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About Us

Our Board

Craig Clarke

Craig Clarke (President)

As President of PQSA, Craig has extensive background in the not-for-profit sector. He has been a Board member of Southern Domiciliary Care & Rehabilitation Service, a Committee member of the former Wheelchair Sports Association of SA, and the Adelaide Sailing Club Inc.Having sustained a spinal injury at the age of seventeen, like many others, Craig had to set about rebuilding his life following catastrophic injury. Craig initially worked as a disability liaison officer with the Workers Education Association of SA Inc. (WEA), and was a member of the WEA Board. Craig then returned to study, completing year 12, and gaining entry into the University of Adelaide. He holds an undergraduate ordinary degree in Economics and an Honours degree in Law. Craig also has a Master of Laws, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and is admitted to practise law.Craig’s major field of work is Commonwealth taxation, where he works in the Australian Taxation Office’s Public Groups and Internationals area. He has extensive experience in dispute resolution, and specific technical areas.

Craig enjoys all sports, but has a special interest in sailing. Like most people, he likes to enjoy all that South Australia has to offer, especially its food and wine.

Craig has been involved with PQSA since about 2003, and is looking forward to being part of PQSA’s strategic future, as the Association embarks on valuable long term objectives.

Suzanne Twelftree

Suzanne Twelftree (Vice-President)

Suzanne has experience in the private business sector, local government and NFP organisations as well as working in the health industry. Suzanne has been a Board Member of PQSA since 2005.Having lived in regional areas of South Australia for over 40 years, a sea change was had in 2005 when Suzanne moved to the city. Having extensive country experience added to new city living experience brings a unique perspective to the table.Having three children prior to becoming a paraplegic in 1986 was challenging; adding to this was the large amount of inaccessibility in country SA. PQSA provided guidance in how to tackle the problem, which was most appreciated at the time. It is with this in mind that Suzanne came to the Board with the hope of assisting others who found themselves with spinal cord injury.Awareness, acceptance and living one’s own potential are of utmost importance in Suzanne’s view of the world.

Steve Russo

Steven Russo (Treasurer)

Steven provides assurance services to listed and unlisted public companies, large properties, associations and cooperatives, self-managed superannuation funds and public sector entities, including government-owned corporations, universities, statutory bodies and not-for-profit organisations.His clients come from the education, primary production, mining exploration, not-for-profit and local government sectors, as well as the gaming and hospitality industries. Since 2012, Steven has been the inaugural Chair of the ICAA South Australian NFP interest group and is a published author.

Gary Alison

Gary Allison (Board Member)

Gary has been a partner at Tindall Gask Bentley Lawyers since 1988 and has served on the Board of PQSA since 2010. He is a member of the Australian Lawyers Alliance and serves on the Accident & Compensation Committee of the Law Society of SA.Gary has more than thirty years’ experience in Personal Injury Law and has a particular interest in advocating for people who have suffered catastrophic motor vehicle and workplace injuries. Gary’s philosophy of inclusiveness and compassion and a belief that a person’s fundamental rights are worth fighting for underpins his professional practice and his role with PQSA.Married with three children, Gary is an accomplished golfer, sports follower and fitness fanatic.

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Marissa Brown (Board Member)

Marissa is charged with developing CBB’s market position, contributing to the implementation of CBB’s business plan and in particular, working to achieve increased CBB profile and positioning Australia-wide in salary packaging, consulting and other new business activities.Marissa also heads up the external marketing consulting arm of CBB, which provides strategic marketing, design and digital marketing services to Not For Profits.An experienced business development, marketing and communications professional, Marissa has worked in a variety of senior management roles in both Australia and the United Kingdom. Her experience spans the law, accounting and IT industries as well as industry associations.Marissa is passionate about the NFP sector and CBB’s role in helping organisations enhance their capacity and sustainability. In addition to her leadership role at CBB and Board position with PQSA, Marissa also volunteers her time as a Board member of the Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service of South Australia (DACSSA).A mother of two and having spent most of her life in Queensland, Marissa is not only enjoying being part of the NFP sector, but making the most of exploring SA and all it has to offer!

Robyn Clissold

Robyn Clissold (Board Member)

Robyn has primarily worked within the legal industry since the mid-eighties. She has worked in marketing and business development roles but has also had two significant stints as Practice Manager with SA commercial and corporate law firms. This has provided her with significant business acumen and a keen bent for “left of field” strategies whilst retaining responsible financial management.Robyn believes in a strong ‘vision, values and strategies’ line and is keen for organisations to strive for continuous improvement within a culture that embraces change and innovation.Robyn sits on a number of NFP committees and state branches, including Bike SA and the 4Bs (volunteer group of the Motorcycle Riders Association) and was a national board member of the ALPMA.In her role as Marketing Manager with Andersons Solicitors, Robyn has shown an enormous commitment to raising awareness and funds for PQSA. She actively works on our behalf and has a great understanding of our core business.

Kenneth Soward

Kenneth Soward (Board Member)

Kenneth was born and raised in Adelaide, attending school at Marion and then completing a double degree in Information Technology & Telecommunications Engineering with First Class Honours at the University of Adelaide.In 2005, he joined Hewlett-Packard in an engineering role. In late 2005 he sustained a spinal cord injury in a road accident. Following rehabilitation, he returned to work in the same role and continues to work for HP, splitting his time between working from home and in their Adelaide office.He is an experienced residential real estate investor and has a keen interest in residential property building. His past achievements in this area have been profiled numerous times in the media, raising the profile of disabled members of society who have not allowed their disability to limit their achievements.Using the skills and experience he acquired by building investment properties, in 2008 he took on the challenge of designing and building a single-level home on a sloping block. Construction was completed and Kenneth moved into his new home in 2010.

Stephanie Thorpe

Stephanie Thorpe (Board Member)

Stephanie has worked in senior management for over twenty eight years as the General Manager South Australia for an international Human Resources and Recruitment company and in more recent years as a property consultant with an international real estate company.She brings a wealth of management knowledge and experience with a track record of success, outstanding customer service and a professional determination to advocate for her clients.As a strong believer in giving back to the community, Stephanie proudly supports PQSA, having been a Board member for the past fifteen years. Currently, she is also a member of the Rotary Club of West Lakes and a Neighbourhood Watch representative.

Tim White (Board Member)

Tim has been a Lawyer and Partner at Tindall Gask Bentley since 1996. Over these years he has enjoyed assisting thousands of injured individuals with compensation claims and assisting them with getting their lives progressing again. Tim loves being involved in organisations outside of the law, whether that is sporting clubs/groups, community groups; giving back to society in some ways other than work is of utmost importance to him. In addition, Tim has been a Legal Officer in the Royal Australian Air Force since 2001. A regular participant in various sporting activities, these days Tim focuses on competing in marathons and triathlons.


Peter Stewart, CEO