Board of Directors

Bill Rowe

Chair

Sub Committees:

  • Finance and Audit
  • Nominations
  • Risk and Compliance

Bill has a strong connection with the organisation as he has a son who utilises the services of Community Living Australia and is keen to ensure there are quality services available to people with disabilities across the region. He is married to Sarah and has lived in Strathalbyn for over 30 years.

Bill is an active member of Rotary and enjoys the opportunity to volunteer in the community. Having a diverse business background through work in the flour milling industry, rural merchandise businesses and in the wine industry for Pernod Ricard Winemakers has given Bill the expertise to support the community with sound strategic vision.

Bills interests include woodworking, winemaking and family gatherings.

Jill Coombe

Deputy Chair

Sub Committees:

  • Service Quality (Chair)
  • Nominations
  • Risk and Compliance

Jill lives in Strathalbyn with her husband Steve and for the past 19 years has managed the Murray Bridge Medical Centre.

Jill is a Graduate of the Governor's Leadership Foundation (2011) and was a recipient of the SA Telstra Business Women's Award for private and corporate sector leaders in 2010.

Jill's focus is on teamwork and communication and she places importance on doing your best for the local community.

Jill in her spare time enjoys road trips, singing, reading and spending time with family and friends.

Rex Keily AM, JP

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Nominations (Chair)
  • Business Development and Marketing
  • Risk and Compliance

Rex joined the Board of Community Living Australia (formerly CLASS) in 2004 and is a past Chairman.

Awarded Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2002 for his contribution to the automotive industry as a Senior Executive at Mitsubishi Motors and the community, particularly World Vision, Woodcroft College & Scouts Australia, Rex has extensive Board and community engagement experience. His other Board experience includes World Vision Australia, Scouts Australia SA Branch, Woodcroft College, The Bible Society, Coopers Foundation, Business SA, Centre for Manufacturing, Open Gate Foundation and Strathalbyn Tourism Association. Rex is also the Strathalbyn Ward Councillor on the Alexandrina Council and a Justice of the Peace.

With a diverse business background including General Manager Government Affairs, Export & Fleet Sales at Mitsubishi Motors Aust. Ltd, Researcher and Speech Writer for a Federal Politician, Marketing Manager for SCOSA and Real Estate Sales Manager, Rex still finds time to regularly host tour groups visiting the extensive garden at 'Serenity' and volunteering at the Gilberts Motor Museum in Strathalbyn.

Edwina Stevenson

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Risk and Compliance (Chair)

Edwina is a commercial lawyer with a love for South Australian beaches, food and wine.

She is also a freelance web and television presenter, and a newsreader for radio station FIVEaa.

She's been in-house counsel for financial institutions, retirement villages and even caravan parks. She is currently a senior member of the legal team at Pernod Ricard Winemakers.

Edwina is married to Ben and has a son, Angus, and a Russian Blue called Roger.

She loves spending time outdoors with her family, cooking and trying new wines.

Kym Lynch, JP

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Finance and Audit (Chair)
  • Risk and Compliance

Kym is a career Banker having commenced in the finance industry in 1983. He has worked across South Australia, including Whyalla, South East, Mid North and now Murray Bridge. He predominantly works in Commercial and Agribusiness lending as a Relationship Manager.

He has been a Justice of the Peace since 1992 and he holds a Diploma in Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma in Family History.

Kym has been involved in various sporting clubs, service clubs and local School boards in executive roles over the past 30 years.

Kym is married to Carla and has one daughter and a miniature Dachshund .

Alicia Hopper

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Service Quality

Alicia is a clinical nurse specialising in oncology and haematology, having spent nearly two decades working in both public and private hospitals across South Australia. Currently, Alicia juggles her time between Chemo@home — a company focused on delivering chemotherapy and supportive infusions to patients in their home, and as a support nurse for Myeloma Australia — the only myeloma specific organisation in Australia supporting those living with myeloma.

Alicia is a passionate champion for community-driven healthcare services. She believes strongly that focusing care delivery in the home and community, rather than the hospital, allows for greater independence and quality of life for individuals with chronic diseases and complex healthcare needs.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys travelling around our beautiful state with her husband Stephen and with two golden retrievers in tow. She has also spent many years volunteering in various leadership roles for parkrun Australia, another amazing community organisation who organise free community walks/runs every Saturday morning across the country.

Roz McGowan

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Service Quality

Roz has extensive experience working in Local Government and brings to the Board a wealth of knowledge on governance and financial processes having previously owned and operated a dairy at Woods Point with her husband for over 26 years. 

Roz has also worked in administration for the Southern Cross Care ‘Buddy’ Program which provided respite for Carers of those with Dementia for 7 years and has volunteered over many years with a number of local community-based organisations including the Murray Bridge Special School, Unity College and Red Cross.

Deeply connected to and with a robust understanding of the disability sector through personal experience, Roz also holds numerous memberships with disability-related organisations and has been honoured with a Life Membership.

Roz lives in the Murray Bridge community with her husband and is heavily involved in the life of her daughter and two grandchildren.

John Greenslade

Board Member

Sub Committees:

  • Business Development and Marketing (Chair)
  • Risk and Compliance

John has extensive professional marketing experience in the tourism industry, ranging from small private to large public companies, two Government business enterprises, State and Territory tourism organisations, namely Tourism NT and the SA Tourism Commission plus Sovereign Hill, the highly successful not-for-profit outdoor museum and tourism attraction in Ballarat.

Together with his wife Karin, a German National, they represented Tourism NT in Central Europe and also in France for 15-years before developing a successful accommodation property, Villa Delange, in a wine-producing village in Rhineland Palatinate, south-west Germany, close to the French border.  In Australia they have also started a new small business, Tarte Gourmet, importing and distributing an artisan food product from the Alsace, region known as Flammekueche.  

John and Karin live in Adelaide with their secondary school-aged twin sons.  He also has two adult children from a previous marriage and two grandchildren who live in Melbourne.

Non-Board Committee Members

Beata Mitkas - Finance and Audit

Garry Ashworth - Finance and Audit

Jason Conroy - Finance and Audit

Jonty Whitehead - Service Quality


Please find a link to the statement of the Board: http://claust.com.au/uploads/pages/40/Board Statement.pdf

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