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Media Release
General News
27 Sep 2019

After joining the Board in June, experienced Company Director and senior business leader, Joanne Denley has been announced as the newly elected Chair, bringing significant Board experience to the highest levels of the organisation.

“We’re so pleased to have Joanne accept this pivotal role of Chair because it marks the next step of our transition into a much stronger organisation on behalf of the people that matter most – our clients,” Interim Chair Judy Curran says.

“Her strategic input and wise counsel on our well-credentialled Board is invaluable, and her integrity, vision, passion and commitment to South Australia mirrors Minda’s own core values,” she says.

“Minda has been a long-standing provider of services for people with disability for more than 120-years and was borne out of a need to support people live their lives to the fullest. That urgent and pressing need remains just as relevant today, and Joanne’s leadership will ensure Minda transitions into a dynamic, responsive organisation that continues to keep the people it supports at the very heart of all it does.”

Joanne says, “I am honoured to accept this enhanced role on the Minda Board and contribute further to an organisation that continues to make a real difference to the lives of so many South Australians and their families.

“The recent findings of an independent review of Minda’s management and governance frameworks sets out a clear pipeline of work needed to align with contemporary ‘best practice’, and the Minda Board will work in partnership with the Executive team and wider workforce to address each and every one of the 35 recommendations made.

I am honoured to accept this enhanced role on the Minda Board and contribute further to an organisation that continues to make a real difference to the lives of so many South Australians and their families.

- Joanne Denley

“It is the Board’s highest priority to ensure Minda is as best as it can be, and we will work with our clients, their families and the many other stakeholders to make that happen. We are in what is arguably the most significant period of sector reform ever experienced and we have opportunity to honour the values and commitment of those who have worked hard to make Minda such a valued and trusted partner within the South Australian community.”

Joanne has held a variety of Board positions – including Chair roles – in a range of private and public sector organisations, including appointment as the first woman to the Board of Directors for the Bridgestone Australia Group of companies.

In addition to her 30 plus years of experience in risk management and human resources, Ms Denley has extensive corporate executive experience in managing industrial relations and improving operational efficiencies across a diverse range of business sectors, both nationally and internationally.

She is well known for her change management expertise and strong leadership and has driven successful major transformational change projects in the manufacturing, retail, financial services and education sectors.

Joanne holds an MBA majoring in Global Entrepreneurial Management and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Joanne Denley 1

Joanne Denley at Minda.

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