Board Committees

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

Cadeyrn Gaskin headshotDr Cadeyrn Gaskin, PhD, MBS, BBS (Hons), GradDipSci  

Independent Member, Customer Experience and Outcomes Committee

Dr Cadeyrn Gaskin joined Scope’s Customer Experience and Outcomes Committee as an Independent Committee Member in 2023.

As an accomplished social scientist and a person with cerebral palsy, Cadeyrn brings an evidence-based approach to decision-making and strong advocacy for the social and economic participation of people with disability in society. Cadeyrn’s research spans mental health, disability, healthcare, physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and childhood obesity. His research in the disability space has a strong human rights emphasis and draws attention to the detrimental effects of disabling environments on mental health.

Cadeyrn has qualifications in business and psychology, including a PhD in which he investigated physical activity in the lives of adults with cerebral palsy. He is also a Director and past President of the Cerebral Palsy Support Network.

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.

Anne Howells headshot Anne Howells, CA, MB (Corporate Governance), BCom, FGIA, GAICD

Independent Member, Risk and Audit Committee 

Anne joined Scope’s Risk and Audit Committee in 2023, following a long career in corporate governance, directorial and executive roles in the health and professional sectors.   

With extensive experience in risk management and compliance, Anne brings with her a passion for excellent customer service and informed decision-making. She has served as the Non-Executive Director for Alfred Health and the Policy and Compliance director at PwC. Additionally, Anne chaired the board at Sexual Health Victoria and is currently a member of its Finance and Audit committee.  

Anne is enthusiastic about delivering high levels of customer, employee and stakeholder satisfaction. She has formal training and qualifications in commerce, governance and is a Chartered Accountant. Anne is also a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a Fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia.

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.

Nick Taylor, BBusSci (Hons), GAICD

Independent Member, Finance and Performance Committee 

Nick joined Scope’s Finance and Performance Committee in 2023. With a strong background in disability including lived experience, Nick also brings expertise from business and finance sectors. He is a two-time Paralympian, winning a silver medal in 2012 for wheelchair basketball.  

A driven and fervent advocate for people with spinal cord injuries, Nick has previously worked as the General Manager and later a Non-Executive Director at the Sargood Foundation. Nick has also served as Chairman of the Board for Wheelchair Sports NSW and Director and Principal Consultant at Empowered Living Group.  

Nick has formal qualifications and more than a decade of experience in business science, service improvement and business analytics. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), and a proud husband and father of two boys.