The Board

Phil Cave AM - Chairman

Phil Cave

Phillip is a merchant banker beginning his career as an Executive Director of Macquarie Bank Limited. He is an accomplished Chief Executive Officer, Director, Chairman, and Board Member and has over twenty five years with a proven track record in major corporate turnaround projects, structured finance and corporate advisory services within Australasia. Companies that Phillip has been a major shareholder in and either a Director or Chairman of include: Parbury Limited, Wormald, Sunbeam-Victa and Hygienic Lily.  He was formerly Chairman of Golden Circle and Dick Smith Electronics Limited and is currently Chairman of The Wesley Institute, Leading the Way and Chairman and Founding Partner of Anchorage Capital Partners.

He has been involved in Disability Services for over 30 years and was Chairman of Northcott Disability Services for seven years. He has participated in 25 Variety ‘bashes’ and in 2006 was admitted into the Hall of Fame of Variety, for the Children’s Charity. In 2007 Phillip was awarded by the Australian Government, a Member of the Order of Australia (A.M.) for service to the community, particularly through the provision of support services to Children and Young Adults with Disabilities and to business as a Company Director.

 

Andrew Rowley – Managing Director & CEO

Andrew Rowley

Andrew joined Ability First Australia as CEO effective 1 January 2012. Andrew comes with over 20 years’ experience in the Not for profit and education sector specifically establishing Foundations and fundraising. He has extensive experience in the education sector and prior to joining Ability First Australia was the inaugural CEO of the Steve Waugh Foundation. Andrew is a fellow of ADAPE Australia, the CEO Circle and is a member of the Board of Rowing Australia. Andrew has a keen interest in supporting Ability First Australia Members from a national perspective to provide and develop quality services and national initiatives for the disability sector.

 

 

 

Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald

Jenny Fitzgerald

Jennifer Fitzgerald became the Chief Executive Officer of Scope on the 3 January 2012. Jennifer’s value driven approach has led her to work in the disability, health, aged care and community sectors for over 30 years. Jennifer has a Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Physiotherapy), Graduate Diploma of Physiotherapy (Neurology), a Masters in Business Administration and a Doctor of Physiotherapy. Jennifer is Deputy Chair of the National Disability Services, Victorian State Committee. She a Director of Ability First Australia and has held previous directorships of Cerebral Palsy Australia and Scope.

 

 

 

Kerry Stubbs

Kerry Stubbs

Kerry is the Managing Director and CEO of Northcott. She is a Director of The SpineCare Foundation Ltd, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Northcott Innovation Ltd and AsOne Therapy Ltd. Kerry is also the Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd and a Member of the Finance and Investment Committee for the University of Western Sydney Board of Trustees and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2007, Kerry was named NSW IBM Community and Government Award winner in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

 

 

 

Prof. Ron McCallum - AO

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Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO taught at Monash University for eighteen years before moving to Sydney in 1993 where he was appointed to a full professorship at the University of Sydney. Blind since his birth, this appointment made Ron the first totally blind person to be appointed to a full professorship at any Australian or New Zealand university.

In 2008, Professor McCallum was nominated by the Australian government to stand as an independent expert for the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. He served as an inaugural member, then Chair and concluded his mandate as Vice-Chair of the Committee at the end of 2014.

Professor McCallum was made an Officer in the Order of Australia (AO) in 2006 and in January 2011, Prime Minister Julia Gillard designated him as the Senior Australian of the Year for 2011.

Professor McCallum is currently a director of the Board of Vision Australia and continues to hold various board positions and government appointments.


 


Michael Tait

Michael TaitMichael has spent over 28 years in senior management positions within the health, hospitality, property development and disability sectors. During this time he has operated in Polynesia, Indonesia, Australia, UK and Europe for both national and internationally based organisations.

Michael is Chief Executive Officer of Rocky Bay, a leading disability services provider in Western Australia with a proud 80 year history. Employing 700 staff and volunteers, Rocky Bay provides a range of services and support to over 3000 children and adults (and their families) living with disability. Services are offered to individuals and families within the home and in the community, focusing on individual needs and supporting families and primary carers and include accommodation, respite, employment, therapy services and a range of assistive technology options.

Since joining Rocky Bay in 2006, Michael has been actively involved in the sector with representation on several Boards, committees and project groups. Michael was Deputy-Chair for the WA branch of National Disability Services (NDS), the Peak Body for Disability Services in WA for seven years; a member of the NDS governance and workforce planning subcommittees; Chairing the WA Children and Youth committee whilst sitting on the national committee for children and youth; a member of the DSC CEO Round Table; a member of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) health forum; and involved in the Premier’s Community Sector Reform.

Michael is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Directors and the Australian Institute of Management; holds tertiary qualifications in business and a Masters in Business Administration.

Ability First Australia Executive Committee

    • Andrew Rowley – Ability First Australia
    • Michael Bink – Ability First Australia
    • Suzi Cowcher – Ability Centre
    • Estelle Fyfe – annecto 
    • Liz Cohen - CARA
    • Rhys Kennedy – CPL
    • Peter Mewett – Cootharinga North Queensland
    • Joanne Jessop - Multicap
    • Linda Apelt - Montrose
    • Kerry Stubbs – Northcott
    • Greg Ward – Novita
    • Michael Tait – Rocky Bay
    • Dr Jennifer Fitzgerald – SCOPE (Vic)
    • Ian Wright – St Giles

Ability First Australia Team

  • Andrew Rowley - CEO and Managing Director
  • Michael Bink - National Program Manager
  • Sarah Kannis  - Personal Assistant to CEO