Our Board

​​​​​​​​​Board of Directors

STEWART PERRY – ​Chairperson

Senior Minister, Parish of Robina/Mermaid Beach, Anglican Diocese of Brisbane

Stewart has an extensive background working in management, finance and administration as well as having a longstanding involvement with disability and community services organisations. In his role as a church leader, Stewart is passionate about building relationships and connections within the community.

“It is a privilege to be involved with an organisation that champions the cause of those whose voice is difficult to be heard in our society. My hope is that Lifestyle Solutions can continue to be a pioneering influence in the social services sector as we, as a community, discover better ways to support those who are vulnerable.”

Joyce Bowden (OAM) – Non-Executive Director

Healthcare Consultant, Alice Springs

A long serving Board member and Chairperson of Bindi Inc, Joyce joined our Board following Bindi’s merger with Lifestyle Solutions in July 2012. She has a 50-year history of leadership in planning, developing and managing public sector and non-government health and community services in Alice Springs and Central Australia, including 11 years as General Manager of Alice Springs Hospital.

“In the midst of the most significant changes in government welfare policy for many decades, it is a privilege to be part of Lifestyle Solutions knowing that it is an organisation that is able and willing to embrace change whilst simultaneously keeping a keen eye on our core business, ensuring that the people we support are uppermost in our min​ds and have a strong voice in their future.”

Julie Connolly – Non-Executive Director

Julie combines more than 20 years’ involvement in all aspects of public and private sector education with senior executive experience in business. She holds a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Newcastle and a Master of Commerce from the University of New South Wales. She is motivated by her strong belief in the power of education to redress disadvantage, develop every individual’s unique talent and contribute to a better society.

“I believe Lifestyle Solutions actively works to develop people’s lives to the fullest of their potential. It is not enough to simply affirm each Australian’s right to social inclusion, I believe all of us have a duty to help make every individual an equal partner.”

Andrew Knight – Non-Executive Director

Partner, Laycock Burke Castaldi

Andrew Knight is a partner at Newcastle law firm, Laycock Burke Castaldi. Andrew's areas of professional interest include trusts, wills, superannuation and estate planning. He specialises in drafting Wills containing protective trusts and special disability trusts for disabled beneficiaries.

"I was honoured to be asked to join the Board of Lifestyle Solutions. I look forward to assisting this wonderful organisation in continuing to provide its services to the community in this ever-changing sector."​

Karen Woodford  – Non-Executive Director

Karen has thirty years experience in public education. Early in her career as an infants and primary school teacher she worked with families and young children ensuring all the children in her care received the best possible start to their schooling.  After a short career as a solicitor in private practice she returned to the NSW Department of Education to work as an investigator in child protection where from 2003 until July 2016 she managed and led a team of child protection investigators. Karen has extensive experience working in this politically sensitive environment.

She is a strategic thinker, and a person of the highest integrity.

"I am excited to be joining the Board of Lifestyle Solutions. It is an organisation that is providing practical support to families and people who face challenges everyday. Lifestyle Solutions is a leader in this rapidly changing sector and it will be my aim to use my skills and experience to ensure that the organisation continues to focus on its core mission of creating lifestyle solutions for families." 

Mitch GriffithS  – Non-Executive Director

Mitch is a Chartered Accountant, Liquidator and Bankruptcy Trustee. Mitch’s specialises in developing strategy for financially distressed Companies and Individuals across a range industry including mining services, manufacturing, construction and retail. Mitch focuses on providing a comprehensive analysis of the situation, whilst still remaining empathetic to his clients.

​"I am looking forward to working with such a great organisation. It is a privilege to have the opportunity to contribute my commercial skillset to assist Lifestyle Solutions continue helping those in need." ​​​