The Victim Support Service Board meets monthly and oversees the strategic governance of VSS. All Board Members are volunteers who donate their time and skills to assisting victims and advocating for their rights.
Bryan Morden (Deputy Chair)
Bryan retired from SAPOL in July 2015 after 43 years of service. During his career he worked at city, suburban and country stations and was a Police Prosecutor. Bryan worked in a number of specialist areas, undertook compliance audits, managed projects and helped to implement new organisational structures and practices within SAPOL.
Towards the end of his career Bryan became a Prosecution Trainer and mentor to new prosecutors. Bryan has a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system in SA.
He has always been concerned about the interaction of victims with the criminal justice system and became a member of VSS in 2010 and later a volunteer VSS Court Companion.
He is active within his local community and committed to strong governance and fiscal management.
Shaun Matters (Treasurer)
Shaun Matters joined the Board as Treasurer in 2014 when he was Director of Corporate Services with the Courts Administration Authority. After a brief absence due to illness, Shaun re-nominated in 2015 and was re-appointed as Treasurer.
He is a CPA accountant, currently working as General Manager of Finance and IT with SHine SA.
Shaun is passionate about good governance and performance measurement, working by the motto "what get measured get done.”
Karen has served on the Board since 2013, including as it’s previous Chair. Karen is the Senior Manager Organisational Development at City of Playford.
Karen brings strategic leadership, corporate governance and change management skills to the Board. She has held a variety of senior leadership and executive positions across different industry sectors including local government, not-for-profit (aged care), manufacturing, defence contracting, professional services and retail.
Karen has also volunteered for not for profit groups that advocate for children's protection, mental health and the education of "at risk" children.
Karen is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors and the Governor’s Leadership Foundation. She holds an MBA, Grad Dip HRM and BSc (Psych).
James is the Superintendent, Officer-in-Charge of the Murray Mallee Local Service Area (LSA) and joined the Board in 2015. James joined SA Police in 1980. In 1991 James became a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Branch, later working in the Drug Task Force and the Anti-Corruption Branch. James took up positions in regional locations until September 2011 when he returned to Adelaide to manage the Holden Hill LSA and later the Murray Mallee LSA. James holds an Advanced Diploma in Human Resource Management, a Graduate Certificate in Applied Management and a Graduate Diploma in Public Administration. James is married and has three children. James is also a White Ribbon Advocate.
Lucy joined the VSS Board in 2016. She is currently Director for Country Operations and State-wide Services at the Department of Child Protection. Prior to this, Lucy worked as a Director in the Department for Correctional Services providing oversight of offender rehabilitation services. Lucy has also worked in a number of roles in health, youth justice, and homelessness and as a volunteer for Victim Support Services before moving to Australia from the UK in 2012.
Lucy brings with her a range of leadership skills as well as experience in evidence-based psychological and social work intervention, service design and reform and clinical governance.
Lucy holds a Masters Degree in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care as well as an Undergraduate Degree in Social Policy (hons) and a Postgraduate Diploma in Addiction Counselling.
Lucy is passionate about social justice and in providing evidence-based services that achieve positive outcomes for service users and the broader community.
Angela believes that the work of Victim Support Service (VSS) is essential. The service provides support to the often forgotten victims. She feels strongly about the importance of this service and relishes the opportunity to assist in the achieving goals of the Victim Support Service.
With a legal background, practising as a partner at Fisher Jeffries Solicitors for 10 years, she is currently Deputy General Counsel in a coprorate legal role at SA Power Networks.
Angela considers that her legal background would be of assistance with many of the issues which arise for VSS. Also, her role in a large corporate company has given her a lot of experience in corporate governance, general risk and commercial issues.
Angela feels that she will be a great fit for VSS. She is energetic and passionate about contributing to our organisation and helping those who need it the most. She enjoys being part of, as well as managing, motivating, training and developing a successful and productive team.
Dr Helen Paige
Helen is a Doctor of Education (EdD), Flinders University of South Australia (2002).
With more than 25 years of applied expertise with experience in corporate, legal and strategic business management, Helen is the Founder and Principal of The Paige Group. A strong and effective team player, and where appropriate, leader, with a demonstrable capacity and ability to communicate, influence and enthuse people to contribute towards workable team outcomes, and to implement effective, practical and lasting results. Highly developed networking, business strategy development, policy, risk management, stakeholder engagement, and innovation are further attributes.
Helen has a significant and successful public and private background, having worked effectively across both sectors. She has 20 years board level experience focusing on strategic business management, international commerce, education, legal, Justice and Courts Administration, academia, indigenous, disability and start-up industries.
A graduate of the AICD, an admitted legal practitioner, social work qualifications, experience in governance roles, and also possess a range of other skills appropriate to this role.
Helen has high level policy development skills, gained during senior level positions in the State Government in Principal Policy and Advisory positions, particularly in the Department of the Premier and Cabinet as a Cabinet Officer, Cabinet Secretary, Adviser Intergovernmental Relations and Adviser (Japan) to 3 Premiers, and across a range of other government agencies and instrumentalities.
Her stakeholder engagement skills have been utilized in most of her professional roles and in all Board roles which she has held. Of particular note are the necessary negotiation, advocacy and communication skills required during negotiations in relation to Indigenous Land Use, as Executive to a tripartite Board representing employers, unions and elected officials, and when seeking additional funding for disability services, and rehabilitation for offenders.
Helen has a background in academia (having taught at the 3 Adelaide Universities in a variety of subjects), and possesses highly developed research skills, is a published author, and editor of courses for AICD.
She has a commitment to social justice and advocacy as evidenced by her work experience and Board and Committee experience to date.
Dr Nina Sivertsen
Nina holds a Doctoral degree (Philosophy – 2014, Flinders University) in Indigenous health, midwifery and Aboriginal Political contexts. She is a Registered Nurse currently working as an Academic with lecturing and research.
Nina is active in working with and volunteering within community women’s organisations (NCW SA State Coordinator and Adviser for Rural and Urban Women’s issues), Aboriginal women’s, family and children’s groups (Aboriginal families safe sleep space alternative research group) as well as serving as a volunteer for the ALLY Network at Flinders University supporting gay, lesbian, bisexual, transsexual, transgender, intersex, questioning and queer (GLBTTIQQ) students and staff.
Her inter-Indigenous research is internationally acknowledged with both national and international collaborative partnerships (Aboriginal health Australia-Canada-Sami People, Aged Care, Cultural Safety, Aboriginal Families and building strong communities, Simulation in Nursing education).
Nina is excited at the opportunity to serve on the Victim Support Service Board. She will seize the opportunity to contribute her future service on the board by adding diversity. Boards make decisions that can impact you, your community, and the country. Her contribution and service will be mindful of good decision-making that requires the ability to hear and consider different points of view, which comes from people who have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Her Board training will help her to identify the role and key functions of the Board and appreciate how to focus on a balance between compliance and performance.
Boards are anything but static. New members join, old ones leave; even older ones return. People change ideas and views as they learn, talk, and grow more experienced. She believes that an effective Board is a dynamic, fluid group that brings new ideas to further a cause that they are passionate about. As a woman she is compassionate, smart, strategic and emotionally very level, added to her education and skills, she is confident that she can positively contribute to Board of Victim Support Services.
Port Lincoln (Lower Eyre), Whyalla (Upper Eyre), Port Augusta (Far North), Port Pirie (Yorke & Mid North), Berri (Riverland), Murray Bridge (Murraylands), Mount Gambier (Limestone Coast)