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.
Jim joined the Board from September 2019 and believes passionately in the important role Victim Support Service (VSS) provides in supporting vulnerable people in our community.
Jim has significant experience in working with complex organisations on strategy, commercial management, business development, governance and procurement. He has over 20 years experience as an executive in both public and private sector environments, including ETSA, SA Government and SA Water, with a proven track record of building positive team cultures and delivering outstanding outcomes. Jim also has previous Board experience and provided consultancy support to many organisations across Australia and New Zealand.
Jim’s formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Economics and a Post Graduate Diploma in Accounting. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has participated in three international research studies and co-authored academic papers published internationally.
Jim aims to contribute to the VSS Board in strategy development, governance, business development and understanding Government processes. He is excited to work with a Board that will help guide the continued evolution of VSS in meeting changing needs to victims, embracing shifting stakeholder expectations, and, importantly, ensuring an environment exists where those who work with the organisation can thrive.
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.
John is an accomplished business executive and director, with particular expertise in governance, risk management, information technology and data, cyber security, business transformation, strategy and corporate finance. He has more than 25 years of professional experience working with organisations of varying size and complexity across the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, including some of the largest financial services groups in the world. More recently, he has focussed his career in the customer-owned banking sector (the human/community side of banking) and provides advice and support to organisations seeking to anticipate, understand and respond to disruptive change.
John has a passion for social justice issues and a long history of supporting and working with human rights, environmental and animal welfare organisations within and outside of Australia. He is privileged to work to with the Board and staff of the Victim Support Service, providing essential support for some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
John holds Masters degrees in Business Law and Applied Finance and Investment, in addition to being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australia. He currently holds several non-executive director positions and has worked with a range of advisory and management committees.
Cecilia is a Director of Perks People Solutions, providing expert HR advice and support to employers across the private, public and not-for-profit sectors.
With a background in legal practice, Cecilia has almost 20 years’ experience working closely with organisational leaders to create strong workplace cultures, manage risk and develop high performing teams . She also developed strong technical expertise in all matters relating to workplace law, including awards, enterprise agreements, contracts, disciplinary matters, workers compensation, equal opportunity and HR policy development. Cecilia spent eight years as a Senior Manager at the SA Equal Opportunity Commission, gaining significant first-hand experience of discrimination and inequity and its impact on individuals and communities. Cecilia led the SA Equal Opportunity Commission’s education and community programs, and has a strong commitment to social justice, fairness and equity.
Cecilia holds a Bachelor of Law from the University of Adelaide and is a Nationally Accredited Mediator.
Cecilia feels privileged to play a part in the essential work that VSS do across South Australia in providing critical support and services to vulnerable and disadvantaged groups in our state. She believes her strong communication, relationship building and problem-solving skills will support the VSS to achieve important outcomes for the community.
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)