Executive Leadership Team

Our Leadership team is headed by Chief Executive Officer Leisa Hart, who has over 15 years of leadership experience in the corporate and NGO sectors. 

Leisa Hart, CEO, DSA

Leisa Hart

Chief Executive Officer

Prior to joining DSA in February 2019, Leisa was the Chief Executive Officer of YMCA NSW where she led a team of 2,400 people responsible for the wellbeing of more than four million Australians annually. Previous roles include Director of Operations at Max Employment and Chief Operating Officer for Mission Australia as well as senior roles in the IT Services field. Leisa places a great deal of importance in values alignment with her professional works intent.

Craig Fisher, CFO, DSA

Craig Fisher

Chief Financial Officer

Craig is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and has over 30 years’ experience in the financial management of organisations in the public, private and not for profit sectors. Prior to joining DSA in March 2019, Craig was CFO of YMCA NSW and has held various senior financial management positions at Super Retail Group Limited in the Rebel Sport division.

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.

Carolynne Lepp, CRO

Carolynne Lepp

Chief Risk Officer

Carolynne has been involved in risk and change management for the past twenty years, across corporate, public and not for profit sectors. Carolynne has extensive experience in establishing enterprise risk and compliance programs, including business continuity and crisis management. Her qualifications are in Business and Change Management and she is a member of the Risk Management Institute of Australia and the Institute of Risk Management UK. Carolynne’s passion is creating safe environments for people to thrive in.

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.

Diana Robertson

Diana Robertson

Executive General Manager
Community & Home Living

Diana joined DSA in August 2020 with more than 17 years’ experience in the health sector both in Australia and the UK. With a track record of transforming businesses through efficient, effective and scalable service delivery, Diana has a strong focus on people, developing values based operations and delivering clinical excellence. 

Heather Macrae, GM, Communications, Marketing & Fundraising

Heather Macrae

Executive Leader
Brand & Engagement

Heather joined DSA in April 2005 after a 17 year career in the public sector. Heather has worked in a variety of roles across DSA, is firmly committed to our mission and has a strong interest in stakeholder communications. With tertiary qualifications in Psychology and Management, Heather has oversight of the Communications, Marketing & Fundraising teams.

Sarah Sammut

Sarah Sammut

Executive Leader
Business Improvement & Change

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.

Operational Leaders

Silvana Baute Cardoso

Silvana Baute Cardoso

General Manager, Community and Home Living

Audra Tuckwood

Audra Tuckwood

General Manager, Employment Solutions and Training

Michael Wells

Michael Wells

General Manager, Acquisitions and Transitions

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Leisa Hart – Chief Executive Officer

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