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
Chairperson | BCom BAcc CA CA(SA)
Evelyn is a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (CAANZ) and has extensive experience in consulting, training and education in accounting, audit, strategy, risk and governance. She has expertise in helping organisations understand the link between strategy and the finance function, in risk management, and in developing governance effectiveness.
Evelyn is an Associate Director at BDO, where she is a national technical consultant and assists with litigation support, and a Senior Lecturer in the Business School at the University of Notre Dame.
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.
Simon te Brinke
Simon te Brinke
Deputy Chairperson | 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
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.
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.
Silvana has had 33 years’ experience as a professional social worker working in a variety of roles both at Zone and National levels for the Department of Human Services, Centrelink. For sixteen years she has also had overall professional responsibility for the delivery of Social Work Services for the Centrelink West Australian Zone and was a member of both the Centrelink Zone Executive and the National Social Work Leadership group. Key roles included professional leadership and management, strategic and business planning, budget management, quality outcomes and staff support and supervision.
She left work in 2017 to pursue other personal interests and passions, the most treasured being able to spend quality time with her mother and her sister Evie, who has been a long-term resident at Nulsen. As her Mum has become frail, Silvana has become more directly involved in all aspects of her sister’s care and support in partnership with Nulsen. During this time she has had the opportunity to observe first-hand the wonderful care and support that is being provided to her sister by the committed and passionate staff at Nulsen.
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.
Bridget is an experienced senior executive in the not for profit community sector. Bridget has predominantly worked in the field of mental health, disabilities and justice and has a strong commitment to improving the lives of people with complex needs. A consistent and thoughtful leader who holds qualifications in governance, psychology and counselling, with a special interest in organisational culture.
Executive | BSc, GradDip OHS, GradCert ARM
Dan is the Executive Director of Risk, Compliance, Governance and joined Nulsen in 2016. He is responsible for the oversight of occupational health and safety, injury management, risk, quality, compliance and investigations. Dan’s focus on risk management assists Nulsen to protect and enhance company value and strive towards its strategic objectives.