licence to operate and sectors under going transformation.

Leesa served as Minister for Disabilities, Mental Health and Substance Abuse and led the NDIS decision making, delivery of service reform and transformation in South Australia.

As Chair of the Public Works Committee, she oversaw large public infrastructure construction projects such as the Adelaide Oval redevelopment with consideration of economic evaluation, procurement, project management and ongoing reporting for public value.

She has held a number of board positions in membership based organisations, the education sector and social service providers.

Leesa is a specialist in strategic governance solutions, Chairing and building Advisory Boards through her consulting firm and works primarily in the private sector with commercial enterprises, start ups, not-for-profit organisations and social enterprises to create value in the defence and space industries, new technology, health and human services.

Trained in health economics, health information management and business at the Queensland Univesity of Technology, Leesa is values based, data driven and enjoys contributing to smart commercial decision making focused on value generation, consumers, problem solving and innovation.

Leesa enjoys aviation, sailing and spending time with her two teenagers.

Responsibilities

Member of the Governance Committee

Norm Cockerell

Norm Cockerell

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Norm brings Finance, Risk, customer experience and business transformation expertise developed over an extensive corporate career in the financial services and health sectors in Australia and across Asia.  Together with his governance, patient and community engagement experience through his position as Deputy Chair of a Health service in regional Victoria, he brings a wealth of skills to COA.

He is currently involved in two consultancies to a wide variety of Government and Corporate clients on Health and Safety Risk management and addressing mature age workforce transition challenges. As well as Deputy Chair Heathcote Health he is also Deputy Chair of their Risk and Governance sub-committee.

Norm holds a Bachelor of Business Degree and is a Graduate of the AICD

Responsibilities

Member of the Risk and Finance Committee