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.

Ken Williams

Board Member

Mr Williams has more than 30 years’  experience in corporate finance and over 20 years’ directorship experience. He has held senior finance executive  positions with leading ASX companies including Normandy Mining Limited (subsequently Newmont Australia), Qantas Airways Limited and Renison Goldfields Limited.

Mr Williams’ extensive experience in corporate finance includes diverse experience in mergers, acquisitions, divestments, and corporate reconstructions. Specialising in treasury and financial risk management, his directorship experience has spanned both large and small listed and private companies, not-for-profit organisations, and superannuation funds.

A fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mr Williams was until April 2022 the Independent Chair of Statewide Super, is Chair of Barton Gold Holdings Ltd (ASX-BGD) , a non-executive director of Archer Materials Ltd (ASX-AXE) and is Deputy Chancellor of the University of Adelaide.

Ken is a graduate of the University of Western Australia (Bachelor of Economics (Hons)) and Macquarie University (Masters in Applied Finance).

Talia Begley

Board Member

Talia is a corporate and tax lawyer with 20 years’ experience in this field, including the last 6 years as an owner and director of boutique commercial law firm, JL Lawyers.

She is an honours graduate of the University of Melbourne, following which she spent 8 years working in the corporate advisory team of a top ten national law firm in Melbourne.

Talia is a Board member of the Guildhouse Inc, a not for profit organisation that supports and advocates for South Australian visual artists.

She is also an Associate member of the Tax Institute, a member of Law Society of South Australia and she sits on the Risk and Finance Committee of a national IT product and consulting company, Sensei Product Solutions.

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: 17 January 2023