Board director of the Year winner

Doug Snedden AO

Odyssey House NSW

Doug Snedden has been a dedicated champion of the not-for-profit sector for over three decades.

Doug grew up in Canberra, obtained a Bachelor of Economics at ANU, and enjoyed a 30-year career at consulting firm Accenture working in Sydney, the UK and Asia. Doug now serves as a public company director, and on not-for-profit boards where he focuses his contribution on organisations that improve the health and wellbeing of the community.

Doug has been nominated for this award by drug and alcohol rehabilitation service Odyssey House NSW, whereas Chairman for the past 10 years he has worked tirelessly to ensure people who have been caught in addiction have a pathway to recovery. Doug’s leadership and guidance have been integral to the work Odyssey are undertaking to expand its Parent’s and Children’s Program, which is one of the few Australian residential programs in which single mothers, fathers and couples can maintain care of their children during rehabilitation.

Doug’s contribution extends far beyond Odyssey, however, having served on boards in the Community sector continuously for over 30 years, including:

  • St Vincent’s Hospital Sydney;
  • Sydney Theatre Company;
  • The Black Dog Institute;
  • The Ethics Centre;
  • Chris O’Brien Lifehouse (Chairman);
  • Odyssey House NSW (Chairman).


Margaret Duckett

Seniors Rights Service

Margaret has held various senior roles including as Director of the NSW Office of Ageing. Her career has been primarily in the health and social sectors, building on her science background in terms of health promotion, advocacy and policy development. Margaret has extensive experience in government and political processes, and strategic policy development and implementation. She can point to a number of instances where her advocacy changed policy. Additional attributes she brings to the Board include extensive management skills, and excellent networks and networking skills. She recently supported her mother to live alone in her own home until the end of her life. Margaret has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ diploma program.

Nicolas Harrison B.A., LL.B., FAICD, FGIA. FAMI

CASPA Services Ltd

Nicolas Harrison has served on the CASPA Services Board of Directors since August 2018. When Nicolas joined the CASPA Board, there were 220 staff members, and few support programs operating out of Lismore, Casino and Coffs Harbour. Today, CASPA have 600 staff across three states, eight office locations and a suite of programs to support children, young people, families, and people living with disabilities across NSW, Northern Territory and Queensland.

Nicolas is a Barrister-at-law, and a Company director with special interests in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. He has a longstanding commitment to community service, having served on and chaired numerous community based Boards and committees over 40 years.

Previously he has been a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Councillor of the NSW Law Society, and a RAAF Reserve Legal Officer.

His passions are corporate governance, especially ethical behaviour, and the art of communication.

His support of CASPA’s initiatives is inspiring. He provides guidance and advice that empowers the CEO and emerging leaders within CASPA to make decisions and is open to supporting new and innovation solutions for growth.

Simon Bird

Stepping Stone House

Simon Bird is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and former Director and Fellow of CPA Australia. Simon has accumulated over 30 years corporate experience. This includes roles as Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer with large public companies together with Directorships on listed company boards and not for-profit organisations. As part owner of two childcare centres and parent of two adult children, he has a keen interest in the welfare of our youth. Simon joined the Board in February 2016.

Jeremy Heathcote

Babana Aboriginal Men's Group Inc

Jeremy has led the way in making sure that the work of Babana Aboriginal men’s group was able to achieve its goal of servicing the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community and in turn the wider community who works with the Greater Sydney based community. With Covid-19 having a major impact on our community and members he has worked to increase the capacity to support our members and maintain the work being undertaken in a Covid Safe manner – including increasing numbers of mental health and wellbeing activities and programs. Jeremy has shown that the benefits for our community need to be maintained and a collaborative and positive work environment is adhered to. Babana has seen an increase in membership and also those reaching out on mental health areas which has allowed the organisation to expand services and work on projects that are directly needed by the community. The work that Jeremy has taken on to assist the chairman (who was diagnosed with Cancer and undertook life saving cancer surgery) allowed the organisation to continue during troubling times for our organisation. The organisation has now increased the connections with key bodies that work to improve the lives of our community and without the dedication and hard work of Jeremy this may not have been achieved