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 is a very experienced Adelaide solicitor and business leader. He has been both Managing Partner and Chairman of Partners at prominent Adelaide law firm Finlaysons. Currently he is Chairman of South Australia’s largest aged care provider Southern Cross Care (SA, NT and Vic) Inc [~$1 billion in assets, >$200 million in annual revenue, and operations in SA, NT and Victoria]. He is a life member and was formerly President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia SA Inc.
Through his leadership roles he has broad strategic, commercial and governance experience, including liaison with Government and acquittal of Government funding. David continues to provide consultancy in Finlaysons’ property practice area specialising in property and development law. His expertise includes major projects and infrastructure developments.
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 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.
Every person can find their inherent value and purpose within a supportive community. Helen feels privileged to be working with like-minded professionals to contribute to SASY in providing for our vulnerable youth in need.
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 practised in clinical and organisational psychology for over 30 years with specific interest in anxiety, mood, and trauma related disorders. In addition to clinical treatment, Joseph has extensive experience in organisational development and individual coaching. Since 1992 Joseph has also provided psychological services to SA Ambulance Service and SA Health. He is a Fellow of the Colleges of Clinical and Organisational Psychology with the Australian Psychological Society and is endorsed as a Clinical and Organisational Psychologist with AHPRA.
In 2006 Joseph completed a PhD and in 2011 Joseph was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for services to community health through the provision of psychological intervention and support programs and support to personnel in the emergency services sector. Presently, Joseph is full time in private practice and is Managing Director with Edward Street Psychology located in Norwood, South Australia.
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. He looks forward to contributing to SASY's growth and success.
Our leadership team inspire and empower our staff to continue to create a safe and supportive environment for everyone at SASY.
After graduating as a Social Worker, David initially worked in both refugee and Aboriginal youth mental health services, across multiple state jurisdictions, internationally, and in both government and non-government contexts. David then played significant roles in leading the roll out of two large scale youth wellbeing and mental health initiatives; the South Australian State Government's Child Wellbeing Program, and the National Mental Health in Education Initiative (Be You). He is passionate about the positive impact that alternative education can have for vulnerable and disengaged young people by focusing on wellbeing as a foundation for learning.
Maria La Pietra
Head of Student Outcomes
As well as being a member of the Board and a founding Director of SASY, Maria also works day-to-day in the school, leading the Teaching and Wellbeing staff who work with the students. She also has a hands-on approach and works alongside staff to counsel, support and connect with our young people. She is responsible for overseeing the learning and wellbeing of all students and ensuring that they receive the support that is right for them so that they have the best chance of succeeding in school.
Head of Operations
Nic's background is in Youth Work, and was one of three founding Directors of SASY in 2016. He is currently also undertaking a Masters of Business Administration. Since SASY's establishment, Nic has progressed to a leadership role and facilitated and coordinated the expansion of the school from one to four sites, significant enrolment growth and building a diverse, experienced team that have elevated and broadened SASY's support to students and community. Nic stepped down from the Board in 2020 to focus more on operational management and is proud to be a part of a fast-growing school with a unique and passionate leadership team that has been guiding SASY from strength to strength.