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The role of the Scope Board is to set the strategic direction across all Scope Group entities including subsidiaries.

The Board aligns on Scope’s Purpose, Vision and Values, and guides the organisation to deliver on its strategic initiatives.

The Scope Board is composed of ten Non-Executive Directors with diverse expertise across key areas including: corporate governance, risk management and strategic financial management; sector and sector leadership; government; strategic commercial experience; digital or technology implementation; marketing, fundraising and communications; change management; human resource management including industrial and employee relations and culture; law; and, experience as a person with a disability, or experience as a family member or carer of a person with a disability.

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Professor Sanchia Aranda AM, PhD, MN, GAICD

Chair, Scope Board of Directors 
Chair, Client Experience and Outcomes Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee
Member, Risk and Audit Committee
Member, Finance and Performance Committee

Professor Sanchia Aranda AM brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in both management and governance to her role in leading Scope’s Board. With a strong commitment to reducing health and social inequalities, Sanchia has more than 20 years experience on not-for-profit Boards along with five years as the CEO of a national not-for-profit.

She has served as the former CEO of Cancer Council Australia and the Past President for Union for International Cancer Control, Geneva and International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care (ISNCC).

Externally, Sanchia also holds Chair positions with the City Cancer Challenge Foundation, Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre (VCCC) Alliance, Victorian Cancer Registry Advisory Committee, Breast Screen Quality Committee, Cancer Australia’s Medical and Scientific Advisory Group (Australian Brain Cancer Mission), and the Breast Screen Review Advisory Committee. Additionally, she serves as the Co-Chair of the University of Melbourne/Scope Professorial Chair into Disability Research and as a Board member of the Workers’ Compensation (Dust Diseases) Board.

Sanchia is regarded as one of the world’s pre-eminent experts in cancer control with 40 years’ experience in healthcare as a clinician, researcher, educator and health-system administrator. She comes to Scope with experience working with adults and children with disability within the healthcare sector, and recognises the social change needed to achieve Scope’s purpose. With experience in influencing policy within state and federal governments, Sanchia aims to contribute positively to Scope’s strategic focus as Chair of the Board of Directors.

Sanchia holds a Master of Nursing, a Doctor of Philosophy, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD). She was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia in 2019 for her significant service to community health, particularly to cancer control and nursing.

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Gary Brinkworth, BEc, GAICD

Deputy Chair, Scope Board of Directors
Chair, Finance and Performance Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Gary Brinkworth comes to Scope with a wealth of experience as a CEO and Company Director and a passion for clients and service delivery. He strongly believes in Scope’s values and purpose and is committed to driving continuous improvement to support Scope’s sustainable growth.

Extremely passionate about strategic innovation, Gary is an energetic leader who builds organisational capabilities with a strong focus on clients. He has successfully delivered outstanding business results, operational excellence, and continuous improvement.

Gary has worked locally and internationally in large scale service industries ranging from Property Advisory, Retail and Financial Services and has a track record in creating high performance cultures, new business (including M&A) and improved client outcomes.

As a Director, Gary has also completed and implemented comprehensive Board Reviews that seek to elevate corporate governance processes and structures. The process includes critical assessment of Board Composition, Skills and Effectiveness leading to improved organisation alignment and performance.

Gary holds a degree in Economics and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Sarah Anderson

Dr Sarah Anderson PhD, BPO, MPH, GAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Risk and Audit Committee
Member, Client Experience and Outcomes Committee

Dr Sarah Anderson joins Scope with a passion for equity and inclusion, and experience in the regulatory, disability, academia, and healthcare sectors, and lived experience of disability.

As a person who has experienced social exclusion firsthand, Sarah is passionate about Scope’s purpose to create meaningful opportunities for people with disability to belong and thrive. Alongside her role as a Director on Scope’s Board, Sarah is Chair of Disability Sport and Recreation. She is a previous Director of Yea and District Memorial Hospital Board and former Chair of the Australian Orthotic and Prosthetic Association Board.

Sarah is an Adjunct Associate Professor in Prosthetics and Orthotics at La Trobe University and holds the role of Manager Research and Evaluation at AHPRA (Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agency). She holds a Bachelor of Prosthetics and Orthotics, a Master of Public Health, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Ergonomics and Human Factors, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Sarah has completed a Churchill Fellowship offered by the Winston Churchill Trust and received a scholarship to undertake the Williamson Community Leadership Program.

She has proudly walked the Kokoda Trail.

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Brendan Earle, BA, LLB, AICD

Scope Board of Directors
Chair, Risk and Audit Committee
Member, Finance and Performance Committee

Brendan Earle is a commercial lawyer with extensive experience in corporate law, governance, finance, and strategy. He believes that every individual should be free to pursue their goals and aspirations, but that no one should be left behind.

Brendan wishes to see individuals given an opportunity to reach their potential, irrespective of their abilities. He comes to Scope with strong experience in mergers and acquisitions, strategic commercial transactions, business succession planning, and healthcare.

During his term as a Non-Executive Director at St Vincent’s Health Australia, Brendan took pride in the organisation’s efforts to become an integrated national business with a strong advocacy voice. With more than 25 years of experience as a lawyer, and several years within the healthcare industry, Brendan brings a mix of energy, capacity, and capability to Scope.

Brendan holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Law (Hons), and has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) course.

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The Hon Jill Hennessy, LLM, LLB, BA, GAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Finance and Performance Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

The Hon. Jill Hennessy joins Scope’s Board of Directors after an extensive career in prominent government and Ministerial roles.

A passionate community advocate and leader, Jill previously worked as the Minister for Health and Ambulance Services where she forged a reputation as a leader of reform. Jill has a strong background in policy and legislative change and is credited with transforming laws around nurse-to-patient ratios, providing safe access to women’s health services and laws around assisted dying.

Jill was also the Victorian Attorney-General and Minister for Workplace Safety where she led justice and workplace safety reforms, including Victoria’s inaugural workplace manslaughter legislation.i

A graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), Jill’s academic qualifications include a Master of Public and International Law, Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts. Jill is also a Vice-Chancellor’s Professorial Fellow at Monash University. Her other Board and Director experience includes serving as Chair of the Monash Women's Health Alliance, a member of the Sir Zelman Cowen Advisory Committee, and as a Director of the Western Bulldogs Community Foundation, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Pre-MIT Pty Ltd, and the Melbourne Theranostic Innovation Centre. She has previously held Board positions with Western Health, the Legal Industry Superannuation Scheme and Western Region Health Service Inc (now CoHealth).

Barbara Hingston

Barbara Hingston AM, BA (Admin), BSW, GAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Client Experience and Outcomes Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Barbara Hingston is a professional Non-Executive Director, skilled in health and social services, governance, management, consumer and public stakeholder engagement. She brings energy, knowledge and capability to the Scope Board with commitment to improving health and social outcomes for vulnerable people, their families, carers and communities.

Her prior executive experience includes corporate, strategic management and organisational development in Commonwealth government, and community and non-government organisations in Australia. In each she retained focus on mission and high standards of service performance, accountability quality and safety, client value and experience.

As Director and Chair of Boards and Committees nationally and in four States, she has contributed to strategy, service delivery and client’s experience in healthcare, young people’s mental health, disability services, children and young person’s safety, as well as family and sexual violence prevention, response and recovery. Her current roles include serving as a Director of the Cradle Coast Authority (CCA) and Chair of the CCA Regional Economic Development Committee, as well as Chair of the Child Safety and Wellbeing Panel with the Department of Health Tasmania and Board member for the Australian Children's Education and Care Quality Authority.

Additionally, Barbara is the Practice Support and Development Facilitator for McAuley Community Services for Women, Victoria supporting tutors working with children and young people whose education and learning is impacted by their experience of family violence. She remains a strong advocate for the rights, needs and position of all women, men, and children whose lives intersect with family violence, sexual abuse, and mental illness.

Barbara is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA). She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Administration) and Bachelor of Social Work.

In 2021, Barbara was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to community health and to people with disabilities.

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Andrew Richardson, BSc, LLB, MBA, FAIM, FAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Finance and Performance Committee
Member, Risk and Audit Committee

Andrew Richardson brings extensive executive leadership, governance and disability sector experience to Scope. He has a passionate commitment to social inclusion and human rights, and is the parent of an NDIS participant.

Andrew is excited by Scope’s many opportunities to facilitate great client outcomes and play a leadership role in disability support and innovation. He is also enthusiastic about influencing government to adopt innovative, effective, value-driven approaches to supporting and including people with disability in all aspects of life.

Andrew was active in the campaign to establish the NDIS and has continued to advocate for the rights and wellbeing of people with disability and those who support them. He has served on many for-purpose boards, was Deputy Chair of National Disability Services for eight years and is currently Deputy Chair of Special Olympics Australia.

In his most recent executive role, Andrew led Aruma (formerly House with No Steps) as Chief Executive Officer through considerable sector and organisational transformation and growth. Prior to that, he led large-scale IT services organisations at Compaq and Hewlett-Packard, consulted with McKinsey & Co and was a lawyer and manager at Herbert Smith Freehills.

Andrew holds degrees in business management, law and computer science and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Serge Sardo, GradDipPsych, MBA, MAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Chair, Governance and Remuneration Committee
Member, Client Experience and Outcomes Committee

Serge Sardo is passionate about contributing to the lives of people with a disability. As a registered psychologist, Serge has spent many years counselling people with disability and advocating on their behalf. Further to this, Serge brings to the Scope Board a variety of skills including governance and business management, human resources knowledge and a strong understanding of marketing and branding.

Serge lives by the value that all people should be treated equally. As Chief Executive Officer of Better Place Australia, as well as formerly leading organisations including the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Serge has developed a thorough understanding of policy, advocacy, and government relations.

Serge builds strong relationships with his colleagues and is passionate about Scope and the services the organisation delivers to its clients.

In addition to being a member of the Scope Board, Serge is also a Director of the Family and Relationships Services Australia and the Alcohol and Drug Foundation Board.

Serge holds a Master of Business Administration and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

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Nick Taylor, BBusSci (Hons), GAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Finance and Performance Committee

Nick joined Scope’s Finance and Performance Committee in February 2023 and was appointed to the Board in November 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.

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Dr Nadine White, BLawsAdmin, LLB (Hons), PhD, GAICD

Scope Board of Directors
Member, Finance and Performance Committee
Member, Governance and Remuneration Committee

Dr Nadine White brings to Scope a strong, vested interest in social inclusion, impact, and working to improve outcomes for individuals and communities. An accomplished Company Director, Nadine has an extensive background in the public and private sectors in aged care, health, disability, Indigenous affairs, and financial services.

In addition to her role as Director of Care Connect Ltd, Nadine has held appointments with ACT Reconciliation Council and Deputy Chair of both Raising Hope Education Foundation and the ACT Work Health & Safety Council. Nadine has spent much of her executive career in human resources and workplace relations.

She was Chief People Officer at the Australian National University and holds a PhD in organisational change and industrial relations within the health sector. Furthermore, Nadine is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds tertiary qualifications in business and law.

Nadine is a passionate advocate for gender equity and Indigenous employment. Legally trained, she also counts sustainable workforce outcomes and parental leave improvement (super on unpaid parental leave) as some of the key successes of her career. Nadine is a talented culinarian and is dedicated to her family.