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

Peter Crouch

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 20 September 2011

President since 30 November 2015

Member of the Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Member of the Building Development Committee 2020

Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 2020

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. In particular, I am enthusiastic about helping South Australians affected by diabetes. 

Roslyn Hewlett

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 28 June 2016

Member of the Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Personal information

With over 30 years’ experience in the health care sector, I am passionate about the delivery of client centred, evidence-based health care. I have a Bachelor of Nursing, Graduate Diploma in Nursing Science, Bachelor of Laws and Masters in Healthcare Administration.

As the mother of a teenage girl who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at the age of 5, I know the challenges that families face and how the services offered by Diabetes SA can help.

I joined the Board to try and give back to an organisation that had supported my family and to ensure that it could continue to support other families like my own.

Allan Baird

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 28 June 2016

Chair of the Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Member of the Building Development Committee 2020

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 latest 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 honour to serve on the Board and be engaged in the exciting developments at Diabetes SA for the last four years and offer my services to the membership to serve another term on the Board.

John Jovicevic

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 24 September 2019

Treasurer since 22 October 2019

Chair of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 2020

Member of the Building Development Committee 2020

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 the Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Member of the Building Development Committee 2020

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’m not sure how I would have coped in those early days.

My working life began as a paediatric 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 wet 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 become 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 the past six years 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.

Gary Neave

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Member of the Board since 24 September 2019

Chair of the Building Development Committee 2020

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 projects of capital value exceeding $400m, national business units for a tier one professional services consultant; and more recently as Managing Director, and part owner, of ProManage, a successful Adelaide based project delivery consultancy.

I have a real passion, and strong empathy for those that rely on the not for profit sector, and bring significant relationships across government, and industry, in support of my Board role with Diabetes SA.

Lynn Bonython

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board in a casual vacancy 22 September 2020

Appointed to the Board 27 October 2020

Member of Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Personal information

I am honoured to have the opportunity to join the Diabetes SA Board, and have two main reasons for wanting to do this.

Firstly, I have a strong desire to help people. Because of my personal experience, assisting people diagnosed with diabetes and those who look after them is at the heart of my actions. When I met my partner, who already had Type 1, some 35 years ago, I had little knowledge of diabetes of any sort. It was a steep learning curve for me, with many moments of feeling uncertain and inadequate. Over the years, diabetes has revealed itself among multiple other members of our families, and I recently spent 18 months as full-time carer for both my partner and my father (Type 2). The complexity of helping to manage diabetes on a day-to-day basis has played a significant part in my life, so I have a particular interest in developing support for carers.

Secondly, I have a passion for finding ways to help others learn. With a Diploma of Teaching, I have spent much of the last 40 years working as a classroom teacher, as a music specialist teacher, and supporting students with learning difficulties. For those affected by diabetes, trying to squeeze in time for learning about diabetes can be tough. With my first-hand knowledge as a carer, I understand the great demands on time and emotions of people with diabetes as well as their families. I know there are other complications that can get in the way of learning such as distance, mobility, difficulties with technology, cultural and language issues. Finding ways to overcome these challenges to help more people learn about diabetes will be a strong focus for my work with Diabetes SA.

Christine Bell

Previous contributions to Diabetes SA

Appointed to the Board in a casual vacancy 22 September 2020

Appointed to the Board 27 October 2020

Member of Corporate Governance & Remuneration Committee 2020

Member of Finance, Audit & Risk Committee 2020

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 and not-for-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.

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.