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 Executive team


Silvana Gugliandolo, Director of Group, Individual and Specialist Services

Silvana has been Director of Service Delivery since March 2012, and has more than 25 years’ experience in the disability sector. Silvana played a pivotal role as acting Chief Executive Officer in the initial transitioning of Marillac Ltd Services to St John of God Accord in 2017 - a major achievement, implementing cultural alignment. Silvana also significantly contributed to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Silvana has worked at St John of God Accord since 1992 and has expertise in service delivery including accommodation, individualist support, day services, employment services, training and development. She established the Specialist Services team, including positive behaviour support.
Silvana previously worked for DHHS and was involved in the de-institutionalisation of many people into group homes in the community.

Silvana has a Degree in Psychology, Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Catholic Culture from ACU, Certificate of Intellectual Disability Nursing and a Cert IV in Training and Development.

Margaret Gibson, Director of Supported Independent Living, Short Term Accommodation and Employment Services

Margaret is now acting Director of Supported Independent Living, Short Term Accommodation and Employment Services since July 2018. Previously Margaret held the role of Regional Manager in August 2017. In this role, Margaret oversees all areas business for St John of God Accord in the all metropolitan regions of Melbourne, including managing and implemented services, working with clients and their families, partnering with other organisations and government agencies, and developing and maintaining policies and procedures

Margaret has worked for St John of God Accord for the past 15 years. Previously, Margaret worked for the Department of Human Services for 20 years and her formal qualifications include MRN 1985 and an Advanced Diploma in Business Management 2006.

Her extensive experience of the disability sector has brought a wealth of knowledge to St John of God Accord and guided how we moved forward as an organisation within the NDIS.

Neal Murphy, Group Manager Social Justice Advocacy 

Neal’s current substantive role is Group Manager Social Justice Advocacy where he is responsible for coordinating a number of port folios including St John of God Health Care’s Disability Plan, the Reconciliation Action Plan along with community responsibility initiatives. 

Prior to this Neal worked at Accord for 10 years in Leadership roles which included Management of Day Services and Accord’s Director of Mission up until 2014.  Neal has now returned to Accord whilst a review of Accord’s Director of Mission Integration role occurs and the subsequent recruitment process.  Neal holds undergraduate studies in Systematic Theology, a Masters in Social Sciences majoring in Pastoral Counselling, a Masters in Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Peter Newsome, Director of Customer Relations and Marketing

Peter Newsome was appointed to the role of Director of Customer Relations and Marketing in July 2018. Peter’s role as Manager of Business Development, Innovation and Marketing contributed significantly to the successful implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) rollout at St John of Accord.

Peter currently works with the Chief Executive Officer within the divisional management committee supporting projects to ensure we are well positioned and ready to meet the needs of our clients and their families.

Highly respected and well regarded within the disability sector, Peter has held a number of managerial positions within St John of God Accord over the last 13 years, including Program Manager of Community Services based in the Western Region and Manager of Individualised Support for the Eastern Region.

Peter is currently undertaking study to complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at Swinburne University.

Damian Kelly, Director of Corporate Services

Damian is a fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA) with 20 years experience in senior management roles across both corporate and not-for-profit worlds. These roles, while predominantly accounting focussed, included significant responsibilities for many other corporate activities, providing him with a deep knowledge of administration, fleet management, infrastructure management, IT systems, payroll, HR and OHS&E amongst others. Damian played an integral part in the rollout of the NDIS in a recent role.

Damian in previous organisations has restructured Finance Departments leading to significant improvements in outcomes ensuring a path of long term profitability.

His unique ability and perception of each business he worked for provided Damian with an intuition to tailor his team’s outputs to better serve the future needs of the organisation.

Damian has successful implemented several systems and instrumental in the recovery of systems providing permanent solutions for several businesses.

He developed project methodologies aimed at understanding the business before implementing the systems. This systems experience even extends to Carelink+, the system in use at SJOG Accord.

Leslie Quill, Executive Assistant

Leslie is a highly competent Executive Assistant supporting the Divisional Management Committee (DMC) at Accord. Leslie supports an experienced and professional executive team in a fast-paced environment, with dedication and accuracy, exercising intuitive judgements whilst managing her administrative portfolio.

Joining St John of God Accord in May 2007, after working in the public and private sectors for 35 years, she has supported a diverse group of executive and management teams. Leslie has excellent organisational skills, people management and administrative knowledge along with information systems expertise.

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Phone: 1300 00 2226