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Executive Committee

Substantive Members

 

CBM Australia

Sarah Hirst, National Disability Services

Jess Smith, Australian Council for International Development (ACFID)

Samantha French, People with Disabilities 

Trevor Carroll, Australian Federation of Disability  

 

 
 

Elected Members 

 

Australian Aid & Development Agency Members

 

Isabel Calvert, World Vision

Paul Deany, Australian Volunteers International

Claire Hanson, Good Return

Kylie Mines, Motivation Australia

 

Organisational Representatives

 

Alex Robinson, Nossal Institute

 

Individual Members

 

Substantive

CBM Australia is the host organisation for the ADDC Secretariat since the inception of ADDC in 2011.

CBM is an international Christian development organisation in Australia, devoted to improving the lives of people with disabilities in developing countries across the globe.

 

Sarah works for the National Disability Services as a senior presenter in the Let’s Talk Disability team. Sarah has been vision impaired since birth, and with her gorgeous guide dog Angelina (pictured), loves traveling around Australia to present with Let’s Talk Disability. She believes that education is a powerful tool for creating a more inclusive community for people with disability.

When offered the opportunity to join the ADDC board in July 2018, Sarah was delighted to become a part of something that she is extremely passionate about.

She has a Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Development Studies and Culture Change, and also has a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English literature.

Jess Smith is Learning and Innovation Lead at the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), responsible for guiding the implementation of ACFID’s innovation strategy and leading the delivery of learning initiatives to enhance sector capacity. Prior to joining ACFID in May 2018, Jess was a learning consultant at the Canberra Institute of Technology and led projects in public sector workforce capability development in Australia and education-based capacity building projects in Papua New Guinea and Laos. 

Jess joined the ADDC Executive Committee in November 2018.

Samantha French is a Senior Policy Officer for People with Disability Australia. She has been an active member in the disability field for over 25 years, working in the government and NGO sectors on disability policy, education, consultancy, and more.

As a person with a disability, Samantha is an active member of a number of DPO representative networks across Australia and the Pacific region, including Women with Disability Australia (WWDA), and as a Board Member of the Pacific Disability Forum.  Sam was directly involved in the development of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) as a civil society representative.

Samantha 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.

Trevor is passionate about protecting and enhancing the human rights of people with disabilities having had first-hand personal experience of disability discrimination in Australia on many occasions.

Trevor is CEO of Disability Justice Advocacy, providing advocacy support to people who have ongoing support needs as a result of disability.

He is also Director and Information Officer & Chairperson (Asia Pacific Region) of Disabled People’s International.

He has been an active member of the Executive Committee of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) having previously held the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer and Chair of the Board.

He was a recipient of a Harvard Scholarship in 2012, was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2016, and has won numerous awards for his work.

Elected Members

Australian Aid & Development Agency Members

Isabel Calvert, World Vision Australia

Isabel is the Chair of World Vision Australia’s Disability Working Group, and has been an international development practitioner for nearly 30 years. She has been a New Zealand diplomat, international lawyer, donor representative, and a regional and international civil servant, amongst other roles.

Isabel has held roles as a social worker with children with disabilities, a policy adviser, and currently as a Grant manager driving WVA’s flagship disability inclusion projects in Sri Lanka and Laos.

Isabel decided to join the ADDC to contribute to national advocacy, capacity building and knowledge sharing in the sector.

Isabel lives, and thrives, with a hearing impairment.

Paul Deany, Australian Volunteers International (AVI)

Paul Deany is a co-founder of ADDC and has been instrumental in the consortium’s development over the past decade.

Paul’s work on disability-inclusive development with the aid sector has lead him to working for AVI, CBM Australia, Disability Rights Fund, and DFAT to oversee disability inclusive projects with DPOs in over 20 countries.

As a person with a disability, Paul continues to be a strong and passionate advocate for advancing the rights of people with disabilities, particularly people with psycho-social disabilities. Paul has spoken about his lived experience of disability at many high-profile events, including at the United Nations Conference of States Parties in New York in 2016.

Claire Hanson, Good Return

Claire is the Social Inclusion and Development Officer at Good Return with a focus on promoting and supporting disability inclusion both programmatically and organisationally – this includes staff training, organisational self assessment, strategic planning, partnership engagement and ensuring disability inclusion is reflected in all programs.

She has a strong background in inclusive development spanning across 5 countries. Her skills include: disability inclusion, gender and child protection, strategic planning, community engagement, participatory research, project management and advocacy.

Claire holds a Masters of Development Studies, a Bachelor of International Studies & Philosophy (Hons) and Diploma of Politics. She joined ADDC’s Executive Committee in 2019 and will travel ridiculous distances for a good coffee.

Since 2007, Kylie has been the founder and CEO of Motivation Australia, a niche, ANCP accredited INGO. A qualified Occupational Therapist, Kylie began working in international development in Lithuania in 1991, and joined UK based Motivation Charitable Trust in 1993 to establish a national wheelchair service network in Cambodia.

Kylie has been a consultant for AusAID and consults for the World Health Organisation (WHO). She contributed to the development of the ‘WHO Guidelines on the Provision of Manual Wheelchairs in Less Resourced Settings’, and is the co-editor of the ‘WHO Wheelchair Service Training Package (Basic and Intermediate modules)’.

She believes the ADDC has an important role to play in ensuring Australian development initiatives are rights based, disability inclusive, and delivered as true partnerships.

Organisational Members

Alex Robinson is the Head of the Disability Inclusion for Health and Development Unit at the Nossal Institute for Global Health. Working in senior management for over 12 years, Alex’s work has focused on development research, policy, and practice spanning disability inclusion, inclusive education, livelihoods, disaster risk reduction, and humanitarian response. Armed with a PhD in development studies, Alex has a key interest in information, risk and resilience in sustainable human development.

Alex feels Nossal Institute representation adds value to ADDC’s mission and strategic direction.

“The Nossal Institute welcomes the opportunity to continue to play a role in ADDC’s important and leading contribution to disability inclusive development”

Individual Members

Alexandra Kay

Alexandra Kay is the Disability Inclusion Advisor with Scope Global where she provides strategic leadership and management of disability inclusion across the organisation. Her career began as a Speech Pathologist where she worked as a clinician alongside people with disabilities.

She has 11 years’ experience in the disability and development sector, and has developed skills in governance, fundraising, marketing & communications and organisational and business strategy. In 2015, Alex was awarded the Joint Ministers Award in Inclusive Development for her efforts in creating opportunities for people with disabilities to volunteer overseas.

In 2018, Alex completed postgraduate studies in Gender Mainstreaming and Policy Analysis at Flinders University where she took a specific interest in researching how intersectionality affects people with disabilities.

She is interested in establishing a working group on intersectionality and with raising awareness of this issue within the ADDC membership, partners and stakeholders.

She joined the ADDC Executive Committee in October 2019.

Christina Parasyn

Christina is an independent consultant with 20 years’ experience working in international development and disability. Holding a Master’s degree in Social Science (International Development) and a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy), she has worked with people with disabilities, governments, donors, faith-based organisations, international NGOs and the United Nations.

She has played a key role in developing and implementing the Australian Government’s first disability strategy for the aid program, ‘Development for All’, that set the agenda for Australia’s investments and leadership in Disability Inclusive Development globally.

She has worked in over 10 countries including India, the Maldives, the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Samoa, Cook Islands, Kiribati, Vietnam and Tonga.