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.
Dr Helen Paige (Acting Chair)
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.
Peter Gormlie (Treasurer)
Peter joined the Board as Treasurer late 2017 and is Chair of the Audit and Risk committee. He has a broad business background and brings a wealth of commercial and financial experience to the organisation having previously held senior general and financial management positions with FH Faulding, Boral Ltd and more recently Seeley International.
Peter is a Fellow CPA and holds an MBA as well as an undergraduate degree in Economics and a Cert. IV in OH&S. Peter considers his background will be of considerable assistance in the ongoing governance, financial well-being and strategic planning of the organisation.
With a passion for fairness and equity, Peter is committed to helping some of the most vulnerable in our society.
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.
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