People of vision
Aaron Chia - Chief Executive Officer - FCA BEc MAICD
Aaron Chia was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs SA/NT in May 2017. Prior to this, Aaron was the CEO of the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in South Australia, and former Deputy CEO of the SA Ambulance Service.
Starting his career as a Chartered Accountant with Ernst & Whinney (now EY), he moved into commerce and quickly took on senior executive roles across different sectors in Victoria and South Australia such as retail, finance, health, biotechnology, construction, hospitality and manufacturing.
Current External Board and Committee memberships include CBB (Community Business Bureau) Incorporated (Board Chair); Uniting Care Wesley Bowden (Board member); SA Fire & Emergency Services Audit and Risk Management Committee (Member); Super SA Board (Deputy Board member) and Netherby Tennis Club Inc. (President). Previous positions held include SA Government State-wide ICT Services Governance Committee (member); SA Health Procurement Approvals Committee (Deputy Chair); SA Health eHealth Finance & Procurement Committee (Member), SA Health One Procurement Implementation Steering Committee (Chair); Saint Ignatius’ College Legal & Finance Committee (Member); Spastic Centres of SA (SCOSA) Foundation (Treasurer) and Western Domestic Violence Service Inc. (Treasurer). These positions have enabled Aaron to use his vast knowledge and skills for the benefit of the community.
Aaron has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia (FCA), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Garry Peschel – Executive Manager Client Services – B. Bus, Dip of Project Management, Dip of Sustainability.
Garry Peschel brings more than 20 years of experience in senior management roles in the Acute and Community Health and Disability Services sectors.
Garry has more than six years at Guide Dogs managing the organisation’s work in the areas of Sensory Case Management, Hearing Services, Occupational Therapy, Vision Services, Guide Dog Services, Community Home Support Packages (CHSP) and Quality, He oversees the important Government funding Guide Dogs receives and provides a link and advocacy with the peak bodies including the National Disability Insurance Agency as the NDIS is rolled out across Australia.
Ben Williams - Chief Financial Officer - B.Com, Major Accounting and Computer Science, CA
Ben Williams is a dynamic finance professional with extensive experience in the corporate sector. A desire to provide valued outcomes to the community saw Ben transition to a career in the not-for-profit sector in 2012 with Guide Dogs. Prior to this, Ben worked within manufacturing and professional services organisations and consulted to a diverse range of industries including utilities, not-for-profit, defence and mining. Ben has also worked with the accounting professional body, ICAA, to develop young professionals via his roles as a Focus Session Facilitator and Exam Marker for the Chartered Accountants Program.
Tracey Jones - Executive Manager, Commercial Operations – MBA, GradCert Education, GradCert Disability Studies.
During Tracey’s 17 year career with Guide Dogs SA/NT, Tracey led the development of the Guide Dog Pets as Therapy and Breeding Programs within the International Guide Dog Federation Standards. In 2008 she developed the innovative Autism Assistance Dog Program - a first for any Guide Dog school in Australia. Tracey is a dual-qualified Guide Dog Mobility Instructor and holds a Masters of Business Administration.
In her current role, Tracey is project managing the development of Beau’s Personalised Pet Hotel; an innovative commercial development designed to sustainably drive revenue back into core Guide Dogs SA/NT business.
Tracey also holds one of only 30 positions available with the International Guide Dog Federation, for the accreditation and assessment of member schools to ensure operational standards are maintained and improved in relation to world benchmark high quality standards.
Katherine Stocco - Executive Manager, Human Resources - B Arts, Prof Dip in Human Resources Management
Katherine is a human resources professional with over 30 years experience in the Banking and Finance sector. Katherine has held senior Human Resources and Organisational Development roles with ANZ Banking Group in Sydney and Adelaide and more recently held an Executive HR position at Beyond Bank Australia. Katherine holds a Bachelor of Arts, Professional Diploma in Human Resources Management and is a member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.