Chief Executive Officer
Directions was established over 25 years ago with the purpose of providing high quality, personalised services to people who require support as they strive towards their goals and aspirations. This purpose remains embedded in the present day vision as Directions provides opportunities for people to participate in activities of their choice that encourage lifelong learning, lead to increased independence; promote friendships and enable people to actively contribute to community. I am proud to represent Directions in the capacity of CEO, to support and steer the organisation to continue to deliver the high quality, person-centred services that we are known for. My career began in the disability sector and I have worked in a variety of frontline, operational and leadership roles. This has fostered a thorough understanding of all layers of care and governance, and inspires me to lead and develop Directions as a provider of excellence. Directions and I look forward to strengthening these relationships as we all work together to empower, equip and enable a truly inclusive community.
I have returned to work at Directions for the second time, originally from Scotland with Norwegian heritage, I have called Australia home for the last 9 years. Prior to moving to Australia I gained an Honours degree in Teaching and was a professional soccer coach working for various clubs in Europe. I developed a passion for using sport to empower people and bring communities together, developing a number of award-winning programmes around inclusiveness, employment and literality. Since working in Australia I have worked with not for profit organisations as a Senior caseworker with children and young people. I am also a Protective Behaviours WA trainer and Therapeutic Crisis intervention trainer. I am also proud to foster 4 wonderful children and have recently welcomed a new addition to our family with our 5th child. In my spare time, I love to cook, be outdoors and spend time with my family and friends. I look forward to continuing to support individuals and families to reach their goals with Directions.
Business Performance Manager
I am originally from Scotland, having migrated to Australia with my parents as a child. I live in the Hills and enjoy pottering in my garden, cooking, reading, travelling as well as indulging in my passion for hand made which includes knitting, quilting and making handmade gifts. My next endeavour is to learn how to crochet! I bring 17 years’ experience in the community sector working for The Salvation Army, Life without Barriers, Ruah Community Services, Kids’ Camps Inc (trading as Cahoots Org.) as well as most recently working as a Planner with the National Disability Insurance Agency. I have a Diploma of Business (Frontline Management) and a Diploma of Accounting and am recognised as a well organised and disciplined leader with substantial experience in administration, finance, management and direct service delivery and possesses highly developed communication and interpersonal skills. I have a never-ending thirst for knowledge and a strong commitment to excellence and am readily able to identify relevant emerging issues and address them with innovative and creative business solutions. With a commitment to social justice, I am attracted to the purposeful work that serves to contribute to the community, such as services provided by Directions and I am excited to be part of this wonderful team.
Originally from the UK, I have called Australia home for over 30 years, however, primarily because of my husband’s work, during this time I have also lived or worked in 8 countries. I am a life long learner and bring a wealth of experience, having been a Physiotherapist in a number of specialist centres in the UK, Lecturer in Paediatric Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University Melbourne, involved in setting up centres for children with special needs in the Middle East, working in several different languages. In addition I have over 13 years of working in the local community, both in Perth and across WA with people who are differently abled. In 2014 I participated in the year long Leadership WA Signature Program, developing greater understanding as well as strong relationships with people across Government, Commercial and Not for Profit sectors. Mark and I have two adult children, Matt and Elise and in my free time I enjoy having coffee catch ups with family and friends, being creative by developing bonsai, doing ‘Improv’ and getting an adrenaline rush through racing sailing boats! I am also involved in a number of activities such as working with Rotary; collaborating with people in regional Australia through the ‘Making Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder History’ program in Leonora, being on the Board of ‘Red Dirt, Blue Sky’ in the Pilbara and also more locally, supporting my husband at Cahoots Photobooks in Subiaco. I look forward to making a positive difference in the lives of individuals receiving evidence based Therapy supports at Directions, as well as being a positive Therapy Team Leader, as we move forwards to be the Disability support organisation of choice.
Groups Program Manager
I have been in disability services for over 7 years in the Perth Metro area. I have had previous roles in Finance in London and Tertiary Education and Natural Medicine in various locations in Australia. I have 3 grown children and a myriad of 4 legged family members including horses, dogs and cats. I enjoy riding my horse, swimming, comedy shows and travelling. I have degrees in Economics, Psychology, Natural Medicine and a Diploma of Management. I believe in working to create an inclusive community where individuals connect and belong. I have extensive leadership experience managing teams from a values based structure. I aim to meet the organisations strategic goals whilst keeping the individuals we support at the forefront of everything we do.
I live in the Perth Hills on 8 acres with my husband, 2 daughters and our labradoodle ‘Murphy’ and we enjoy tending to our avocados and being part of the hills community. I am a country girl at heart and spent my childhood in Manjimup and visit my parents there whenever I can. I have a Secretarial background of 11 years, but while my girls were at school I worked as an EA at a variety of schools, mainly kindy and Ed Support. Now they have both finished school, I have been able to work full-time and have been working at Directions since August 2017 and it has been a perfect fit for me and my family. Away from work, I enjoy pottery, going out with friends and spending time at home with my family.
I was born in a country town in the north-west called Paraburdoo, we moved to Perth when I was little, I have lived here my whole life. I am married, with a daughter Delta, a Staffy called Skye and a grey cat called Bella. I am 1 of 4 children, being the second oldest. My family are my world. My oldest sister had Down syndrome, so I have been around the disability sector all my life. She was my inspiration. I am a qualified hairdresser, so I love being around people, meeting new people and making people feel good about themselves. In my spare time, I like to relax, spend time with Delta, and I love watching movies.
I am originally from Canada and moved to Perth in 2012 with my Aussie husband and two children. It’s lovely to have swapped the snow for sandy beaches. I have been at Directions since April 2017 and couldn’t have found a better workplace. Everyone works with such a passion and dedication which is wonderful to see. The highlight of my day is when people we support pop in to visit. I look after the recruitment of Support Workers and all of our HR needs.
Quality & Compliance Coordinator
I have lived in Perth my whole life, I am married and we have 2 furbabies (1 dog and 1 cat). I enjoy travel, making cards/scrapbooking, listening to music and spending time with friends. I’ve been working in the disability sector for 20 years, in a few different roles. I started as a volunteer carer, have worked several years in group homes and for almost 7 years as a scheduler. I enjoy working with people and making a positive difference in their lives.
NDIS Claims Officer
I grew up on a mining island called Koolan Island, north-west of Derby in the Kimberley. The entire school had only 100 children! I have worked in disability services for 17 years, starting as a support worker, and prior to that, I worked in child care. I currently live in South Guildford with my husband Trevor, daughter Lily, and dog Emily. My main passion is my family. Any spare time we have, we spend together, taking Emmy to the dog park or going out for Sunday breakfast. My extended family is quite spread out, so we take any chance to catch up. I love reading books, doing jigsaw puzzles and word puzzles.
I love working with people who have disabilities, making their lives better. I have been at Directions since 2012 and I became a Coordinator here nearly 3 years ago. I have lots of family in Perth and I live with my husband and daughter. I have a dog called Meggie who sometimes comes into the office with me, except on days when she really needs a bath! I like to bake cakes, especially for birthdays, and I decorate them with exotic designs. I primarily coordinate for individuals and families living in suburbs east of Perth, such as Maddington, Kelmscott, Roleystone.
Coordinator - Baldivis
I have worked supporting people for more than 27 years. I moved from South Africa to Australia in 2008 and for the past 7 years, I have been working in the Disability Sector in Bunbury and the Peel Region. I live in amazing Mandurah with my husband of 26 years and two beautiful daughters, aged 21 and 18. We also have 2 dogs sharing and 2 cats ruling our home. I love reading, cooking, gardening and the outdoors. My perfect day is a day on the beach enjoying the sunshine. I primarily coordinate for people living in the Southern Suburbs of Perth such as Rockingham, Mandurah, Peel.
I was born as one of the triplets in Victoria. I moved to the Gold Coast as a teenager and ended up owning my own business. I moved to WA in 1988. I worked as a chicken store manager until 2003, and then I went to work in the Frail Aged and Disability Services Sector. I am a father of two beautiful kids, my daughter is married with two children. Who would ever have guessed that being a granddad would be so much fun?!. When I am sitting with nothing to do, I love to do 9 letter puzzles and I’m a keen footy fan.
Support Coordinator - Baldivis
I am originally from the UK and moved to Australia in 2005 after a backpacking trip around here, New Zealand and Asia. For the past 3 years, I have been busy building a house in Serpentine with my Husband, 3 children and our Akita Mika. I qualified as a Registered Nurse in 2001 and have worked in a variety of settings across the Healthcare and Disability setting both here, and in the UK. I have really enjoyed the work I have done previously and am looking forward immensely to working within the Directions Team and to contribute to the high standard of care provided.
I completed my Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2018 and have always had a strong interest in working in the disability sector since graduating to ensure the people that I support can live a positive quality of life. It is important for me to develop a positive relationship with individuals and families I support in order to work in a collaborative manner to reach and achieve their goals and aspirations. I was born in Perth and my parents come from Malaysia and China. Having family overseas have provided me with an opportunity to visit the towns and cities of where my family comes from which has given me a different perspective on life and how fortunate I am to be living in Australia. I love travelling and I hope to visit more countries in the future, and I am a lover of playing and watching all types of sports and keeping active!
I completed a Master of Occupational Therapy in 2013 at the University of Sydney. After graduation, I worked in the Illawarra for NSW Health in a community and hospital setting. Wanting to explore the world outside, I moved to London in 2015 where I spent close to 4 years working for the NHS in a variety of community and hospital settings, handling a range of different caseloads. I moved to Perth at the beginning of 2020 and am really happy to be here after the hustle and bustle of London. In my role at Directions, I hope to be able to work alongside NDIS participants in improving the meaning and quality of their lived experiences.
I completed my Bachelor of Science (Speech Pathology) in 2019. I have had practical placements in the aged care sector, private practice and at various schools. Since then, I have developed a keen interest in working with people who have disabilities. It is important for me to work in a holistic, client-centred manner so that families and individuals receive the best possible care and are able to achieve their goals. I am excited to be a part of a collaborative team at Directions and to learn and grow as a clinician. Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, travelling and finding the best dessert spots around Perth!
I grew up in the UK and moved to Perth in 1999 to settle down and bring up our family. I started working as a support worker at Directions In 2013 and after 5 years made the change into Therapy and my current role Therapy Assistant. I look forward to continue to learn and grow with the Therapy Team here at Directions. I have been lucky to work with some amazing individuals and their families and I enjoy being part of a team making a positive difference. Out of work, I enjoy travel, spending time with family and friends and the outdoors lifestyle.