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Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce - Patron

B. FinAdmin, M. MGMTECO, MS. NATSECS, DUniv Flin, Hon. Litt.D UNE.

Rear Admiral the Honourable Kevin Scarce AC CSC RAN (Rtd), born in Adelaide and educated at Elizabeth East Primary School and Elizabeth High School, was the 34th Governor of South Australia from 2007 to 2014. He served in the Royal Australian Navy from 1968, retiring in 2004. His appointments included service on HMAS Sydney during the Vietnam War, postings in Washington and London, Commanding Officer of HMAS Cerberus and Flag appointments as Naval Training and Naval Support Commander.

Kevin also specialised in military logistics and procurement, rising to the rank of Rear Admiral and Head of Maritime Systems at the Defence Materiel Organisation. After retirement, as Head of the South Australian Defence Unit, he led a government team that contributed to ASC winning the contract to build air warfare destroyers for the Australian Defence Force. Kevin was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in 1994, the Knight of Grace in the Venerable Order of Saint John in 2007 and a Companion of the Order of Australia in 2008.

Rear Admiral Scarce completed a Bachelor of Financial Administration from New England, Masters of Management Economics at the University of New South Wales (Australian Defence Force Academy campus), and a Masters Degree in National Security Strategy at the US War College (National Defense University) in Washington, DC. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Flinders University in 2009 for distinguished service to the public of South Australia and an Honorary Doctor of Letters (honoris causa) from the University of New England in 2014. In addition to his role as 16th Chancellor of the University of Adelaide, Rear Admiral Scarce was recently appointed Chair of Cancer Council SA and President of Novita Children's Services. He is a Director of a number of public and private companies, a Governor of the Coopers Foundation and joint Patron, with his wife Liz, of Anglicare SA. Kevin was appointed on 29th March 2015, as the Commissioner of the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission.

Kevin was Patron for SYC throughout his tenure as Governor of South Australia (2007-2014), a role that ended when his tenure as Governor ended.  In September 2015, he agreed to re-join SYC as Patron and commenced that role on November 1st 2015.

David Hallett

David Hallett - Chair
B.Bus.(Marketing), FAICD, FAMI, CPM, CMgr, FIML

Joining the SYC Board as a Member in 2006, Mr Hallett has been Chairperson of SYC since 2010, during the period of its substantial and sustainable growth of revenue and scope across Australia. With wide ranging commercial experience gained in Australia and internationally, Mr Hallett applies his considerable expertise in management, governance, marketing and property development to his role as Chairperson of SYC. Mr Hallett is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk and Governance Committees, as well as Growth & Assets Committee.   As a professional Company Director, he divides his time between management of various business interests, business coaching, mentoring and consulting to SMEs, and managing real estate investments.

Mr Hallett is Executive Director of Hallett & Co Pty Ltd, Hallett Consulting, Halland Investments Pty Ltd and is Principal Consultant to Halation Agency Pty Ltd.

His community leadership activities include roles as Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of Prince Alfred College, Trustee of the Prince Alfred College Foundation and a Benefactor of the Art Gallery of South Australia Foundation.  He is a former Chairperson of the Seymour College Foundation.

Mr Hallett resides in Adelaide, South Australia.

Arabella Branson

Arabella Branson – Board Member

Ms Branson has practised as a lawyer in the area of commercial transactional and advisory law since 2000. For nine years she practised in a specialist South Australian corporate and commercial law firm, including more than two years as partner.  She has now established her own commercial advisory practice.

A member of the Law Society of South Australia, Ms Branson has been a board member of SYC since 2007 and resides in South Australia. She is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk and Fundraising Committees.

Paul Di Iulio

Paul Di lulio - Board Member
B.E. Civil (Hons), Grad. Dip. Municipal Eng, Dip. Mgmt, MAICD.

Mr Di Iulio has extensive experience in executive management and leadership roles gained through a career in local government.  With a background in civil engineering, he has worked with the Campbelltown City Council for 24 years where he is presently Chief Executive Officer.

Mr Di Iulio has been a board member since March 2011 and is a member of the Growth & Assets, Digital Transformation and Governance Committees.  He resides in Adelaide, South Australia.

Patrick Tapper

Patrick Tapper – Board Member

Mr Tapper has been a board member of SYC since January 2011 and is a member of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee, as well as Chairperson of the Digital Transformation Committee.

Patrick has had over 25 years experience in the telecommunications, technology, media, and entertainment industries, most notably as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of national broadband company, Internode.

Patrick currently serves as a Non-Executive Director of ASX-listed company Silver Chef Limited, which provides flexible equipment funding and rental solutions to small and medium sized businesses in Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.

Patrick is also Chair of Acurus Pty Ltd, a leading Australian IT consulting and solutions provider based in Melbourne.

Patrick is a former Governor of the American Chamber of Commerce (Amcham) in South Australia, and a former Chairperson at Executive Boards Australia, which provides advisory board facilitation, leadership, HR and marketing services.

Patrick is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and resides in the Gold Coast, Queensland.

Catherine Schultz

Catherine Schultz – Board Member
BA Accounting, MBA, FCA, FAICD

Ms Schultz joined the SYC Board in March 2012 as an accomplished Chief Executive Officer with 30 years’ experience in the services industry and over 15 years’ working at the Executive, CEO and Board level.  She currently runs her own Management Consultancy business, Catherine Schultz Consulting, is Chairperson of the Adelaide Cemeteries Authority (ACA) Board and a Director of the State Procurement Board (SPB).

She was previously GM/CEO of Wallmans Lawyers (2001-2011), where she doubled revenue and increased Net Profit Margin. Ms Schultz brings significant financial, human resources and general management know-how to the SYC Board. She has been involved in significant change and project management and is an experienced auditor and advisor on risk, governance and compliance.

Ms Schultz is Chairperson of the Finance, Audit & Risk and Growth & Assets Committees and a member of the Digital Transformation Committee. Ms Schultz resides in Adelaide, South Australia.


Lisa George – Board Member

Lisa George is the Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation.  The Foundation is Macquarie Group’s philanthropic arm and is one of the largest corporate benefactors in Australia.

Lisa is responsible for the strategic and operational activities of the Foundation globally.  Prior to this role she worked for Social Ventures Australia in the consulting arm providing strategic support to not-for-profit organisations.

In 2015, Lisa was appointed to the NSW Premier’s Council on Homelessness, an advisory body to the NSW government.  Lisa also Chairs the Harvard Club of Australia Non-profit Fellowship, which awards 2 scholarships annually to Australian non-profit CEO’s to study at Harvard Business School.

She previously served on the Board of YWCA NSW and as Co-President & Councillor of the Harvard Club of Australia.  She has also worked in the not-for-profit and political arenas in the US and holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University.

Lisa joined the SYC board in November 2017 and is a member of the governance committee. She resides in Sydney, New South Wales.

Paul Edginton

Paul Edginton – Chief Executive Officer

BA Communication, CDC Dip, FAICD

With executive and board level experience in strategy, corporate governance and communications, Mr Edginton brings a wealth of commercial experience to SYC. He has established and developed successful businesses, coached business owners, consulted and delivered effective business turnaround and improvement strategies in a variety of industry sectors. Mr Edginton joined SYC in 2002 as General Manager of Training and has been Chief Executive Officer since 2004, leading the SYC transformation into one of Australia’s most innovative not-for-profit organisations. Mr Edginton is a sought after contributor to policy development at state and national level, allowing him to apply highly developed skills in listening to points of view and processing those into strategic discussion. In 2015 he was invited to become a member of the Australian Government’s Vocational Education and Training (VET) Advisory Board. The VET Advisory Board plays a critical role in advising the Department of Training and Education as it undertakes reforms to the Australian VET sector. Mr Edginton is an ex-officio member of all board committees.

Michael Clark

Michael Clark - Director of Corporate Strategy

Mr Clark leads a broad portfolio that includes the strategy, development, communications, information technology, government relations, media, brand and partnerships activities of SYC. Having started his career as a ministerial adviser to state ministers and a Premier, Mr Clark brings previous experience in consulting and executive roles in the corporate and government sectors (including with ASX-listed companies). Mr Clark is well credentialed at delivering senior counsel in Australia and overseas with accountabilities having variously encompassed communications and reputation management, government relations, strategy, information technology, brand, marketing, media and public affairs. He managed the restructuring of the legal entity of SYC from an incorporated association to a company limited by guarantee and the major information technology project that is transforming the way SYC employees and clients use technology to deliver effective services. Mr Clark joined SYC in August 2011.

Ruth Gillies

Ruth Gillies - Director of People & Culture

BA; AssocDipT&D; MAICD

Ms Gillies has led the People & Culture department since June 2009. With considerable executive management experience in both the private and not for profit sectors, she has managed varied portfolios across a range of industry sectors including manufacturing, storage and handling, commodity trading, commercial building, insurance, retailing and disability services. Ms Gillies’ specific areas of professional expertise include remuneration strategy, strategic people systems development, organisational review and the people elements of mergers and acquisitions.

Simon Matthews

Simon Matthews - Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Mr Matthews is responsible for all facets of SYC’s financial management, property portfolio and facilities management.  He has a particular focus on transparent reporting and building on SYC’s success to create funding for future growth and opportunities.  He first joined SYC in 2006 as Financial Manager, quickly progressing to Chief Financial Officer in 2008, a position he held for four years before leaving SYC in 2012.  He then re-joined SYC as Director of Finance in July 2015.

Mr Matthews brings to SYC diverse experience and is well credentialed at delivering strategic financial advice and management, having started his career in accounting firms before changing to commercial finance roles in various industries.  Since his commencement with SYC in 2006 he has filled senior financial management roles in the not for profit sector, adding further dimension to his financial experience and expertise.

Mr Matthews holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of SA and is a Fellow Certified Practising Accountant.

Liz OConnell

Liz O'Connell - Director for Young People and Practice
BSocSc (Psych), GAICD

Liz is driven by a passion for empowering young people to stand on their own two feet.

As the Director for Young People and Practice, Liz leads SYC’s thinking behind the ways in which we engage with young people. She ensures a balance between innovation and integrity to put evidence-based interventions into practice. Liz holds strong to the importance of creatively engaging young people and enabling them to transition through interdependence with service support into becoming thriving, independent young Australians.

Liz joined SYC as a graduate in 2005 and has held roles that have encompassed many facets of SYC’s operations. She has worked from frontline service delivery to program management, on to Senior Management. Then in 2015, Liz joined the SYC Executive Team as the General Manager of the HYPA Division. Liz brings a wealth of experience in service development, and an authentic understanding of best-practice in supporting young people.

Within her top character strengths you find humour, hope, zest and curiosity. Liz is naturally energetic, relishes continued learning, and works with a positive future vision. Liz has completed formal study in the social sciences – primarily psychology and social research - is a Graduate of Adelaide University and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and is continually engaged in professional development focussed on Adaptive Leadership.

Janice Hoad

Janice Hoad - Director of HYPA
Grad Cert Marketing, MAICD

Janice Hoad brings broad career experience gained in Australia, Europe and the United Kingdom to her role as Director of HYPA, where she leads the SYC service portfolio dedicated to vulnerable young Australians.

Having spent much of her career as a communications professional, Janice has worked with global brands, major events, research and not-for-profit causes.  She has worked in executive and general management positions for the past two decades, joining SYC from the banking sector as Head of Communications and Marketing.

Janice became General Manager - HYPA in 2016, joining the SYC Executive Team.  With a wide array of services spanning youth employment, youth homelessness, juvenile justice, specialised residential care and education, the HYPA portfolio last year supported over 5000 young people on a positive pathway.