Our People

We have over 150 health professionals working across the state who passionately believe that every person has the right to be healthy and well.

 

This team comprises multidisciplinary subject matter specialists who offer both clinical and non-clinical support, management and education to address a wide range of health issues. By working together, all our professionals benefit from the knowledge and skills of the whole organisation, able to offer whole solutions that drive real, long-term change to customers.

Our Board of Directors

As a self-employed project consultant Fiona provides business development services and board expertise to the human services sector. Her experience includes contributing significant organisational development as an Executive in the Australian Physiotherapy Association, being appointed as a Foundation Co-Lead of the newly formed Disability Health Network, and currently being Chairman of Kalparrin, a not for profit organisation based at Princess Margaret Hospital, a Director of Community First International and a Board member of the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Keith’s extensive business experience and boardroom knowledge includes 25 years Allied Health experience, holding Directorships of several not for profit organisations including Finding Sydney Foundation, Executive Directorship and Non Executive Directorship of an ASX listed company and Chairman of the External Advisory Committee during the establishment of School of Physiotherapy at University of Notre Dame. Keith has operated several physiotherapy practices across Western Australia in both regional and metropolitan areas including Kwinana, Fremantle, Claremont and Kalgoorlie.

Ms Cox has expertise in finance, mergers & acquisitions and strategy and a passion for building sustainable business models in the corporate and community service sectors. She has over 35 years executive experience, most recently as General Manager - Business Development for Craig Mostyn Group for six years where she was responsible for the mergers & acquisitions strategy and execution that doubled the earnings of the group during that period.
 
Prior to 2012, Ms Cox had a 30 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers specialising in M&A, business valuation, financial evaluation and strategy. She served on the Board of Activ Foundation Inc for 4 years until May 2018 and chaired its audit and risk committee. In addition to consulting for a range of clients, Ms Cox is currently on the board of Western Australian Meat Industry Authority, and joined the board of InterGrain Pty Ltd in January 2019. Julie is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Mr Eddie Bartnik was appointed as Strategic Adviser to the National Disability Insurance Agency in 2014 and Chair of the Agency’s National Mental Health Sector Reference Group. The National Disability Insurance Scheme is regarded as the biggest social policy reform in Australia since Medicare and is projected to support at full Scheme in 2019/20 a total of 460,000 Australians with disabilities and their families and carers with an annual budget of $22bn. Mr Bartnik provided national level expert advice on mental health/psychosocial disability, Local Area Coordination and community capacity building and as December 2019 his focus area for advice is International and Special projects.
 
Prior to this, Mr Bartnik was Western Australia's first Mental Health Commissioner for the period 2010-14, the first position of its kind in Australia. He led mental health reform and oversaw the commissioning of public, private and community sector mental health services to over 46,000 people with a budget in excess of $652m. He joined the mental health sector from his previous position as Acting Director General of the Department for Communities in WA, following a long career and various director positions with the WA Disability Services Commission.
 
Mr Bartnik has worked extensively and published across Australia and overseas in areas of human services reform, Local Area Coordination and individualised funding and personalised support. He is Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Australasian Society for Intellectual Disability and Chair of the Sponsoring Countries Leadership Group for the International Initiative for Disability Leadership. In 2018 he was a Salzburg Global Fellow.
 
Mr Bartnik holds Masters degrees in clinical psychology from the University of WA and educational studies from the University of Tasmania and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been a governing Council member of Edith Cowan University since 2012 and is currently Deputy Chair of the Quality, Audit and Risk Committee.

 

Mr Knowles has over 25 years industry and management experience which included 10 years as CEO at Good Samaritan Industries (GSI) where GSI grew from 18 to 30 stores with a turnover of $24M with nearly 80% of income generated from GSI’s social enterprises.
 
Prior to GSI, Mr Knowles was CEO of the Cerebral Palsy Association and before that Director of Corporate Services at the Disability Services Commission. Mr Knowles has a passion for social justice, individual rights, consumer empowerment and a world with a safe, healthy and clean future.
 
Mr Knowles is a qualified Accountant holding a Bachelor of business, Accounting and Computing, a Masters of Health Administration. Mr Knowles is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Our Executive Team


Elizabeth is an Occupational Therapist originally from the UK who came to Australia about 20 years ago.  In Australia, she has worked in primary health for Silver Chain and Alzheimer’s WA before taking on the CEO role at Midlas, a community legal service and disability advocacy provider.  Most recently, as CEO of Directions Disability Support Services, she has overseen the development of a thriving NDIS allied health service with an excellent reputation for high quality person-centred care.
 
Elizabeth has extensive corporate and clinical governance experience.  She has held numerous Board roles including Carers WA, St Barts and Great Southern GP Network.  She was Chair of the South West WA Medical Local, and currently sits on the WA Board of Australasian Society for Intellectually Disability, and is Vice Chair of WA Individualised Services.
Gautam started his career in Accounting with a chartered practice in India in 1997.
Over the past 20 years he has worked in various industries including the Accounting
and Banking industry, as well as the Pathological and Medical industry.
More recenlty, Gautam Gupta was the Executive Manager of Finance at Catholic Homes Incorporated
(CHI) . CHI is a not-for-profit aged care provider, providing services such as
Residential Aged Care, Retirement Living, Home Care, Palliative Care and Day
Centre services.
 
Gautam has extensive experience in Financial Management, Risk Governance and
Compliance. His qualifications include being a Certified Practising Accountant (CPA
Australia), Masters of Accounting (Macquarie University, NSW) and having a
Masters of Business Administration (India). He is also a member of the Australian
Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Bronwyn is a clinical psychologist with a background in health service management and clinical leadership across the public, private, not-for-profit, and tertiary education sectors. With clinical experience in mental health, she has occupied senior clinical psychology positions, as well as leading teams to develop innovative ways of delivering healthcare and improving access to services for vulnerable populations. She has an interest in, and commitment to excellence in clinical governance, which has led to her involvement in a range of service redesign, and service improvement activities, such as leading a project to introduce statewide clinical risk assessment and management policy and standards for WA mental health services.