Board members

We are governed by a Board of Directors. All positions are voluntary, whereby all members freely donate their time and professional expertise.

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Karen Limb
Chair and Treasurer

Karen Limb has extensive career experience covering all aspects of financial management and is currently the Chief Financial Officer - Australia and New Zealand for Mott MacDonald. 
Previous to this she was the Chief Operating Officer at Kelly & Co Lawyers. Karen held various roles when she resided in the UK with Anheuser Busch (Budweiser), Safeway UK and ExCel UK.
A member of CPA Australia (Fellow) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Karen has previous Board experience with Young Adelaide Voices, and holds a Bachelor of Business and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).


Peter Jackson
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Peter is the Managing Solicitor of Nick Xenophon & Co Lawyers, a position he has held for the last decade, practising predominantly in civil litigation and specialising in personal injury and commercial litigation.
Peter was admitted as a barrister and solicitor of both the Supreme Court of South Australia and the High Court of Australia in 2001.

Peter joined the Law Society of South Australia in 1999, served as a Panel Member of the Litigation Assistance Fund since 2006, a Board Member and Panel Chair since 2015 and Deputy Chair of the Board and Panel Chair since 2017. He has also been an active member of the Ethics and Practice Committee since 2011. 

Peter has volunteered for St John Ambulance for over 25 years and has held a range of senior management positions over the last 15 years, culminating in his appointment as Commissioner of St John, for a three year term, in November 2017.

Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management), a Diploma of Management and an Advanced Diploma of Public Safety (Emergency Management).

In 2008, Peter was admitted as a Member of the International Order of St John and was promoted in that Order in 2013 to Officer.



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Prof. Paul Arbon AM KStJ
Chair Training

Professor Arbon is a Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor and Director of the Torrens Resilience Institute of Flinders University.

Professor Arbon works across the fields of disaster resilience, mass gathering management and health security. He is Director of the City Security and Resilience Networks for Australia and Asia, Head of the World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre for Mass Gatherings and Global Health Security, Past President of the World Association for Disaster and Emergency Medicine and Member of the United Nation’s International Health Regulations Roster of Experts. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Nursing and the American Academy of Nursing.



photo to comeIan Walsh
Elected Member

Ian Walsh is currently employed in a senior management role, supporting the regional Human Resources (HR) activities of a large multi-national company, with corporate headquarters located in the USA. Within St John, Ian is presently in the role of Group Leader – Operations Support Services. Ian continues to undertake the responsibilities of a State Duty Officer and also been involved with the incident management of major incidents both locally and interstate.

Ian’s major project contributions have been the development and introduction of the GRN communications system into St John operations and the establishment and implementation of the State Operations Centre located at the Camden facility. Having been a member of St John in SA for forty six (46) years Ian has a good working knowledge of the St John infrastructure and business activities. With his background professionally and as a volunteer Ian is able to represent the members in a way that concentrates visibly on ensuring outcomes are of value and for the benefit of the members of St John. Ian’s broad experience in business and various industry activities provides opportunity to apply his skills to support effective advocacy across wide-ranging matters.

Ian holds a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, a Diploma of Project Management, Diploma of Occupational Health and Safety and Master of Business Administration (MBA). Ian is a Certified Professional of the AHRI and a Justice of Peace member of Royal Association of Justices of South Australia.

Ian has been awarded a National Medal (Emergency Services) and is an Officer member of the Order of St John Ambulance Australia.


Janet Finlay
Chair Community Care

Janet Finlay

A chartered accountant, Janet is an independent professional director and experienced business adviser having worked in professional services for more than 25 years, the last 15 years as a partner in Big 4 accounting firm, EY.

Janet has a strong commercial and finance background with a practical understanding of and experience with both the public and private sectors. She applies her executive, board experience and financial knowledge to improve board governance, risk management and consideration of financial and strategic issues.

She is also:
• Non-executive director of SA Water Corporation
• Member of the Libraries Board of South Australia
• Managing director and founder of Leveque Consulting Pty Ltd.

Janet's previous roles include:
• Member and deputy chair of the State Planning Commission of South Australia
• Partner and business unit director, EY
• Member of the Property Council of Australia, SA finance and tax committee
• Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (now CAANZ), South Australian regional council