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The Better Place Australia Executive Team

Serge Sardo

Chief Executive Officer

Serge Sardo is the CEO of Better Place Australia. With over 14 years of experience as a CEO and non-executive director for not-for-profit or government organisations, Serge is passionate about transforming the lives of vulnerable Victorians and their families. In his previous role as CEO of the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Serge was instrumental in establishing the Foundation as a world leader in the delivery of counselling, support and prevention programs to over 100 different locations.

Serge is a registered psychologist and has an MBA qualification complemented with strong commercial experience. With expertise in preventative programs, social policy and advocacy, he has delivered and managed a wide variety of community-based therapeutic and prevention services. Serge’s commitment to developing stronger communities is exemplified through his voluntary involvement across sectors. He is a member of the Board for the Family and Relationships Services Association and Chairs the Finance, Risk and Governance Committee, he is also a non-Executive Director of Scope Disability Services, the Alcohol and Drug Foundation and is Vice President of Sandringham Secondary College.

Graeme Westaway

Executive Manager Advocacy, Digital & Corporate Communications

Graeme believes all people should be able to live their lives fully, in socially connected ways without fear of coercion or discrimination. With a science, communication and services development background, Graeme is behind Better Place Australia’s digital presence, corporate communications, stakeholder management and growth generation.  He has held executive and senior leadership roles across the not-for-profit, mutual and corporate sectors. He brings to Better Place Australia a strong background in developing strategies to drive growth, digital engagement and service innovation. He has a passion for raising ageism awareness, elder abuse prevention and respecting the right of all people to self determine. 

Olivia Darcy

Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary

Olivia is passionate about making a difference. Olivia started her career in chartered accounting before moving overseas to work in investment banking. Upon returning to Australia, Olivia worked for ANZ in a variety of roles across projects, corporate communications and finance. Following a lifestyle change, she moved to a farm in regional Victoria and worked as CFO of a community-based, not-for-profit aged care facility igniting a passion for using skills gained from a corporate background in the “for purpose” sector. Olivia has a Bachelor of Business, is a CPA and is currently studying with the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Olivia has three young boys and is treasurer of their school council.

Olivia joined Better Place Australia in 2022.

Fotini Strongylos

Executive Manager - Mental Health Services

Fotini is a purpose-led Health and Community Services Executive with a strong commitment to improving health outcomes for consumers. She has experience in leading significant transformational reform across the health and not-for-profit sectors and is recognised for her exceptional leadership and governance skills. Fotini has considerable experience within the sector, her most recent role was as Executive General Manager for Mental Health & Wellbeing at South-East Melbourne Primary Health Network. Fotini has also held Director roles for Monash Health in the areas of performance, improvement, strategy, access and quality.

Fotini joined Better Place Australia in 2023.

Craig Dennis

Craig Dennis

Executive Manager Business Systems

Craig Dennis has over 20 years experience in IT systems, information management and information technology strategy. Craig has held a number of senior and and executive roles, and has a extensive experience in technology change consulting, advisory and business leadership roles. Craig’s expertise in business automation systems for small to medium businesses has enabled Better Place Australia to develop new key IT strategies and systems. Craig has a long history in volunteer work, including helming senior roles in the Country Fire Authority and consulting to a number of not-for-profits.

Craig joined Better Place Australia in 2017.

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