Rick Howe, Chief Executive

B.Sc.(Eng), Dip.F.P.

Rick Howe is a senior financial services executive with a strong track record of leadership in insurance and the public sector.

Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive at the LSA, Rick was Deputy Chief Executive at the Insurance Commission of Western Australia since 2015, where he was responsible for the operations of the Motor Injury Insurance scheme as well as the Government Insurance arrangements for the State. In particular, he led the introduction of the WA Catastrophic Injuries Support scheme, which was established in July 2016.

His previous experience includes senior executive roles within two of Australia’s biggest banks, as Chief Manager, Distribution at Westpac General Insurance and as General Manager, Insurance at ANZ.

Rick holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from University College London and a Diploma of Financial Planning from RMIT.

As Chief Executive, Rick is responsible for the leadership of the LSA and the implementation of the organisation’s strategic plans as agreed with the Board.


Kylie Smith Director, Services

BHsc, BSW

Kylie Smith is a respected leader and clinician in both government and non-government organisations, with a depth of experience in the disability sector, specialising in brain injury, spinal cord injuries and neurological disability.

Prior to joining the LSA in 2016 Kylie led a multidisciplinary team that supported vulnerable clients. She has a strong track record in developing systems that empower people to achieve positive outcomes. Kylie is passionate about people living the life of their choice post injury.

Kylie’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Health Science and a Bachelor of Social Work.

As the Director of Services at the LSA, Kylie leads a dedicated team of highly skilled people who work to make a positive difference to the recovery and independence of the Lifetime Support Scheme (LSS) participants.


Bec Wyness Director, People and Culture

LLB (Hons), GradDip HRM, FAHRI, GAICD

Bec Wyness is an executive leader with a versatile depth and breadth of experience across people and culture, wide-scale transformational change and contemporary best practice in human resource management within the health, public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Lifetime Support Authority in 2022, Bec was the Executive Manager for NDSP Plan Managers with oversight of people and culture – including WHS and injury management, ICT, quality and compliance.

Bec’s tertiary qualifications include a Bachelor of Laws, and Graduate Diplomas in Human Resource Management and Legal Practice. Bec is also a Fellow of the Australian Human Resources Institute and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Bec is Director, People & Partnerships for the LSA and leads a team of skilled professionals who deliver the functions of human resources, research, education and programs, communication and engagement, HR systems and learning and development.


Boris Petrovic Director, Corporate

B. Comm (Accounting), CPA, GAICD

Boris Petrovic joined the LSA in 2019.  He has 15 years’ experience in finance and accounting, business operations, and project management in the health and disability sectors.  Prior to joining the LSA, Boris was a Manager of Business Operations for the Central Adelaide Local Health Network (SA Health).

Boris’ qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting), he has been a member of CPA Australia for 12 years, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Boris is the Director of Corporate and leads a dedicated team of professionals responsible for a wide range of functions including governance and risk, legal, project management office, information technology, data analytics, finance and procurement functions.


Page last updated: 30 September 2020