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.
Sian began her career in the disability service sector as a support worker and social trainer. She quickly moved into advocacy, providing individual and systemic advocacy on behalf of people with developmental disability, with particular focus on the NDIS.
Sian is a legislation nerd and feasts on ambiguous policy and procedures for breakfast. Naturally, the introduction of the NDIS has been a phenomenal interest (obsession) for Sian. As an advocate, She is constantly fighting for stronger protections and empowerment for people with disability under the federal scheme. Sian is nearing the completion of a Bachelor's Degree in Law.
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.
John is an experienced leader in the Human Services sector. He has an extensive knowledge of NDIS and more broadly Human Services. He has been a lead Partner in two big four firms and has supported the implementation of some of the largest Transformation Projects in the Public Sector both in Australia and in the United Kingdom. He has failed a lot in his career and had a few successes along the way but continues to learn from both. He is especially excited by the prospect of implementing some technology that actually works in the sector through leveraging both the digital agenda and applying systems thinking.
John is an excellent communicator and attributes this to being brought up on a large hippy commune in rural England- his parents still maintain he ran away to become an accountant (which he is not).
A very rare NDIS bird indeed. Jonathan is a commercial operator who mixes business smarts with frontline disability experience to create financially sustainable NDIS business operations. He assists providers to better understand their NDIS revenue and cost drivers and the levers to deliver better financial and social outcomes. He has assisted housing providers to develop commercially viable organisational structures and rosters, ADE providers to generate more financially sustainable business models and Support Coordination services to identify business performance targets.
Jonathan owns a boutique home & community care business so he knows gets just how hard life is for an NDIS provider. He has also had a long consulting career and hence is pragmatic and focused on practical solutions that provide tangible numbers that stack up. He’s DSC’s very own Gouldian Finch.
Jonathan is a Subject Matter Specialist in Finance.
Jennifer has worked for many years as a freelance editor for government departments, businesses, universities and individual writers. Until recently, she was also a university tutor and a practising speech pathologist with over 40 years’ experience in public and private organisations in Australia and the UK. Along the way, she has acquired a large amount of knowledge about communication, editing, disability and funding systems.
Jess is expert in supporting participants to navigate the maze that is the NDIS. She practices what she preaches as the founder of Ablelink, an independent provider of support coordination. Jess has extensive hands on experience in the disability sector in both the USA and Australia, has managed supported accommodation and worked with individuals with complex needs. She has taught the Certificate IV in Disability and was recently pivotal in the development of NDIS implementation strategy for one of Australia's largest non profit organisations.
Rod is a member of the WA Mental Health Advisory Council, and a director of the WA Primary Health Alliance. From 2012-2017 Rod was the CEO of the WA Association for Mental Health and led the organisation’s diversification as a provider of new training and development services for mainstream health, community service and education providers and community awareness and capacity building support for employers, local communities’, clubs and sporting groups. Rod was also the convenor of the executive leadership group of Community Mental Health Australia, the national federated body for mental health peak organisations.
Shiung Low is the Founder and CEO of ValueLab.Co, a global social impact network that exists to optimise human potential through information, innovation and investment. Prior to becoming the CEO of ValueLab, Shiung was the Director of Skunkworks for World Vision Australia, the largest NGO in Australia. Shiung has worked in, taught and studied architecture, commerce, international relations, lean start-up methodology, design thinking, classical philosophy and partnership brokering. He has worked and lived in many countries across five continents and speaks various languages and dialects. Shiung is a troublemaker and a peacemaker.