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.”
Bronwyn has worked for over 20 years within a variety of human services, with her focus on supporting individuals and families to plan, develop and self-direct their supports. Her current role as Side by Side Manager at Developmental Disability WA has seen her working closely with families to co-design a family partnership model of support, specifically targeted towards families who are living with challenging behaviour. Bronwyn has been involved in several projects including designing a resource for planning for people with complex needs.
Bronwyn is one of two State Leaders on the Association for Positive Behaviour Support Australia (APBSA). She has a strong sense of social justice and focus on delivering supports that uphold peoples’ human rights.
Bronwyn is a Microboard Facilitator at Microboards Australia, a non-profit organisation that specialises in supporting people with disabilities to create a network of trusted people around them who will love and support them even when parents no longer can.
She joined Lifeplan as a Board Member because she values the work the organisation is doing, and the person centred approach they take when supporting people with disability. Her focus is to ensure the long-term sustainability of Lifeplan as a vital not-for-profit organisation that delivers the services individuals and their families want and need.
With the introduction and rollout of the NDIS, we are experiencing the biggest social and economic social reform since the introduction of Medicare in the 1970's. At this time of growth in the sector, she wants to ensure the organisation continues to deliver high-quality services to the people they serve.
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.”
Vicki started her career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, London where she gained her Chartered Accountant’s qualification whilst working in Middle Markets Tax. Since then she has worked in a variety of industries with a focus on start-up environments, which have not only given her a very robust and rigorous financial skill, but also provided the opportunity to develop a strong commercial and operational acumen. More recently, her ethical values and passion for people and equality, have seen her seek out more purposeful work and apply her skillset to the fields of Environment & Conservation and the Disability Sector.
In her position of Treasurer at Lifeplan, she not only hopes to be a safe pair of hands in terms of the financial administration and reporting framework of the organisation, but also to add value to the Board on matters of corporate governance, risk management and strategy.
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.