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.
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.
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.
Ruth Richardson Clark
Ruth was appointed to the Board in 2020. Ruth holds a Bachelor of Business from the University of Technology in Sydney, is a Chartered Accountant and a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Ruth is a strategic finance executive with over 20 years experience in branded consumer businesses across education, cosmetics, technology and food. She has lived and worked in Australia and Belgium and has had additional business experience in 6 European countries and New Zealand.
Currently Ruth is the CFO for Campion Education (Aust) Pty Ltd.
Joe was appointed to the Board in 2021
Joe has over 30 years experience in business management and corporate governance in both private and public sectors.
Current board roles include:
Non-Executive Chairman of Webcentral Group Ltd (ASX: WCG)
Non-Executive Director of 5G Networks Ltd (ASX: 5GN)
Chair of the Risk & Audit Committee of 5G Networks Ltd
Non-Executive Director of Assisi Aged Care
Member, Industry Advisory Committee – RMIT University, Faculty of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
In addition, Joe is the Executive Director of a consulting firm that provides technical consulting and project governance advice to both Private and Government clients with specific technical expertise in project management and delivery of complex engineering projects for the Life Sciences and Healthcare sectors.
His corporate experience is focused on risk management, an area that he is particularly passionate about, that enables him to offer advice on risk mitigation and business sustainability.
Joe holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a major in International Business. He is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).
Adjunct Professor Sharon Donovan BN, Mid Cert, MBA, GAICD
Executive Director, Nursing, Midwifery and Aged Care Clinical Practice.
Sharon was appointed to the Board in 2021.
Sharon was appointed to Mercy Health – Health Services in February 2018 as Executive Director Nursing and Midwifery for the public hospitals in Victoria and NSW. In 2019, her role was expanded to provide clinical practice and professional leadership in Mercy Aged Care Services.
Sharon has more than 20 years’ experience at executive level in public and private health services including Ballarat Health Services, Alfred Health and Epworth Healthcare. She has also had experience as CEO in a large multi-site aged care business. Sharon has expertise in clinical and corporate governance, clinical and corporate risk management, university partnership development, change management and process redesign. She has a strong interest in improving the patient/resident experience and in supporting nursing and midwifery leadership to deliver this experience.
Sharon is a Registered Nurse and Registered Midwife with a Bachelor of Nursing, Postgraduate Midwifery certificate and a Masters of Business Administration specialising in human resource management. She is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has received awards for leadership and has public and private Board experience.