Libby Ellis is the Director of InCharge. She focuses on what it takes for people with disability to take front and centre stage of their own lives. Through this experience she noticed there was a gap between people’s desires for better and knowing how to get it. So InCharge acts like a social broker – connecting NDIS participants with other people, networks, opportunities, roles in their community, information and most importantly, their own capacity - in order to become genuine contributing citizens. This is the great opportunity for people with the NDIS.
Prior to this Libby worked for services to create genuine opportunities for personalised support, and for advocacy organisations. She brings 20 years experience supporting her brother with significant intellectual disability and autism to share his home with people without disability, define his own needs and direct his support to meet these needs. Her family’s partnership with a national service provider was the catalyst to the development of their self-managed services.
Penny is the Information and Connections Coordinator at the Summer Foundation. For the last year her work has focused on developing the market for Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA). Penny is writing the Summer Foundation's NDIS Housing Resources for participants and providers. She is a social worker with a Masters of Public Policy and Management.
Fiona Payne was a foundation NDIA Board member (2013 - 2016) and has played key leadership roles on a diverse range of Boards in some of Australia's most dynamic disability and health sector organisations. She thrives in complexity and is currently diving deep into the opportunities and challenges of the Health sector/NDIS interface. Fiona works as a consultant specialising in governance, strategy, policy, business and service development. She brings a unique perspective to supporting organisations in the NDIS having held the most senior roles at both operational and governance levels.
Fiona will be joining us as a Critical Friend for our Learn, Engage, Adapt workshop.