I am an Occupational Therapist with a 30-year career working predominantly in the disability sector. I am currently employed by Curtin University as Fieldwork Director for the School of OT. I have experience as a Board Member serving on the Variety WA Board for 6 years and its grants committee for 10 years. I have served as Chair for AGOSCI and am currently Vice President of the Australian Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Association. I highly value the work of Directions and am willing to commit my time and effort as needed to support its strategic objectives.
I joined the Board in October 2015. Directions performs a very valuable service and I am proud to contribute to that and apply my commercial, strategic and financial skills. With a career spanning over 30 years, I have held a range of general management and senior financial positions both across Australia and in the UK. I am currently the Executive Director Corporate Services for another Not for Profit organisation. I have also held a number of Executive positions. I am a Chartered Accountant, I hold a Bachelor of Commerce and a Post Grad Diploma in Business.
I am a retired CPA and have had a career in the UK and Western Australia in local government and public sector finance. I was invited to become a Board member for Directions in 2008 and have been Treasurer since then. I have always thought that all of us can contribute our personal abilities to creating better communities around us. Being on the Board of Directions is an opportunity for me to contribute to the necessary Board oversight for an organisation working with and for a lot of caring and inspiring people.
My involvement with Directions stems back to 2004 when I first joined the board. With more than 25 years’ experience in disability services, I am currently employed at ‘My Place’. In this challenging time when the sector is undergoing significant reform and change, I remain focused on providing quality services to people so they can lead valued and active lives. I also have a keen interest in training and Positive Behaviour Support, two areas in which Directions has made a solid investment over the past two years.
I really like to see the difference that Directions makes to the quality of life for people with disability and their families in my community. Directions enables me to see the life-long possibilities for continued growth, learning and achievement after young people leave school. This adds another dimension to the work I do with the Department of Education. I am proud of the creative ways that people with Directions become engaged within their community and of the role we play in helping them to achieve their dreams and aspirations.
I joined the Directions’ Board in 2010 and was elected Chair in 2015. After many years working in the disability sector as a social trainer and special needs teacher assistant, I returned to studies and am now a fully qualified occupational therapist, employed by a therapy service. I am delighted to be associated with Directions, an organisation that develops people’s strengths and enables individuals to achieve their goals and aspirations. I bring to the board skills in collaboration and governance from my previous time as Chair and Board member of a local independent school.
I joined the Board of Directions a year ago, and I have eight years of experience of our family being supported by Directions. I am able to talk about how that has been successful. My son has autism and together with Directions’ support, he has been able to really blossom and is becoming much more independent. Directions has shown me that, with the correct support, you not only support the individual but also the family. I believe that this in itself is the care that is needed for families with disabilities.
I was elected to the Board of Directions at the 2015 Annual General Meeting having previously been Chair of Teenspirit Inc. I am a mother of a 22-year-old daughter with an intellectual disability and my motivation to be a Board member is to speak for the vulnerable of our society. I believe in the value of the services that Directions offer and I appreciate the opportunity to be a part of ensuring that Directions continues to provide a high quality, safe and enriching service for those who need therapy and social supports.