Governance

Strategic Focus

As an organisation, we are proud to have built a reputation for succeeding when confronted with new challenges. We have worked hard to establish reliable and trustworthy services, but we know there’s always more to be done.

Our pledge is to continue to grow as an organisation that delivers new and improved services to meet all our client’s needs. The board leads Your Side’s strategic direction with courage and conviction and means that our organisation is now at the forefront of quality and service delivery.

Your Side operates from a secular base and works collaboratively with government, public, private and other bodies to deliver the best possible outcomes for all our customers. We are a public company limited by guarantee, with a small membership base and registered as a charity with deductible gift recipient (DGR) status (meaning any gifts and bequests are tax deductible).

We appreciate our supporters and partners, in particular, the Department of Social Services, the Department of Health, and Transport for NSW. These groups integrate with our mission and purpose.

 

Our Constitution

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Our Board

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Chair – Gordon Wing-Lun

Joined March 2016

Qualifications

  • Associate, UTS
  • MBA, MGSM
  • BE Electrical (Hons), UNSW
  • BSc Mathematics, UNSW

Gordon is an experienced senior executive, having had head of business roles at a number of international banks in Australia and overseas. Gordon is an engineer by training. Gordon has worked with and within a number of NSW government entities at senior levels, including General Manager – Corporate Finance. More recently, Gordon has undertaken a number of consulting roles, most notably Bid Consultant for a number of recent PPP transactions. Gordon is also an occasional lecturer in investment and finance at the University of Technology Sydney.

Since 2011, Gordon has been an active participant and volunteer in the not for profit sector, including working on the delivery of a service teaching conversational English. Gordon has also been an active board member of two different NGOs, in the aged care and mental health sectors.


Deputy Chair – Linda Mallett

Joined November 2017

Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW),
  • Master Of Social Work (UNSW),
  • Master of Business Administration (Macquarie Uni.),
  • Grad. Dip. in Dispute Resolution (UWS).

Linda brings insight and experience from over 35 years of working in public sector organisations undergoing major reform. Recent work has focused on: innovative ways of building the capacity of people with disability for exercising choice and control in their lives; key reform projects to expand and improve the range of services for people with a disability; strategic leadership of person centred services for people with complex support needs; stewardship of the Disability Inclusion Act 2014 and Boarding Houses Act 2012 with the NSW Disability Council; and culturally appropriate support for Aboriginal people with disability, their families and communities.


Margaret Kay

Joined October 2014

Qualifications

  • Masters of Commerce, UNSW
  • Bachelor, Town Planning (Hons)

Margaret has over 20 years’ experience in strategic planning and research in a range of social policy areas, including 15 years in Ageing and Disability. She has worked as strategy manager – social and community with Local Government NSW, supporting councils in NSW; with a not for profit aged care provider in research and strategic planning; and in a number of roles with the NSW government. Currently she is an independent consultant in strategic planning in the areas of ageing, disability and social policy. Margaret is a resident of Northern Sydney.


Janet Grant

Joined November 2009

Qualifications

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Master of Commerce
  • Bachelor of Accounting

Janet has a broad knowledge of governance, business and financial management gained in government and the professional services sector. Over the past seven years she has been a board member of not for profit organisations and a member of audit and risk committees for NSW government agencies.


Phil Kerrigan

Joined October 2010

Phil has over 20 years’ experience as a senior executive; 15 of them as CEO of multinational organisations, most recently with Fujitsu, AT&T EasyLink, Data General and Wang. Additionally, he was the founding CEO of a successful start-up public company, QuikTrak Networks Ltd. Phil was also the founding Principal of McLean Kerrigan Jackson, a company formed to provide highly personalised executive search and support services to company boards and management teams. He is now focused on management consulting through his own firm, Asenso. Phil chairs a “think tank” of 15 CEOs from diverse industries through his involvement with The Executive Connection.


Ramon del Carmen

Joined May 2016

Ramon is a senior organisational leader with extensive experience in highly competitive and heavily regulated environments including commercial banking and telecommunications as well as the not-for-profit health sector. He combines innovation and strategic thinking with strong leadership to deliver results in challenging environments that are undergoing significant and time-critical change.

Ramon is currently the CFO of Sydney North Primary Health Network (SNPHN), which is one of 31 Primary Health Networks (PHNs) established by the Australian Government to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of health and medical services for the community.
Prior to SNPHN, Ramon was the CEO of PCCS (previously trading as Northern Sydney Medicare Local), and also held the position of CEO and Executive Director of St John of God Health Care’s two private psychiatric hospitals in NSW for over 10 years.


Stuart Snell

Joined October 2016

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Finance, UTS
  • Bachelor of Arts, Social Science (Communications), UTS

Stuart has over 30 years’ experience in media and communications as a former journalist and senior leader in corporate communications and reputation management. He is a corporate affairs, communications and PR/media professional with extensive brand reputation and content planning and execution experience across traditional and digital channels, having worked for large government agencies and commercial organisations, mainly in the financial services sector.

Partnering with CEOs and business leaders, he helps lift company and brand profiles, builds and protects corporate and leader reputation, enhancing customer and consumer awareness, ultimately leading to perceived increase in the value of products and services and helping to achieve organisational strategy. Stuart is working as a communications consultant, after nearly three years as Executive Manager, Public Affairs and Communications at Commonwealth Bank, and previously leading the corporate affairs function of Australia’s largest life insurance company, TAL, and as Head of Public Affairs at APRA, Australia’s paramount financial services regulator.

He worked as a senior media and communications practitioner for the NSW Government for a number of years after working as a journalist for 13 years, spending his last years as a senior journalist and sub-editor at Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph.

Our Executive Team

Danielle Ballantine

Chief Executive Officer

  • Bachelor Arts
  • Sociology, Aboriginal Studies & Australian History
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Commerce (Not for Profit)
  • Governance Institute of Australia
  • Not for Profit Officers, Directors and the Board

Danielle joined Your Side Australia in 2015. Danielle has held a variety of senior positions in human/health services across not for profit and corporate sectors.

Before joining Your Side Australia, Danielle has led the development of client services spanning employment, vocational training, aged, disability, indigenous and mental health. Under Danielle’s stewardship, a small not for profit expanded significantly from 2000 clients in Sydney to over 26,000 nationally.

Danielle is a highly strategic and resilient leader, with strong change management skills and the ability to effectively lead through ambiguity.

Danielle is a prolific presenter at various industry conferences, and has published various discussion papers on employment, disability and mental health, and has twice been nominated for Telstra Business Woman of the Year.