Keiron joined the DDWA Board at the Annual General Meeting held in 2013. He was appointed as Chair in 2020.
Kieron has two young children, one of whom has autism and one has a developmental delay.
He is a director of public relations consultancy Blue Bay Communications, having previously worked as a senior Asia-Pacific correspondent and editor with international news agencies and newspapers in Australia and Hong Kong.
A public relations manager for Australian corporations operating in Hong Kong and China, Kieron has worked as a consultant to multinational companies with bases in Jakarta.
Brendon joined the DDWA Board in 2018 and was elected Vice Chair at the AGM held in October 2019. Brendon is currently Deputy Chair.
Brendon is the Associate Principal at Atwell College, a south metropolitan school with over 1400 students. He is in charge of leading and managing the integrated programs for students with special education needs.
He has worked in the disability and education sector for over 20 years, firstly as a sports coordinator with WA Disabled Sports before moving into education.
Brendom has recently completed his Master of Education specialising in School Leadership and is committed to being an effective leader in the Education Support and wider education sector.
Deane was appointed to the DDWA Board in 2019 and elected as Treasurer.
Deane has worked in the mining and construction industry for over a decade, with specialist experience gained in commercial and financial activities as a CPA.
Volunteering is a passion including as a Non-Executive Director for multiple not-for-profit organisations and as a coach for the local football team.
Deane is the father of two boys, one on the autism spectrum and is keen to support the board of DDWA in strategy, governance and finance.
Andrea was appointed to the DDWA Board in 2018. Andrea accepted the role of Secretary at the AGM held October 2019.
Andrea has 20 years’ experience working in the corporate sector and has qualifications in administration and public relations.
Currently Andrea works with a plan management provider under the NDIS. Andrea lives with a physical disability and therefore has a strong empathy with all people with disabilities.
She has made a significant personal contribution to the community through volunteer work, particularly at Volunteering WA where she assisted with administration and membership services.
Andrea is passionate about assisting people with disabilities and is determined to have a positive impact on the well-being of those with disabilities.
Formerly Chair, Mal joined the Board in 2014.
Mal’s public service career spans over thirty years, two States and three agencies, currently being a senior executive in Western Australia.
Mal and his wife Marcie have three children; a son with Down Syndrome, a son with ‘classic’ Autism and a daughter with Autism. Mal has devoted significant time and effort in understanding, and contributing to advancements, in the disability sector to improve services, advice and advocacy available to the many parents, partners, friends and families with disability in their midst. He has therefore built a strong passion for improving the capability and capacity of individuals and their families to live a fulfilling and safe life, such as we all deserve.
He holds a number of qualifications including a Master of Business Administration, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is an Alumni of the Australia-New Zealand School of Government Executive Fellowship Program. He was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.
Mary has extensive qualifications and a background in science, commerce, law and mediation.
Mary currently works in local government as an elected official and she also sits on numerous committees, advisory groups and reference groups including not-for-profit organisations that serve the disability sector in our local W.A. community.
Mary has two children, one of whom with a mild intellectual disability with autistic traits and epilepsy and was a member of DDWA before joining the Board.
In having to navigate and advocate for her own child living with a developmental disability, Mary is passionate about promoting advocacy services, education and support opportunities for other families living with developmental disability.
Member, My Place WA Limited
My Place has held a position on the Board since 2010.
Darren has over 25 years’ experience in the disability field in both government and non-government organisations.
After 13 years working in a number of government roles, including as a Social Trainer, Local Area Co-ordinator, Darren was appointed as Manager, Accommodation Services at Nulsen Haven Association Inc.
He joined My Place in 2003 and was appointed the inaugural Manager, Direct Care Services. Darren currently is the Managing Director of My Place a position he has held since 2009. Darren has been Chair of the National Disability Services (NDS) National Committee on Accommodation and Chair of the NDS (WA) Accommodation Sub-committee and is a current member of the NDS (WA) State Committee.
Darren is the current Chair of WA’s Individualised Services Inc. (WAIS).
Member, Activ Foundation
Activ has held a position on the Board since 1985.
Michelle joined Activ in 2014 and is currently the Executive Manager Operations North, where she provides guidance and coaching with a team focus on fostering and maintaining relationships with customers and other key stakeholders.
Michelle has over 25 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, including more than ten years spent in senior leadership roles, across both disability and aged care services.
As the Executive Manager Operations North, Michelle oversees State and Commonwealth funded services delivered by Activ to customers in both traditional and NDIS operated environments.
Her role focuses on areas in Perth within the east metro, north-east metro and north metro areas, in addition to the Wheatbelt and Mid-West regions of Western Australia.
Tarna has been elected to the board in her capacity as a lawyer and as a representative of Legal Aid Western Australia.
Tarna is passionate about the intersections between health, the law and social justice. She has been working in the legal sector for approximately 20 years. The first 10 years were spent in the Community Legal Sector in WA, where she worked as a health advocate and educator providing advocacy, outreach services and health education to marginalised groups; as well as participating on many committees in the community housing sector.
Tarna completed a Bachelor of Laws and Sociology at Murdoch University in 2010 and was admitted to practice law in 2011. For the past 10 years, Tarna has been working for Legal Aid WA in various positions including: the Criminal Appeals Team and the Prison Visiting Service, the Civil Division Social Inclusion Program and Family Division Domestic Violence Legal Unit, providing legal services to people with alcohol and drug dependencies via a health justice partnership between Legal Aid WA and an alcohol and drug service. She regularly assists people living with a disability to resolve their various legal problems.
Tarna is a mother of 3 children, her youngest son has an intellectual disability arising from a rare chromosomal syndrome.