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.
Therapy Manager, Physiotherapist
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.
People and Culture Manager
“I’m really excited to join the Directions Team in the newly created position as People & Culture Manager. My aim is to help Directions further create a working environment where all staff feel engaged, valued and motivated to achieve their best. My background includes over ten years’ experience in Human Resources working mainly in the Not for Profit sector. I have a Bachelor of Commerce (Human Resources & Industrial Relations) and a Post Grad Certificate in Employee Relations. My passion is working with staff and leaders to identify, develop and implement key HR initiatives that help drive staff engagement and performance, and as a result ultimately helps the organisation achieve its vision and mission.
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 have been working in individualised services for the past 12 years in the Employment Services and Disability sectors. I grew up in a small community in the Northern Territory, Alice Springs and I have been living in Perth with my husband and 2 children for the last 12 years. I enjoy spending time with my family, water skiing and camping. I primarily coordinate for people living in the Southern Suburbs of Perth such as Rockingham, Mandurah & Peel.
I am originally from The Netherlands and have lived in, Norway, Scotland, Singapore and Ireland before moving to Perth in 2006. I am proud to say my family and I became Australian Citizens on the 26th of January 2020. I am married with 2 daughters and our 2 dogs, 3 cats and 6 horses keep me very busy. In my spare time I enjoy going to horse events with my daughter. I am on several committees at our local Pony Club and especially enjoy being the event organiser of the Showjump Committee. I have worked in the disability sector as a volunteer, support worker, lead support worker at a respite facility and more recently as a LAC partner in the Community for the NDIS. I am excited to bring my past experiences to my role as coordinator with Directions and work together to offer choice and control, achieve the best possible outcomes and assist individuals and their families to reach their goals by offering individualised support.
I was born and grew up in Perth and in 2000 I married my wonderful wife who is a great support and an outstanding cook! We live close to the city on a very small block although I have managed to fit in a few red roses which are probably my favourite plant. Overall, I am a lazy gardener and I prefer going to cafes, dining out, travelling, watching cooking shows and anything to do with 80s cars. I enjoy bike riding and I believe strongly in the value of exercise for health and wellbeing. I joined Directions in April 2020 after working as a planner at the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA). I have worked in many human services roles across the public sector and I have tutored at various universities and colleges as well as teaching in high schools.
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.
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.
I enjoy engaging and helping the community and have had a range of roles in community services including leading teams and coordinating. I am also familiar with the South East Metro area and actively involved with community groups personally and professionally. Whilst attending to my work duties, I continue to stay up to date with professional development and in my spare time I enjoy an active lifestyle with my family and friends.
April is an experienced Support Coordinator with a long and varied history in the disability support sector. April commenced her support experience as a Special Needs Education Assistant supporting secondary school students with Autism Spectrum Disorder in a mainstream setting. With a passion for Disability Inclusion and mental health awareness, April studied a Diploma of Counselling and transitioned into Coordinating services to Accommodation Support Participants with disability and mental health support needs in the not for profit sector. Throughout the years, April has held various roles in Community Support Coordination, Program Management and Community Engagement. April also has a passion for connecting people to their community through visual arts and music and has developed community based programs in both areas.
My name is Kanau Sion but I prefer to be called by my surname Sion as it is culturally appropriate in my Island culture where I come from. I was born on Manus Island to the north of Papua New Guinea and attended primary and high school education there. I also studied social work at the University of Papua New Guinea, Massey University in New Zealand, and University of Western Australia as well as Community services at the South Metropolitan TAFE in Armadale. My employment experience encom passes over 10 years in community services in PNG and these including roles in leadership, management, social work practice and staffer at the National Parliament of PNG.I moved with my young family form PNG to Perth in 2008 and have spent almost 8 years working in the community services industry including various roles in youth work, case work, community facilitation, support coordination, disability and mental health in Western Australia, and across different organizations including Red Cross Australia, Interchange Inc, Facilitatrix and Safe Places for Children. I am very passionate about working with people with special needs and providing the best support and care possible for them. I have other interests apart from formal paid work and these include charity work, drug and alcohol education and awareness, and youth development through sports for my people back in the Islands which I have been doing for such a very long time. I also have 5 children - All girls - of which 3 play competitive netball in the Kalamunda District, Perth Metro and State competitions and championships and they keep busy on weekends providing support, especially during regular seasons. Apart from these, I can't go past fishing, brisk walking and jogging, swimming in the sea during summertime and a yarn with family and friends as a way to unwind.
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 my Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2018. I have previously worked as a support worker, which ignited my passion for working in the disability sector. I love travel and in 2019 I completed the big lap around Australia with my partner and our dog! Whilst travelling I worked in many different jobs including locum Occupational Therapy positions in Queensland- mainly in the aged care sector. My practical placements included paediatrics in Boreo and Vietnam, as well as Northam Hospital. I am excited to be a part of the Directions team and to support people in a holistic way to reach their goals. In my spare time I enjoy spending time outdoors!
I completed my Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2019, and I have previously worked as an NDIS Support Coordinator. I am passionate about supporting individuals in the community, and promoting a positive quality of life. It is important for me to develop positive relationships with the individuals and families I support, ensuring a team approach to achieve personal goals. Outside of work, I enjoy playing basketball and spending time with my family and friends!
I have been working as a Speech Pathologist for many years since graduating in Melbourne, working in disability, health and aged card. I have worked in country WA and Victoria, and been part of Autism Assessment teams in WA. I am trained in Key Word Sign and Secret Agent Society (a social skills program for adolescents) and Mealtime Matters. I have a special interest in Dysphagia (swallowing) and training families, carers, support workers and other staff. Another special interest is social skills supports and helping children and adults develop relationships and social skills, and i have run improvisation groups with a range of primary aged children to facilitate social skills development based on Acting Antics. I have also been a guest lecturer at UWA as part of their graduate program in Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) program since it's commencement in 2019. I am excited to be part of the team at Directions working with people of all ages and abilities, and their families, to improve outcomes across the lifespan.
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.
I started working at Directions as a Support Worker in 2018. During this time developed a passion for empowering people with disabilities to maximize their independence and connect with their community. Since completing an honours degree in Psychology at the end of 2019, I have worked in a diverse range of roles at Directions including: Scheduler, Business Support Officer, and most recently I have joined the therapy team as a Therapy Assistant. I am excited to apply my diverse experience at Directions and my background in Psychology to enhance the fantastic range of services provided by the therapists at Directions. In my spare time I love to read, go to beach, or unwind catching up with friends.