St John Ambulance SA is governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible to the members for the performance of the incorporated association, ensuring St John is appropriately managed and provides leading first aid and community services consistent with the culture and values of The Order of St John.

Board members freely donate their time and professional expertise to assist in the successful management of St John Ambulance SA.

Day-to-day management of the organisation is led by the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Management team. General Managers head their respective areas of the organisation, supported by departmental managers and their teams.

BOARD MEMBERS

Karen Limb Board Member

Karen Limb - Chair

Karen Limb has had an extensive career in commerce, general management, governance and strategy across a broad number of industries and boards.

Karen is currently General Manager, Corporate Services at West Beach Parks. Previously she was the Chief Financial Officer of Mott MacDonald for Australia and New Zealand and has held financial and general management positions in the professional services, manufacturing, retail and utilities sectors. 

A member of CPA Australia (Fellow) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Karen is also a board member of the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and past board member of Young Adelaide Voices. She holds a Bachelor of Business and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). 

Ian Walsh Board Member

Ian Walsh - Elected Director

With his background professionally and as a volunteer, Ian Walsh was elected onto the St John SA Board in November 2018. Having been a member of St John in SA for forty-six years, Ian's robust working knowledge of the St John infrastructure and business activities has provided him with a good foundation for member advocacy as a Board member.

Outside of his primary role as the Deputy State Superintendent, Ian undertakes the responsibilities of a State Duty Officer and has been involved with incident management of major events/incidents both locally and interstate.

Ian holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and currently works as a Business Consultant, delivering Human Resources services and strategies to organisations locally and overseas. 

Ian McGeachie

Ian McGeachie - Elected Director

Ian’s working career both here in Australia and in Scotland has been mainly in manufacturing; his primary area of work was the development, implementation and auditing of Quality, Safety & Environmental Systems for large multi-national companies. Ian’s various management positions spanning over 30 years required his involvement in the development and implementation of strategic plans and the overseeing of audit and compliance to International Standards and State law.

Upon retirement from Mitsubishi Australia in December 2013 Ian wanted to give something back to the local community and became an Operation Volunteer with St John SA.  In November 2018, Ian was appointed to the position of State Superintendent, a position he held until he retired in March 2020.

Ian continues to volunteer with St John SA as a member of the Historical Society, the State Support Group and continues to provide assistance in a Commander capacity at State and Divisional events and as an on-call State Duty Officer.

Claudine Law

Claudine Law - Elected Director

Prior to joining the St John Ambulance SA Board, Claudine was a Member of its Audit and Risk Control Committee for eight years.  Claudine is a Director of the Wyndham Richardson Scholarship Foundation, a foundation that provides scholarships and grants to tertiary students in SA, and of the State Theatre Company of SA.

Claudine held executive roles for more than ten years at SA Ambulance Service, which gives her a unique insight into emergency service organisations and the important role of volunteer delivered frontline services.  Through her career with SAAS, Claudine built strong relationships with the Government sector.

Claudine holds a BEc and BCom (Hons) from the University of Adelaide.

Janet Finlay Board Member

Janet Finlay - Chair Community Care

A chartered accountant, Janet is an independent professional director and experienced business adviser having worked in professional services for more than 25 years, with 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 the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. She applies her executive, board experience and financial knowledge to improve board governance, risk management and consideration of financial and strategic issues.

Janet became an external member of the Community Care Committee in March 2017 and a member of the Board in August 2018. Her other board roles include SA Water Corporation, University of Adelaide and the Libraries Board SA.

Mandy Ford Board Member

Mandy Ford - Co-opted Director

Mandy Ford is an experienced company director, with prior careers as both a lawyer, specializing in medical negligence, insurance and personal injury law, and as a registered nurse, working in cardiac intensive care, adult intensive care and neonatal intensive care.

Mandy established and built a successful national medio-legal company with a head office in Sydney and acted as its CEO/Managing Director for over a decade. Mandy’s company, the Australian Medico-Legal Group, employed over 600 medical specialists throughout Australia and across multiple specialties and legal jurisdictions. Mandy completed the sale of her company in 2019 and is currently focused on a career in Corporate Governance.

Mandy has been a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors since 1999 and holds a Master of Law Degree in Corporate Governance and is currently studying towards her PhD in Corporate Governance at Bond University.

Professor Hugh Grantham ASM

Professor Hugh Grantham - Chair of Training

Professor Hugh Grantham ASM has over 30 years of clinical experience in the out-of-hospital and in-hospital emergency medicine field. He was the Inaugural Professor of Paramedics Flinders University from 2011-2019 and the Adjunct Professor Curtin and QUT Universities. Hugh also held the role of Senior Medical Practitioner for the South Australian Ambulance Service and Flinders Emergency Department.


Hugh is skilled in Education, Epidemiology, Emergency Medicine, Pre Hospital Care, Healthcare Management, Healthcare, and Policy Analysis. Hugh sits on the national Australian Resuscitation Council and has a strong interest in resuscitation and neurological outcomes from cardiac arrest. He was a Team Leader of the Australian Medical Assistance Teams to two tsunamis in 2004/5 and 2009 and is holder of the Ambulance Service Medical and Humanitarian Service medal with Bar. Hugh is married with three adult children and his interests include painting and sailing. Hugh holds the position of Chair of the One and All tall ship Board in Adelaide.