With a career in disability that spans 3 decades, Roland Naufal is one of Australia’s most knowledgeable disability professionals. He was winner of the 2002 Harvard Club Disability Fellowship and from 2012 to 2014 consulted on NDIS design for the National Disability & Carer Alliance.
Roland has held leadership roles in some of Australia’s most successful disability organisations, including CEO Villa Maria, General Manager Yooralla, State Manager Vision Australia and CEO Association for Children with a Disability. He worked extensively on disability deinstitutionalisation and lectured on the politics and history of disability. Roland has degrees in Economics and Social Work and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.
Vanessa has been building her experience in leadership, organisational development, human resources, facilitation, training and conflict management since the late 1990s. She works as a consultant, trainer and coach to government, community sector and commercial organisations in the areas of leadership, management and organisational development, as well as a personal coach and psychotherapist in private practice. Vanessa is also an Associate at Melbourne Business School.
Vanessa has a Masters in Organisation Dynamics and an Advanced Certificate in Groupwork Facilitation, and holds a Diploma of Process Work after training for 15 years nationally and internationally in Process Oriented Psychology and WorldWork. Vanessa’s coaching, therapy, consulting and facilitation work draws on the paradigms of systems psychodynamics, Processwork, human resources development, neuroscience and communications theory. She brings a unique perspective on organizational, team and individual challenges.
Lee has twenty five years experience working across NGOs and government, with particular focus on advocacy, justice and disability. She has worked with the Supreme Court of Victoria in the management of compensation funds for people with catastrophic injury, in driving court reform and innovation as part of the Therapeutic Justice team in the Department of Justice in Victoria and serviced ten years as a director on the Board of Inner Melbourne Legal Service, leading service reform and restructure. Lee was a pioneer of the early days of the NDIA working in the regional sites and National Office in scheme design, governance, LAC contract management and Engagement. Lee has lived experience of disability, including support of family members.
Luke has been a key player in the development of the NDIS, working extensively on scheme’s design in his roles as a Director at the National Disability Insurance Agency and advisor at the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. In his time at the NDIA Luke’s work focused on engagement with the sector to increase housing options for NDIS participants and the delineation between the NDIS and other mainstream systems such as health and education.
In the non-government sector Luke led the establishment of the Australia’s peak body for young people, worked as a Community Projects Manager at Mission Australia and has served on the Board of community sector peak bodies and home and community care providers. Luke’s disability sector experiences includes three years working in residential disability services, including government and non-government run group homes. Luke has recently completed a Fulbright Scholarship at New York University’s Center for Urban Policy. In addition to working with Disability Services Consulting, Luke is also the Summer Foundation’s Head of Policy & Strategy.
Dr Lani Campbell
Lani spent the first 15 years of her career as a speech pathologist working in disability & health. In 2006 she transitioned into research, going on to complete a PhD in evidence-based practice and knowledge translation. She joined the Market & Sector division of the National Disability Insurance Agency soon after its launch in 2013, providing advice about how evidence relates to NDIS legislation and decision-making and other aspects relating to implementation of the scheme. Lani now works as a consultant, workshop facilitator, researcher and university lecturer. She is an Adjunct Senior Lecturer with the Faculty of Health Sciences, Disability and Community Research Group at the University of Sydney.
Sally has diverse commercial experience spanning over 20 years across financial services, human services, B2B, B2C, for profit and for purpose industries around the world. Sally is especially passionate about supporting businesses in developing and marketing products, services, spaces and experiences for people with a disability – commercially superior solutions that promote consumer empowerment for people with disability. Sally has a Bachelor of Business from UTS and an MBA completed at Harvard.
Sally is a member of the NSW Disability Council, Director of Endeavour Group Australia, Director of the Centre for Universal Design Australia, Director of the Hunter Business Chamber, Certified Practicing Marketer and lecturer in Marketing at the University of Newcastle.
Among Sally’s perspectives on disability is that of mother and carer to Nicky, one of her three young daughters. Nicky lives with quadriplegia as a result of an acquired brain injury and is an NDIS participant.
John is enjoying a career change after working in the Disability Employment Services space for the past fifteen years. Until recently he was the General Manager of a Melbourne DES provider delivering high performing specialist and generalist contracts. During his time in DES, John was been involved in writing successful tenders, rolling out unique and innovative programs, and sitting on disability peak body committee and advisory groups.
In the broader disability context, he has assisted with NDIS-readiness transformation of his previous organisation and is aware of the opportunities that exist when a creative approach is taken to service design. John sees the potential in the teams he works with and plays to their individual and collective strengths to achieve the best outcomes.
To keep business life diverse, John also manages a successful Bayside landscaping business, runs a busy airbnb guest house on the peninsula and has returned to his drama teacher roots with ongoing extra roles on the both small and large screens.
Ann has qualifications in Psychology and over 25 years working in the disability, mental health, and aged care sectors. She has worked for both not-for-profit and for-profit organisations across Victoria, Qld, NSW, and South Australia in National and State Operations, Business Development, Service Delivery and more recently in General Management roles.
Ann's most recent management experience included the development and delivery of a range of Core and Capacity Building services in the Barwon and Hunter NDIS trial sites, transitioning Specialist Disability Accommodation Services in Adelaide and Sydney and transitioning a national organisation into NDIS. Ann has firsthand experience with the registration process in 4 states, including registration as a National NDIS Provider of supports in trial and full scheme sites. She has experience in system and process review, analysis and implementation, acquisitions, due diligence, and the integration of merged/acquired services. Ann is highly skilled in the development of new business, products, partnerships, and processes aligned with emerging trends and new service and funding frameworks supporting people with disability (including mental health) in a way that is innovative, and creative.
Over the last 20 years, Lisa Dugdale has held a diverse range of senior management roles in the disability sector. She has significant experience in NDIS change management, finance and human resource management. Lisa provides leadership, mentoring and support to staff while engaging and educating service users and families. Lisa has qualifications in management and disability and has built a reputation for developing empowered, collaborative and effective teams.
Kathryn has an applied science degree in speech pathology and extensive senior disability sector management experience. She is a highly insightful and challenging leader with significant change management and NDIS trial site experience. Kathryn was instrumental in the development of the statewide communication devices scheme and has managed an extended range of children’s services and therapy teams. Kathryn was recently responsible for the successful transition of several early childhood teams to the NDIS in the Barwon region.ons.
Dr Carmel Laragy
Carmel Laragy, PhD, has developed extensive expertise in ‘individual funding’ through 16 years of national and international academic research in the topic. Carmel’s work has included service design, organisational change, professionals transitioning to a more collaborative and less authoritative style and workforce strategies regarding staff recruitment, training and retention. Carmel has taught social work, is published widely and has completed a Master’s Degree and a PhD titled Professionals in the Changing Workplace.
Phil is a Certified Public Accountant with a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Bond University Qld. He has qualifications in contemporary Project Management as well as extensive experience in the design and implementation of financial systems and business process re-engineering. He has held executive positions as a General Manager – Importing and Wholesaling, CFO roles in a peak industry body and a national ICT retailer, Commercial Systems Manager for a leading national telco and ICT Branch Manager of a multi-utility services provider.
Having started his professional career in the NFP sector Phil has been providing Professional Services into the private sector and government for two decades and retains his passion and commitment to assisting NGO’s, CSO’s and Social Enterprises deliver their essential services with optimum corporate effectiveness.
Sara Gingold began her career working on innovative community development projects in Cambodia. She worked on some of the Cambodia’s leading education projects that received strong international support and informed local education policy. She has strong facilitation and research skills and has lead several participatory research projects. Her passion for disability is informed by lived experience after she was diagnosed with ME/CFS and fibromyalgia in 2012. A keen advocate for invisible disability rights, Sara lead the 2016 Stand Up for Invisible Disabilities public transport campaign.
Faye is a human services marketing and communications specialist with over 12 years’ experience in strategy, digital and content marketing, media/PR, integrated marketing campaigns, corporate affairs, internal and external communications, stakeholder/community engagement and government relations.
She is passionate about the NDIS having worked in the disability sector for organisations such as Endeavour Foundation, Youngcare and AEIOU Foundation for children with Autism, with a strong focus on customer and organisation preparedness. She has also recently completed a degree in psychology.
Elizabeth McGarry is a respected professional with many years of public policy and leadership experience. Her qualifications include Social Work and Management. Elizabeth’s career has included responsibility for both disability and multicultural community service organisations (Director of a Migrant Resource Centre and the CEO of the Association for Children with a Disability). She has held numerous State and national representative roles, significantly influencing policy development in education, disability and multicultural affairs.
Lifelong disability is also part of Elizabeth’s experience both as a sibling and now as a grandmother. Although Elizabeth holds strongly to the view that people with a disability must be supported to realise their full potential, she recognises the challenges that a changing marketplace poses for organisations and professionals committed to implementing this practice approach.
John is a highly respected leader in the disability housing sector in Australia; a housing consultant and Chair of the Community Housing Federation of Australia. John was the Managing Director of Common Equity (Co-operative) Housing from 2002 till 2013 where he delivered numerous successful innovative housing projects across a wide range of specialist areas including disability housing. John has a reputation for promoting consumer choice and resident participation in the design and operation of housing.
Evie Naufal holds both a Masters degree in Sustainability & Social Innovation from HEC Paris and a Media Communications degree from the University of Melbourne. Early in her career, she worked on cutting edge Human Centred Design service development strategies for Procter & Gamble in Kenya and Brazil. Since moving back to Australia two years ago, she has been eating NDIS detail, working with organisations around Australia and all stages of the NDIS journey. Evie has been the engine room of DSC’s content driven marketing success and is an outstanding writer, presenter and digital service developer.
Anne-Maree has 30 years’ experience working in the mental health sector in Victoria as a senior social worker and as a trainer with the statewide training and development unit. Anne- Maree has qualifications in social work and family therapy and is also a parent of a child with a disability. She cared for her son with a disability for 20 years until his death in 2013. She has been very active in disability advocacy including being president of the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) in Victoria. She is passionate about disability issues and understands people’s need for flexibility, quality service and innovative options.
Nicole Rogerson is the founding Director of Autism Awareness Australia. She is one of the nation’s leading advocates for the awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nicole has led many campaigns and events that have inspired, touched and educated Australians, including Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day, production of a short film ‘What are you doing?’ for school children, and three television community service announcements.
Nicole is one of the most passionate voices on the challenges of autism in Australia, having hosted numerous seminars, advised the Federal Government and presented to the United Nations. She is frequently asked to speak about autism, with appearances on 60 Minutes, the 7.30 Report, the Today Show, A Current Affair, Today Tonight and Australian Story as well as The Australian, Fairfax newspapers and The Australian Women’s Weekly.
Toni is an accomplished business development professional with a diverse career spanning more than 20 years in the highly competitive consumer electronics market. She has led product/service design projects in partnership with health care, aged care, local government, education, employment, domestic violence and disability service providers.
She has a strong interest in neuroscience, organisational culture and change management.
Toni is also the primary carer and recovery advocate for her sister who has an acquired brain injury.
She is passionate about using her commercial experience together with her lived experience of disability to deliver dynamic, client-based solutions and innovations in the evolving disability market.
Bronwyn Stanley has over 15 years experience in the not for profit sector with a strong system, process and finance background. Her most recent role has been developing quality online NDIS learning resources and peer support for carers at Carers Victoria. Prior to that she worked in disability services in a variety of roles including finance, quality, case management and as a group program manager. Bronwyn has a strong focus on supporting small business and regional providers in the new NDIS. Bronwyn also has lived experience both as a person with disability and as a carer.
Anli comes from 8 years experience working in the NFP sector and with charities in fundraising and communications. Her drive to make a difference has led her to various roles from working with The Wilderness Society to helping establish The Environmental Film Festival Melbourne as Program Director in its early years. She is also a high level events expert having worked with the National Sustainable Living Foundation in the Program Team for many years, helping bring about it’s annual iconic festival in Melbourne. More recently she has gone back to working with startups, using her grassroots marketing and communications skills to help Bike n’ Blend grow nationally. Anli is an excellent communicator, problem solver and organiser and joins DSC because she is passionate about advocating for change and a better world for everyone.
Driven by lived experience of disability and mental illness, Jenna has spent the last 6 years developing and operationalising social enterprises in the disability and mental health sectors. A graduate of QUT business school and a number of Australia’s top social enterprise accelerators, Jenna was the winner of the 2015 Brisbane City Council Budding Entrepreneur award, and now offers her expertise to DSC clients to assist with lean and innovative service development. Jenna is an exceptional presenter, writer and facilitator and offers unique insight into the commercial and cultural challenges faced by disability service providers transitioning to the NDIS.
Brent is the proud father of 14 year old identical twins, one whom has cerebral palsy. This lived experience of caring has provided Brent with in-depth understanding of the challenges parents and carers face on a daily basis. Combined with Brent’s 25 years professional business and project consulting experience and recent past Director positions with leading international charities Brent brings a unique blend of practical business experience with detailed disability services knowledge.
Rob has more than 3 years hands-on NDIS trial site experience in roles including Service Manager, Project Manager, Business Development Manager and most recently General Manager committed to building and leading a values-based service culture with over 400 clients and 150 Support Workers, Coordinators, Case Managers and Allied Health Professionals at a locally owned and operated provider in ACT. He has more than 15 years experience across the public, private and not-for-profit sectors in the UK and Australia, including roles with LGAs, national peak bodies, local service providers and Board positions. Rob combines hands-on experience of support work, a range of qualifications (from an MBA and journalism qualifications to project management), and in-depth understanding of Design Thinking, Agile Development and Lean Management.