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Our People

Proveda prides itself on having the right people who embody and live the values of the organisation.

Our organisation’s vision and purpose is front of mind for everyone, and our leadership team has senior level experience across non-profit industries, health and community services, human and client relations, business development and operations, marketing, quality, finance and risk.

We are directed by an independent and highly-talented, voluntary Board, comprising strategic expertise in the not-for-profit sector, mergers and acquisitions, government, regulated industries, marketing and digital technology, legal, corporate and community development, business transformation, investment, and finance. Our commitment to delivering customer- centric, optimal outcomes for all our customers and partners, is well supported by this broader pool of expertise and layers of professional support.

Governance at Proveda

Proveda is governed by a voluntary, highly skilled Board of Directors with lived experience. The Board provides leadership, oversight and strategic guidance.

Our governance framework supports the organisation and underpins our day-to-day activities, provides transparency, and protects the interests of all stakeholders.

The Board meet on a regular basis to oversee, contribute to, and approve the strategic direction of Proveda, including significant organisational strategic initiatives.  Its emphasis is on having an outward vision and strategic leadership, cultivating a diversity of viewpoints, collective decision-making, thereby delivering the goals of the organisation.

Company Structure

The entire organisational operational and governance structure is designed to put customers first. The upside-down triangle represents the way in which we work to deliver quality care to customers.  The Board provide strategic guidance to enable the Leadership Team to best support all front-line workers, who in-turn can then deliver quality services to customers.

We empower our team members to provide individualised support and we build important internal connections and external links, to ensure we constantly create an ever expanding environment of solution focused know-how. Our service model is geared to monitoring and maintaining contact with each person as and when they prefer, and our goal is to cross-skill and upskill our teams (where appropriate) to continue to provide a high level of quality care.

The People That Guide Us


Kaz (Karen) Dawson

Chief Executive Officer
B.Bus, Dip. Business (Mktg)
With more than 15 years experience leading complex NFP organisations, Kaz brings a values-based consultative approach, combining a commercial mindset and community-based heart. Her work spans disability, aged care, mental health, early childhood education, child wellbeing and safety, out of home care, and community development.

Anna Buddo

Manager - Quality and Risk
CMgr MIML, BCAPSc, Dip Dietetics
Anna’s experience includes 20 years working in the local community. Prior to her work in the community in Australia she worked in the hospital system as a clinical dietitian in New Zealand. Her areas of interest are clinical governance, quality, person centred care, compliance and risk.

Miguel Lane-Mullins

Manager – Service Delivery
MSW, BIS, DipMgmt
Miguel has more than 15 years of human service experience leading teams and managing services for people living with disabilities, older people, children and families and mental health. Miguel is a qualified social worker, and he is currently developing his knowledge in sustainability and social impact.

Linda Fitzhardinge

Manager – Partnerships and Growth
Linda’s overall responsibility at Proveda is for the identification, management and growth of our service provider partnerships, and for developing new business opportunities. Linda has over 30 years experience in B2B and B2C new business development and strategic growth delivery.

Tina Wang

Manager – Finance and Compliance
M(Accounting), CPA, M(IHHM)
Tina leads the finance team and holds responsibility as the Company Secretary at Proveda. Her experience spans over 20 years in the finance sector and she leads a small team at Proveda, with her role encompassing all aspects of accounting and finance, from budget management, auditing, payroll and board reporting.

Jessie Williams

Manager – Community Programs
BA (Govt), GradCert (Adult Ed) Exec Coach
Jessie manages the Volunteering program, Belong Club, Dying to Know Day campaign, Proveda Foundation and a range of compassionate community initiatives. Previously, Jessie was the CEO of The Groundswell Project, supporting individuals, organisations and communities to improve dying and grief.

Lorraine Wood

Manager – People and Operations
Lorraine manages the People and Operations functions and has 13 years experience in Human Resource Management and Employee Relations from a broad range of industries. Lorraine enjoys mentoring people leaders, culture building and employee engagement, and managing the organisation infrastructure.

Narelle Baigent

Manager – Marketing and Communications
BA(Comms), GradDipMktg, GradDipDigitalMktg
Narelle has over 20 years experience in marketing and communications across service and health-related industries. She has a keen knowledge of all aspects of both traditional and digital marketing and is passionate about using her skills to help inform and educate people looking for community support services.

Board of Directors

Chris Liell-Cock

Chris joined the Board in 2014, was appointed Treasurer in 2015, Vice Chair in 2017, and was elected to the position of Chairperson in December 2021. He has over 20 years' experience as a director, company secretary and audit committee member across several organisations and industries.

Chris Hunt

Treasurer - BSc Environmental Services
MSc Biotechnology, FCMA, MAICD
Joining the Board in 2015, Chris has over 30 years' of commercial experience, with most in Finance Director/CFO/COO roles across a range of industries (publishing, media, business services, software) in both multinationals and small start-ups . He is currently the COO/CFO of CAMMS.

Dr Osanda Wijeratne

Director - BMed,BSurg (MBBS), MPublic
Osanda is a health services, digital and tele-health clinical governance expert who currently holds multiple medical directorship roles. He has been HealthDirect Australia's Deputy CMO and Clinical Director of the National Coronavirus Helpline. He is a practising after-hours GP with special interests in skin and dermal therapies. He joined the Board in 2022.

Virginia Hazard

BLaws, MLaws, MAICD
Virginia is a commercial lawyer and consultant. She has over 25 years' legal and executive experience with large international and highly regulated corporations in pharmaceuticals, agribusiness, foods and OTC products. Her expertise includes strategy, policy, risk management, licensing and conflict resolution. Virginia joined the Board in 2022.

Maria Padisetti

Maria started her career as an Electrical Engineer and in 2002, founded Digital Armour to transform businesses through the use of Technology. As a CEO, she is deeply committed to growth and development. Maria is a regular speaker, LinkedIn influencer, sought-after expert, and mentor devoted to helping others achieve the seemingly impossible.

Anastasia Ioannou

BBiomed Sc, MHA, GAICD
Anastasia joined the Board in 2023 and brings extensive executive and Board experience gained from senior roles in health, finance and community services. She is currently Executive Director for Luminesce Alliance. Her experience spans strategy, research, change management, business development, governance, risk innovation and policy and advocacy.

Mary Ramsay

Mary joined the Board in 2023 and is an experienced non-executive Director, Chair and governance professional, following a 25-year career in financial services, digital transformation, commercialisation and innovation. Mary is passionate about good governance and thrives on working with innovative entities to scale and grow business.

Dr Sam Steele

MBBS, BAppSc(Physio), FAFRM
FAChPM, MMed(Pain Mgt)
Dr Steele joined the Board in late 2023. He currently works at South Western Sydney Local Health District and Sydney Adventist Hospital in Palliative Care. He is the Clinical Lead for Cancer Rehabilitation at Sydney Adventist Hospital and has a special interest in cancer pain, cancer rehabilitation and symptom management associated with chronic disease.

Clinical Governance Committe

Osanda Wijeratne

Osanda is the Chairperson of our Clinical Governance Committee. Osanda is a health services, digital & tele-health clinical governance expert who currently holds multiple medical directorship roles. His past roles include Healthdirect Australia’s Deputy CMO, Clinical Director of the National Coronavirus Helpline and other ‘war-room’ pandemic related public health services. Osanda maintains directorial and advisory roles, specialising in clinical governance, policy and quality assurance. He is a practising after-hours GP with special interests in skin and dermal therapies, he also maintains teaching commitments for the NSW Ambulance Extended Care Paramedics program.

Sandy Matthews

Sandy is a nurse with many years’ experience working with people in different contexts – hospital and community maternity and aged care. She is currently the Director of Nursing of a dementia specific aged care facility.

Katrina Horman

Katrina has a background in occupational therapy with many years’ experience in a variety of settings including disability, aged, dementia and mental health. Most recently Katrina was Manager of Carer Services at Northside (NCF) for 6 years, supporting carers to gain recognition and access to services to support their caring role. She is passionate about providing quality, inclusive services that enable personal development and growth for individual fulfilment and achievement.

Consumer Advisory Group

Proveda actively engages with a consumer advisory group on a regular basis who provide advice and input on programs, services and communications. Advice directly from the community through this group, ensures that we are building and delivering programs and materials that meet their needs.

Proveda is seeking to implement a ‘Voice Of The Elders’ (VOTE) advisory group. Anyone interested in participating in this group, should contact Anna Buddo on

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