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 joined Ability first Australia as Managing Director in 2012. Andrew comes with over 20 years’ experience in the not-for-profit, education and commercial sector. He has extensive experience in strategy and establishing and securing revenue streams. While being passionate about helping those less fortunate, he is focused on ensuring accountability and outcomes whilst maintaining core values and mission. Under Andrew’s leadership, Ability First Australia (AFA) has established itself as the only strategic alliance in the disability industry. AFA is playing a critical role in supporting 14 large service providers transition into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), one of Australia’s largest social reforms since the introduction of Medicare in the 1980s. Andrew is a fellow of ADAPE Australia, a member of the CEO Circle and serves on the Board of Rowing Australia.
Liz began leading Cara, one of South Australia’s largest disability-service providers, in May 2015.
Under Liz’s leadership, Cara has transformed, growing from supporting 650 children and adults with disability, to now working with 730 customers and employing more than 970 staff (with staff numbers set to go over 1000 by the end of this financial year!). Liz also completed an executive level restructure which is focussed on transforming the business to meet the challenges that the NDIS will bring.
In 2016, Cara celebrated the milestone of 21 years of providing support to children and adults with disability in accommodation, respite, services at home and in the community, and creative supports from the developmental educators in Cara’s Specialist Services Team. To celebrate the milestone, Liz oversaw refreshing the organisation’s brand which includes a new promise: “we find possible”. Liz has more than 30 years’ experience in the disability, education and health sectors. Previously, she was Executive General Manager, Client Services for the Can:Do Group and she has qualifications in Education and Disability.
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.
Michael 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.
Guy Cowan has been a non-executive Director for the past 9 years. He is currently Chairman of Queensland Sugar Limited and a Director of Santos Ltd. He is also a Director of two private companies. Previously he was a Director of Coffey International and Ludowici Limited. He was a Shell appointed alternative director of Woodside between 1992 and 1995. Guy had a 23 year career with Shell International in various senior Commercial and Financial roles. His last two roles were as CFO and Director of Shell Oil US and CFO of Shell Nigeria.Guy was CFO of Fonterra Co-operative Ltd between 2005 and 2009. He holds a BSc ( Hons ) Engineering from the University of Sussex and is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
Julie White has over 35 years experience in both not-for-profit and corporate sectors. She is currently Chair and Director of Reach Out; Chair and Director of Hamlin Fistula (Ethiopia) Australia; Member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council and a member of Chief Executive Women and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Prior board roles have included Founding board member of Women’s Community Shelters; Founding member, Advisory Board of Health Industries SA , Board Member Social Enterprise Finance Australia, Chair of Coca Cola Australia Foundation and member of the Salvation Army Eastern Territorial Advisory Board. Alongside her non-executive roles Julie is a strategic adviser on social investment to business and to not-for-profits in strategic planning, corporate governance and corporate and community engagement.
From September 2012 through to April 2014, Julie was inaugural CEO of Chief Executive Women.
Prior to this role, Julie was global head of the Macquarie Group Foundation for just under 12years, where she oversaw the growth of the Foundation to become one of Australia’s leading corporate foundations, whilst building its international presence.
Julie was named as one of the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine’s True Leaders in 2008 and was named in January 2009, by ABC Limelight magazine, as one of the top smart arts 09 executives. Julie was also named as a finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards for 2009.
Previously, Julie has worked as a community social worker in local government in Australia and overseas, established state-wide community legal education programs for the NSW Government, and has worked in educational development and fundraising.
Jennifer was appointed to the role of CEO of Scope (Aust) in 2012. Under Jennifer’s leadership the organisation has seen revenue grow from $82.5M in FY12 to a projected turnover of $350M in FY20. Scope is in the seventh year of NDIS trial and transition and has successfully transformed the business to adapt to a customer driven and commercial environment.