HCO has, for many years, enjoyed the services of a very able and committed Board, who have come with a very applicable set of skills and strategic knowledge, whilst always being prepared to develop their capacities and skills to take the organisation through its many stages of change and growth. The collective contribution of the Board is invaluable to the ongoing sustainability of the organisation.


Yvonne ToddYvonne Todd

Chair of the Board

Ms Yvonne Todd has experience in both the public sector and the not for profit, delivering employment and training programs and community engagement strategies. Ms Todd is very committed to improving the community we live in by creating participation opportunities and is a Councillor with her local Council.

Sam PearseSam Pearse

Deputy Chair of the Board

Sam Pearse joined the board in 2017. Sam worked for 15 years in the Disability Employment sector with organisations such as Barkuma and Minda where he established Minda’s open employment service. Sam is very passionate about the disability sector and has served on a number of boards in the not for profit sector since 2010.


Coming SoonJeanette Brown

Ms Jeanette Brown has been involved in Health Services delivery and management for over 30 years and brings an astute and perceptive level of insight and consideration to issues and decision making. Jeanette provides a focus and concern for quality driven client outcomes.

Viv HazelVivien Hazel

Vivien Hazel joined the board 2015 having retired from an extensive career in Community Services. Vivien brings a strong commitment to practice and service standards drawing on her experience as a social worker, manager and director in the SA Public Service. Vivien has sat on several boards and been active in the not for profit sector for many years both here and in the UK.

Graham RossGraham Ross

Graham Ross joined the Board of Hills Community Options in 2015. Graham offers nearly 30 years of experience in supporting low income people in housing.

Graham is also currently serving as CEO for;

  • Teen Challenge SA Inc. an organization to assist young people with Life Controlling problems
  • Help at Home Inc. and organization established to assist disabled and elderly people in their own homes whom are the most vulnerable people in society to maintain their dignity of life whilst aging in place
  • Cornerstone Housing Ltd., an organization established to provide affordable housing to those most in need.

Karen HockleyKaren Hockley

Joining the Board in Oct 2016 Karen brings a unique blend of skills and experience gained over 20 years in both commercial and not for profit environments. With accounting degree qualifications, CPA membership and a Masters of Business Administration Karen has significant underpinning capacity to contribute to HCO at the strategic level and she looks forward to working with other members of the HCO Board to ensure the ongoing sustainability of the Organisation.


Graham RixGraham Rix

Currently SA Water’s Chief Information Officer, Graham has over 12 year’s senior leadership experience in the water sector and nearly 10 years the Finance sector developing transformational business strategies and building teams of great people.

Graham is a Chartered Accountant, has a degree in Economics and a Master of Business. As well as leading the adoption of innovative technology to improve our critical water supply, he is passionate about building our community and the progression of our state for all South Australians.