Glen has been involved in the disability sector in Western Australia for just over 20 years, and has been Chief Executive Officer of Lifeplan for the last 15 years. Growing up with an awareness of disability through his family background, Glen always felt a strong leaning toward the disability sector, and a passionate motivation regarding advocacy and the rights and choices of people with disability.
Pursuing this motivation, Glen first began working directly with people with disability as a support worker in 1996 in a supported employment environment. Learning, training, and enjoying support work took Glen through the next few years until the opportunity arose to join Lifeplan as Operations Manager.
As Lifeplan grew and a changing of the guard presented, Glen was appointed CEO of Lifeplan by the Board of Directors in 2002. With the support of the Board, Glen has overseen the direction of Lifeplan since this time, and still feels that same motivation and passion for his role and firmly believes that, “We have a responsibility to do our utmost to respectfully and flexibly optimise the lives of people with disability and their families. Whatever change may bring; we will not lose our focus on the privilege of this responsibility.”
Grant started working with the founding CEO of Lifeplan, Debbie Wilson , in 1997, assisting her with community access school holiday programs for school students with disability. After an invitation from The Disability Services Commission in 1999 to provide support services to a wider cohort of young people through the Commission’s Post School Options program, Lifeplan was born as a registered charity. Having a family member with Cerebral Palsy was a significant motivation for Grant's initial commitment to Lifeplan. This motivation to assist Western Australian’s with disability remains as strong today, as it did in 1999. Grant now also sits on the Perth Children’s Hospital Human Research Ethics Committee, first joining that committee in 2013.
Grant’s working life at Sotherton’s Chartered Accountants spans 35 years’ in public practice, and provides Grant a very broad skill base to contribute towards the governance of Lifeplan. With two teenage children and biology teacher wife Jo, Grant is family focused and brings these values to Lifeplan. Having overseen Lifeplan’s growth as a charity since inception, Grant believes the Lifeplan journey is just at the beginning. The introduction and roll out of the NDIS is an exciting challenge for the Lifeplan board and its executive, as it embraces and delivers the wider opportunities NDIS provides people with disability in WA.
Anne’s connection with the disability sector is through her son Julian. He was born with an intellectual disability and attended a school supporting students with disability. Upon leaving school, Julian became connected with Lifeplan via Debbie Wilson, a teacher at Julian’s school, who was at that time in the process of establishing what would become Lifeplan. Julian benefited greatly through his engagement with Lifeplan during a very important time of transition from school to adulthood. Sadly Julian died suddenly in 2016.
Retiring from the Commonwealth Bank in 2006, where Anne worked as a Customer Assistant, she has since worked at Curtin University in the second-hand bookshop, helping at the beginning of each semester. With many year’s experience in retail and customer relations, added with Anne’s unwavering support of her son, she brings to Lifeplan a sharp sense of customer focus, and a very real perspective and insight as a parent of a son with a disability.
Margaret is a science graduate from the University of New England, Armidale, NSW and has been employed as a Research Assistant, Maths/Science Teacher, Mine Geologist, Administration/Office Geologist; worked with children with special needs as an Education Assistant, and is on the Nulsen Fisher Service Review team.
Margaret has a daughter with special needs thus was originally introduced to the disability sector through sourcing medical, educational and recreational services that would enhance her life. Margaret and her family developed a close relationship with several Local Area Coordinators in addition to specialist health professionals, Alternative to Employment agencies and Business Enterprises.
“It is a privilege to serve on the Board of Lifeplan, as a family representative, assisting management to achieve the outcomes of its vision for its clients.”
Geoffrey N Patching
Geoff is now retired from full time employment, previously holding management positions in the timber and industrial chemical industries in Australasia and Asia. Geoff has been a non-executive member of the Lifeplan board since 1999, and is also the President of a charitable association providing advocacy and support for residents living with disability in a supported accommodation setting.
Operations and Service Development Manager
Mark has had a direct life experience of Disability, as both of Mark's parents and some of his other relatives have been born with profound hearing loss at birth. Professionally, Mark has worked alongside the Disability sector for nearly 20 years, and has worked directly in the sector for 15 years.
Mark originally trained as a Youth Worker and entered the Community Services sector as a Sexual Health Educator and Program Coordinator for a number of programs targeting Hard to Reach (HTR) communities. Mark then moved to the public service and worked as a Local Area Coordinator for the Disability Services Commission. During this time, he also acted as a Contract Manager for the Home and Community Care Program (HACC) at the WA Health Department.
Subsequent to this he undertook a number of of roles supporting individuals with complex care and support needs in the Aged Care, Disability and Mental Health sectors. During this time Mark was also a volunteer on a number of not for profit boards supporting young people at risk of homelessness and Domestic Violence advocacy.
Mark has worked for Lifeplan since 2015 and was appointed to his current role in 2017.