Chief Executive Officer
I have been at Directions for nearly 3 years and am really enjoying being part of such a strong relationship-based organisation. I am from the UK and I came to Australia about 20 years ago, firstly living in Albany and more recently in Perth. In Australia, I’ve worked for Silver Chain, Alzheimer’s WA and a Disability Advocacy organisation. I have been a Board member of Carers WA, St Barts and Great Southern GP Network, I have Chaired the South West WA Medical Local, and I am currently on the WA Board of Australasian Society for Intellectually Disability, and Vice Chair of WA Individualised Services. Over the years, I have been an Occupational Therapist, a music teacher, an alpaca farmer, a home schooling mum and a wildlife carer. Occasionally these things have overlapped and I have been known to lead a staff meeting whilst bottle-feeding a kangaroo joey! One of my favourite things about my job at Directions is having my office right by the front door so every day I get to say hello all our fabulous staff and the wonderful people that we support when they come to visit.
Corporate Services Manager
I am a proud father of two growing kids and married to the most wonderful woman I know. My favourite pastimes are biking, gardening, and importantly, putting things in the right place (cleaning!). Prior to my arrival in Australia, I had a career in HR and business development roles for global commercial companies in South Korea. Changing career, I volunteered for a small charity card shop and really liked working for value based organisations. Since 2006, I have served as an accountant in the public and not for profit sector across health, community, employment and disability services. I am a Certified Practising Accountant and have a Master in Business Administration. As the Corporate Services Manager, my key responsibilities include development and management of finance, resource coordination, risk mitigation and other management activities. I live in City of Armadale and enjoys being a part of my local charity who are making real difference in the communities. Particularly I am interested in the development of youth from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds.
I am from Perth and am a 5th generation Aussie! I have a close family network of Mum, sister, in-laws, nieces and nephews, am happily married (in to an Italian family) and have a fur baby named PJ! PJ is a Boston Terrier and has been coming in to the office a few times a week as a Therapy Dog in the making! I have worked in office administration and HR for over 20 years within a number of different industries, mainly engineering and construction. In 2002, I moved to live and work in the Middle East where I was for over 8 years and it was a fantastic experience. I developed a love for travelling! After returning to Perth, I decided that I’d really like a change to work within a serviced based organisation in the disability sector, I found Directions in April 2016 and haven’t looked back. It is a wonderful place to work with amazing people.
New Programs and Partnerships Coordinator
I am a born and bred West Aussie with Italian Heritage. I have been married to husband Peter for 39 years and have 4 adult children, one of whom lives in the UK with my beautiful granddaughter. Working with Teenspirit has given me a greater passion and determination to help support the needs and value of life for people with disabilities. I enjoy using my business and marketing background to extend the value, dimension and sustainability of the business in the service of people with disability. Tina is the New Programs & Partnerships Coordinator.
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 have worked in the disability sector for many years, and absolutely love it. My background is in intensive behavioural supports, specifically within Autism, and I have a degree in Psychology. I am British and came over to Perth nearly 4 years ago and I am now happily settled here. I used to be Rebecca Shaw, and I have just got back from my honeymoon having travelled over to the UK to get married! I go back to the UK once a year when I can as my family are all there, including my gorgeous baby niece!
I moved to Australia from the UK in May 2015. Perth is by far my favourite place in Australia, I love the outdoor lifestyle and the friendly people! After finishing university I worked in the UK, leading a research project in nursing and residential care. Since then I have worked in regional WA, leading a healthy lifestyle intervention for a group of individuals with disabilities as part of a transition into independent living. And now I am privileged to be part of the Directions team!
I am a Perthling who has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years and I enjoy helping people gain the best opportunities they can in their lives. My experience spans accommodation, employment, respite and life skills development. I love spending time with my partner, friends and of course, my cat Lucy. I’m a keen gardener, love a good board game, documentaries, enjoy cooking especially for others, seeing live shows. One of my main passions is exploring music and I currently sing in a jazz duo called Lush Life.
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.
I am a wife, a mother of 3. I have spent the last couple of years within the disability sector as a scheduler and many years prior to that within the mining sector as a human resources officer. Since working within the disability sector, I know I have finally found where I am meant to be, the people are amazing and I enjoy the work. I absolutely love glamping with my family and my favourite place on earth would have to be the gorges through Karijini National Park. Nicole has special responsibility for Host Families and also covers for other Coordinators when they are on leave.
I am originally from Canada and moved to Perth in 2012 with my Aussie husband and 2 young children. We are enjoying being on the sandy beaches instead of shovelling snow, and we make sure everyone in Canada sees our gorgeous beach photos in January while they are in the middle of winter. I am thrilled to be a new addition to the Directions team. Everyone works with such a passion and dedication which is wonderful to see. The highlight of my day is when I meet the people we support who pop in to visit us. Paula has special responsibility for recruiting our support workers and keeping up with all our HR needs.
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 was born as one of 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 being married with two children. Who would ever have guessed that being a grand dad 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.
Having studied Film & Media for my degree, I previously worked in that industry for a few years in Central London. Whilst living there, I met my wife and we eventually decided to move back to Perth, where she is originally from. I have since been working at Directions for the past six months, and even though it has been for a short time, being able to help change people’s lives for the better has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever done. Outside of work, my wife and I have become parents for the first time, with the birth of our son back in October.
I grew up in the country as my father worked as a CEO in local government so we travelled around a lot, but I spent the majority of my childhood in Dalwallinu. From here I went to boarding school in Perth and this became my home. I have worked as a disability support worker for 10 years which is where I met my amazing husband and we share two beautiful busy boys. In my spare time I devote as much time as I can with our boys watching them play soccer and swim, we also enjoy bush walks and whenever we get the chance travel down south to holiday.
Groups Assistant Coordinator
I grew up in a small village in Northern Ireland until I moved to Australia with my family when I was 10, although I have been back and forth a few times! I’m about to complete my double degree in Community Development and Indigenous studies, with a minor in social issues in contemporary culture. I have enjoyed studying although I’m very excited about starting at Directions and making a positive difference in the community. I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, keeping active and being outdoors with my rescue greyhound Daisy!
I am a wife and mother of four, 3 boys and one girl. I was born in England and grew up in Australia with a Malaysian and American heritage. I studied musical theatre at The Academy of Performing Arts and later went to Los Angeles to continue my dream. I did a few theatre productions, music videos and worked as an extra on a few films. If you don’t blink you might see me in the background of Inspector Gadget, Mod Squad, Man on the moon and a few others. While studying in the America, I worked as a payroll officer which helped me survive while I pursued my dream. I met my husband and we decided to move back to Perth to have our daughter. I have now worked as a payroll officer for over 15 years, and enjoy crunching numbers. During my spare time (if I get any) I love to volunteer with St. John Ambulance and sing musicals to my kids. Angela is the new Payroll Officer
EJ Leong | Occupational Therapist
I worked in a Diabetes Research Lab for about five years before I realised that I wanted to make a difference with people at the forefront rather than at the background. I embarked on the journey to become an Occupational Therapist! It has been a remarkable and humbling journey so far and it has been a pleasure to be a part of Directions. My research background is still very well ingrained in me as I get very excited with collecting and using data as evidence for success and to advocate for change. I am passionate about ‘doing with’ rather than ‘doing for’. I believe that the best way for anyone to learn is to be provided with an opportunity. I love celebrating every win with them no matter how big or small and believe that the best teachers are mistakes. I am passionate, no matter what the circumstances, in life. A true quality of life is defined by the underlying purpose and meaning. I am mindful to be realistic where there are always obstacles to overcome, and I am committed to walk alongside you on your journey. Being a true Malaysian, I am easily enticed by any type of food and cuisine, absolutely enjoy hiking and will be very excited for any board games.
I am a Perth girl through and through, the eldest of 4 daughters which has made for a very loud but very fun upbringing. My parents are both from country towns so we spent a lot of time growing up adventuring around the beautiful West Australian countryside. I have worked in the Disability sector since 2014 in various roles including support worker and coordinator. I also have experience working in the aged care and childcare fields. Over the years I have developed a real passion for working with people experiencing disability and their families to help them lead happier, more independent lives. I recently graduated from Curtin University with a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy) and have been working as an OT at Directions since November 2017. I feel very blessed to have been given the opportunity to work for the fantastic, unique organisation that is Directions and look forward to continuing to learn and grow as a person and a therapist with the Therapy Team in our new centre! In my spare time I love playing and watching sport, reading books and eating brunch at the various cafes of Perth.
I have lived in the same house in Yokine for the past 23 years, and am the eldest of 2 girls. I am also working at a private paediatric clinic in Bunbury on the days I do not work at Directions, so yes, LOTS of mileage has been done in my gold nugget of a car. Outside of work, I am passionate about supporting children and adolescents with mental health issues, especially eating disorders and depression. I am also an avid baker and I enjoy baking for others and seeing their expressions/reactions to the treats I make!