Our Board

Chair

Mr Mal Cronstedt, AFSM

Mal’s public service career spans over thirty years, and he was appointed Executive Director, Office of Emergency Management in 2014. Mal and his wife Marcie have three children; a 14 year old son with Down Syndrome, a 19 year old son with Autism and a 21 year old daughter with Autism. Mal has delved deeply into the disability sector in search of services and advice over many years, building a strong passion for improving the capability and capacity of individuals and their families to live a fulfilling life. Mal was awarded the Australian Fire Service Medal in the 2013 Australia Day Honours.

Deputy Chair

Mr André Shannon

André has been Executive Officer of Family Support WA Inc, a not-for-profit disability services organisation since 2009.  André previously held positions in the offices of several members of parliament, including the former Commonwealth Attorney-General, the Hon Daryl Williams AM QC and Senator the Hon David Johnston.  André is heavily involved in disability sector associations and groups in WA. He is the Constitution & By-Laws Chair of Lions Clubs International District 2012.  André holds a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from Murdoch University.

Treasurer

Mr Bill Marchbank

Bill was appointed to the Board at the 2014 Annual General Meeting. Bill operates his own business, providing commercial, environmental and marketing services to business and government, and he also has 15 years experience working with community and industry-based not-for-profit organisations in various voluntary roles. Bill has a 23 year old daughter who has an intellectual disability, and he and his family have been members of DDWA for several years. As the Treasurer, Bill supports the board and organisation with his guidance in commercial, financial and governance matters.

Member

Mr Brendon Bleakley

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. He 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. 

 

Member

Mr Kieron Flynn

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.  Kieron was also a public relations manager for Australian corporations operating in Hong Kong and China, and worked as a consultant to multinational companies with bases in Jakarta.

Member

Mr Darren Ginnelly

Darren has over 24 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 Local Area Co-ordinator, Darren was appointed as Manager, Accommodation Services at Nulsen Inc. He joined My Place in 2004 and was appointed the inaugural Manager, Direct Care Services. Darren currently is the Managing Director of My Place. Darren has been Chair of the National Disability Services (NDS) National Committee on Accommodation and Chair of the NDS (WA) Accommodation Sub-committee. He is also Board member of WA’s Individualised Services Inc. (WAIS).

Member

Ms Liz Handley

Liz is a project management consultant with change management specialisation who has worked across local government, mining and with large corporations.  Most recently, Liz has worked with Citizen Advocacy Perth West which provides people with intellectual disabilities with citizen advocates.  She aims to contribute to the advocacy work of DDWA to ensure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities have access to the best in technology and services to live positively extraordinary lives. Liz also volunteers as a coach to a person with autism to achieve his professional goals.  She has board experience with Amnesty International, a refugee council and angelhands.

Member

Ms Andrea Moss

Andrea has worked in the small business and corporate sectors for more than 20 years and currently works with an employment services provider in a communications role.  Andrea is a person who lives with a physical disability and therefore has a strong empathy with all people living with disabilities.  She has qualifications in administration and public relations; and volunteers at VolunteeringWA where she assists with administration and membership services.  Andrea is passionate about assisting people with disabilities and has learnt that every positive contribution can make a difference.