Mike Brett specialises in the specific hiring challenges faced by Xref’s enterprise and not-for-profit clients across Australia, New Zealand and the wider APAC region.
Mike joined Xref in 2015 with an international recruitment background, and has a deep understanding of the variety of issues Talent and HR professionals must deal with on a daily basis.
He brings that understanding to the consultation he offers – helping customers to streamline their hiring process, reduce costs and protect themselves against any breaches of privacy, security and governance.
Drew is a qualified social worker with postgraduate qualifications in management and governance. Drew has worked across a range of human service settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including extensive experience in providing, supervising and directing services and interventions. Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer of Oak Possability Group in January 2016, Drew was Chief Operating Officer for four years, providing operational and strategic leadership during a time of considerable change and growth with the commencement of the
NDIS trial in 2013.
Drew became Chief Executive Officer of OAK Possability when the two organisations merged in July 2016 to become Tasmania’s largest disability services provider with a combined 90 years’ experience in the sector. Since then, Drew has successfully led Oak Possability’s expansion in to Victoria through developing new services and successfully participating in the transfer of residential services from the Victorian Government. Oak Possability now employs over 1600 staff across both states to work with clients to lead connected and independent lives.
Previously, Drew led Early Intervention Services at Relationships Australia, Tasmania with responsibility
for clinical governance and supervision. Drew has also held senior roles in the area of Health and Social
Public Policy, Aged Care Policy and regulation and was the State Manager for the Federal Department of
Health and Ageing during a significant period of health reform. Drew has also held various board
positions with community sector organisations and the Australian Institute of Public Administration,
Tasmania. He is currently the public officer of a small Tasmanian Association involved in the promotion
of men’s health issues and on the state committee of NDS.
Kate Rush is a dynamic and awarded public speaker who is able to energise teams and inspire performance against strategic outcomes. Kate currently Heads the Disability and Mental Health services at AnglicareSA, leading over 300 staff through the significant social and economic reform of NDIS. 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. Kate has been a guest blogger for the Leaders Institute of South Australia and authored articles in the Proteus Leadership Magazine. She is the co-founder of the community driven social enterprise, ‘A Sign of Respect’, promoting respect in our neighbourhoods for First Nations people.
Queensland University of Technology
Cameron Newton is a Professor in the School of Management at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. His research and advisory interests revolve around developing effective organisations from multiple perspectives related to organisational culture, leadership, occupational stress, change management, innovation, and employee attitudes and engagement.
He has extensive experience with nonprofit organisations with a particular focus on human service nonprofit organisations, having engaged over 100 such organisations in Australia and internationally in the past decade. His research appears in world-leading international academic journals and has influenced practice in many different contexts.
Denise Heath is CEO of Nepean Area Disabilities Organisation (NADO). NADO is a professional disability service provider that supports independence and participation within the community to over 700 people with a disability across Western Sydney.
Denise commenced her role as CEO with NADO in 2005, bringing a career background of coordinating and managing divisional areas of disability services. Her experience in service delivery and managing teams together with tertiary qualifications in Business, Human Resources and Social Sciences bring together the leadership capabilities required for the growth and evolutionary changes happening within the organisation itself and the sector.
15 year experience in senior HR positions. She has worked in the manufacturing, warehousing and community services sectors where she has led HR functions and strategic projects across talent management, operations management, performance management workforce planning and workforce engagement. She has managed the HR element for business consolidations, acquisitions and workforce mergers both strategically and tactically for seamless transition.
Mark Jessop became CEO in late 2013, just at the commencement of the NDIS. Since then Nexus has grown from a block funded accommodation provider turning over $5m to a diverse disability service with a 2019-20 budget of $18m and has grown from around 80 staff to 300.
Mark has overseen a redesign of management and employee roles, the introduction of a substantial technology platform, capacity development in community access, complex psycho-social clients and corporate services. Mark is a psychologist by training and worked in government policy, defence recruitment & selection, management consulting and government human services (youth justice and child safety).
First People’s Disability Network
A proud Dunghutti woman from the North Coast of NSW.
Throughout her career and in her personal life Aunty June has championed and fought selflessly for the rights of Aboriginal people, vulnerable Australians who experience discrimination and disadvantage. She leads and inspires a dedicated team of staff and volunteers and is trusted and respected by Elders in communities. Having worked in the community sector for over 40 years and shares her knowledge in an advisory capacity across multiple boards and reference groups ensuring the rights and culture of our people are represented, respected and protected.
Has represented Australia’s First People with disability alongside Indigenous leaders, at the United Nations in both New York and Geneva. She has nurtured emerging leaders and supported them to attend the UN.
Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association
Susan has a degree in Social Sciences and also has Diploma in Business and Management. She currently works for a very diverse workplace, the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association as the Executive Director. Prior to her current role, she used to manage the NGO Support Planning Project funded by FACS (Ageing Disability and Homecare). A project aimed to support people with disability in getting prepared for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Prior to this, Susan had been an Individual Advocate for people with disability their families and carers for many years. She was also a Community Migration agent and had worked with many consumers in bringing their family members here in Australia mostly as carers to support them.
Tim’s most recent role is in the social services sector with genU Karingal St Laurance, as the Executive General Manager People and Culture
Tim has over 25 years in human resources within various industries including private health insurance and automotive development with a global manufacturer. His roles have included internal HR consultancy, learning and development management and international experience in the Asia Pacific region.
His passion for people and culture and belief is that, one of human resources main roles is to help businesses to align organisational culture with strategy as a source of competitive advantage.
Presbyterian Aged Care
Julie is an experienced HR and People & Culture Director possessing an established career across all sectors and wide ranging industries. In the last ten years Julie has specialised in the NFP sector working for organisations such as National Heart Foundation and Choice and attracted to organisations undergoing transformation and change.
Julie joined Presbyterian Aged Care, (PAC) in March 2017 leading the program to establish a contemporary, people-centred, People, Culture and Engagement Function across a distributed and diverse Aged Care workforce across NSW and the ACT. Over the last two-years Julie has led the implementation of end-to-end, cloud-based HCM system with new functions across Recruitment, Performance, Learning and HWS designed to equip PAC workforce to meet the New Aged Care Standards and the significant cultural and process change they require.
Professionally, Julie holds a Masters in Organisational Development, Business Studies and other professional qualifications. She has a passion and interest in Social Capital and building healthy and collaborative ‘Communities of Practice’ across organisations.
Working at Lighthouse Disability since 2011, Amanda Patterson leads the Workforce and Culture team and is qualified and skilled in leading and managing human resources, industrial relations, work health and safety, and return to work. An area of particular focus has been applying expertise in values-based recruitment and retention of front line workers. Accomplished in regard to staff training and development, Amanda is taking a creative approach to building individual and organisational capability. Amanda is committed to improving employment conditions for all staff, with a focus on an optimistic organisational culture that embraces the richness of a significantly diverse workforce, with an emphasis on inclusion for its positive contribution to an innovative environment.
Margaret has been involved in human service support for 30 years. In this time, she has worked frontline and as management to design, implement and review strategies based on relationship based supports with people with disability. She has been fortunate to speak at the 2015 Claiming Full Citizenship conference in Vancouver, Canada and also in Edinburgh, Scotland at the RI world congress sharing conversations regarding relationships-based frameworks, cultural change and the success of small organisations into the NDIS. A strong proponent of SRV theory and Person Centred Practice and Margaret believes that small quality services will find their niche market within the NDIS.
Jaci is the Workforce Development & Business Support Manager within breakthru. She has been with breakthru for over 10 years, during this time she has witnessed the changes and transitions across the sector. Over the past 18 months she has been leading breakthru’s Workforce Strategy within their focus on developing their people to ensure the best service for their customers.
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
Research and Policy Advice to Jan Barham MLC
Policy and Advocacy Officer
Spinal Cord Injuries Australia
More than 15 years experience in writing, research and policy development
Communications Degree from UTS