Don Smarrelli OAM – Chairman
Don was appointed to the board in 2004. He is the principal of Lawcorp Lawyers (which he founded in 1979) and in 2005 Don was appointed as a member of the Council for Multicultural Australia being, an advisory body to the Federal Government for raising awareness and understanding of multiculturalism. He was a founding member and subsequent President of the Toccolan Club (1990), an Italian community organisation focused on fundraising for medical research.
In addition to Assisi, Don also sits on the board for the Centre for Multicultural Youth (CMY), a not-for-profit organisation supporting young people from migrant and refugee backgrounds to build better lives in Australia.
During his time on the Board, Don has been involved in various initiatives and projects for the benefit of the Assisi community and was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in 2007 for services to multiculturalism and the community.
Sauro Antonelli AM
Sauro was appointed to the Board in 1994. He has been involved with Assisi Aged Care since its inception in 1990 and was the inaugural Secretary of the organisation’s Committee of Management.
Sauro has been President of the Assisi Board over two periods, totalling seven years. During this time he had the honour of hosting the (then) President of the Italian Republic, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, in his visit to Assisi, during the President’s tour of Australia.
In 2008—in recognition of over 40 years’ work in the Italian community—Sauro was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia (AM).
Sauro holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne and was made Cavaliere Ufficiale by the Italian Government in recognition of his work on behalf of the Italian community.
Paul was appointed to the Board in 1998. Recently retired, Paul has held a number of senior positions in the finance industry. His long career and personal convictions have given him a sound understanding of the importance of the provision of high-quality aged care—in a caring, diligent and financially effective manner—which meets the needs of residents and their families, and at all times in compliance with government standards.
Paul has work for many years in the Italo-Australian community developing and supporting various voluntary community projects, most notably, as President of the Sardinian Cultural Association.
Nadia was appointed to the Board in 2012. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Italian) from the University of Melbourne. She has been a travel consultant with MirabelIa Travel since its inception and has managed their two offices for over 25 years, negotiating contracts with various international airlines and whoIesalers. From 2000 until 2008, Nadia served on the board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) in Melbourne and was elected to the position of treasurer in her Iast year there before retiring. She has maintained her membership at ICCI and is also a member of the Veneto Club, Co.As.It. and Vicentini nel Mondo Club. Nadia has over 45 years’ experience in travel with vast corporate and Ieisure based clients.
Frank was appointed to the Board in 2008. Born Rome, Italy Frank immigrated to Australia in 1970 where he studied at Monash University and received his bachelor degrees in Jurisprudence and Law. Frank was admitted to practice in 1981 and signed the Bar Roll as a barrister in 1983.
Frank tutored at Melbourne University International House in Criminal law between 1983 and 1988. Then, from 1993 through to 2015, he taught at the Australian Advocacy Institute in Melbourne, Adelaide, Sydney, Hong Kong and Italy. Frank was a Member of the executive committee of the Criminal Bar Association from 2000-2001 and was Trial Counsel in hundreds of criminal trials until he was appointed Judge of the County Court of Victoria in 2008.
Rick was appointed to the Board in 2014 and is a member of the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee. He is the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of Pro-Pac Packaging Limited (an ASX listed company) where he has management accountability across finance, commercial management and investor relations.
Prior to his current appointment, Rick was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SMS Management & Technology Limited (an ASX listed company) having previously served as CFO. Rick has also held various senior executive roles at Pacific Brands Limited and KPMG.
Rick holds a Bachelor of Business (Accountancy) and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand.
Tonina was appointed to Board in 2015. With qualifications in social science and professional development, Tonina has over 30 years’ experience working in the areas of access, equity and cultural diversity.
Over the past 10 years Tonina has worked with the Centre for Cultural Diversity in Ageing where she is responsible for providing advice, consultancy and training to the aged care industry on inclusive policy and practice.
Tonina is also a Board Member of the Italian National Institute of Social Assistance (INAS), an organisation providing assistance to ageing Italian migrants in Australia.
Vito was appointed to the Board in 2008 and was Chairman of the Development Committee responsible for the recent redevelopment of Assisi Aged Care. Holding qualifications in Architecture, Vito is a practicing architect with over 40 years’ experience. He is currently an examiner of the Architects Registration Board of Victoria and a member of the National Visiting Panel, University Schools of Architecture in Australia and New Zealand. Vito is also a board member at Co.As.It. and a former board member of both the Italian Service Institute and Villa Maria.
Tony was appointed to the Assisi Board in 2013. He is a practicing lawyer with 25 years’ industry experience and specialises in Family Law. He is also a Nationally Accredited Mediator, a member of the Law Institute of Victoria and of the Family Law Council of Australia. Tony is a past board member of the Queen Elizabeth Centre, Melbourne.
Don was appointed to the Board in 2013 and is the Chairman of the Finance, Audit & Risk Committee. Don is a Senior Partner of Deloitte, and currently the Asia Pacific Leader – Clients & Industries for Audit & Assurance. He has over 35 years’ professional experience, 23 years as a partner, in servicing large multinational organisations.
Don has a strong understanding of public and private company reporting and risk management, including the complexities associated around management of the audit of multinational operations of Australian listed companies.
His significant experience and responsibilities have centered around clients in the construction and property development industry, industrial and consumer markets, and service companies. Don is a Fellow of The Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Melbourne.
Don is also a Board Director of Jesuit Education Australia Limited and a member Finance, audit and Risk committee at Mercy Education Limited.
Adrian was appointed to the Board in 2017. He is a barrister practicing extensively in the field of town planning, environment and local government.
Adrian is an experienced director, having served as Vice President and board member of the Victorian Planning and Environmental Law Association (a multi-disciplinary industry body) for 12 years.
Currently, Adrian serves as a member of the board at Barristers’ Chambers Limited (the company that owns and operates chambers for the Victorian Bar) and the Legal Profession Liability Committee (the principal insurer of the legal profession in Victoria).
Clare was appointed to the Board in 2018. She is the Executive Director Quality, Safety and Innovation at Mercy Health and is responsible for the overall leadership and direction of staff safety, WorkCover, consumer experience, quality, clinical risk, service improvement and innovation for the organisation’s hospital, aged care and home care services.
Clare has a clinical background and bachelor’s degree in speech pathology, a master’s degree in health service management, a graduate certificate in leadership and catholic culture. She has over 20 years’ experience in the health industry, including senior management roles at Monash Health and the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services.
Clare is an Associate Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Clare moved to Australia 13 years ago from the United Kingdom.