Michelle has 20 years’ experience in developing, implementing, and researching innovative practices. She has been key in developing award winning partnerships and programs that support social and economic inclusion. Michelle has been a passionate advocate for opportunities and support for young people transitioning from school to employment.
Kerrie has over 30 years’ experience working in the not-for profit sector in direct service, policy development, senior management and executive roles; including as CEO of a leading Disability Employment Service (DES). In her current role, Kerrie has oversight of the disability employment services portfolio at NDS, in which she has a particularly interest in school to work transition for our young folk with disability.
Samantha has over 6 years’ experience working within the Disability Employment sector, in which she developed an interest in making a difference in the lives of others. Samantha was part of the original Ticket to Work pilot project in 2012, and has seen first-hand the benefits of working together to ensure effective school transition. She now can use her experience to support others to do good work.
Currently on maternity leave until January 2021. Amy has several years’ experience managing operations and coordinating programs across the education and not-for-profit sectors, in the UK and Australia. She has worked extensively developing programs that support people experiencing mental health distress (and their families and carers). Amy firmly believes that everyone has a right to employment and thinks employment can form a celebrated part of our identity.
Jenny has a postgraduate certificate in career development and over fifteen years working in schools, including coordination of senior pathway programs for school to work transitions. Her previous role focused on developing networks across the sector, connecting education, training and employment services. Jenny strongly believes all young people should have access to quality career advice and resources from an early age, and be encouraged to follow a pathway where employment is an expectation.
William is a qualified social worker who has worked in the disability sector since 1995. William’s strength lie in his lived experience of disability, extensive professional experience in the disability sector and his educational qualifications. William has vast experience supporting people with disability to access the community and has developed advanced research skills through completing a PhD at La Trobe University.
Chris has several years’ experience designing and delivering customised training for a range of learners. Most recently, Chris was the Training Manager of an RTO delivering foundation skills qualifications for adults with intellectual disabilities who were interested in transitioning to employment. Chris has a firm belief that everyone can learn, has the right to learn, and have access and opportunities to gain employment.
In her work, Kira aims to use communications and creativity as a medium to create positive change. Kira was previously the Project Communications Manager on the NDIS Sector Development Project at NDS, and brings in depth communications experience in the not for profit sector and social enterprise space. Kira developed a strong interest in improving employment outcomes and believes that every person has unique talents and should have the right to find meaningful employment.