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Executive Team and Board Members

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Executive Team

Rohan Feegrade | Chief Executive Officer

Rohan Feegrade | Chief Executive Officer

With ideas bigger and bolder than his favourite Barossa shiraz, Rohan Feegrade is an experienced and forward-thinking CEO and company director. He doesn’t just talk about social justice, he lives it. He is proudly people-focused, wearing his heart on his sleeve for the vulnerable and disadvantaged within our communities. Rohan's extensive post-graduate studies and qualifications coupled with his vast experience across the not-for profit, commercial and government sectors, places him at the forefront of organisational strategy. Rohan delivers an exceptional brand of leadership and culture. Energy, passion, and the ability to bring people together: it's what Rohan brings to the table to create one shared vision.

Percy Henry | Chief Operations Officer

Percy Henry | Chief Operations Officer

With a penchant for Harleys and taste testing all that Gouger Street has to offer, Percy Henry’s other passions include family, faith and using his skills and experience to best serve his community. Percy is a highly-experienced leader and executive with a career spanning more than 40 years. The second generation ‘newspaper man’ entered the community sector in 2017, fresh from leading teams across SA and WA through the biggest transformation of one of Australia’s leading media businesses. Results-driven and innovative, Percy believes in investing in people and building highly-engaged and resilient teams, whom he always has time for.

Susan Richards | Executive Manager Community Services

Susan Richards | Executive Manager Community Services

Whether it’s pounding the pavement to raise money for people doing it tough, or strategic leadership to improve the lives of Lutheran Care clients, Susan Richards approaches everything she does with passion and with her values right up front. Susan has over 12 years’ leadership experience in the community services sector, and in 2021 joined Lutheran Care, where she found an alignment with her values. Her experience includes a range of Board and alliance roles. Susan’s approach is consultative and strengths-based and she is passionate about driving a culturally responsive workplace. Outside work, Susan loves spending time with family, participating in charity walks, attending theatre and online shoe shopping!

Chris Bartlam | Executive Manager Finance

Chris Bartlam | Executive Manager Finance

Commonly labelled ‘not your usual finance person’, there is integrity at the forefront of everything Chris does. He is a strategic thinker, who is able to understand the business behind the numbers and use that knowledge to improve efficiencies and achieve growth. A fast moving executive who does not accept status quo, Chris has previous experience in manufacturing and media. With an ability to build strong relationships with all stakeholders, Chris values his staff and the contribution put in at all levels of the organisation. Chris is massive Aston Villa Football Club fan and loves spending time with his kids and watching them play sport.

Pippa Webb | Executive Manager Development & Quality

Pippa Webb | Executive Manager Development & Quality

With 20 years’ experience in business and government, Pippa Webb has her finger on the pulse when it comes to the needs of local communities. She has delivered multi-million dollar community projects for councils and helped develop local services in response to international crises, including the Global Financial Crisis and COVID-19 pandemic. Having also worked in the outback, Pippa’s passion and focus stretches far beyond the metro regions. When she’s not working, she can be found outdoors, training her Kelpie, camping or sailing. Whether she’s developing a business strategy or negotiating corrugated roads, Pippa tackles every challenge with resilience, innovation and integrity.

Karen Harvey | Executive Manager Specialist Services

Karen Harvey | Executive Manager Specialist Services

With her big heart always worn on her sleeve, Karen’s previous life as a practitioner in the community services sector positions her as a leader with a unique affinity for the best-practice work Lutheran Care does at the frontlines of communities. Karen has worked in the sector for over 20 years, with a strong commitment to community connectedness, social justice, equality and inclusion for all. Creativity abounds inside and outside work, with her other passions including crafting crazy creations, bursting out into song (and other musical pursuits), the Arts, and family. Karen’s professional experience includes quality and compliance, community services, domestic and family violence, homelessness, foster care and disability.

Michelle Keane | Executive Manager People & Culture

Michelle Keane | Executive Manager People & Culture

Michelle Keane is a HR professional with a passion for working in the NGO sector. Her role with Lutheran Care is more than a job for Michelle. It’s a source of great pride to support Lutheran Care’s people to do what they do best: make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families in need. With more than 10 years’ experience in the community services sector in both regional and metro areas, Michelle has a good working knowledge of sector services and funding arrangements, as well as qualifications in Management and Training and Assessment. Michelle loves having adventures with her family, reading, a good G&T, laughing with friends and a walk along the beach to wind down at the end of the day.
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Key Leaders

Livia Carusi | Strategic Advisor, Lead

Livia Carusi | Strategic Advisor, Lead

For Livia Carusi helping those in need is not just a job - it’s a way of life. Livia has worked in the community sector for over 25 years, primarily in the Victorian homelessness and community housing sector. Her career has seen her take on roles involving direct service delivery, leading quality and accreditation processes and systems, advocacy and human rights, public and social policy reform, and senior management positions including National General Manager, Homelessness with the Salvation Army. Livia is driven by a commitment to ensure people who experience and encounter disadvantage have access to housing, education, health and employment, enabling their full potential to be reached.

Shaya Nettle | Toward Home Senior Alliance Manager

Shaya Nettle | Toward Home Senior Alliance Manager

Shaya brings 20 years’ experience working in South Australian, national and international not-for-profit communities. Having been involved in major change initiatives like NSW’s Going Home Staying Home reform, implementation of the NDIS as well as poverty reduction initiatives in developing countries, Shaya is passionate about inclusive change processes that combine deep listening and collaboration, with evidence and truth telling. She is excited to be part of a once in a generation reform opportunity and committed to working collaboratively with Toward Home Alliance partners, staff, clients and the greater community and homelessness service sector, to draw on the collective wisdom of those with lived experience and work toward preventing and ending homelessness.

Sandy Davis | General Manager, Community Relations

Sandy Davis | General Manager, Community Relations

With 20+ years not-for-profit experience, Sandy is motivated to improve families' lives. Sandy worked for IBM before accepting a role as Executive Director, Philanthropy at the QEH Research Foundation, followed by roles at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation and University of Adelaide. Growing up in the NT, Sandy moved to SA post-Cyclone Tracy, completing her education and specialising in the Community Services sector. She has two sons and is a passionate animal lover. Sandy enjoys jogging every morning with ‘Coco’ the chocolate Labrador and is a keen Aussie Rules supporter who can be seen and heard at Port Power games at Adelaide Oval. Sandy joined Lutheran Care in 2019 and is passionate about the work LC does assisting families who need it most.

Katrina Ranford | General Manager, Business Relationships

Katrina Ranford | General Manager, Business Relationships

Katrina is an enthusiastic manager with business skills acquired from a colourful 25 year professional background in sales, marketing, communications, operations, project management, sports administration and community development. It’s a CV that’s given Katrina a balanced strategic and operational perspective to create strong stakeholder and brand relationships, champion customer experience and advance social equity and responsibility. Passionate about learning and celebrating the value of lived experience, Katrina is always up for a yarn. Don’t let her height fool you. Basketball is an integral part in her life. While no longer on court, Katrina coaches, sits on her club’s exec and commentates for NBL1.
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Board Members

Sylvia Andersons | Chair

Sylvia Andersons | Chair

Sylvia Andersons is a passionate, values-driven leader who helps organisations to bring their visions to life, ensuring long term sustainability and profitability. With an MBA and Bachelor of Science (Honours), Sylvia has worked with multinational businesses across the medical, pharmaceutical, fast moving consumer goods and wine industries and has led a not-for-profit organisation. Her specialties are strategy, organisational analysis and management, marketing and business development. In addition to being a Fellow of the Governors’ Leadership Program and Institute of Managers and Leaders, Sylvia understands governance, having served on Boards including Community Business Bureau, St John’s Lutheran Church and Concordia College as chair. Sylvia enjoys spending weekends in the Barossa, sharing a glass of good wine and good times with friends.

John Briggs

John Briggs

John Briggs is a proud Yorta Yorta man from Cummrugunja, part of the Barmah Forest on the Murray River border region between Victoria and NSW. He is one of three founders of Indigenous construction company Intract Australia Pty Ltd, growing the company from Intract Indigenous Contractors (an Indigenous Division of McMahon Services Australia) in 2010, to a successful standalone Indigenous company today. John’s professional background is in leadership in the construction and resources sectors. He participates on a number of Boards and committees including South Australian Native Title Services (Director and Board member) and Aboriginal Enterprises in Mining, Exploration and Energy (Director and Board member).

Melanie Schmidtke

Melanie Schmidtke

Melanie has a Masters in Health Service Management, and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology). With a 20-year career in the health and community services sectors dedicated to helping others, Melanie is driven by a desire to make a positive impact to people's lives and in the broader community. With additional qualifications in project management, she has completed major projects focusing on service redesign, clinical governance and quality management practices in the community aged care sector. As General Manager, Services, Research and Education at Cancer Council SA, Melanie is results oriented and outcomes focussed, passionate about effective and efficient delivery of high-quality services. Melanie invests in people, creating connected and committed teams.

Barbara Power

Barbara Power

Barbara joined the Board in 2014 and is the Deputy Chairperson. Barbara is a retired executive health professional with proven skills in strategic leadership and facilitation, cross cultural community engagement, system performance monitoring and risk management across public and not-for-profit sectors. Over the past 20 years she has served on various NFP governance boards within health, education and community services sectors as well as volunteering her time and skills within the Lutheran Church.

Doug Hicks

Doug Hicks

Doug joined the board in November 2020 with a professional work background in Human Resources, workforce management, not-for-profits and Disability Services. He started his career with 20 years’ service with the Australian Army. Doug has a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Doug has undertaken and is a graduate of the Governance Leadership course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and the Governor’s Leadership Foundation programme (GLF) at the Leaders Institute of South Australia.

Pastor Greg Fowler

Pastor Greg Fowler

As a Lutheran pastor, Greg Fowler has actively served the church and its agencies for 18 years. He is passionate about equality, inclusion and acceptance, and feels privileged to be part of the mission to support those who've been left behind by society. Greg has served in congregational ministry and as a high school chaplain. His wider church contribution includes Assistant Bishop of Lutheran Church of New Zealand, Lutheran Laypeople’s League (NZ) President, and Warrambui Retreat and Conference Centre Board member. Outside ministry, Greg worked in finance and risk management for international banks including Citibank and Standard Chartered. He was also Treasurer and Risk Manager for Namoi Cotton Cooperative.