Governance - Our Board

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

Sara Haslinger

Sara Haslinger – Chairperson

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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.


Chair of the Board

David Bruce

David Bruce – Managing Director

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Following a restructure of Community Options, as a long-standing member of the Board, David has been appointed as the Managing Director to run the business and develop and grow the organisation.

David’s extensive background of over 20 years in the not-for-profit sectors of Health, Aged Care and Community Services is supported by his more than 30 years’ experience as a Chairman, CEO/CFO and Company Director in Australia, Middle East, India, and the United Kingdom in areas of health, research, and development, pharmaceutical, medical organisation(s), 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. Recently he completed 8 years 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.


Acts as the Managing Director of the business.

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.


Deputy Chair of the Board

Member of Governance, Remuneration and Nomination 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


Member of the Governance, Remuneration and Nomination Committee