The NECH Board of Directors

Back, left to right: Nicole Major (Aged Care), Dr Richard Johnson (Retired from Board 2020), Dr Cathy Reid (Dermatologist), Michael Auciello (Board Chair, Pharmacist), Lynette Pugh (SA Health Community Health), Jack Snelling (Past Minister of Health). Front, left to right: Steve Simionato (Deloittes Partner) , Michele Smith (CEO NECH), John Capaldo (General Manager Glynde Mitre 10), Cara Miller (Deputy Board Chair).

Mr Michael Auciello – Board Chair

Michael Auciello is the Chief pharmacist and managing Senior Partner of Chemist King Hectorville and several other pharmacies in South Australia.  He has 20 years of experience in the health care industry and AACP accredited since 1996. His areas of expertise are Pharmacy, Healthcare, finance & business.  He is a Senior Business partner of the ChemCentral Pharmacy group which owns and operates a group of pharmacies in metropolitan and rural South Australia.  In 2017, Michael was appointed a Board Member of Brain Injury SA (BISA), an organisation geared in the aid of people with acquired brain injury.  Michael was born and raised in the eastern suburbs and is an active member of the eastern Adelaide community. His group of companies are major sponsors and supporters of local sporting and community-based establishments. He contributes to a weekly community radio pharmacy program that aims to help its listeners better understand their medications.  Michael was appointed the Board Chair of the Board of Directors in 2020 has been a member of the North Eastern Community Hospital Board since 2004.

Ms Cara Miller – Deputy Board Chair

BaAppSc Medical Radiations , Grad Dip Medical Sonography, GAICD

Cara has been a long-term advocate for community based medical services. Having grown up on the land and experienced the rural hospital system first hand from a young age, she formed a passion for patient care from a very early age. She carved her career in health by studying medical radiation practice at the University of South Australia. In 2007, she became Australia’s first female, non-Radiologist to own a radiology practice, Sound Radiology. Since that time, she has continued to build an industry reputation for innovation, leadership and the delivering of collaborative healthcare models. Her keen interest in governance, financial modelling and strategic vision for medical services has led her to be involved in many Boards.  She continues to serve on the Australian Health Practitioner Registration Agency (AHPRA) for the Medical Radiation Practice Board (MRPB) as well as the Environment Protection Authority’s (EPA) Radiation Protection Committee. She has been a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, Entrepreneur of the Year and has been awarded the ‘Employer of the Year’ by the peak body of Australian Sonographers Association. With her career interests aside, her other great passions are as a mum to twin boys and a gorgeous, strong willed daughter where she makes time to enjoy travelling and exploring our beautiful state.  Cara is currently Deputy Board Chair and Chair of the Finance Committee which oversees the finance function and financial performance of the North Eastern Community Hospital.

Mr John Capaldo B.Ec FCPA

John Capaldo has been the Managing Director of Glynde Mitre 10 since 1997. The family run business was established by his parents in 1953 and is Adelaide’s oldest continually run hardware store. The family also has interests in real property and construction.John has over 30 years’ experience in economic modelling, management accounting and budgeting. His areas of expertise are: customer relationship management, business planning and strategy, finance, and marketing.John is a keen supporter and promoter of the Leukaemia Foundation and Variety SA, The Children’s Charity. He is the former Deputy Presiding Member of the Glynde Corner Precinct Committee, a council committee dedicated to supporting and attracting businesses to the area.  John is also a member of the National Advisory Council, Independent Hardware Group, representing over 70 independent hardware stores in South Australia. John was born, raised and educated in the eastern suburbs and is actively involved in the local community, including North Eastern Community Hospital. He served as Board Chair from 2015-2020 and has been a member of the North Eastern Community Hospital Board since 2008.

Mr Steven Simionato

Steven Simionato is a Partner of Deloitte in Adelaide and has over 20 years’ experience working with privately owned businesses and not-for-profit organisations. He specialises in the areas of business advisory, financial analysis, business strategy, budgeting, forecasting and compliance.  Steven is a graduate of the University of South Australia with a Bachelor of Arts (Accounting) Degree and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  He was Deputy Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2015 to 2019, Chairman of the Finance Committee from 2014 to 2019,  and has been a member of the North Eastern Community Hospital Board since 2009.


Dr Cathy Reid

Dr Cathy Reid is a dermatologist and principal of a medical practice at St Peters and has over 30 years experience in the public and private health sectors.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and Australasian College of Dermatologists.
Cathy is a Deputy Director on the Professional Services Review and is on the Medical Insurance Group of Australia Advisory Panel.
She is an accredited assessor for Return to Work SA and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Ms Lynette Pugh

Lynette Pugh is passionate about improving services for older people in South Australia and has 37 years of experience in health and community health settings. She has held leadership roles in a range of aged care and community care services with experience in community engagement, community grants and clinical governance frameworks.  Lynette has qualifications in nursing, social work and public sector health management. She has experience in leading allied health, multi-disciplinary services, and has a strong commitment to promoting socially inclusive programs and working to improve the well-being of vulnerable population groups. Promotion of ‘in home’ support models of service delivery is a key interest.  With extensive networks within the State public sector in the areas of aged and community care, Lynette has represented government agencies on national working groups relevant to these areas.  She has experience in funding, contracting and tendering processes associated with the aged and community care sector, at both the State and National levels.

The Hon. Jack Snelling

For 20 years Jack Snelling represented Ingle Farm, Pooraka, Para Hills and surrounding suburbs in the State parliament.  Jack served as Speaker from 2006-2010 and Minister from 2010 – 2017, including 5 years as Minister for Health.  In that time, he developed a deep understanding of the complexities of running a hospital and in health reform. After stepping down from politics, Jack founded a consulting firm providing advice to health technology companies and not-for-profits.  He was recently appointed by Baptist Care in South Australia to manage a Health and Well-being Project for the next 2 years.  Jack is married with 6 children.

Ms Nicole Major

Nicole Major has been a Registered Nurse for 29 years and worked in aged care management for 20 years. These roles have included being a Director of Care (Nursing), a trainer/assessor in Nursing both in Australia and overseas, an assessor for AACQA and an appointed ‘Nurse advisor’ for the Commonwealth. For the past 7 years Nicole has had her own consultancy company where she assists aged care homes in a range of services including providing quality outcomes, training and advisory services for providers.  Nicole was born and raised in the eastern suburbs and although traveled extensively for 10 years, has returned to the area in the past 20 years to raise a family and be actively involved in supporting the community and local business networks. Nicole supports Charities including ‘Beyond Blue’ and RSB.



Mr Lidio Andreotti

LLB BEc (Accounting) – University of Adelaide

Lidio has over 30 years’ experience as a commercial lawyer advising private and public sector clients.  He spent over 20 years as a partner of a South Australian headquartered national commercial law firm, specialising in the practice areas of property development, construction, and major infrastructure projects.  Lidio spent over 10 years as a senior executive lawyer within the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office where he advised the State in relation to a number of landmark projects including the New RAH Hospital PPP. He was also a member of New RAH Hospital PPP Steering Committee and the RAH PPP Management Committee.  In August 2019, Lidio returned to the private sector, being a co-founding director of Gray Andreotti Advisory, which provides strategic commercial and legal advice to both Government and private sector clients.  Lidio was born, raised and educated in the eastern suburbs and lives in the locality. He is married and has 2 adult sons. For relaxation, he enjoys getting out to the various conservation parks within the locality.


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