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Our People

Our People

Meet DLi’s dedicated and passionate Board Members and Executive Management Team, who provide a wealth of knowledge and expertise, and the strategic direction to guide our organisation forward as a sustainable service provider under the NDIS.

Our People

Meet the team

Our Board

  • Rob Dowling

    Chairperson

    As a passionate advocate of diversity, Rob is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Tim Ridgway

    Deputy Chairperson

    Tim Ridgway is an accomplished and well-regarded strategic and commercially astute Organisational Psychologist with over 30 years of global consulting experience spanning Australia, the U.S.A., South America, Europe, Africa and Asia.  

  • Mark Clayton

    Board Member

    Mark Clayton is an accountant and corporate services specialist who has run professional service and business consultancy practices for many years and has also worked in the disability support area.

  • Pauline McEntee

    Pauline McEntee

    Board Member

    Pauline McEntee has a strong background in the provision of services to the most vulnerable through the Community and Government sector and shares her clinical governance experience with DLi.

  • Michelle McKay

    Board Member

    Michelle began her health career in emergency nursing before holding a range of executive roles in health and aged care in public, faith-based and not-for-profit sectors domestically and internationally over the past 20 years.

  • Alison Sinclair

    Alison Sinclair

    Board Member

    Alison Sinclair has successfully worked in government and with both health and community services across Australia, supporting best practice against service and organisational standards and undertaking accreditation assessments of large and small organisations.

Our Executive Management Team

  • Samantha Hellams

    Chief Executive Officer

    With a legal and business background across the not-for-profit, private, and public sectors, Sam was appointed CEO in August 2021 following a career that has spanned the disability and community services sectors as well as law, agribusiness, and high-risk industries.

  • Ben Wilson

    Ben Wilson

    General Manager, People and Culture

    With over 25 years of human resource experience in senior management roles, including the disability sector, local government, and commercial operations.

  • Jennifer Doonan

    Jennifer Doonan

    General Manager, Corporate Services

    Jen joined DLI in 2017 and is the General Manager, Corporate Services. She currently oversees DLI’s finance, property and information technology teams.

  • Neil Buder

    Neil Buder

    General Manager, Business Transformation

    Neil Buder has extensive experience in managing and leading teams in various industry sectors. 

  • Lorraine Pitman

    Lorraine Pitman

    General Manager, Client Services

    As Manager, Client Service, Lorraine leads a dynamic team of experts to deliver specialised therapy services, supported independent living, mentoring and capability and capacity building programs.