ADDC Executive Committee Bio and Photos
ADDC Executive Committee Bio and Photos
Disability Rights Fund
Paul Deany is the Program Officer for the Pacific and Asia for the Boston-based Disability Rights Fund and is responsible for grantmaking, grants oversight, and technical support to disabled persons organizations in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, and the Pacific.
Paul has over eighteen years of international development experience on disability advocacy, HIV/AIDS, public health, and community development. Prior to joining DRF, he was Advocacy Officer at CBM Australia and was the founding Coordinator of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium, a regional rights-based network focussing attention, expertise and action on disability in developing countries. His other work experience includes World Vision, UNDP, UNAIDS, the Burnett Institute and various community based organizations. Paul himself has bi-polar disorder and has been involved in advocacy for people with psycho-social disabilities. Paul has a Masters of Primary Health Care and Bachelor of Social Work.
Samantha French (Deputy Chair)
People with Disability Australia (PWDA)
Sam French has worked in the disability field for over twenty-five years in Govt. and NGO sectors in disability policy, education and advocacy work at the national, regional and international levels. She has extensive experience in promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disability and in providing consultancy and advice to international human rights and development agencies on disability-inclusive development practices. She is currently employed as an Advocacy Projects Manager for People with Disability Australia, where she was directly involved in the development of the ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability’ (CRPD) and in the development of other regional strategies for the implementation of the CRPD and the Biwako Millennium Framework in Asia Pacific Region (namely the ‘Pacific Regional Strategy on Disability 2010-2015’ and the ‘Incheon Strategy’ plan of action for the ‘New Asia Pacific Decade of Persons with Disabilities 2013-2022’). Sam has direct experience as a person with disability and is an active member of a number of DPO representative networks including the Pacific Disability Forum (PDF), the Australian representative on the Pacific Women with Disability Committee, Vice President of Asia Pacific DPO United (a newly formed DPO network to work cooperatively with the disability and development sector to promote self-representation of people with disability in the New Decade and in the review of the MDGs in the Asia Pacific), Asia Pacific Disabled People’s International (AP-DPI), Commonwealth Disabled People’s Forum (CDPF), Women with Disability Australia (WWDA), the Australian Pacific Islands Support (APIDS) and the Australian Centre for Disability Law. Sam has been involved with the ADDC since its inception and has represented People with Disability Australia as a DPO member on the ADDC Executive since 2011.
National Disability Services
Frank Hall Bentick
Frank Hall-Bentick has thirty years’ experience in disability advocacy and development across Asia Pacific and Worldwide through Disabled Peoples’ International as well as extensive experience in disability issues in Australia.
He is moderator for two International emails IDA CRPD Forum & Asia Pacific Disability as well as OZAdvocacy & OZMad here in Australia. He regularly circulates disability information to a wider network disability here in Australia and Internationally.
Frank Hall-Bentick has a life-long disability (familial peripheral neuropathy) and through his outstanding efforts has contributed to improving human rights for people with a disability. He lives in Melbourne and has been involved in disability empowerment for the last thirty years.
During this time he has been employed in the Equal Opportunity Unit of the Australian Public Service Board (9 years), as Coordinator of Disability Resources Centre (9 years) and as a Disability Officer at Centrelink (15 years).
Since 1981 the International Year of Disabled Persons he has been at the forefront of disability rights in local, state, national, regional and world organizations particularly through Disabled Peoples’ International, founding and leading many of these groups. For the last twenty years he has worked closely with the United Nations in Bangkok as Resource Person and invited Expert. More recently he has been an active member of the International Disability Caucus and its work on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in both Bangkok and New York.
University of Queensland,Griffith University & Princess Alexandra Hospital
Pim is Associate Professor (Population and Social Health Research Program,Griffith Health Institute, Griffith University) and Principal Research Fellow
(Metro South Health). He is a psychologist and completed his doctoral research in community based rehabilitation (CBR). He has conducted and led
research in areas of health service delivery, rural and remote primary health care, Indigenous health, community based rehabilitation, and disability
services, specifically for people with brain injuries and people with spinal cord injuries. His research in the area of CBR has led to a position as project advisor
in the Lao People's Democratic Republic, a 4-month Erasmus Mundus (European Commission) Fellowship to University College, London, as well as
commissioned research with the World Health Organisation, Geneva. Pim is involved in research on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability
and Health (ICF), community integration after injury, family and patient engagement in health care, allied health practice, complexity in health care,
evaluation and monitoring of CBR and disability services, as well as leprosy service delivery in developing countries. He focuses on qualitative and mixed
methods research. He maintains an active research interest in community rehabilitation (in Australia as well as in developing countries) and is engaged in
the Asia Pacific CBR Network and The Leprosy Mission International Research Committee.
Jackie Lauff is a practitioner and advocate of disability inclusive development with a particular emphasis on the application of sport and physical activity as a development tool. Jackie is a co-founder and the CEO of Sport Matters, an Australian-based NGO that aims to make a positive and long-lasting impact on development in Australia and developing countries with a focus on the Pacific, Asia and Africa.
Jackie has an undergraduate degree in Occupational Therapy, a Master of Adapted Physical Activity from the Norwegian School of Sport Sciences, and a Master of International and Community Development from Deakin University. Jackie is a strong advocate for human rights and disability inclusion within both the sport and development sectors and she has been a member of the ADDC Executive Committee since April 2011.
World Vision Australia
Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS)
President of Australia Pacific Islands Disability Support (APIDS), an organisation created for the purpose of supporting Disabled Peoples’ Organisations (DPOs) throughout the Pacific - particularly in their work to advance the rights of people with disabilities. Until recently Daniel consulted on social policy and organisation development issues in the Pacific. He has worked for development agencies, regional and international bodies on human rights issues (often relating to people with disabilities) and civil society organisation issues such as governance and management. Daniel has lived in Fiji and New Caledonia. Prior to moving to the Pacific, Daniel was the Executive Director of a high profile Australian social justice organisation (ACT Council of Social Service). Daniel's history in the disability sector and his own disability (vision impairment) has seen him develop a strong commitment to the experiences and challenges faced by people living with disadvantage. He has been successful in promoting responses to these issues which are developed, owned and implemented by the affected community. Daniel has experience in both the community and government sectors where he has undertaken research, developed / analysed social policy, implemented social change and community development. He has also worked voluntarily with many small and large organisations on social justice and organisation development issues. Daniel has an Economics Degree (University of Melbourne), a Graduate Diploma in Development Economics (ANU) and has an honors Degree in Law (Macquarie University). He has recently taken up the position of Director of the Sydney City Legal Centre which provides legal advice and representation to many of the most disadvantaged people in Sydney.
Kirsty Thompson (PhD, BApp.Sc Occupational Therapy (Hons)) is an occupational therapist who has worked in community-based disability related practice, education and/or research in Australia and numerous countries throughout Asia, Middle East and East Africa. She is currently the Inclusive Development Director at CBM Australia - where she works with Australian and international colleagues on advocacy, research, capacity developments and technical advice to other development partners on disability inclusive development. Her research and education has largely focussed on explorations of community based disability services, the impact of disability on families, community based rehabilitation and the preparation of field workers. She has been a Lecturer at the University of Sydney and holds and honorary appointment with the University of Melbourne.
ACFID (Australian Council for International Development)
Megan Williams is the Advocacy and Development Practice Officer at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID). She has been with ACFID since June 2012 and oversees sector coordination on key thematic issues through ACFID Member Working Groups, coordinates ACFID’s work on the Post 2015 agenda and provides ongoing support to ACFIDs government and media work. Megan has experience working with young people in community organisations in Australia and overseas, including time spent living and working on the Thai Burma border. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) and a Bachelor of Asian Studies from the Australian National University.
ADDC Executive Officer
With over 20 years' experience working in government and the not for profit sector, Sophie Plumridge has been involved in a wide range of high profile marketing and education campaigns aimed at fundraising, changing behaviour and influencing key decision makers. Sophie has an Applied Science qualification in Planning (with distinction) and is a graduate of Melbourne Business School with a Master of Marketing.
Sophie is the Executive Officer of the Australian Disability and Development Consortium (ADDC) and its former Chair. Prior to that she was the director of Global Policy an Programs overseeing the implementation of Australian Aid's Avoidable Blindness Initiative through an innovative partnership model - the Vision 2020 Australia Global Consortium. She has also held the position of Head of Communications for World Vision Australia and previously worked in a range of marketing and communications positions at the City of Melbourne.
Sophie has represented her organisations internationally at conferences, and has travelled throughout Africa, Asia and the Pacific to give a voice to people whose lives have been positively impacted through the support of the NGO sector.