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Board Members


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.

Board director Brenda Wilson

Professor Brenda Wilson AM

Board Chair since August 2020

Professor Brenda Wilson has significant clinical and management experience in the healthcare industry in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in Australia and the UK. Professor Wilson has held senior executive leadership roles across the sectors, most recently as CEO Cancer Council SA. In 2019, she was made a Member of the General Order of Australia for significant service to community health, the Arts, and to the people of South Australia through a range of roles.

A former Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, Professor Wilson has significant experience managing health services and a deep understanding of the aged care sector.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Stewart

Chris Stewart, CEO

CEO and Board Member since Jan 2019. Pursuant to the Helping Hand Aged Care Inc Constitution, the CEO is also a Member of the Board of Directors. 

Mr Chris Stewart has extensive executive level leadership experience across diverse sectors including professional services, financial services and healthcare. He has also consulted extensively to clients on business growth, strategy and corporate governance.  Chris was a Board Director of Helping Hand for nine years and chaired the Finance and Property Committee from 2012 to 2015. He served on a range of other boards and committees, predominantly in the not-for-profit sector and is currently a Board member of Windmill Theatre Company.

His qualifications include BSc (Hons); MBA; GAICD; Dip Fin. 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.

Board director Craig Whitehead

Associate Professor Dr Craig Whitehead

Board Member since January 2008

Associate Professor Dr Craig Whitehead is the Regional Clinical Director for Rehabilitation, Aged and Palliative Care for Southern Adelaide Local Health Network (SALHN). He is also a member of the executive of SALHN.

Dr Whitehead is a staff specialist in geriatric medicine and Chair of the Client Care sub-committee. He is also a member of the Flinders University Department of Rehabilitation and Aged Care, an active clinician in public and private practice and a Member of the Aged Care Advisory Committee that advises the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee about aged care policy related to COVID-19.

Board director Erica Benn

Ms Erica Benn

Board Member since January 2015

Ms Erica Benn has more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications, marketing, reputation management and governance across Australia and the UK. She is currently the Director, Strategic Communications for the Australian Financial Security Authority and had held senior positions at Health Workforce Australia, the BBC and the National Patient Safety Agency in the NHS. She has served on several boards and committees and is also currently Chair of the OT Advisory Board at UniSA.

Ms Benn is Deputy Chair, and Chair of the Governance sub-committee.

Board director Jason Cattonar

Mr Jason Cattonar

Board Member since August 2015

Mr Jason Cattonar is a finance professional focussed on delivering strategic outcomes and strong corporate governance, is a qualified Chartered Accountant with more than 15 years of financial experience within international accounting firms, and large private and public companies. He is the CFO of Cobham Aviation Services, also a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountant, Taxation Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of company Directors.

Mr Cattonar is Chair of the Finance and Property sub-committee.

Board director Angela Scarino

Professor Angela Scarino

Board Member since October 2018

Professor Angela Scarino is Associate Professor in Applied Linguistics and Director of the Research Centre for Languages and Cultures, University of South Australia. Her research and development work focuses on the role of language and culture in communication in diverse domains, including aged care, and particularly in contexts of linguistic and cultural diversity. Her projects span state and national contexts in Australia as well as sustained work in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, France, Italy and New Zealand.

She 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.

Board director John Harvey

Dr John Harvey

Board Member since February 2020

Dr John Harvey is currently of Chair of Rural Business Support, Studio Nine Architects and the Australian Wine Research Institute’s nominations committee. He is a Non-Executive Director of headspace (the National Youth Mental Health Network), Can:Do Group and Revenir Winemaking as well as a Trustee for the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (SA) and the South Australian Grain Industry Trust.

Board director Janet Finlay

Janet Finlay

Board Member since October 2021

Ms Janet Finlay is an experienced independent company director with a strong commercial and finance background across a range of industries. A chartered accountant and former partner of Big 4 accounting firm EY, she has extensive experience in leadership, governance, business development, financial management and reporting, risk management and stakeholder engagement. Janet’s other board roles include SA Water Corporation, SA Football Commission, University of Adelaide, Adelaide Oval Stadium Management Authority Limited and the Libraries Board SA.