Leadership Team

Steve Saidi, CIO, DSA

Steve Saidi

Chief Information Officer

Steve joined DSA in March 2019 as Chief Information Officer, taking on a large and important transformation program for its technology environment. Steve has over 15 years’ experience in senior IT management roles including CIO for the Salvation Army and Head of Transformation for St Vincent de Paul. His passion is creating cultural change through the efficient and innovative use of technology. Steve has a bachelor degree in Economics and Finance, and qualifications in project management.

David Charles

David Charles

Executive General Manager
Employment Pathways

David has extensive leadership experience in commercial manufacturing, including roles at Birch & Waite Foods, GrainCorp and Greens. He has extensive experience leading large and diverse teams, developing commercial strategies and implementing operational improvements which will support the growth of DSA’s customer offering, and increase and diversify the opportunities for supported employees. David joined DSA in November 2019.

Fiona Fahey

Fiona Fahey

Executive Leader
People & Culture

Fiona joined DSA in February 2021 with 20 years’ experience in human resource management across corporate, public and not for profit sectors. Fiona is passionate about her role as a HR leader and has a strong focus on balancing strategic thinking alongside a practical and professional approach to people management. Prior to joining DSA, Fiona was the Director, People and Communications at Cancer Council NSW for 7 years. She has also previously held a number of senior HR roles and brings specialist skills and extensive experience in organisational development and industrial relations. Fiona holds both undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Human Resource Management. 

Sarah Sammut
Sarah Sammut

Executive General Manager
Operational Excellence

Sarah joined the DSA team in March 2020 bringing more than 10 years’ senior management experience and expertise in strategy and leadership development and operational business transformation. Sarah is a strong people leader with experience achieving strategic organisational and operational alignment in both NFPs and corporates.

Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson

Acting Executive General Manager
Community & Home Living

Lisa has worked in the disability sector for the past 35 years with career progression from a Registered Nurse, frontline worker and various Operational Leadership roles to her current role as Acting Executive General Manager, Community & Home Living at DSA. Lisa has experienced two major reforms in the delivery of services to people with disability, the Richmond Report and more recently, leading the Operations teams through transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Lisa’s focus is on encouraging, coaching and challenging her teams to succeed, developing their strengths and aspirations, whist committing to delivering quality, person-centred services supporting people with disability to achieve their goals. Lisa joined DSA in November 2019.

Operational Leaders

Audra Tuckwood

Audra Tuckwood

General Manager, Employment Solutions and Training

Michael Wells

Michael Wells

General Manager, Acquisition

Silvana Baute Cardoso

Silvana Baute Cardoso

Divisional Director - Youth

Jeramy Hope

Jeramy Hope

Divisional Director - Adults

Danielle Noorbergen

Danielle Noorbergen

General Manager, Enhance Health Services

Linda Ward

Linda Ward

Divisional Director - Seniors

Thank You

“Grateful thanks to our volunteers, donors, community partners, government, sector and organisational supporters. All of you make a real difference to the lives of people with disability.”

The DSA Team

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