Board Members

Tim cogan   Tim Cogan is one of the principal Costs Lawyers in South Australia. Tim has spent the majority of his legal career involved in civil litigation and, from there, has progressed to litigation costs. He is a member of the Australian Law Society.   Tim’s wealth of business and professional knowledge and experience brings considerable presence to the board, especially in his role of Chairperson. Tim’s involvement and strong support of SA Support Services stems from his belief that all members of society deserve the opportunity to live full, rich, and meaningful lives.

Tim cogan

Tim Cogan is one of the principal Costs Lawyers in South Australia. Tim has spent the majority of his legal career involved in civil litigation and, from there, has progressed to litigation costs. He is a member of the Australian Law Society.

Tim’s wealth of business and professional knowledge and experience brings considerable presence to the board, especially in his role of Chairperson. Tim’s involvement and strong support of SA Support Services stems from his belief that all members of society deserve the opportunity to live full, rich, and meaningful lives.

jenny woodroffe   Jenny Woodroffe is the Director of SA Support Services. Jenny has been involved with the organisation since its inception, working tirelessly both personally and financially to establish SA Support Service within the Human Services sector.  Jenny has a professional background in property development and business management. She has significant experience working the housing, accommodation and aged care.  Jenny has a passion for working with marginalized individuals, and to address the lack of services and resources currently available.

jenny woodroffe

Jenny Woodroffe is the Director of SA Support Services. Jenny has been involved with the organisation since its inception, working tirelessly both personally and financially to establish SA Support Service within the Human Services sector.

Jenny has a professional background in property development and business management. She has significant experience working the housing, accommodation and aged care.

Jenny has a passion for working with marginalized individuals, and to address the lack of services and resources currently available.

kerry scholten   Kerry Scholten is currently a full-time student studying social work in her third year. Kerry has a professional background in commercial business development and management, sports administration, and significant experience as a funds raiser and volunteer for a national not-for-profit organisation. Kerry has personal experience working with individuals who have a disability, as a carer for a sibling with an intellectual disability.  Kerry is passionate about human rights within human services. In her own words, “I am committed to human rights and social justice through social development, advocacy and ethical conduct for those suffering with disadvantage. I am passionate about ensuring all endeavours I am involved with are culturally competent, safe and professionally sensitive”.

kerry scholten

Kerry Scholten is currently a full-time student studying social work in her third year. Kerry has a professional background in commercial business development and management, sports administration, and significant experience as a funds raiser and volunteer for a national not-for-profit organisation. Kerry has personal experience working with individuals who have a disability, as a carer for a sibling with an intellectual disability.

Kerry is passionate about human rights within human services. In her own words, “I am committed to human rights and social justice through social development, advocacy and ethical conduct for those suffering with disadvantage. I am passionate about ensuring all endeavours I am involved with are culturally competent, safe and professionally sensitive”.

 
rachel edwards   Rachel Edwards has 22 years’ experience working as a social worker within both inpatient & community mental health service settings within Australia and the UK. Throughout her career she has shown a strong commitment and passion for working with, and ensuring better outcomes for people who have particularly high and complex needs, especially where they experience both mental health issues alongside other areas of disability. Rachel has seen first hand the changes and positive life transformations made by individuals engaging with the SASS program, people who would otherwise have faced limited opportunities, choice and credibility’s within institutional and restrictive settings, leading to her decision to participate through membership on our Board.

rachel edwards

Rachel Edwards has 22 years’ experience working as a social worker within both inpatient & community mental health service settings within Australia and the UK. Throughout her career she has shown a strong commitment and passion for working with, and ensuring better outcomes for people who have particularly high and complex needs, especially where they experience both mental health issues alongside other areas of disability. Rachel has seen first hand the changes and positive life transformations made by individuals engaging with the SASS program, people who would otherwise have faced limited opportunities, choice and credibility’s within institutional and restrictive settings, leading to her decision to participate through membership on our Board.

Gary mansel   Gary Mansell over the past thirty years has been a professional educator teaching in private, public. International Schools and with T.A.F.E . in S.A. Victoria and overseas. This has included working in an International High School in Africa. Gary has said of his time in Malawi “my family and I have been fortunate enough to experience first hand what it is like living in a culturally diverse and challenging environment”. Whilst in Malawi Gary spent time working with and securing resources for disadvantaged primary and secondary school students from a neighbouring school in Ndirandi.  Gary has always been a passionate advocate for social justice, inclusive education and providing the best outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable people in our social welfare system. Gary’s extensive experiences as a teacher and developmental educator will be of benefit to SA Support Services in their endeavour to produce permanent positive change in the lives of the individuals in care.

Gary mansel

Gary Mansell over the past thirty years has been a professional educator teaching in private, public. International Schools and with T.A.F.E . in S.A. Victoria and overseas. This has included working in an International High School in Africa. Gary has said of his time in Malawi “my family and I have been fortunate enough to experience first hand what it is like living in a culturally diverse and challenging environment”. Whilst in Malawi Gary spent time working with and securing resources for disadvantaged primary and secondary school students from a neighbouring school in Ndirandi.

Gary has always been a passionate advocate for social justice, inclusive education and providing the best outcomes for marginalised and vulnerable people in our social welfare system. Gary’s extensive experiences as a teacher and developmental educator will be of benefit to SA Support Services in their endeavour to produce permanent positive change in the lives of the individuals in care.