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Executive team

Our team

Serge Sardo

Serge Sardo

Chief Executive Officer

Serge Sardo is the CEO of Better Place Australia. He has accumulated over 10 years’ experience as a CEO and non-executive director for not-for-profit or government organisations. In his previous role as CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation. Serge was instrumental in establishing the Foundation as a world leader in the delivery of counselling, support and prevention programs to over 100 different locations.

Serge has an MBA qualification and strong commercial experience. With expertise in preventative programs, social policy and advocacy, he has delivered and managed a wide variety of community-based therapeutic and prevention services.

Serge is a member of the Board for Family and Relationships Services Australia and Scope Disability.

Graeme Westaway

Graeme Westaway

Executive Manager Brand, Digital & Corporate Communications

Graeme Westaway has over 20 years experience in brand, communications strategy and concept development. His educational background in Science and Marketing has been used across brand strategy, services development and web interaction planning. He has developed consumer goods, not-for-profit services, insurances and preventative health programs.

Graeme’s not for profit services background covers child welfare, aged care services, government-funded services and medical research. His values are honesty, warmth and making a difference.

Graeme stood in as Better Place Australia’s acting CEO from June 2016 until February 2017.

Graeme joined Better Place Australia in 2013.

Jenni Dickson

Jenni Dickson

Executive Manager Consumer Support Services

he health sector. She has a Bachelor of Nursing and a Graduate Diploma Community Health. Jenni brings to Better Place Australia a strong background in services development and quality improvement. She has a background in Aged and Community Care and has significant experience in improving the client experience

Jenni joined Better Place Australia in 2013.

David Turen

David Turen

Executive Manager Human Resources

David Turen has extensive experience as an HR Executive across a variety of sectors including not-for-profit, health care, local government and commercial aviation. His portfolio includes responsibility for HR Strategy, Enterprise Agreement administration, HR consultancy and People Policy.

David has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics, a Master’s Degree in Human Resources and Industrial Relations and is a Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute (CAHRI).

David joined Better Place Australia in 2013.

Andrew Johnston

Andrew Johnston

Executive Manager Operations & Projects

Andrew Johnston has over 20 years’ experience in organisational development, operational planning and development, and quality and risk management spanning across not-for-profit, aid and development, community, and private sectors. He has a passion for working with visionary, values-driven people and his strengths lie in helping organisations translate their strategic aspiration into realistic, value-adding actions.

Andrew has held a variety of key leadership and senior positions at large non-profit, community, and private organisations and brings to Better Place Australia a strong focus on change management and driving key operational activities in organisations,

Andrew has an educational background in business, management and leadership and has also undertaken extensive work as an independent organisational development consultant supporting a range of not-for-profit agencies in the health/community service sectors.

Andrew joined Better Place Australia in 2019.

Craig Dennis

Craig Dennis

Executive Manager Business Systems

Craig Dennis has over 20 years experience in IT systems, information management and information technology strategy. Craig has held a number of senior and and executive roles, and has a extensive experience in technology change consulting, advisory and business leadership roles. Craig’s expertise

in business automation systems for small to medium businesses has enabled Better Place Australia to develop new key IT strategies and systems. Craig has a long history in volunteer work, including helming senior roles in the Country Fire Authority and consulting to a number of not-for-profits.

Craig joined Better Place Australia in 2017.

Chris Ritchie

Chris Ritchie

Executive Manager Corporate Services

Chris has a Bachelor of Business with a major in Accounting and postgraduate qualifications in business management. He is a Fellow of CPA Australia and of the Governance Institute of Australia.

Chris has extensive knowledge of finance, administration, contract administration, facilities management, corporate governance and risk management, with over 25 years in senior roles with ASX listed companies as a CFO, Director and Company Secretary.

Chris joined Better Place Australia in 2018.

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