Board Committees

The Scope (Aust) Ltd Board is supported by five Board Committees: Risk and Audit Committee, Customer Experience and Outcomes Committee, People and Governance Committee, Finance and Performance Committee and Disability Services Australia Committee. Each Board Committee is composed of majority Director members, with subject matter experts appointed by the Board as Independent members on Committees.

Gayle Dickerson, BA (Hons), FCCA, Affiliate Chartered Accountants ANZ

Independent Member, Disability Services Australia Committee

Gayle has over 20 years of experience in both the UK, Asia Pacific and Australia in corporate turnaround, insolvency, restructuring and advisory. These roles include selling distressed businesses, helping businesses restore back to profitability, solvently winding down operations and formal insolvency appointments.  Gayle is engaged by a range of stakeholders, including boards, business owners, government agencies, lenders, employees and shareholders to rapidly understand key issues and devise an action plan.

She is typically brought into a situation where it ‘isn’t business as usual’ and independent expert advice is required at speed. Depending on the economic cycle Gayle’s experience has spanned a range of industries including retail and consumer products, infrastructure, not for profits, hospitality, real estate, mining services and manufacturing.

Gayle also holds executive leadership roles within KPMG including Chief Operating Officer of the Deals Tax and Legal division and co-lead for the NSW Turnaround and Restructuring team.

Gayle has been a Board member of the Turnaround Management Association (TMA) for 18 months and has held a prior Board role with the Australian Sporting Goods Association for 3 years.

Outside of work Gayle has two young sons, and enjoys travel and most kinds of sporting activities.

Dr Philomena Horsley, PhD, MMA, GCertProfWrit, GDipEd, GDipWomen’sStuds, BA, MAICD

Independent Member, Customer Experience and Outcomes Committee

Dr Philomena Horsley is a Research & Workforce Development Consultant, with expertise in research ethics, gender and health; sexual abuse and violence; aged care and disability; and death and dying. She has been a Director and Chair of a diverse range of Boards and Committees in the Not-for-Profit sector for over 35 years and is currently a Council Member at Abound Communities.

Since 1985 she has been a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disabilities and for the inclusion of their voice in all aspects of service delivery, data collection and governance systems.

Philomena was Chair and member of Scope’s Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) from 2005 – 2019 and has served as an independent member of a number of other Scope Committees. She has considerable expertise in research ethics: she is currently acting Chair of the Victorian Department of Justice, consultant to PRAXIS Australia Ltd, and facilitator of its National HREC Essentials Accreditation course.

Philomena holds positions as Senior Research Officer at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. In 2001, she was inducted into the Victorian Honour Roll for Women and awarded a Centenary Medal for her work in women’s health, disability and HIV/AIDS.

Lea PopeLea Pope, MBA, GAICD

Independent Member, Customer Experience and Outcomes Committee

Lea Pope is passionate about the health of all Australians. Driven by her core values of honesty, integrity and fairness, Lea has established a career in health and human services, both in the public and not-for-profit sectors. Lea brings to Scope a thorough understanding of governance requirements and has played an important role in risk analysis and management for a number of organisations. Lea’s expertise in the health sector brings an invaluable lens to the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Gaining a better understanding of the needs of people with disabilities and the exploring the potential impact of the NDIS on their lives has become a passion for Lea.

Lea’s career in the health sector spans more than 25 years. In her former role as Chief Executive of Bass Coast Health, Lea integrated community services with the hospital in the Bass Coast region to provide one integrated health service including a fully staffed and accredited emergency department at Bass Coast Health. Lea was also responsible for implementing Nurse Practitioner roles in aged care and emergency care and redeveloped aged care services facilities at Caulfield Hospital.

Lea is a member of the Eastern Victoria General Practice Training Board of Directors and  a Director for South Port Day Links.

Lea holds a Masters of Business Administration and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Andrew SutherlandAndrew Sutherland, B-COM (Hons), CFA

Independent Member, Finance and Performance Committee

Andrew Sutherland brings expertise from the investment industry to Scope, with a 29-year career working as an Investment Analyst and Portfolio Manager, evaluating Australian and offshore investments on behalf of clients. With a detailed understanding of risk and financial management at both an individual business and overall portfolio level, and a particular expertise and interest in healthcare, Andrew’s experience also means he brings a deep understanding of fiduciary responsibility to his role as an Independent Committee member.

Formerly a Partner at boutique investment management firm Perennial Investment Partners, Andrew is currently developing a Global Equities strategy for Australian Foundation Investment Company (AFIC). Through family connections, he has an appreciation for the disability services sector and has a strong commitment to contributing to the financial stability and ongoing success of Scope.

Andrew holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from the University of Melbourne and has post-graduate qualifications in Applied Portfolio Management and Financial Analysis.