Our Board

Wisdom, compassion and experience… working together as one.

Our Board members each have a personal association with diabetes – either living with diabetes themselves or with a close family member who has diabetes.

Our Board represents a wealth of vision, experience and strategic acumen.

Our Board meets regularly to discuss current issues and to focus on how Diabetes SA can continue to best represent the interests of our members and all people at risk or living with diabetes. The Board are required by constitution to be members of the Association.

Sincere thanks must be extended to our Board who volunteer their time each month and give of their vast knowledge and experience to govern our Association.

Download: Candidate Statements 2020/2021

Pictured (from top left): Peter Crouch, Allan Baird, Gary Neave, John Jovicevic, Lis Burtnik; (from bottom left) Christine Bell, Lynn Bonython, Clare MacAdam, Gus Abimosleh, James Mead (Board Mentee).

Peter Crouch

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 29 September 2011 President since 30 November 2015

Member of Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee, Finance, Audit & Risk Committee & Building Development Committee

Personal information

I retired from the South Australia Police as a Detective Inspector with 43 years of service. I am currently undertaking work on contract with the Federal Government on the National Redress Scheme.

I have a Diploma in Management (Human Resources), a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration.

I have type 2 diabetes, which is prevalent in the adults of my family and as such have a keen interest in assisting people with diabetes management. I am enthusiastic about helping South Australians affected by diabetes.

Allan Baird

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 28 June 2016

Chair Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee, Member of Building Development Committee

Vice President since 24 November 2020

Board Mentor

Personal information

With tertiary qualifications in Business, Industrial Engineering, and Information Systems and over 30 years’ experience as a senior manager and IT professional in both public and private sectors in Australia and overseas, Diabetes SA has given me the opportunity to couple my professional experience with my understanding of diabetes.

Diabetes SA has shown its resilience and relevance in the last year and it has been exciting to be part of the important and sustainable changes initiated by the Board and staff to ensure that Diabetes SA leads the way for making the life healthier and happier for people living with diabetes and their carers.

It has been an honor to serve on the Board and be engaged in the exciting developments at Diabetes SA for the last five years and offer my services to the membership to serve another term on the Board.

Gary Neave

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

A member of the Board since 24 September 2019

Chair of Building Development Committee

Vice President since 23 February 2021

Personal information

Living with, and sharing the life challenges of my partner, who has type 1 diabetes, for the time I have known her, is one of the primary motivators driving my membership of the Diabetes SA Board.

Respected as a business leader and project delivery specialist over a long and diverse career in project and business governance, recent work with Uniting Communities, leading the client-side team in the delivery of their U City project and working with the NSHC Board (community housing provider) has given me strong and clear insights as to the challenges faced by those living with disadvantage and/or disability, and the opportunities to leverage broader industry insights to support the businesses that support them.

I bring strong business acumen, having led infrastructure projects of capital value exceeding $400m, managed national business units for tier one professional services consultancy; and more recently managed the transition of a successful Adelaide based project delivery consultancy to become the local office for TSA, the largest project management and advisory service in the region.

I have a real passion, and strong empathy for those that rely on the notfor- profit sector, and bring significant relationships across government, and industry, in support of my Board role with Diabetes SA.

John Jovicevic

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 24 September 2019

Chair of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee Member of Building Development Committee

Personal information

I am a Partner of a medium sized Chartered Accounting firm with over 15 years public practice experience. I have extensive experience working with and advising clients that operate in the profit, not-for-profit and public sector. My experience working with a wide range of businesses and organisations in my professional career gives me a strong appreciation of the unique challenges that face organisations such as Diabetes SA.

I joined the Board of Diabetes SA as I have a keen interest in further supporting programs in the areas of diabetes research and prevention given my family history with diabetes.

My strong focus on the Board is ensuring Diabetes SA is long-term financially sustainable and has sufficient financial resources to meet its strategic objectives whilst also ensuring we are financially transparent and accountable to our members.

Lis Burtnik

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 24 September 2019

Member of Building Development Committee

Board Mentor

Personal information

As a late starter in the type 1 diabetes stakes, it took me a while to come to terms with this chronic and at times frustrating and challenging condition. Diabetes SA became a ‘go-to place’ for advice, encouragement, and support. I have become a passionate advocate of the organisation and believe in giving back where I can. Without their support I am not sure how I would have coped in those early days.

My working life began as a pediatric nurse at the then Children’s Hospital where diabetes was known as juvenile diabetes and there appeared little awareness that adults of all ages could acquire this condition. There were no disposable syringes, needles were sharpened with a whet stone and lancets were instruments of pain. The advances including technological innovations since that time have, to put it mildly, been mind-blowing.

I am impressed with the forward vision of Diabetes SA and its commitment to research, education, and service. It is these elements that have motivated me to continue as a Board Member of Diabetes SA.

My career has been varied encompassing work in the not-for-profit sector including as CEO of a community disability service for 23 years, as a consultant both in the government and community domains and for a number of years I have been supporting, developing, and facilitating workshops for families to understand the complex pathways of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Currently I am involved in developing a consumer driven cooperative for people with disability in the northern region of Adelaide. I have previously served on several not-for-profit boards including as Chairperson of the National Council for Single Mothers and their Children. I have also sat on numerous government committees and reference groups representing the voices of vulnerable people and their families.

Christine Bell

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board 27 October 2020

Member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee and Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee

Board Mentor

Personal information

Having worked with some of South Australia’s most vulnerable people I have seen firsthand the impact poor diabetes management can have on a person’s life. I joined the Board of Diabetes SA as I truly value the role education and access to information can have in the management of diabetes. By improving access to information and education we can improve the health outcomes of vulnerable community groups.

My professional work experience in both the for-profit sector and notfor- profit sectors, including community services, aged care services and housing support, gives me great insight into the challenges faced by vulnerable community members and how community-based organisations like Diabetes SA can make a positive difference in people’s lives.

I offer expertise in strategic planning, governance and business development with a genuine understanding, passion, and enthusiasm for working for the community of South Australia.

Lynn Bonython

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board 27 October 2020

Chair of Research Advisory Committee & Member of Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee

Personal information

As a carer for my partner who had type 1 diabetes for 51 years, I experienced the adventures – and occasional misadventures that are familiar to those who share their life with a person who has diabetes.

The complexities of life become magnified by daily diabetes management: forward planning, timing of meals and medication, “just in case” supplies… the list goes on. This experience has led to a passion for helping others who are in the same situation: both the people with diabetes and those who love and care for them. Being on the Board of Diabetes SA for the last 12 months has given me the opportunity to do just that.

Having worked as an educator for the last 40 years, I understand the importance of planning, structure and teamwork when working towards the achievement of goals. I recognise that decision-making needs to be based on sound knowledge and strong data. And I know individuals matter. That is why I am committed to supporting Diabetes SA’s research projects and wide-reaching evidence-based education programs through the Board.

I currently work for a not-for-profit arts organisation in the Adelaide Hills and am extending my knowledge of board governance and function through ongoing study.

Gus Abimosleh

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board in a casual vacancy 28 September 2021

Deputy Chair Research Advisory Committee & Member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Personal information

I am a proud father of three children, two of whom are living with type 1 diabetes. My experiences as a carer have motivated me to join the Diabetes SA Board and contribute to the meaningful services that our organisation provides to people living with diabetes and their families. Over the past 20 years, I have worked in a diverse range of allied health, business, operations, and project management positions. This experience includes the management of community and residential aged care services, hotel services, administration, allied health, and nursing services. I am currently leading corporate services for a not-for-profit South Australian disability service provider. I am committed to evidence-based practice, and have tertiary qualifications in podiatry, rehabilitation, social science, and business management. I have previously served on the Boards of Parkinson’s SA, CCI Group Purchasing, Multicultural Aged Care Inc and the Australian Unitarian Druze Community (SA) Inc and am a Justice of the Peace for South Australia.

Clare MacAdam

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board in a casual vacancy 28 September 2021

Member of Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee

Personal information

I am an experienced Marketing Strategist and Fundraiser with more than 25 years working in both the corporate and not for profit sectors. I have held national roles in community welfare, environment, the arts, and education, working from bases in Victoria, New South Wales, ACT and Queensland. I currently work with Baptist Care SA in a senior executive role. I have significant expertise as a Board Director for not for profits, specialising in Governance and Strategy and most recently concluded my term with Shelter SA in January 2021. My husband Richard has type 2 diabetes and the family has learnt a lot over the past few years as they successfully manage this with him.

James Mead (Board Mentee)

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed as a Board Mentee 28 September 2021

Member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee

Personal information

I am a graduate audiologist with a background in health sciences, who has a strong interest in rural and indigenous health. Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes later in life, I have come to appreciate the resilience that both those living with diabetes and their loved ones develop.

As a young adult, I see my responsibility to raise awareness and to advocate for all young Australians living with diabetes.

I am very grateful for the opportunity to be mentored by the Board and are keen to learn as much as I can so that I can apply these learnings and skills to my future role as a health professional.

I currently work for a not-for-profit arts organisation in the Adelaide Hills and am extending my knowledge of board governance and function through ongoing study.

Thank you

Thank to retiring Board Member Roslyn Hewlett for your contributions to the Board.

A Special Thank You

To our Women’s Auxiliary 1961 – 2010

For almost 50 years, an extraordinary group of women were responsible for raising much needed funds for our organisation by holding regular fundraising stalls and film mornings.

By the mid 1980’s the Auxiliary provided most of the volunteers for badge days, lotteries, annual Diabetes Week and the mailing of our newsletter.

In 1987 the Women’s Auxiliary launched a cookbook for people with diabetes, called ‘Easy Diabetic Recipes’. The Auxiliary collected dozens of recipes and with the help of our dietitian determined which were most suitable. Once the recipes were printed the Auxiliary sorted and bound the printed pages into a book.

The book sold out in its first week, a further 500 copies were ordered, followed by 1,000 more. By the end of February 1988 a total of 2,000 copies of the book had been distributed and another 500 were in print.

In recognition of the work the Auxiliary had undertaken in previous years, the cookbook was reviewed and recipes represented in 2015. Many of the recipes were lovingly trialled and tested – many of the originals remain, with a selection of new recipes added.

It is fitting that the organisation recognises the work of the Auxiliary, not only for their fundraising efforts over five decades but also their support, especially during the 1970’s when our organisation was facing increased costs and dwindling funds.

It is with sincere thanks that the Board and Staff acknowledge the long term commitment and work undertaken by the Auxiliary during the period of 1961 to 2010.

Without your dedication and perseverance, we would not be the organisation we are today.