Executive Team.

Our Executive team is comprised of three key positions.

Chief Executive Officer

Aaron Chia

FCA BEc MAICD

Aaron is an accomplished senior executive, who has held leadership positions with prominent organisations across different sectors in South Australia and Victoria. Aaron has vast experience as a CEO, Chair, Board and Committee member, and uses his broad skill set for the benefit of the community. Aaron was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Guide Dogs SA/NT in May 2017.

Prior to joining Guide Dogs SA/NT, Aaron was the CEO of the Motor Accident Commission (MAC) in SA, and former Deputy CEO of the SA Ambulance Service. Aaron’s current External Board and Committee memberships include CBB (Community Business Bureau) Incorporated (Board Chair); YourPlace Housing Limited (Board Chair); SA Fire and Emergency Services Audit and Risk Management Committee (Member) and the SA Regional Committee of The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust (Member).

Aaron has a Bachelor of Economics from Monash University, is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand (FCA), and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

Headshot of Guide Dogs South Australia's Chief Executive Officer, Aaron Chia. Aaron is looking at the camera smiling.

Chief Operating Officer

Peter Hurcombe

BAcc, BA, FCIS, FGIA, MAICD

Since joining Guide Dogs SA/NT in 2018, Peter has been a key member of Guide Dogs’ Executive Team. Peter currently leads the organisation’s strategy and operations for Allied Health Services, Dog Services, Client Services and Corporate Services. Prior to working for Guide Dogs SA/NT, Peter was part of the Executive team within the RAA and held senior leadership positions within Australian public companies in Australia and USA.

Head shot of Guide Dogs South Australia's Chief Operating Officer, Peter Hurcombe. Peter is looking at the camera smiling.

Chief People and Culture Officer

Katherine Stocco

BA, Prof Dip in Human Resources Management

Katherine is a Human Resources professional with senior management experience within the Major Banking and Mutual Banking sectors before joining Guide Dogs SA/NT in 2016. Katherine has responsibility for Human Resources, Learning and Development, Organisational Development and Work Health Safety and Wellbeing at Guide Dogs SA/NT.

Head shot of Guide Dogs South Australia's Chief People and Culture Officer, Katherine Stocco. Katherine is looking at the camera smiling.