Brendan Cullinan

Executive Director

Brendan is married to Jane and has two children. He has held a number of senior management positions in his 23  years’ experience in working in and with the not-for-profit sector across WA in roles with the State government and community member-based organisations.

Brendan has volunteered in the disability sector since 2012 and has been actively engaged in a range of social inclusion projects. 

Lisa Hook

Individual Advocacy Service Manager

Lisa has worked in the disability sector in both London and in Perth and has wide-ranging experience as a support worker, therapy assistant and an advocate.  Lisa is passionate about social justice and human rights issues.

Bachelor of Arts Major Sociology and Anthropology

Brianna Lee

Systemic Advocacy Projects Manager

Brianna has experience in the fields of human rights, legal studies, policy and science. She has worked in the area of systemic and individual advocacy for the last 10 years and advocated for the rights of older people, people experiencing elder abuse, survivors of human trafficking and people with disabilities.

Bachelor of Forensic Science; Bachelor of Science; Bachelor of Legal Studies (Hons); Cert IV Telephone Counselling; Cert IV Dementia Practice. 

Michele Frost

Senior Individual Advocate

Michele is passionate about advocating for the rights of people who are socially disadvantaged, preventing homelessness, advancing huma rights, promoting equity, enablling social inclusion, and assisting vunerable people to take control of their lives.  

Bachelor of Criminology (Murdoch Uni); Diploma of Community Services (Tafe)

Chris Chambers

Individual Advocate

Before joining PWdWA, Chris worked in community services supporting families experiencing separation and has worked with young people in out-of-home care. Chris has recently graduated after completing his Bachelor of Social Work and is passionate about human right issues and supporting people to navigate systemic disadvantage to achieve social justice.

Claire McCormick

Individual Advocate

Claire has been working with people with disability as an advocate for over two years, and has an eclectic work history including child-care, vegetable packing and retail/sales. Claire is passionate about social equality and strongly believes in supporting vulnerable members of our community to overcome systemic disadvantage and social injustice.

Claire is currently studying Post-Graduate Diploma in Psychology; Bachelor of Communications (Media, Culture & Mass Communications, and International & Political Relations); Certificate III Community Services

Elisha Johnson

Individual Advocate

Elisha has extensive experience in the disability sector. She started out her career as a social trainer and has since worked in a number of roles across the sector, including NDIS service coordination, which sees her to bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to her role as an advocate.

James Cresswell

Data and Intake Advocate

James has experience in Human Services, Community Services and Mental Health.
He has a Diplaoma of Community Services, Cert IV in Mental Health and Cert IV in Youth Work

Glenda Bye

NDIS Appeals Advocate

Glenda is passionate about helping to reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with disability, especially those who experience mental illness as a part of that – a passion which was recognised in 2012 when she was awarded equal first prize for Human Rights Law.  She has had a long and diverse career over the last forty years thereby bringing many different perspectives to her work.

Bachelor of Arts, B Laws, MBA.

Kerry Kessner

Individual Advocate

Kerry has experience in the disability and not-for-profit sectors as a qualified project manager who moved from community development projects into advocacy. Kerry is passionate about community justice and empowering people to help themselves.

Diploma Project Management; Certificate IV Mental Health

Neisha Walker

Individual Advocate

Neisha has over 17 years’ experience in the disability field, having been a Carer for her late brother.  Neisha looks forward to continued learning and further developing new skills in the field, including traversing the NDIS.  

Neisha is has a Bachelor of Social Science (Youth Work) and Masters of Social Work.

Neisha is compassionate and enjoys connecting with others.


Renata Krollig

Administration Officer


Renata worked as a Primary School teacher for many years before making a shift to the community services sector with this role at PWdWA.

Oliver Offer

Disability Royal Commission Advocate 

Oliver has worked in a number of community sector roles working with people at times of crisis. He is dedicated to providing the best support he can so that people feel they can safely make submissions to the Disability Royal Commission.

Mark Hutson

Individual Advocate Regional Outreach

Tahnee Gilmour

Peer and Self-Advocacy Engagement Officer

Tahnee has eight experience working with high-risk populations, focusing on homelessness and drug and alcohol addiction.  From regional Western Australia, Tahnee has an interest in ensuring those living in regional and remote areas of Western Austalia are included in the conversation.

Vanessa Jessett

Organisational Development and Communications Officer

Before joining PWdWA Vanessa worked as an accessibility swimming teacher/supervisor and homeschooled one of her children while living in Brunei Darussalam for 5 years.  Vanessa has a Cert IV in Library and Information Services.