The directors bring a range of professional skills and lived experiences to their governance role, and are also accountable for ensuring the organisation performs according to our constitution and legislation under which we operate.
The Board of Directors and Executive team are responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of Nulsen.
Board of Directors
Prof. David Gilchrist
Prof. David Gilchrist
Chairperson | BA BBus PhD FCA FAICD
David Gilchrist is a chartered accountant and an economic historian. He holds a PhD in economics from the University of Notre Dame Australia and is currently professor of accounting at the University of Western Australia.
Over a career spanning 25 years, David has held a number of senior roles in the Not-for-profit, commercial and public sectors. Most recently, he held the role of Assistant Auditor General in Western Australia and, prior to that, he taught accounting and finance at the London School of Economics and Portsmouth University in the UK as well as at Curtin University and Edith Cowan University in Australia. He was Foundation Director of the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative for five years. David has held the position of Associate Dean of the School of Business at the University of Notre Dame Australia and was adjunct professor of Not-for-profit Leadership at that institution. He is currently a Visiting Professor and Research Chief Investigator at Hebei GEO University, Peoples’ Republic of China.
David currently holds a number of industry roles including as chairman of Nulsen Disability Services, a director of Baxter Lawley Advisory, a member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand’s National Not-for-profit Advisory Committee, a member of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission Advisory Board and of the Australian Accounting Standards Board Academic Advisory Panel. In his work, David has advised a number of Australian governments and authorities relating to human services governance, sustainability, accountability and strategy, most recently related to the NDIS amongst other things.
He has published widely as an academic and journalist, and is principal author of a number of key national reports including the seminal report “Australian Charities 2013” for the Commonwealth Government, the Australian National Costing and Pricing Framework (2014) and is an editor of the recently published book “The Three Sector Solution” (2016). David is the author of the forthcoming book: “Imperial Theory: Colonial Pragmatism” for Palgrave Macmillan.
Vice Chairperson | BCom BAcc CA CA(SA)
Evelyn has over 25 years’ experience in accounting, audit training and education both locally and overseas. She has provided quality control services and designed audit methodologies, compliant with current standards and regulations for a number of assurance providers.
She is currently an Associate Director of Insite Professional Development (a division of BDO which is the fifth largest accounting and advisory firm in the world) and is a part-time senior lecturer in the business school at the University of Notre Dame. Evelyn has experience in financial due diligence and has co-authored a number of leading accounting texts.
Vice Chairperson | Member since October 2016
Penny Knight is a strategist and analyst. She is an expert in the development of evidence-based strategy and in change management and has extensive knowledge of research and data analysis, performance management and reporting across a wide range of sectors.
She began her career working in commercial research, undertaking quantitative and qualitative studies for retailers, manufacturers, service providers and government. She then moved to KPMG London where she leads teams undertaking organisation evaluation and strategy, across a range of areas spanning mergers and acquisitions, privatisation, market strategy and program evaluation. She later moved to PriceWaterhouseCoopers Hong Kong where she was responsible for a whole-of-government service improvement program. Since returning to Australia, she has held senior government roles, most recently with the Strategic Policy Unit in WA Treasury where she was responsible for reviewing WA Government’s performance management framework, program and agency evaluations.
In 2011, she began working with the Curtin Not-for-profit Initiative and has lead projects including an annual evaluation of governance for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a longitudinal study of the financial sustainability of the disability sector and a three-year project to evaluate NFP funding policy for the WA Government. She was the lead author for the inaugural Curtin Australian Charities Report 2013 for the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
In 2014 she and her co-directors established BaxterLawley in order to provide specialist advisory services in strategy, public policy, evaluation and research. Her work with BaxterLawley has included providing strategic planning support, feasibility studies, market evaluations and specialist performance improvement advice, mostly for the NFP sector.
Her qualifications include B Com and an MBA and she is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, the Australian Social and Market Research Society and a volunteer director of Therapy Focus, WA’s largest provider of services for children with disability Services.
Board Director | Member since 2014
Kent’s first real exposure to disability was about 40 years ago when he met his now brother-in-law Aldo Gulloti, who has Down Syndrome.
Since the death of his mother in 2003, Aldo has lived in several homes for the disabled – all were run by the Disability Services Commission.
This was his first direct contact with the disability industry and carers. Over the last 11 years, he has met many carers and has developed a lot of respect and admiration for what they do.
Two years ago, Aldo had a debilitating stroke and needed a higher level of care and moved into Lowanna Way, Armadale, which was a DSC operated home. About 12 months ago, Lowanna Way, among others was chosen by DSC to be privatised as part of the State Government’s new privatisation policy.
Being immediate family, Kent had the opportunity to be a part of choosing the provider of these services and after careful research chose Nulsen Disability Services for Aldo.
As part of the process, many providers were reviewed, however, Kent felt Nulsen was a stand-out in the industry, not only from its ability to deliver the right level of care and service but also by the passion shown by its staff and the excellent culture within the organisation.
Professionally, during all his working life, Kent has been involved in the financial services industry having a variety of different roles. These include stockbroking, investment banking, directorships of public listed companies and the sales and distribution of financial products.
Kent is also a registered volunteer with the charity, Beyond Blue.
Kent looks forward to the exciting opportunity to make a meaningful contribution through joining the Board of Nulsen Disability Services.
Simon te Brinke
Simon te Brinke
Board Director | GAICD
Simon te Brinke, GAICD is the founder and Digital Communications Strategy Lead of Gramercy Park Consulting, an independent strategy consulting firm working with organisations challenged by disruptive technology trends in marketing and communications.
A passionate digital thinker (and technology evangelist), Simon has been working in the digital media environment since the late 1990’s. Prior to establishing Gramercy Park Consulting 10 years ago, he was a Group Media Director and Media Strategist for over 15 years working with some of Australia’s largest and most respected advertising agencies.
His 25+ years of marketing communications experience has seen him working with organisations across a multitude of sectors, both commercial and government. Simon specialises in social technology and digital communications strategy by blending global best-practice planning frameworks with emerging technologies and innovative thinking.
He is currently Australia’s only Altimeter Group Certified Social Business Strategist.
Simon is a graduate and current member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
He is also a past Chairperson of The Oasis Project – a major fundraising initiative of the Western Australian advertising, media and communications industry that provides support to the Salvation Army’s Crossroads West programme.
Board Director | Member since October 2016
Debra Letica’s brother has been a resident of Nulsen Disability Services since 2002. During this time Debra has been very active in the disability sector and has become a passionate advocate for improving the health outcomes of people with disabilities.
As a self-funded retiree, Debra has spent a large portion of her time volunteering with the Dept of Health Western Australia, and the local hospital Rockingham General Hospital.
Debra also currently sits on the following Committees among many others and was nominated by the hospital ED for the Health Consumer of the Year Award 2018 for advocating on behalf of others in the health sector:
- Chair – Consumer/Carer Advisory Group RgPG (Rockingham Gen. Hospital);
Clinical Governance Committee at RgPG;
Neuropsychiatry and Developmental Disability Mental Health Sub Network Steering Group;
Eileen joined the Board in 2019 and currently works for a firm of commercial lawyers as an accountant and company secretary and has responsibility for the management of family investment companies. Eileen is also a director of the Youth Legal Services Inc Board. She is a member of CPA Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Retirement Savings and is a CA and a CPA. Eileen is also a member of a CPA WA working group for NFP organisations and an independent member of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale Audit and Risk committee.
Board Director | MPsych, BA (Hons)
Julianne is currently the Director of Workforce and Support Services at Hollywood Private Hospital, which involves a combination of both operational management and HR. She also has responsibility for strategic HR across WA and SA for Ramsay Health Care, which employs over 6500 people across 8 facilities within those states. She has previously served for 6 years on her local primary school board, chairing the board for 3 of those years. Julianne brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the HR field, having spent time as HR Manager at Coca-Cola Amatil, consulting through her own business, and lecturing at UWA.
Dr. Edward Petch
Dr. Edward Petch
Board Director | MBBS BSc MSc FRCPsych DFP Dip Crim FRANZCP MBA GAICD
Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at Hakea Prison, Department of Justice, and Clinical Associate Professor, University of Western Australia.
Dr. Edward Petch was raised and educated near London and trained in medicine at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, and in psychiatry and forensic psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital. Dr Petch has qualifications in medicine, neuroanatomy, psychiatry, forensic psychiatry, criminology, business administration and corporate governance. He worked for 10 years as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the UK for West London Mental Health NHS Trust at a Medium Secure Unit and at Broadmoor (maximum secure) Hospital. In 2009 he became the Director of the State Forensic Mental Health Service in WA and in 2018 he returned to clinical work as a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist.
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer | Director ex-Officio since 1989
Gordon is widely involved with disability sector issues, sitting on state and national committees in the government and the non-government arenas. Of particular note, is his current position on the National Disability Services Board and involvement in the recent State Government NGO procurement reforms.
Gordon joined Nulsen in 1982 as a support worker. He was appointed the coordinator of accommodation services in 1989 and CEO in 1994.
Executive | BBus, FCPA
Graham is the Executive Director, Corporate Services. Graham joined Nulsen in 1991 as the principal financial officer and general manager corporate services
Graham is a member of the Board of the Developmental Disability Council has participated in a number of Disability Services Commission (DSC) working parties. He has conducted training sessions on board governance and financial management for the government departments. Graham consults with many, not for profit Board and finance committees.
Executive | Member since 2013
Caroline is Executive Director of Nulsen Disability Services. This includes our accommodation program supporting people with complex disabilities in more than 50 homes across the Perth metropolitan area, as well as nursing, participant engagement and rostering.
Executive | BA, Dip Speech Therapy
Susan is the Executive Director of Nulsen Therapy and has been committed to supporting people with a disability in Western Australia for more than 25 years. She is responsible for the delivery of all therapy services and Positive Behaviour Support services at Nulsen. Her focus is on evidence based practice, professional standards and governance.
Susan has previously held roles as Principal Speech Pathologist and Executive Director with state government, and as General Manager with another large not for profit organisation.
Executive | BSc, GradDipHlthProm
Lucy is the Executive Director of Transitions at Nulsen Group. Lucy has more than 25 years experience in mission-based organisations predominantly in the health, community and education sectors. Her focus is on delivering high-quality support and life opportunities for people with complex needs.
Lucy has previously held roles as director of her own business consultancy and strategic marketing manager with a financial services company.
Vicki is the Executive Director, Organisational Development at Nulsen Group. Following a number of years within a corporate environment in a variety of positions including business management, resource deployment and recruitment.
Vicki moved to the not for profit sector 10 years ago, having personal experience of a family member with a disability, Vicki’s focus is on developing competency based training, skill development, recruitment and selection to provide exceptional support to people with complex needs.