Chief Executive Officer
Brendan is married to Jane and has two children. He has held a number of senior management positions in his 23 years of experience 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 various social inclusion projects.
Individual Advocacy Service Manager
Lisa has worked in the disability sector in London and Perth and has wide-ranging experience as a support worker, therapy assistant and advocate. Lisa is passionate about social justice and human rights issues.
Bachelor of Arts Major Sociology and Anthropology
Systemic Advocacy Projects Manager
Brianna has experience in the fields of human rights, legal studies, policy and science. She has worked in systemic and individual advocacy for the last ten 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.
Senior Individual Advocate
Michele is passionate about advocating for the rights of socially disadvantaged people, preventing homelessness, advancing human rights, promoting equity, enabling social inclusion, and assisting vulnerable people in taking control of their lives.
Bachelor of Criminology (Murdoch Uni); Diploma of Community Services (Tafe)
Community Disability 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 rights issues and supporting people to navigate systemic disadvantage to achieve social justice.
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 community members 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.
State Administrative Tribunal Individual Advocate
Elisha has extensive experience in the disability sector. She started her career as a social trainer and has since worked in several roles across the sector, including NDIS service coordination, which sees her bring a wealth of knowledge and skills to her role as an advocate.
NDIS Appeals Advocate
Glenda is passionate about helping reduce the stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with disability, especially those who experience mental illness, as a part of that – a passion 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, bringing many different perspectives to her work.
Bachelor of Arts, B Laws, MBA.
Idil has worked extensively as an advocate for refugee and migrant services for over 20 years. Her interpreting skills have helped shape the first all-ethnic women's association in Wellington, New Zealand. While in Australia, Idil has worked for the Department of Indigenous Affairs, Legal Aid and Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Bachelor’s in Psychology (Victoria University, New Zealand), Currently Law Student at Murdoch University.
Economic Participation Project Officer
Pronouns - she/they
Isabella (she/they) works across the Youth, Mental Health, AOD and Disability sectors to advocate for understanding and celebrating intersectionality. They work in Youth Consultancy, utilising their lived experience to bring an informed perspective, as well as being a Project Officer, Educator and Co-Design Facilitator. Isabella also volunteers as an Independent Visitor to prisons, is a member of the grassroots organisation Boorloo Justice, and is co-chair of the Youth at Risk Network Action Group.
Isabella is completing her Honours in Psychology, Cert IV in Mental Health Peer Work, and has a Graduate Certificate in Digital Marketing.
Julie has worked in the sector for several years, firstly as a Social Trainer with Disability Services Commission. Then, with the introduction of the NDIS, worked in the private sector, supporting people to transition to the NDIS. Julie spent 12 months working in aged care before returning to work with people with disability as an Advocate.
Julie loves football and is a keen supporter of the East Perth Football Club.
Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability Advocate
Leia has broad experience in the human service domain, working across different sectors such as family and domestic violence, grief and trauma, and telephone crisis support work. She is currently a third-year Social Work student and believes strongly in the tenets of human rights and social justice.
Mark is passionate about improving access and inclusion for people with disabilities in all aspects of community living. He has worked extensively across State Government departments and all West Australian local governments to create more employment opportunities for people with disabilities, public information, services and facilities. He has also worked across industry groups to raise awareness and provision of access and inclusion.
Project Officer - Individual Capacity Building
Melissa is passionate about the needs, participation, and education necessary for the inclusion of people with disabilities. She has previously worked with various non-profit and community organisations, focusing on disability employment, fundraising and awareness campaigns. Additionally, Melissa has over ten years of lived experience as a disability, mental health, and aged carer.
Melissa is happy to be presenting the Empowered and Connected project, which focuses on supporting people with disability through delivering content and workshops around the DSP, NDIS, Self-Advocacy and Co-Design.
Bachelor of Science: Psychological and Behavioural Science, current.
Sandie had a long career as a Registered Nurse before joining PWdWA. For the past five years, she has been involved in various mental health and suicide prevention projects and collaborations, striving to reduce stigma and improve the care of persons with lived experience to have better outcomes.
She is currently on the Consumer Advisory Committee (CAC) at Royal Perth Bentley Hospital Group, the Lived Experience Advisory Group with Lifeline and Roses in the Ocean, a Mental Health Professionals Network Coordinator, and a member of the Mental Health Stakeholder Connect.
Sandie volunteers her Saturday afternoons at a Red Cross Op Shop and is a volunteer host with Befriend Inc, an organisation dedicated to social connections and inclusion. Her most recent (and proudest) endeavour is as an administrator of a Facebook group dedicated to sourcing events and activities for all persons with disabilities, their family, friends and wider support network in the Perth metropolitan area.
Sandie is currently completing her final unit in Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing. Bachelor of Nursing (NSW)