Samantha Jenkinson

Executive Director

Samantha took on the role of Executive Director in November 2014.

She has been an advocate for the rights of people with disabilities since the early 1990’s, and throughout her professional life as a social worker. Over this time she has worked and advocated in the areas of employment, housing and support, service co-ordination, individualised funding and person centred planning. Samantha has worked for community organisations, service providers and state government in a variety of roles from case management to CEO.

Highlights of Samantha’s work include her time with Australian Federation of Disability Organisations; her involvement in development of direct payments as a funding option for people with disabilities in Victoria; writing a monograph on trends in disability services for the Disability Services Commission in WA for their State plan ‘Count Me In’; developing a forum and DVD on self-directed services in the community sector in WA; and speaking on community inclusion to people with disabilities and service providers in the disability sector.

Throughout her career, Samantha has been involved as a volunteer with many community organisations on management committees and boards of governance, including being a past chair of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations, and past chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability in Western Australia.

Brianna Lee

Individual Advocacy Service 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

Faye Hicks

Project Manager

Faye has extensive knowledge and experience in policy development in Government, Local Government and the not for profit sector. She has a commitment to raising systemic issues for people with disability to make change happen at a Local, State and National Level.

BSC hons and an MBA.

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.

Glenda Bye

Individual 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.

Nick Wilson

Individual Advocate

Bachelor of Arts  (Major in Community Development)

Murdoch University 2013.

Michele Frost

Individual Advocate

Michelle is passionate about advocating for the rights of people who are socially disadvantaged, preventing homelessness, advancing human rights, promoting equity, enabling social inclusion, and assisting vulnerable people to take control of their lives.

Bachelor of Criminology (Murdoch Uni)

Diploma of Community Services (Tafe)

Lisa Hook

Individual Advocate

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

Rachael Cox

NDIS Appeals Advocate

Rachael has worked in the disability sector, and as an advocate, for a number of years. Rachael is currently the advocate working alongside NDIS and WANDIS participants to go through an Internal Review or Appeal of a decision made.

Post grad Diploma- Psychology.

Ba Science- Major Psychology

Sonya Gozuacik

Administration Officer

Sonia volunteered for People With Disabilities WA for 6 months and then joined the team as the Administration Officer in 2017.

Bachelor Degree in History, Diploma in Business, Settlement Language Pathways to Employment / Training Program, Certificate III and IV in English, and a higher education Diploma in Commerce that I am currently doing.

Andrew Fairbairn

Diversity Field Officer

As a graduate of our first LeadAbility course in 2015, Andrew brings with him years of experience working in the disability sector from Government positions to NGO roles and running his own business around building the capacity of people with disabilities in his local community.

Natalie Turner

Project Coordinator “Connect with Me”

Natalie has a wide range of work experience across many industries: government, training, airline, insurance.  Lived experience of family members with disabilities.

Qualifications: Currently studying BA Arts, Community Development, Cert IV Workplace Training and Assessment, APS level 3 Govt.