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.
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 am very close with my family - 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 spent the first year of his life coming in to the Directions office a few times a week, he is a very socialised dog! 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 live in the Perth Hills with my husband and my 2 teenage girls and enjoy the gorgeous rural setting growing avocados on our hobby farm. I’m a country girl who grew up in Manjimup and visit my parents there whenever I can. I have a secretarial background of 11 years and when my girls started school I worked as an EA at various schools and in Ed Support. Now 10 years on I decided I would love to go back to office admin and found Directions to be the 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.
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 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.
Therapy Team Leader
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.
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 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 and my Assistant Coordinator is Lee.
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 have just moved from the UK to live in Perth with my husband and two small dogs. I studied in Brisbane while at University and came on a holiday to Perth last Christmas which reminded me how much I love the warm weather and outdoor lifestyle! I love running, walking my dogs on the beach and swimming in my spare time. I previously worked as a teacher in England but I am now looking forward to helping families in a different way with my new role at Directions.
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 coordinate for individuals and families who live in South Eastern suburbs of Perth such as Byford, Bedfordale, Armadale and my Assistant Coordinator is Gemma.
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.
I grew up in a small mining town called Newman, I was the youngest child to mining parents so we moved around a lot. I love to travel and see the world whenever I get a chance. I used to have a caravan and take my 2 girls away in it every school holidays and some weekends. Travelling is something I wish to continue through my life when I have the opportunity to. Family is extremely important to me, I am very close with my parents and they help me out greatly with the 2 girls. I have 10 years’ experience as a support worker working in the disability and aged care fields. I am also a qualified chef, but very out of practise now!
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. My Assistant Coordinator is Rob.
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 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 and my Assistant Coordinator is Jake.
I was born in Darwin and have travelled around Australia with my family before settling in Perth. After a few years of floating between jobs, Directions current support worker and close friend Mitch recommended I apply to Directions as a support worker and I’ve never looked back. I’ve lived around disabilities my whole life, and am incredibly passionate about providing the absolute best to the families we support. I’m the captain of my soccer team, opening batsman at my cricket club and constantly go to Karaoke with my friends. Most of all, I love my family and going fishing with my dad.
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!
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, 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. I have special responsibility for Host Families and also cover 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. I look after recruitment of support workers and keeping up with all our HR needs.
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.