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Sarah Bartholomeusz – Board Chair

BA LLB GDLP AICD GDACG

Sarah is the Founder and Principal of award winning commercial law firm, You Legal.  You Legal is a new category of law firm providing commercial legal services to Australian clients. In addition to her B.A. and LL.B from the University of Adelaide, Sarah has a Graduate Diploma of Applied Corporate Governance from the Governance Institute of Australia Ltd, of which she is a Fellow.  Sarah is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Director’s Course and a Member of the Law Society of South Australia. 

Sarah is an author of three best-selling books on governance, the host of a podcast ‘Accountants on Purpose’, and regularly lends her expertise to medical practices through her series of Webinars.  She also serves on the Entrepreneur’s Organization’s Global Governance Committee as the APAC Governance Director.

Her most important role is as wife to Dave and mum to Alex (9) and Nicola (8).

Dr Fiona Kerr – Deputy Chairperson

PhD (Social Neuroscience), ENG Hons (Complex Systems), BA Psych, BA Soc

Dr Fiona Kerr is the founder and CEO of The NeuroTech Institute and Focus (NTI), which research and consult in the neurophysiology of human interaction and how this differs with and through technology. This is particularly pertinent to the impacts of direct and technologically intermediated interaction on aged and health care, healing, trust, creating positive behaviour change and decision making. Fiona also consults on building and scaling systems, including human-centric technologized healthcare systems, and living and ageing well.

Dr Kerr’s qualifications include complex systems engineering, cognitive neuroscience, psychology and anthropology, built up over forty years, with over thirty years in industry. She is an international speaker, appears regularly in media and works across five countries with companies, research bodies and governments. Fiona holds advisory and board positions both here and overseas including the Catalyst Foundation, Bionics Queensland, the Validation Therapy Consortium and Finland’s National AI Steering Committee, is a member of The Health and Medical Industries Ministerial Advisory Panel and holds honorary academic roles with UCD, SAHMRI and UniAdelaide.

Angela Allison – Audit and Financial Management Delegate

BA, CPA, AICD

Angela joined the board of Catalyst Foundation in February 2014, bringing extensive financial and corporate governance skills and experience.

Angela has a Bachelor of Arts, Accounting from the University of South Australia, a Diploma in Project Management (AIMSA), CPA and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Directors Company Directors. Angela is an accomplished advisor and mentor in addition to having over 30 years’ experience in financial, governance and strategic leadership roles across government and is currently the Director Business and Partnerships at the South Australian Housing Authority. Her other Board appointments include Slingsby Theatre Company.

Joanna Carrick – Board Member

BA (Communication Studies), Dip Project Management (Applied), Cert IV (Training & Assessment)

Jo works in Program Development at the University of Adelaide’s PACE (Professional and Continuing Education) Unit. She is responsible for the development of short-course offerings and customised training services. Core to her role is working directly with clients from government, business and not for profit groups to deliver tailored/custom training and short courses.

Jo’s previous roles in university sector have involved projects to improve equal access and participation of people who may experience barriers to higher education because of disability, culture, or economic disadvantage or discrimination due to gender, ethnicity, language, age or sexuality. Jo has Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies), Diploma Project Management (Applied) and a Certificate IV (Training & Assessment).
Jo joined the Board in early 2016 and brings experience in business development and marketing to Catalyst Foundation.

Elizabeth (Libby) Dudley Kosmala, OAM – Board Member

Libby has lived with disability since birth and is a well-known sporting identity in South Australia and across the world having participated in 12 Paralympics.
Libby has spent her life contributing back to the community through Community based and Government Boards and has significant board experience at an executive and member level. Libby has experience of both the ageing and disability systems as a participant and advisor and has significant networks across both the disability and aging sectors and has assisted charities to raise funds over many years.

Libby is currently the Chair of Domiciliary Care Consumer Advisory Committee and also a current community member of the National Physiotherapy Board.
Libby is an Ambassador for Dignity in Care for Disability Services SA and Junction Australia (Housing) and a patron for Technical Aid for the Disabled in SA.

Vincent (Vince) Buckskin – Board Member

Vince Buckskin is a Narrunga/ Kaurna man who has and is working strongly with Aboriginal communities including in his current role as Aboriginal Cultural Advisor, Transitional Care Program, Country Health SA, Local Health Network providing positive health outcomes for Aboriginal people in Country SA.

Prior to this role, Vince worked as an Aboriginal Youth, Training Employment Officer at Point Pearce Aboriginal Community, focusing on opportunities for young Aboriginal people living on Yorke Peninsula.

Vince has also worked in the Australian Bureau of Statistics providing information to Aboriginal people on the census process as well as working in the Local Government Association focusing on employment opportunities for Aboriginal people in Local Councils throughout SA.

Vince continues to be both a leader and an educator in supporting cultural heritage and inclusiveness across all sectors.

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