Kate Thiele FAICD, MBA, Dip App SC
Kate is a governance, not for profit and business leader. With a background in health, the corporate sector and with two of Australia’s leading NFPs, she is passionate about purpose, people and performance. In 2015 Kate was awarded Telstra SA Business Woman of the Year and was recognised as the national ‘For Purpose and Social Enterprise’ award recipient. Within her own business, Kate supports organisations to expand their capability and capacity. “It is an honour to join the Skylight community and I look forward to expanding services for participants, their families and carers.”
Adam has 20 years’ experience in senior management and project management with expertise across numerous disciplines including business improvement, stakeholder management, quality and risk control, relationship building, personnel and budget management. He is a strong advocate for promoting acceptance of mental illness and supporting people who struggle with it day in and day out. “Having been exposed to those challenged by mental illness, I understand the importance of the work and support that Skylight offers, and it is an honour to be a member of the Skylight board”
A Chartered Accountant, Geoff joined the Skylight Board in June 2013 as Treasurer. He has worked as an Audit Manager with Deloitte and has held senior roles in finance and administration with companies involved in the manufacture and distribution of health and personal care products. “I aspire to serve Skylight by helping where my experience and aptitude might be valuable and contributing to overall governance and financial issues as a member of the Board”
Lisa is a consumer representative with personal experience of mental illness and brings a unique blend of lived experience and work experience to the board. She volunteers for community organisations, has an Economics degree and Certificate 4 Peer Work Mental Health. Lisa is interested in providing support and encouragement to people who lack confidence and are struggling with pain, identity and life issues. “I believe my experience as a Skylight recipient and employee will advantage the board and be a voice for people living with mental illness and their carers”
Vilma is an experienced senior manager and non-executive director, with extensive experience in the financial services sector, including insurance. Her expertise lies in leadership, finance, distribution, strategy, and stakeholder management. Her areas of proficiency extend to change management and business transformation, leadership, persuading and influencing, business development, and strategic thinking and innovation. Vilma is deeply passionate about the benefits and importance of respect, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and recognizes the advantages of a culturally diverse environment. “I believe in building authentic, trusted relationships to navigate challenging environments, and I enjoy supporting and developing people to achieve their own success.” Vilma was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy. She eagerly looks forward to working more closely with the Skylight Mental Health Board and Management team.
Marc is a FCPA qualified accountant with over 23 years of experience in providing effective oversight and leadership for corporate services and commercial divisions. His areas of expertise include Financial Management, Information Technology, Information Systems, Procurement, Asset Management, and Risk Management. As a strategic leader, he possesses strong business and commercial acumen, complemented by well-developed skills in budgeting, forecasting, and reporting. Marc is adept at leading, developing, and executing strategic initiatives that enable successful organizational performance. “I believe in working with people to foster innovation and collaboration and am a sound communicator with a high level of analytical skills and expert knowledge of financial management processes.” Marc was appointed to the Board to fill a casual vacancy in 2023. He has since enjoyed working with the Board and the Management Team, particularly refining the Skylight budget. He looks forward to providing further support in these processes.