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Karyn Thomas announced as new Board Member

Posted on 17/04/2020

Crime Stoppers South Australia is delighted to announce the appointment of Karyn Thomas to the Board.

Crime Stoppers South Australia Chair, Sharon Hanlon, said Ms Thomas offered an outstanding background in technology and business consulting, as well as strong governance experience.

“Crime Stoppers SA continues to see steady growth of people using online platforms to contact us, and we now have about 40% of our contacts received through our smartphone apps and website reporting portal. Karyn brings a great deal of knowledge that will help bolster our use of technology to engage the community in the years ahead,” Ms Hanlon said.

“We all now have smartphones and transact with organisations online, and to stay relevant it is important for Crime Stoppers SA to understand the technology options it currently has to help solve crime and deliver crime prevention campaigns, and what technology solutions may be on the horizon that could also add critical value,” she said.

“We received interest from an overwhelming number of quality candidates with experience in the IT industry, and at the end of a rigorous selection process we are pleased to welcome Karyn and look forward to her contribution in building on the success of Crime Stoppers.”

Ms Thomas has many years governance experience with community based and NFP organisations as a Director and sub-committee Chair. Her twenty-four years’ experience in business and technology consulting includes the establishment of an Australian software business. She has strong commercial skills and a demonstrated ability to translate complex technical issues to non-technical audiences, evident in her work with local and state government clients, in addition to the private sector.

Amongst other qualifications, she holds an MBA and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

For more than 20 years, information provided to Crime Stoppers has helped catch more than 21,000 criminals and solve almost 34,000 crimes, including some of the state’s largest and most heinous cases, and an average of 25 crimes are solved every week in SA.

“Our results reinforce the very real contribution that Crime Stoppers continues to make to the safety of South Australians, and our ability to deliver world-leading initiatives despite limited financial resources. We continue to work hard to identify organisations within the business community that share similar ethics and a commitment to a safer community to partner with us, and remain in discussions with State Government to also provide a financial contribution so we can continue to deliver award-winning crime solving and awareness campaigns,” Ms Hanlon said.


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