About PQSA

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.

Marissa Brown (Board Member)

Marissa has been a member of the PQSA Board since May 2014, and brings to the organisation more than 15 years’ experience in strategy, marketing, business development and community development. She is also a Certified Practising Marketer, through the Australian Marketing Institute.

Having spent four years at national social enterprise Community Business Bureau where she was General Manager – Marketing and Community Engagement, Marissa is experienced in working with for-purpose organisations to help them be more customer-focused and market facing in the wake of significant changes to the sector, including the NDIS.

In May 2017 Marissa joined Netball SA as General Manager – Brand, Marketing and Communications, where she is responsible for increasing brand awareness for both Netball SA and Adelaide Thunderbirds, creating marketing strategies for various programs and events, communicating with Netball SA’s 35,000 members, and overseeing a team to deliver the Adelaide Thunderbirds home games.

In addition to her Board work with PQSA, Marissa was a Baord member of DACSSA (Disability Advocacy and Complaints Service South Australia) from November 2013 to March 2018.

 Kenneth Soward

Kenneth Soward (Board Member)

Kenneth has been a member of PQSA’s Board since 2013. 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 what is now known as DXC Technology, splitting his time between working from home and 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.

 Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart, CEO