Chief Executive Officer
Directions was established over 20 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 their community. In November 2018, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to work with Directions in the capacity of CEO, to support and steer the organisation to continue to deliver the high quality, person-centred services that Directions is known for. I am an Occupational Therapist with over 30 years of involvement with the health, disability and community sector in local, national and international settings. This has occurred in a variety of contexts, including clinical care, management, service provision, leadership, research and education, which has enabled me to develop a solid understanding of translating policy and contextual factors into meaningful care and practice. Of key importance is the provision of empathetic, responsive care and I value the relationships with the people we support, their families, our staff and the wider community in order to embrace change, innovation and new ways of thinking. 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 a 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 case worker 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 reach their goals with Directions.
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.
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.
Receptionist - Thursday
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 Downsyndrome, 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 from Perth and am a 5th generation Aussie! I have worked in office administration and HR for over 20 years within a number of different industries, predominantly 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.
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. I look after recruitment of support workers and keeping up with all 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. M y 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.
Payroll and Accounts Officer
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 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.
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 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. The people that I coordinate for are predominantly in the South Western Suburbs of Perth, such as Fremantle, Cockburn, CanningVale, Murdoch.
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.
My name is Claire and I’m a mum to 4 beautiful children and a nan to a 2 year old grandson. I was born in Melbourne and moved to WA in late 2015 for a more balanced lifestyle close to the beach. I enjoy my 2 dogs, the beach, yoga and meditation. I have a background in nursing and Aged Care community work and look forward to supporting families and staff of Directions.
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.
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!
Since beginning my studies as a speech pathologist, my interests have always lied within the disability sector, irrespective of age. During my time working with the disability community, I have met some amazing families and people who are exceptional in both their knowledge and compassion. I try every day to bring those same qualities to my job and the people I work with. I have worked across private and public sectors, both of which have provided me with differing opportunities and capacities to support people in leading their best life. Outside of Speech Pathology, I spend my time volunteering at the Perth Children’s Hospital, engaging children and adolescents with reduced mental health. I also thoroughly enjoy lifting heavy things in the gym and going to brunch spots where activewear is accepted and expected.
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 in to 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.