NDIS Quality & Safeguards Commission
Graeme Head was appointed in December 2017 to lead the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission.
Graeme has had a long and distinguished career in public administration and public policy. He has been the chief executive of three New South Wales government agencies – notably as inaugural Public Service Commissioner for 6 years – and one Commonwealth agency. He has served as a deputy secretary in both NSW and the Commonwealth and his experience spans policy, regulatory and central agencies, with a focus on social policy, environmental policy and public sector employment.
Graeme is a Fellow of the Institute of Public Administration and was made an Officer in the Order of Australia in the 2019 Australia Day Honours.
Community Services Industry Alliance
Belinda has over 20 years’ experience in the community services industry having worked across the fields of disability, homelessness, child protection and housing. During the most recent decade of her career Belinda has spent her time focused on building the Social Investment Market in Australia in her role as the CEO of Foresters Community Finance. In this role Belinda has developed skills and knowledge across a range of areas including social enterprise and social entrepreneurship, microfinance, community finance and social investment. Belinda has also developed a strong skill set in organisational management and strategic leadership. Most recently Belinda has joined the Community Services Industry Alliance as inaugural CEO of a company focused on representing the value of the community services industry to government and the business sectors. This role involves focusing on issues of organisational sustainability, government contracting, outcomes measurement, productivity and much more. In summary, Belinda has a passion for the community services industry and contributing to the task of building a strong, sustainable and contemporary sector across Australia.
Kerry Stubbs has significant leadership experience and expertise in the human capital field, including her current role as CEO of Northcott and formerly as the Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital. She has extensive human resources experience and expertise, having worked both as a consultant and a senior practitioner in a variety of human resources roles, culminating in her appointment as the first Corporate Human Resources Manager of Sydney Water. She has also held senior operation roles in the water industry. She also has research and teaching expertise in the areas of anti discrimination, equal employment opportunity and social justice.
She has been appointed to a number of government and not for profit Boards, including Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd, which she held for 7 years until 2017, and Director of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Ltd. She has worked as an academic at both Sydney University and the University of Technology. She has recently been appointed to the College of Adjuncts at Western Sydney University, and to the Board of Trustees of Western Sydney University and was appointed Deputy Chancellor early in 2018. She has undergraduate and postgraduate honours degrees in Government and Public Administration, and has undertaken study at both Harvard and Stanford Graduate Schools of Businesses. She is particularly interested in using design thinking to foster innovation and better co-design of services and systems for the people who use them, and in particular disadvantaged and minority communities. In 2015 she was voted among the top 25 Australians in Pro Bono Australia’s Impact List. In 2007 she was chosen as the NSW Telstra Businesswoman of the year in the Community and Government sector.
Kerin’s background is in people and culture, strategy and operations with a focus on major change programs. Her 17 years’ of experience span diverse sectors including recruitment, law, technology and disability services. More recently she has worked with business owners, CEOs and Boards to realise organisational vision, in particular in businesses undergoing significant change.
At Endeavour Foundation, Kerin has led an entirely new approach to service delivery under the NDIS whilst maintaining business-as-usual operations across a diverse portfolio of services including supported accommodation, day services, supported employment and commercial business services.
Lisa Giacomelli has more than 20 years’ experience in the human services sector. Before joining YMCA NSW in 2016, she held senior management roles in local government – managing strategy and operations in children’s, youth and community services and aquatics and recreation. Lisa has experience working in partnership with communities to plan and deliver both hard and soft infrastructure to support healthy living and positive social outcomes. Having commenced her career as a youth worker, Lisa is passionate about providing genuine opportunities for young people to explore their potential and shape their worlds.
Ms Kasy Chambers, (BA (Hons); MBA, Grad Dip Ethics) is the Executive Director of Anglicare Australia. Anglicare Australia is a network of 40 agencies, more than 20,000 staff and volunteers, working with over 900,000 clients annually across Australia.
Ms Chambers is an accomplished CEO with extensive national experience in the community sector and government. She brings experience in policy, advocacy, government relations, service provision, community development, and corporate governance.
She holds an honours degree in Psychology; a Masters in Business Administration, a Graduate Diploma in Ethics, and is currently undertaking a PhD looking at the effects of marketised service delivery.
Kerry is employed as Executive Manager Operations at Cara, one of South Australia’s leading disability organisations. Kerry is responsible for services by 850 staff to over 750 people with disability who live in metropolitan and regional communities across South Australia. She has extensive executive experience in disability and education sectors, having worked in operations, policy development and an industry peak body.
Kerry is passionate about leading organisational transformation to build high performing teams. Her focus has been on enabling children and adults to learn, achieve greater independence and live their best lives.
Living with Disability Research Center
Professor Christine Bigby is the Director of the Living with Disability Research Centre at La Trobe University and Professor of Social Work. Her research has focused on the effectiveness of social programs and policies that aim to support the social inclusion of people with intellectual disability in adulthood and later life. She has published extensively in peer reviewed journals and is the founding editor of the Journal of Policy and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.
Kate Rush is a dynamic and awarded public speaker who is passionate about individual and community growth. She has worked across the government and non-government sector in service delivery and design, community development, public policy and project and staff management. Kate has a Bachelor of Social Science, a Graduate Diploma in Communications, is a Fellow of the Governors Leadership Foundation and a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Some of Kate’s prominent achievements have included undertaking the role of State Liaison Officer for the State Emergency Disaster Response Team; member of the Premiers Action Team on Communications; nomination for the Channel 10 SA Community Services Award, Metropolitan Speaker Award and the 2012 Program Ambassador Award for the Advantage SA Speakers in Schools Program.
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
HWL Ebsworth Lawyers
Golden City Support Services
Neil has worked in the disability sector for almost 20 years with regional Victorian disability provider, Golden City Support Services. As Resource Manager, Neil manages a wide portfolio which includes quality systems, industrial relations, ICT, training, workforce planning, rostering, internal investigations, risk management and OH&S. Neil has and is active on peak body working groups including workforce, occupational health and safety and more.
Previous to working in the disability sector, Neil worked for more than 20 years in the manufacturing sector as an industrial engineer. Responsibilities included implementation of lean manufacturing, implementing quality managements systems and labour cost measurement.
Quality Innovation Performance Limited (QIP)
Dr Clark’s senior leadership experience spans more than three decades and includes 25 years as a chief executive. With a focus on the healthcare, human services and educations sectors, Dr Clark has contributed to leading-practice governance through roles such as chairperson, national president, company secretary and board member for more than a dozen companies since the mid-90s. He has also chaired a range of sub-committees as a non-executive director.
Dr Clark is Chair of Council for the International Accreditation Programme of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua), a Board Member on the ISQua Accreditation Committee and ISQua Board. He holds qualifications in Teaching, Psychology, Counselling and Special Education, and has a Doctorate in Philosophy.
With more than 25 years’ experience within the health care industry as a clinician, quality and safety improvement lead, and patient experience and clinical governance specialist – Kim was well founded to transition into the Not-for-Profit Sector to drive local and organisation wide improvements which impact on the customer experience and safe delivery of care. Kim joined Endeavour Foundation in Oct 2017 and is the Head of Customer Practice & Safeguarding; a role that sees her lead the strategic direction of the Disability Sector’s Quality & Safeguarding Reform for her organisation. Kim believes the development of ‘Connected Support’ frameworks empowering customers, consumers and family members to co-design their ‘Support-Journey’ will enable Service Providers like Endeavour Foundation to improve the customer experience leading to advanced outcomes for people with disability.
Kim is regarded by her peers as a passionate advocate for Disability Safeguarding and a thought leader in Clinical Governance, Quality & Risk Frameworks, Quality Improvement, Re-design, and Innovation, which is endorsed by her engagement as a sessional lecturer in ‘Quality Management in Health’ for the Health Services Management QUT Master’s program and more recently a member of the National ‘NDIS Zero Tolerance Program’ Community of Practice and state-wide (Qld) ‘Restrictive Practice’ Steering Committee.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Agency
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Agency