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.
Peter Khoury (Chair)
Peter is an experienced Executive and Director, with more than 30 years of broad experience in corporate, financial and strategic management, with a passion for growing and improving businesses through innovation and effective engagement of all key stakeholders. Peter’s experience includes work in a variety of industries including utilities, professional services, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.
Peter has held senior executive and commercial management positions within the public & private sectors, bringing about significant change in the performance of organisations, whilst providing leadership and guidance to teams.
Peter has an extensive corporate background having held roles as Group Executive, General Manager, Commercial Manager and Financial Controller. Peter has also worked in professional services firms as a Partner and Managing Partner.
Peter brings extensive governance experience over almost 20 years. His experience includes involvement with not for profit organisations and a member based organisation where he was President for two terms. Peter is currently on the Board of the Adelaide Central Market Authority, where he was Deputy Chair for 1 year and Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee for 4 years.
With strong strategic leadership skills and capabilities, Peter is passionate about using his skills to make a valuable contribution to VSS.
Dr Helen Paige (Deputy 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.
Michelle is currently the Business Manager for Water Research Australia which is a national NFP organisation based in Adelaide. Her qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce, CPA and MBA and she is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michelle has had vast professional experience in a range of industries including not-for-profit and retail. Michelle has also had experience as a board and Finance Committee member of Muscular Dystrophy SA and as a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for Carers SA.
With strong finance and governance skills, Michelle is passionate about using her skills and experience to make a valuable contribution to VSS.
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.
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