Melinda OLeary

Board Member and Chair

Ms OLeary is co-founder and consultant with Nova Systems, an engineering and project management company with more than 300 staff across the globe.

She has extensive experience in recruitment, including as SA State Operations Manager for Select Staff and SA General Manager for Manpower.

Ms OLeary is the Deputy Chair of the Training and Skills Commission and a member of the external review team of the First Principles Review of Defence Oversight Board. She is also a community representative on the Council for the Order of Australia.

She is a member of the Institute of Personal Consultants, has a Professional Certificate in Management from the Adelaide University Graduate School of Management, and has successfully completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors course.

She is a former Chair of The Hospital Research Foundation and its HR Committee, a former Board member of Time for Kids and has been a volunteer carer for 10 years.


Arabella Branson

Board Member and Chair of the Application and Rules Committee

Ms Branson has her own commercial advisory firm and has practiced law for more than 16 years in the area of commercial transactional and advisory law.

She previously practised in a specialist South Australian corporate and commercial law firm for nine years, where she was a partner for more than two years.

Ms Branson has been a Board member of the Service to Youth Council (SYC) since 2007. She is the Chair of the SYC Governance Committee and a member of its Audit and Remuneration Committee. She is a member of the Heart Foundation Board and Chair of the Oakbank Racing Club. Ms Branson is also a member of the Law Society of South Australia.


Kenneth Williams

Board Member and Chair of the Finance and Investment Committee

Mr Williams has more than 25 years’ operational experience in corporate finance and treasury and financial risk management.

He has diverse experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestments and corporate reconstructions.

Mr Williams is an Independent Chairman of Statewide Superannuation and a member of its Investment Committee, Director of Bayeux Investments and Chair of Havilah Resources Limited.

His Board experience includes a broad range of risk management and investment committee responsibilities and he has extensive experience working with and serving on the Boards of large and small listed companies, private companies, not-for-profit organisations and superannuation funds under a range of regulatory regimes.

He has held senior executive roles with Normandy Mining Limited and Qantas Airways Limited.


David Russell

Board Member

Mr Russell retired in 2020 from RAA Insurance as CEO and continues to expand his non-executive director roles while managing his own leadership coaching and mentoring business.

Currently Director of the South Australian Government Financing Authority (SAFA) with previous board experience at Insurance Council of Australia and SA Institute of Managers and Leaders Regional Advisory Committee, Mr Russell has developed a deep expertise in the governance, risk management, and compliance of APRA-regulated and mutual-owned organisations.

His experience of the 2017 to 2019 Financial Services Royal Commission as a board member of the Insurance Council of Australia strengthened his insights on achieving sustainable business growth while maintaining customer and business integrity.


George Potter

Board Member

Mr Potter is a highly experienced orthopaedic surgeon with extensive surgical experience in the management of spinal conditions.

He is Head of the Orthopaedic Clinical Services (Administrative) at the Royal Adelaide Hospital and a lead clinician to the new Royal Adelaide Hospital.

After graduating from the University of Adelaide Medical School, he trained as an orthopaedic surgeon in Adelaide and Edinburgh (UK), becoming a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Surgeons in 1977 and a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (Edinburgh) in 1986.

Mr Potter was a founding member of the Orthopaedic Clinical Network and is a past Vice President of the Paraplegic and Quadriplegic Association of SA.


Kevin Cantley PSM

Board Member

Mr Cantley has worked for the South Australian Department of Treasury and Finance for 29 years as a senior executive, in 2018 was awarded a Public Service Medal for outstanding public service to financial management and infrastructure development in South Australia. Mr Cantley is also a qualified accountant and is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA).

Retired in 2019 as General Manager of the South Australian Government Financing Authority (SAFA), which is the SA’s central financing authority, captive insurer and fleet manager with assets totalling of over $35 billion. During this period, he assumed the dual responsibility of Executive Director of the Public Finance Branch from 2016 to 2018.

Mr Cantley has significant governance and board experience currently a member of the Barossa Hills Fleurieu Local Health Network Governing Board and the Central Adelaide Local Health Network Finance and Investment Committee. He was previously chair of the South Australian Government Captive Insurance Corporation (SAICORP), chair of Playford Capital Pty Ltd, member of the South Australian Superannuation Board and director of Generation Lessor Corporation, Transmission Lessor Corporation and Distribution Lessor Corporation.


Linda Matthews

Board Member

Ms Matthews has worked in senior leadership positions for more than 3 decades, in 3 states – South Australia, Queensland and New South Wales.

Currently as the Chair of St. Marks College, a board member of the SA Housing Trust and board member of the Adelaide Benevolent Society and formerly the Chair of scosa, an organisation supporting people with disabilities. In 2019, she oversaw the merger of scosa with Novita.

Previously she was a Board member of Catherine House, a service for women experiencing homelessness. In March 2020, at the request of the Board of Catherine House, she took up the role of CEO of Catherine House leading the merger of Catherine House with Housing Choices Australia which took effect in December 2020.


Page last updated: 25 August 2020