CHAIR OF THE BOARD
I joined the Board of Crosslinks Inc. as an honorary member in January 2015 and became a full member at the AGM in the same year. In the following year I took on the position of Chair of the Board, a position I currently hold.
I have over thirty years’ experience in service delivery, policy development, managing risks at the organisational level, undertaking service evaluations and strategic planning. During those 30 years I worked in the public service in various roles including clinical psychologist, accommodation services manager, policy developer, service developer, evaluator, planner and executive director. I also worked across a number of state government departments with a variety of client groups including people with disability (intellectual, physical and mental illness), offenders and children in need of care and protection.
I bring a strong commitment to the future development of Crosslinks Inc. and want to help it maintain the great service philosophies and standards it has established for its participants over the past twenty years.
I also have a lifetime commitment to helping and enabling people in situations of disadvantage to live happy and fulfilling lives and my son Matthew is a very happy recipient of Crosslinks Inc. services. For both these reasons I want to support Crosslinks Inc. to continue to be an ethical, effective and accountable service. Matt has a lot of fun and learns a great deal on his Crosslinks Inc. outings and I want this to continue.
I live in the hills with my son and we enjoy “the good life”. I’m also a fledgling quilter and a very keen cook. In my spare time I dabble in the garden and live in hope of one day producing edible tomatoes in sufficient quantities for us to enjoy.
Since 1995 which was before the name Crosslinks was adopted, I have been part of the enmeshed fabric of Crosslinks. From a meagre budget of $189,000 and 30 participants with a premises at 24 Central Road in Kalamunda, Crosslinks opened its doors in May 1996 and was formally launched on 8 October 1996. If not for committed Board members and in particular foundation members Doug Carpenter OAM (dec), Norma Josephs, Jan Whittome and Paul Rajan I don’t think we would have seen Crosslinks advance as it has over the last 24 years. Together with our CEO Denise Michelsen who commenced in 1997 I have witnessed the Crosslinks journey and how it has benefited from committed, dedicated and caring leadership.
My current involvement is as Treasurer and in the past have held other roles including as Chair. Like many other board members both current and past, at one time I was an employee of the Disability Services Commission. Since then I have worked in various roles for the State Government. My current position is as an Executive Director with the State Government and I am a fellow of the Australian Society of CPA’s as well as being a Chartered Accountant . I have remained on the Board of Crosslinks because I still feel that I can make a difference by offering guidance, opinion and support to address and meet the challenges that now occur because of the fundamental change in the sector through the NDIS
I started as an honorary Board member in March 2015 and became a fully-fledged Board member after the AGM later that year. I have no background in the disability sector so bring a different view to the Board. I do have twenty years in local government and not-for profit organisation management, specifically in the recreation industry with a Bachelor of Social Science from Edith Cowan University.
I welcome the opportunity to use my broad range of skills and experience to assist Crosslinks remain sustainable and to continue to achieve its Vision. Whilst this will be challenge in these changing times it is also an exciting time to be involved in this sector. My experience so far with Crosslinks has given me a deep appreciation of how our wonderful staff seek to improve the quality of life of our participants and their families and I am proud to be part of this lovely organisation.
In my other life I work full time at the Shire of Mundaring and I am married with four wonderful children.
My association with Crosslinks Inc. started when I was initially employed as a Program Facilitator in or around 2001. I left that role in mid 2004 after becoming the primary Carer for my niece who has an intellectual disability. After a number of years trying to find suitable support for my niece, I approached Crosslinks Inc. CEO Denise Michelsen and asked if she would consider accepting my niece as a participant in a Community Living (Accommodation) home, as I knew that the services offered would be consistent with the care I provided at home. I then joined the Crosslinks Inc. Board in about 2008/2009 and after a number of years as the Board Chair I am now happy to remain as an active member.
My working background in Community Services includes Disability Advocacy at a Community Legal Service, Inclusion Support Programs, (supporting childcare staff to provide inclusive programs for children with disabilities), Intensive Case Management for adults with mental illness. Currently I am working across two areas, Family and Domestic Violence Outreach and Disability Advocacy for people from a CALD (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) background in the South Metropolitan Region. I have a keen interest in Social Justice and Equity issues and supporting people to make positive changes to their circumstances.
I am passionate about providing an inclusive community for people with disabilities and am encouraged by the calibre of service provision provided by Crosslinks Inc. For this reason I am happy to be a Board member actively participating in the development and future direction of Crosslinks Inc.
I joined the Crosslinks Inc. Board in 2016 and am honoured to be part of a team that is so passionate about its core values and vision for the organisation and community.
I am originally from the UK and am a qualified accountant and Registered Auditor. Through my experience, I have developed a passion for working with Not-for-profit organisations. I hope to continue to bring my knowledge and experience to the benefit of Crosslinks Inc. especially within the current changes involving the NDIS and the real challenges it brings.
My outside interests include playing softball; all things ‘crafty’, including painting, drawing and sewing; as well as spending time with my husband and our two beautiful daughters, at the beach or exploring all the cafes and restaurants Perth has to offer.
I have been associated with Crosslinks Inc. since its inception when my son joined as a participant after leaving school. I have been a member of the Board for many years. I have watched Crosslinks Inc. grow and evolve into an important provider of services for people with disability in our region. It has been a privilege to be part of an organisation that has always ensured that its key objective to provide a quality service for people with disability is being met. Crosslinks Inc. faces each challenge and change with innovation and professionalism while maintaining its focus on the needs of the individuals they support.
I am a physiotherapist and have worked in the disability sector for more than 30 years. My interests are my family, reading and gardening, with a love of Australian native plants.
I joined the Board of Crosslinks in 2017 as an honorary member before being voted in at the 2017 AGM. I come from a Corporate Background, having worked for some of the world’s largest retailers across the UK & Australia, therefore bringing a slightly different viewpoint to Board discussions. The challenges facing the not for profit sector and especially organisations undergoing significant change, like Crosslinks, allow me to utilise my experience in a larger organisation in order to have a meaningful impact to families in the local community.
I am currently the State Construction Manager at Coles Supermarkets having previously held a number of Property & Construction leadership roles across several retailers. I am also a Australian Institute of Management 30Under30 Alumni.
In the short time I have been a Board Member I have already seen the incredible work being done to ensure that the organisation is set up for success and I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to be part of its future journey.
I was appointed to the Crosslinks Board officially in October 2019 following a short period as an honorary Board member.
I bring to the Board extensive experience, knowledge and skills from my career in the Local and State government sectors of WA, mainly in the corporate and/or financial services areas. I am now retired after 11 years at the Shire of Mundaring and 30 years previously in State Government agencies such as Office of Energy, State Treasury, Premier’s Department, Office of Public Sector Standards and Ombudsman’s Office including some time in Ministerial Offices. I hold a Bachelor of Business Degree in Accounting and I am a member of other not for profit boards outside of this sector.
Whilst I have limited background in the disability sector, I am committed to contributing to the community through the use of my strong experience and knowledge in finance, governance, human resources, information technology, information management and strategic planning at both State and Local Government levels which I believes will assist the Board and Crosslinks to become an even stronger organisation.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
I commenced working in the disability sector in 1977 for the Disability Services Commission. Over the following 20 years I fulfilled many different roles with varying responsibilities. I now find it hard to think back to a time when I was not involved in the disability sector.
In August 1997 I took up the position of CEO for Crosslinks Inc. and have had the honour of continuing in this role at the current time.
For me, it is a privilege to witness the personal growth of the individuals we support as they gain the confidence and skills to fulfil their dreams and access activities of choice within their community. A key focus for the future is to continue the great work being delivered now while working towards an improved person centred and individualised service that is not dictated by group size but by individual choice.
I am looking forward to continuing what I call my ‘journey of a lifetime’ leading Crosslinks Inc. into the changing environment of the future and how we can continue to provide better services and support to people with disability.