Board Members - Helping Hand

Board Members

The Helping Hand Board gives an independent view of governance and ensures we are performing to the highest level to meet client needs. The Board meets monthly.

Professor Brenda Wilson AM joined the Helping Hand Board as Chair in August 2020.

Professor Wilson is the Lieutenant Governor of South Australia and Chair of the Clinical Quality and Innovation Committee at SA Health. She serves on several boards and committees, including roles as a Board Director of the Women’s and Children’s Health Network, the Adelaide Community Health Care Alliance (ACHA) and Opera SA. Brenda is also a member of the Flinders University Council and Executive Council.

Professor Wilson is widely known for having served as Chief Executive at Cancer Council SA from 2003 to 2015, and has significant experience managing health services along with a deep understanding of the aged care sector. Starting her career almost 40 years ago in nursing before going on to further study, clinical and managerial roles, Professor Wilson has had a long-term interest in best-practice aged care.

Chris Stewart joined Helping Hand as CEO in 2019.

He has over 25 years of executive level leadership experience across various commercial sectors including professional services, financial services and healthcare. His most recent position was as Managing Director of Hood Sweeney, where he consulted extensively to clients on business growth, strategy and corporate governance.

Chris was a board member of Helping Hand for nine years and chaired the Finance & Property committee from 2012-2015. He is currently a SA regional committee member of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust and a board member of Windmill Theatre. He has served on a range of other boards and committees, predominantly in the not for profit sector.

His qualifications include BSc (Hons); MBA; Diploma (AICD); Diploma of Financial Services; Level 1 Accredited Executive coach.

Chris is passionate about leadership and bringing his commercial and consulting expertise to ensure the growth and on-going success of Helping Hand.

Erica Benn was appointed to the Board in 2015 and is a member of the Community Relations sub-committee.

She has a background in marketing and communications and has worked in both Australia and the UK.

Erica currently works for the University of Adelaide and has had previous roles at Health Workforce Australia, the BBC, the National Patient Safety Agency (part of the National Health Service – NHS) and the London Fire Brigade. She is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Silvia Caricasole is a leading professional in the Enterprise Business Architecture and Business Process Management space, currently in the role of Business Architect with SA Power Networks.

SA Power Networks operates a distribution network that stretches across South Australia, comprising thousands of kilometres of powerline and hundreds of substations delivering electricity from the high voltage network through poles and wires to properties or businesses.

Silvia’s responsibility is to work with quality management and business improvement functions to establish a continuous improvement culture within the organisation, understanding and leveraging on all available resources, such as people, processes, data and systems.

She has over 15 years experience in the ICT industry gained in consulting roles working for blue chip organisations in the UK and technology services organisations in South Australia, such as KAZ Technology Services and Intec Consulting Group.

Her specialisation and interests are in all things related to process and business transformation. She has applied her knowledge to a broad range of industries including Aviation, Telecommunications, Utilities, Defence and State Government sector, all seeking to understand and unravel business and organisational complexities with an aim to ensure strategic alignment and optimisation of the use of resources, both human and technology based.

Jason joined the Helping Hand Board in 2015, and is the Chair of our Finance and Property Board Sub-Committee.

Priya Chadha is an Associate Director in accounting and business advisory services at Hood Sweeney. Prior to this Priya spent ten years working at various mid and top tier professional services firms.

With over 14 years experience, Priya has provided advice to small to medium businesses, corporate enterprises, high net worth individuals, expatriates and inpatriates who needed advice in relation to tax obligations and residency issues. Priya is also part of Hood Sweeney’s experienced and knowledgeable health team. The Team understands healthcare and provides accounting, financial planning and finance services through our concierge service.

As an associate director, Priya is responsible for the firm’s delivery of professional services to business owners and large and small proprietary companies.

Priya provides specialist advice in the area of corporate tax, tax planning, succession and business planning. She also assists with the delivery of technical tax training to provide a framework for the provision of quality professional advice. Priya has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce from Flinders University of Australia.

John has had an extensive career as a Board Director and brings a broad range of generalist skills and experiences to the boardroom.

A scientist by trade, John worked as a researcher in the health and agriculture sectors prior to managing the Australian wine industry’s national research and development corporation as Executive Director.

John is currently Chair of Adelaide-based Can:Do Group, which provides services to people who are vision or hearing impaired. He is Chair of Studio Nine Architects, Deputy Chair of Rural Business Support, Non-Executive Director of the National Youth Mental Health Network, Headspace and Revenir Winemaking as well as a Trustee for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (SA) and owner of his own wine company, Bathe Wines.

Reverend Gayle McClimont was appointed as the coordinating chaplain at Helping Hand in 2002 and subsequently became a member of the board.

Gayle has been a Uniting Church Minister since 1997 and was previously the minister of the Flinders Congregations in the mid north of South Australia.

Gayle served on the Mt. View Homes Board while in the mid north and has represented the church on the Department of Human Services Ethics Committee since 2003.

Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia. Her research expertise is in languages education in linguistically and culturally diverse societies, second language learning within an intercultural orientation, assessment, and second language teacher education. Her work on linguistic and cultural diversity has extended to contexts including aged care, business and engineering.

Angela has been a Chief Investigator on a number of research grants. She has worked in diverse contexts including Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, France and New Zealand. Angela is currently the Chair of the Multicultural Education and Languages Committee, an advisory committee on languages and multicultural education to the Minister for Education and Child Development in South Australia.

Associate Professor Craig Whitehead was appointed to the Board in January 2008 and is a staff specialist in geriatric medicine. He is a member of the Flinders University department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care based out of the Repatriation General Hospital in Southern Adelaide.

He is currently the Regional Clinical Director for Rehabilitation and Aged Care in the Southern Adelaide Health Service and is an active clinician in both public and private practice. He is also the current president of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine, Chair of the SA Health Older People Clinical Network, and has also been appointed to the national Lead Clinicians Group.

He has research interests in falls, residential aged care and health services for older patients. He has been involved in the National Demonstration Hospital programs 2,3 and 4 and most recently has been involved in establishing a RCT (randomised control trial) of a transitional care unit for people awaiting placement in public hospitals. Craig is a member of the Client Care Sub-Committee.