Peter Tully

Disability Development Officer Queensland

Able Australia

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In a short amount of time, Able Australia’s Disability Development Officer, Queensland, Peter Tully has become one of South West Queensland’s best known advocates for people with disability. Peter and Linda Tully’s shared passion for raising awareness of disability-related issues saw them become something of a dynamic advocacy duo and they soon began volunteering at the Queenslanders with Disability Network(QDN). This advocacy role enabled them to support local people with disabilities, their families and carers in a variety of roles, including liaising with service providers, local Councils and Members of Parliament. 

Damian Griffis

Chief Executive Officer

First Peoples Disability Network


Ros Blakley

General Manager, Bupa Medical

Bupa Australia & New Zealand

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Dr Ros Blakley is the General Manager, Bupa Medical and National Medical Director at Bupa Australia and New Zealand. Ros is a member of the Bupa Australia and New Zealand Senior Leadership team with responsibilities that span operational service delivery and risk management. She is responsible for the evolution of our multidisciplinary primary care aspirations through to execution. This responsibility includes managing the business operations of our small number of primary care facilities in Sydney. Ros was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross in the 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for outstanding achievement to the Australian Defence Force in the area of health administration. Ros holds a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery and a Masters of Health Administration. She is an Associate Fellow of the College of Legal Medicine.

Ron Hooton

Chief Executive

Vision Australia

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Throughout his career, Ron has worked extensively in the primary health care sector and not-for-profit sector. Ron joined Vision Australia in January 2013 after guiding ProCare Health Limited (NZ), New Zealand’s largest Primary Healthcare Organisation, to a leading position in the primary health care sector. Ron has specialised in operational and technical information technology positions over his career and has worked for organisations such as Databank Systems Limited, National Provident Fund, Telecom, Western Bay Health, Countrywide Bank and the New Zealand Defence Force. Ron who has family members who have experienced vision loss is a specialist on the disability sector in Australia, funding in the disability sector, employment and the NDIS.

Drew Beswick

Chief Executive Officer

OAK Possability

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Drew is a qualified social worker with post graduate qualifications in management and governance. He has worked across a range of human service settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including extensive experience in providing, supervising and directing services and interventions. Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Possability in January 2016, Drew was Chief Operating Officer for four years, providing operational and strategic leadership during a time of considerable change and growth with the commencement of the NDIS trial in 2013. He became Chief Executive Officer of OAK Possability when the two organisations merged in July. He is currently leading significant cultural change within the combined organisation to integrate the unique skills and capabilities of both organisations to adapt and respond to the dynamic NDIS environment.

Fergus Nelson

Chief Executive Officer, Canberra/South East NSW

Just Better Care

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Fergus Nelson started Just Better Care Canberra in April 2008. The business is part of a franchise group with 35 other franchises. Prior to JBCC he worked in Physiotherapy and small business. His focus in all of his business endeavours has been to focus on his values and ensure these are reflected in these businesses.
Fergus established JBCC with the stated aim of providing an excellent work place for his staff believing that well supported staff deliver high quality services. This has been born out by the success of JBCC during its 9 years of operation.
In order to try to understand what people need to feel understood and supported Fergus has done significant self exploration to identify his own strengths and weakness. This has enabled him to see where his own story may influence how he interacts with others. This work has been in the form of Mindfulness, Men’s groups, Tantra and Emotional Intelligence course work. He has a Grad Dip in Community Sector Leadership.
Fergus has used this ever evolving understanding to establish a business based very strongly around values. He believes that it is not possible to have one set of values at work and another at home. This means that the values of his business also flow over into the everyday lives of the staff and customers of JBCC.

Alan Smith

Chief Executive Officer

AEIOU Foundation

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Alan Smith has proudly held the position of Chief Executive Officer of AEIOU Foundation since 2009. He has been instrumental in the recognition of AEIOU as a leading provider of evidence-based early intervention. He has led the organisation through a prolonged period of steady growth, managing the opening of a number of purpose-built centres across Queensland and South Australia, helping bring to life Founder Dr James Morton’s vision of making early intervention accessible and affordable for every child living with autism in Australia. Alan is also actively involved in a number of autism and disability groups, including the Queensland NDIS Transition Advisory Group (QTAG), Australian Autism Alliance, Autism Hub and Reading Centre Committee and Children’s Early Intervention Network (CEIN).

David Carey

Chief Executive Officer

ConnectAbility Australia

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David Carey is the CEO of ConnectAbility Australia, based in Hamilton NSW. David has spent over 23 years in the community services sector including; Aged Care, Out of Home Care and Disabilities. ConnectAbility provides services to over 500 people; with a disability, aged, family, children and community services. ConnectAbility is 100% transitioned to the NDIS. David is a member of the NSW NDS state Committee, on the Hunter committee of the Australian Institute of Management and on the committee of the Newcastle Business Club.  Profile picture (coloured, high-resolution)

Dr Di Winkler

Chief Executive Officer

Summer Foundation

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Di Winkler is an occupational therapist who has worked with people with severe brain injury for more than twenty years. Di was the Chief Occupational Therapist at Ivanhoe Manor Private Rehabilitation Hospital prior to developing a private practice working with people with brain injury in the community. 
Di completed a Masters by Research at La Trobe University entitled Factors that lead to successful community integration following severe traumatic brain injury. She established the Summer Foundation in January 2006 and in 2012 completed a PhD at Monash University, which involved a series of studies that focused on young people in nursing homes.
Di is currently a Specialist Disability Accommodation Industry Advisory Group Member for the Victorian Government and an NDIS Implementation Taskforce Housing Working Group member.  In November 2013, Di was awarded the 2014 Stanford Australia Foundation Dyson Bequest Scholarship. This scholarship enabled Di to complete the six-week Stanford Executive Program in 2014.

Mark Jessop

Chief Executive Officer

Nexus Inc

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Mark Jessop is the Chief Executive Officer of Nexus Inc, a Hobart based disability service that has grown by an average of 20% p.a. for the past 3 years. Largely fueled by the NDIS trial, this growth has strained a number of business systems, most particularly Finance, IT and HR. Mark has taken Nexus from an “old style” disability service to the point of readiness for the new commercialized NDIS “market place”.  This has required building in uncertainty and flexibility to systems and his executive team. Trained originally as a Psychologist, Mark’s career has been varied between management of service provision (including disability, youth justice and child protection) and corporate roles in management consulting, selection, marketing and research.

Isabelle Meyer

Transition Director



Rob Woolley

General Manager, Canberra/South East NSW

Just Better Care

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Rob Woolley is currently the General Manager at Just Better Care Canberra, committed to developing and living a values-based culture and service for over 400 clients and 150 Support Workers, Coordinators, Good Life Facilitators and Allied Health Professionals. Rob is passionate about building and delivering flexible, creative, values-based services to clients, and passionately leading staff around him in the quest for perfection. Rob combines hands-on experience of disability support work, Board & Committee roles in a range of not-for-profit organisations, a range of qualifications (from an MBA and journalism qualifications to project management), and in-depth understanding of business development, innovation practices, marketing and values-based leadership.

Kollen Sussman

General Manager, People & Culture


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Kollen is a senior manager with over 15 years of experience in the education, health and not-for-profit sector. Currently, Kollen is the General Manager for People & Culture at EACH, a national organisation that provides a diverse range of health and community services. He has responsibility for a diverse portfolio including human resources; pay roll; quality, research and evaluation; and inclusion and diversity. Prior to this, Kollen used his client-centred service delivery experience to oversight projects in education, health and community settings.

Sue Kapourelakos

National Manager, Disability Services

Able Australia

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Sue has experience in executive and senior leadership and management roles across government and the insurance industry including the Transport Accident Commission, Victoria. Her current role is with Able Australia as the National Manager, Disability Services. Her expertise includes managing complex and diverse personal injury and disability services and providers, contemporary practices for managing complex and serious injury cases, designing and implementing service delivery models. She has a special interest in leadership development, continuous improvement and building high performing teams.
With over 20 years in executive or senior leadership roles, Sue has driven strategic outcomes by tapping into people’s strengths and capabilities creating highly performing individuals and teams across organisations that creates business value for clients, customers and stakeholders.

Julie Ware

General Manager, Performance & Customer Outcomes; Project Director, Scope 2020

Scope Australia

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Julie is driven by a passion for creating outcomes for people in vulnerable circumstances, having over 30 years of experience managing a range of complex strategic projects and programs in the health and human services sectors. These have mainly been in the areas of whole-of-sector reform and/or individual business transformation. Strategic change management, organisational effectiveness, service development and systems integration have been key features of this work. Julie has worked across government, not-for-profit and private sectors. Her current role at Scope Australia is leading the Scope 2020 Project, a four year (2015-19) business transformation project that supports the business through a period of significant change – to operate in the National Disability Insurance Scheme environment. 

Dr Sarah Pollock

Executive Director, Advocacy

Mind Australia

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Sarah’s professional career spans 30 years working across education, social care and mental health. She has held roles in teaching, curriculum development, research and policy. She currently works at Mind Australia Limited, where she is Executive Director, Research and Advocacy. Mind is one of Australia’s largest providers of community managed mental health services, providing recovery-oriented services and supports to people with mental ill-health across Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, NSW and Western Australia.
At Mind, Sarah is leading the development of the organisation’s new policy advocacy function. She also provides strategic leadership to the organisation’s substantial research program. She has expertise in mental health policy and system design, including issues at the interface between mental health and the NDIS and for mental health families and carers. 

Christos Iliopoulos

Governing Director

Freedom Key Pty Ltd

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Christos Iliopoulos is a philosopher with a background in company management, local government, and teaching. He has had extensive personal experience of the challenges, which beset the members of MS sufferer families, in trying to live a normal life. The four Freedom Key dwelling, Freedom Housing model is his answer. Unlike institutional models, it complies fully with the Objects and Principles of the NDIS Act 2013, and the UN Convention on the Rights of persons with Disabilities. The market differentiates between disability-care and aged-care. In essence they are similar: frail old age is another kind of disability. Freedom Housing provides a normal home setting for the diverse life-style, and high-care requirements, of all the family members: without fragmenting the family.

Susan Barron-Hamilton


Miscellaneous Objectives Bureau

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A social worker by trade, Susan brings over twenty years’ experience working at reforming micro, meso and macro level systems within the health care industry. Over the last 3 years, she has brought her research to the international conference circuit to both share and gather ideas and information about a range of health industry topics for innovative reform and redesign.
Her current focus is on formulating her PhD research framework to inform sustainable development for fully integrated multi-level systems design, including workforce, stepped care and clinical staging, measurement models, and facilitating improved understanding among organisations of how these concepts translate to meaningful implementation. In this work, she is will be contributing to the national movement in creating and consolidating “upstream thinking” solutions for innovative service re-design and the development of meaningful products and processes to better manage the growing burden on Australia’s health system. 
Whilst Susan works in an Associate relationship with Healthy Options Australia, in her consultancy role, she works with organisations to develop their experimental mind set, identify the “unknown” and create resources and tools to translate ambiguity into opportunity. 

John Forster

Chief Executive Officer

Noah's Ark Australia

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John Forster is CEO of Noah’s Ark Inc, a not-for-profit early childhood intervention and inclusion organisation in Victoria and the ACT. Noah’s Ark has been involved in both the Barwon and ACT trials and in 2016 supported over 2200 families and 3000 children’s services. John is a past National President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia and has been a member of both the Victorian Government’s Disability Advisory Council and its’ NDIS Implementation Taskforce. He is co-author of Participating and Belonging: Inclusion in Practice (2012) and The Key Worker: Resources for Early Childhood Intervention Professionals (2012). The Key Worker is part of the transdisciplinary service model recommended by the NDIS during the trials.

Kieran Halloran

Manager, Partners in Recovery

Eastern Melbourne PHN

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Kieran Halloran is a social worker who has worked in community mental health and disability services in Victoria for more than two decades.  He has been drawn to working at the growing edges of the sector and has specialised in practice that seeks better outcomes for people who have multiple complex service needs. Partners in Recovery has been an exciting initiative which Kieran has led since 2013 in the Northern region of Melbourne. He now represents the Eastern Melbourne PHN and with consortia of local agencies, consumers and carers steers the direction of three large PIR services and also Suicide Prevention Services and the emerging Stepped Care approaches. 
Now in the North and East of Melbourne, Kieran and his PIR colleagues are working to prepare up to 1000 PIR consumers to transition constructively to individualised NDIS plans.

Linda Tully


Able Australia


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Disability Services Consulting


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