Board & Governance

ADACAS was established in 1991 and is a company limited by guarantee.  The ADACAS Board has seven Directors comprising of senior public servants, accountants and individuals with strategic, academic and lived experience.

The ADACAS Board provides strategic guidance and effective oversight of management.  The Board recognises its fiduciary and financial responsibilities, and its role in overseeing the policies and processes that reflect good corporate governance aligned to the ACNC Governance Standards, our contractual commitments and stakeholder expectations that together with our values inform and guide the organisation.

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Helen McDevitt

Our Board Chair PSM, GAICD

Helen was appointed as Chair of the ADACAS Board in December 2019 after retiring from the Australian Public Service. Helen contributed to national reforms in education and employment, health and social services, and social inclusion and NFP policy.

Most recently Helen played a lead role in the transition of the NDIS scheme from pilot to national rollout. Helen also has extensive experience in the community sector, working in regional development, education and employment and youth services.

In January 2020 Helen was awarded the Public Service Medal for outstanding public service through social policy innovation to improve the lives of disadvantaged Australians, particularly young persons and people with a disability.

Wendy Prowse
Wendy Prowse

Our Chief Executive Officer

Wendy joined ADACAS in December 2020 having held various senior management positions in the finance, health and community sectors, working for national as well as local Canberra organisations. She has experience working in the commercial and not for profit sector.

Her passion and dedication to social justice and human rights has underpinned all her working and volunteer roles.  Wendy has held various non-executive board director positions and is currently a Board Director for the Australian Red Cross.

Wendy is a member of the ACT Government’s Inclusion Council, a member of the ACT Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing, a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

Andrew Cameron               Board Treasurer

Dr Andrew Mathieson        Director

Christine Bruce                   Director

Prof Raechel Johns             Director

Giang Tan                             Director

Chris Collett                        Director

Vaughn Melano                   Director