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SASY is moving in leaps and bounds thanks to our engaged and diverse Board and Senior Leadership Team.

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The SASY Board

SASY's Board of Directors are responsible for the governance of the school and monitor performance, offer industry knowledge, ensure compliance and provide the school with strategic direction.

David Martin

Deputy Chair

David Martin, Consultant at (and former Managing Partner of) Finlaysons Lawyers, specialises in property and development law, aged care and retirement villages. His experience extends to both very large and small operators, and to both ‘for profit’ and ‘not for profit’ operators. David has played a key role in landmark projects across South Australia and nationally. In addition to his legal expertise, David possesses wide general commercial knowledge and expertise, and a deep understanding of governance, risk and compliance.

David is currently the Chairman of the Board of Southern Cross Care (SA, NT & Vic) Inc (SCC), the largest aged care provider in South Australia, and has been a valued member of that Board for over 10 years. He is also a member of several of the SCC Board’s Subcommittees.

Lloyd Doddridge


Lloyd is the CFO and COO of Red Cross Australia with a broad range of transformative commercial skills acquired with global brands such as Penfolds, Lindemans, Rheem, and General Motors. More recently he has worked in strategic financial roles in the Fin-tech and Mar-tech space with both start up and global scale organisations such as Dentsu Aegis.

Consistently in his career Lloyd has worked with talented people, who have great ideas but need assistance translating them into the next level of financial and operational success.

Helen Platell


Helen is passionate about enabling individuals and organisations to achieve. She has worked in a cross-section of professions, as a lawyer and in real estate investment, educator and educational leader. She has accumulated thirty years' experience in education, as a teacher, a teacher trainer and as a leader in independent schools, including internationally.

In education and in life, she values creative learning with personal, collaborative opportunities to develop oneself and others. She believes that in the right environment, anyone can rise to overcome challenges to prosper and learn. She enjoys working with others to build an organisation - through forming a vision to master planning, to practical application and strategic steps towards success. She has valuable experience in leading organisations towards realising their vision in action, in a practical and collaborative way.

Maria La Pietra


Maria established Specialised Assistance School in Adelaide in 2016 in partnership with Nic Pellegrini and Rosie Stavrou to assist disengaged youth in realising their true potential.

She is highly regarded and well networked in her field, as recognised through her relationships and industry memberships. Maria has a Masters and is currently undertaking a PhD on education and mental health. She aims to bring improvement through practical, theoretical and collaborative knowledge, developing evidence-based strategies and recommendations for educators and others in learning environments supporting young people with trauma.

Dr. Joseph Magliaro (AM)


Joseph has practiced in clinical and organisational psychology for thirty-five years, with a specific interest in anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders, in addition to individual coaching and team development, with a specific interest in psychological evaluation and health care recruitment.

Since 1992 he has provided psychological services to SA Ambulance Service. He is a member of the Australian Psychological Society, with AHPRA endorsement in clinical & organisational psychology. Joseph is also Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychologists and the College of Organisational Psychologists.

In 2006 he completed a PhD and in 2011 was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to mental health in the community and emergency services.

Sean Kelly


Sean has extensive experience at Board and Senior Executive levels in Commonwealth and State Governments and the Private Sector, predominantly in the energy industry. His expertise includes business and financial strategy, governance and risk, customer service, people and culture, business transformation and regulation.

Sean considers access to education, whether that be trade, vocational or academic as fundamental to an individual's wellbeing and life opportunities.

Senior Leaders

Our leadership team inspire and empower our staff to continue to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone at SASY.