Brendan Cullinan

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. 

Brendan is currently on extended leave, and Andrea Surman, our Operations Manager, will be Acting CEO.

Andrea Surman

Acting CEO and Operations Manager

Andrea has worked in leadership positions in the not-for-profit sector for over twenty years and more recently as an Assistant Director with the National Disability Insurance Agency.  Andrea’s career has predominantly been in developing projects that create greater equity for society’s most vulnerable.

She has been married for over thirty-five years to her childhood sweetheart and has two adult children and two grandchildren.

Bachelor of Behavioural Science 

Lisa Hook

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

Brianna Domeracki

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. 

Brianna is currently on Parental leave.

Glenda Bye

Individual Adovocate - NDIS Appeals

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.

Grace Rosales

Acting Project Officer - Individual Capacity Building

Black and white photo of Grace Rosales.  Grace has shoulder length hair, is wearing a white top and looking straight at the camera.Grace began her professional career as a marketing officer after completing a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing. To further improve her skills to connect with people, she completed Post Grad studies in Public Relations.
However, her passion for social justice saw her utilizing her skills to deliver projects in the Not for Profit sector. Grace would like to continue running projects that will help individuals live their best life.
Grace is married and has two adult children and a canine grandchild that bosses her around.

Idil Sudi

Individual Advocate

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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.

Julie Bloomfield

Individual Advocate

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. 

Lisa Thomas

Individual Advocate

Lisa is passionate about promoting autonomy and supported decision-making, equality for all and removing systemic exploitation of vulnerable people. She is vocal about ending discrimination, racism, ageism and elder abuse. Lisa has ten years of experience as a financial counsellor.  Walking alongside people who experience financial hardship, family and domestic violence and homelessness.

Lisa enjoys being a part of her community, meeting new people and listening to other people's life journeys.

Mark Hutson

Individual Advocate

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.

Matthew Gee

Intake Officer

Matt is passionate about human rights issues and empowering people to have their voices heard. Matt has experience working in the community services sector as a Therapeutic Carer and Therapeutic Case Manager in Melbourne, supporting young people who live in out-of-home care and supporting families to achieve safe reunifications. Matt’s most recent position was case managing a home in a transitional program for young people transitioning into independent living.

Outside of work, Matt loves swimming, photography, live music, and football.

Melissa Higgins

Project Officer - Individual Capacity Building

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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. 

Melissa is currently on leave.

Natasha Laden

Senior Project Officer

Natasha has worked across government and the not-for-profit sector for over 20 years, with the majority of her career working with the Department of Justice at the Perth Children’s Court, advocating on behalf of young people involved with the criminal justice system.

Natasha has also worked for the Wirrpanda Foundation, WA Country Health Service and the Perth Children’s Hospital, focussing on contract and project management to implement innovative and inclusive programs and services for the vulnerable people of WA.

Natasha has two beautiful daughters and loves long walks down the South Perth foreshore.

Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Nicola Brown

Project Officer - Community Disability Advocate

Nicola arrived in Australia from the UK in 2013.
She changed her career to community services in 2018 after working for 20 years in the science industry.
Nicola’s own lived experience with mental health prompted her to use her experiences to help others.

Nicola has experience working as a community support worker and mental health recovery worker with knowledge in the NDIS space including NDIS access, planning and implementation.

Her passion is building relationships with all individuals and supporting them to find services and networks that allow them to live their best lives.

Nicola loves keeping fit, being outdoors and travelling.

Nicola has a Cert IV in Mental Health and Diploma in Community Services.

Renata Krollig

Administration Officer

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

Dr Siyat Abdi

Systemic Advocacy

Born in Kenya, Dr Siyat arrived in South Australia in 2004.  He became the first teacher who was blind in South Australia after appealing a decision by the Teachers Registration Board to reject his registration.  Dr Siyat moved to Western Australia, where he taught an Introduction to Teaching and Early Childhood Education at Curtain University.

Shaun Warnock

Project Officer - Business Accessibility Empowerment Project

Shaun Warnock is looking straight at the camera, he has a black top on.  Shaun has long brown hair and a moustacheShaun is a student currently working on completing his social work degree at Curtin University and has transitioned to social services after a long career in resources. He has experience in support work and NDIS and now comes to work for PWdWA after learning the ropes of individual advocacy as a placement student.

He is passionate about human rights, equity and social justice. Shaun and his partner have two cats, and both love a good coffee date.

Vanessa Jessett

Communications Officer

Before joining PWdWA, Vanessa worked as a swimming teacher and supervisor specialising in teaching children with disability.  In 2019 Vanessa won Western Australian Austswim Access and Inclusion Teacher of the Year.
Vanessa homeschooled her son, who is part of the ASD community while living in Brunei Darussalam for five years.  On returning to Australia, Vanessa was the chair of the West Coast Education Support Centre Board for a number of years. 
Vanessa has a Cert IV in Library and Information Services and is passionate about accessible communications.