Maureen Mesiti


Joining as a volunteer at Daw House Hospice over 10 years ago, Maureen was approached to assist with fundraising activities that led to a Board appointment shortly after. She served as Deputy Chair for six years on the Board and is in her third term as Chair of the Laurel Palliative Care Foundation (formerly the Daw House Hospice Foundation).

James Rock

Deputy Chair

James brings a wealth of experience to the board following six years’ experience as Board member of a children’s charity. James’ current role is with the SA Small Business Commissioner as Case & Education Manager, he is also a trained mediator and has been a practising lawyer (since 2001) after 19 years as an electrician with the ‘old’ ETSA.  James has a strong background in governance and risk and is very keen to see the Foundation flourish to its full potential.

Tim Williams


Tim has worked within financial management in the industrial sector for many years with such companies as Brambles, Shell and Toyota, gathering an abundance of experience, which he’s now applying within his role as Treasurer.  It is not all leisure for Tim in his retirement though, as he is undertaking to consult for an Adelaide and regional bus company that is keen to gain in-depth financial assistance in an industry where a full understanding of costs and margins is essential.

Mark Stevens

Board Member

Mark has accrued many diverse and complementary skills during the subsequent 47 years of working in construction and manufacturing.  In 1990 Mark founded an electrical engineering service company which in 1993 incorporated into Dematec Pty Ltd.  Mark’s current role with Dematec is to oversee the adherence of the corporate governance, electrical governance, monitor the cultural health of the company, strive to construct a balanced skilful team, educate, and to create an environment where it is always comfortable for members to behave morally so as to be honest with management, to suppliers, and to customers.

Kate Swetenham

Service Director – SAPS

Kate is the Service Director for Southern Adelaide Palliative Services (SAPS).  Kate was appointed the Chair of the Palliative Care Clinical Network in April 2012 and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of the strategic elements of the Statewide Services Plan – Palliative Care 2009-2016.

Helen Walker

Nursing Unit Manager – Laurel Hospice

Helen is a palliative care nurse and experienced manager in a range of settings. After nearly 20 years in local and state government change management and leadership positions, she undertook a nursing re-entry program and found her way to palliative care. Her palliative care experiences have included Clinical Management role at Mary Potter Hospice and Director of Nursing/General Manager of Cabrini Palliative Care in Melbourne.  Helen is a member of the SA Health EOLC Program Board, Deputy Chair of the Palliative Care South Australia Board and a valued member of the Palliative Care Australia Board.

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