Boards in the disability and care industries

Boards in the disability and care industries

May 7
Join your fellow Trustees as Mellor Olsson Partner, Joanna Andrew looks at best practice for boards, tailored for both non-executive and executive directors, as well as executive management.


Joanna Andrew, Partner, Mellor Olsson

Event overview

Culture, risk and governance should be a board’s top priorities, particularly in sectors that care for or provide services to the most vulnerable sections of society. How can we, as directors, ensure that our organisations are not just compliant but that the best quality of service is given? What are our legal obligations as directors and what are our exposures?

This briefing is by invitation only to CEDA Trustees. Trustees are senior leaders nominated by CEDA member organisations. At CEDA boardroom briefings Trustees hear from an informed, expert guest speaker in a private, small group setting. Invitations to boardroom briefings are a valued benefit of CEDA membership. Chatham House Rule applies.

Meet the speaker

Joanna Andrew
Partner, Mellor Olsson

Joanna joined Mellor Olsson in 2003 following completion of her law degree with Honours at Adelaide University. She has since joined the partnership team where she specialises in Corporate Governance, Injury Claims and Employment Law.

Joanna is a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (Grad. Dip.) and a Facilitator for the Australian Institute of Company Directors: Company Directors Course for Module 3 "The Directors' Duties and Responsibilities" and Module 4 "The Board's Legal Environment". In 2018, Joanna was recognised as one of South Australia's leading young business entrepreneurs in the inaugural InDaily 40 under 40 awards.

Combining her skills and experience in governance and employment law, Joanna conducts internal investigations on behalf of employers. This involves identifying and managing risks, the development of policies, procedures and structures, reporting findings and recommendations to stakeholders and liaising with external third parties, such as government agencies, on behalf of clients.

She frequently consults to businesses and industry on corporate governance and directors' duties and also provides training in these areas at both board and individual level. Joanna regularly undertakes Board and Director performance evaluations and structure reviews. If you are interested in a tailored facilitated session or review, please contact Joanna directly to discuss your needs.

Joanna is currently a member of the Player Payment Investigation Committee of the SANFL. Her previous board experience includes as Chair of Australian Vignerons (formerly Wine Grape Growers Australia), Brian Injury South Australia and the Julia Farr Housing Association and Director positions with Adelaide University Business School Advisory Board, Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Uniting Communities and Crime Stoppers SA.


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