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 Directors and Executive team are responsible for the overall governance, management and strategic direction of Nulsen Group.
Board of Directors
Chairperson | FCA, MAICD
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 | 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.
Board Director | BA (Hons), (Psych) MA, (Psych) Dip Ed MAPS AHPRA Registered Psychologist
Bernadette is an AHPRA registered psychologist and Member of the Australian Psychological Society with over 32 years’ experience in the field. She is also a member of the APS Psychology of Intellectual Disability and Autism Interest Group.
During her career she has worked for State Education Departments (Victoria and WA) and also for numerous private education providers. Bernadette has a special interest in the areas of disability and trauma management. In 2005 she was nominated to serve on the Committee at AISWA responsible for allocating State and Federal special needs funding to schools in the private education system (until 2015). Bernadette has also worked in private practice in Victoria and since 2016 in WA.
Bernadette’s sister Valda lived with her for many years until her move to Nulsen. This move is the best thing that ever happened to Valda. The personal experience of seeing how life changing the move has been for Valda has made Bernadette a strong advocate for the nurturing 24/7 care for people with complex disabilities provided by Nulsen.
Bernadette is looking to fully retire from work at the end of the year and looks forward to having the opportunity and the time to make a meaningful contribution by joining the Board of Nulsen Group. She says it is an honour to be able to serve an organisation that strives to provide a rich quality of life to people with disabilities and give their families peace of mind knowing that Nulsen strives to empower people to live their best lives and that encapsulates what we all want for our loved ones.
Roberts brother Ken has been a resident with Nulsen since 2014, currently residing at Charlesworth having been with the Disability Services Commission prior. Robert has been actively
interested in the affairs of Nulsen for many years.
Vocationally, Robert was appointed a permanent Magistrate for Western Australia in 1982, retiring in 2013 after which he was appointed a temporary Magistrate until 2020. During this
period he was an inaugural member of The Consultative Committee of the National Judicial College of Australia.
Robert is a Life Member of the Association of Australian Magistrates, having held the positions of President and Secretary of the organisation, he was a member of The Council of Christ
Church Grammar School for six years and is currently a Board Member of the Prisoners Review Board (Parole Board) for Western Australia.
Board Director | LLB, CF
Felicity Zempilas attended Methodist Ladies’ College (MLC) and then graduated with a Bachelor of Law from the University of Western Australia in 1993.
Felicity commenced as a Lawyer in the criminal section of the Aboriginal Legal Service. She took up a position as a State Prosecutor with the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in 1996, later working as Counsel Assisting the State Coroner from 2003-2009.
Felicity was appointed as a Magistrate in August 2009 and worked in Kalgoorlie until early 2014, hearing matters involving criminal, civil, family and mining law over a broad geographical area. She then worked as a Magistrate in Perth, and, since the beginning of 2017, has been the dedicated Magistrate in the Start (Mental Health) Court and Intellectual Disability Diversion program (IDDP) Court. She was awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2017 to study mental health courts in the United States and is currently a Trustee
member of the MLC Foundation.
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.
Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer | BCom
Geoff is the Chief Financial Officer at Nulsen Group and is responsible for the Finance, Information Technology, Administration, Property and Fleet departments.
Geoff’s focus is to ensure the longevity of the organisation by ensuring information is made readily available to support effective decision-making – his aim is to reposition the corporate service team to support Nulsen Group to deliver on its purpose and values.
Executive Director, Nulsen Disability Services
Executive Director, Nulsen Disability Services | 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, Allied Health at Nulsen Therapy and the Rostering department.
Executive Director, Outcare
Executive Director, Outcare
Bridget is the Executive Director, Outcare and 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 Director Risk, Compliance, Governance
Executive Director Risk, Compliance, Governance | 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 Group to protect and enhance company value and strive towards its strategic objectives.