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Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer:

Drew Beswick

BSocWk, GradCertPSM, MAICD
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Drew is a qualified social worker with post graduate qualifications in management and governance. He has worked across a range of human service settings in Australia and the United Kingdom, including extensive experience in providing, supervising and directing services and interventions.  Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2016, Drew was Chief Operating Officer for Possability for four years.  He has also held senior roles in the area of Health and Social Public Policy and was the State Manager for the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.

Executive General Manager, Practice Innovation and Service Development:

Nicola Crates

BASc(Speech Pathology), AdvDipMgt
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Nicola is a trained Speech Pathologist with over 15 years’ experience in Positive Behaviour Support. She has published on staff training and associated client outcomes in the Journal of Intellectual Disability in 2012 and has presented extensively on Positive Behaviour Support at National and International Conferences. She has recently had two articles relating to non-aversive crisis management published in the latest International Journal of Positive Behaviour Support and presents regularly at national and international conferences.

Director, Office of the CEO:

Dr. Kim Backhouse

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Kim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Possability, having held executive, strategic and operational roles within the sector.  Prior to joining us, Kim worked at the Menzies Institute as Business Manager / Chief Operating Officer, the State Ombudsman’s Office, including as Director of Health Complaints, and as a commercial Lawyer. A qualified Barrister and Solicitor, Kim also holds a PhD in Corporate Governance, and a Master of Business Administration. Kim has a passion for the community sector and has sat on numerous boards, currently serving on the board of Variety’s Children’s Charity and ACHAT Evolve Housing.


Executive General Manager, Strategy and Business Performance:

John Rowland

MBA, GradDipPsych, BComp
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John has extensive experience and qualifications across IT and Business industries, holding a Bachelor of Computing, Diploma’s in both Business and Psychology and an MBA from the University of Tasmania.  In 2012 John also completed the Tasmanian Leaders program and has also completed several postgraduate in leadership and Disability and Aged Care Information Technology.

Prior to joining Possability, John was the General Manager of Business Development and Performance at Anglicare Tasmania. John is currently the Treasurer on the board of No Interest Loans Scheme (NILS) Tasmania.

Executive General Manager, People and Culture:

Janette Lenthall

AssDipAppSci, PDipBusMgt (HR), MAHRI
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Janette brings high level strategic HR skills to the organisation. She also runs a private consultancy business, needHRnow. Janette has 18 years of HR experience, specialising in industrial relations, workplace relations, workplace health and safety, and injury management. Previous experience includes HR Manager at Federal Group’s Country Club, Tasmania; RMIT and IAMA.

General Manager Operations – Victoria:

Paul Csoban

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Paul has over 20 years’ experience in the health and community services sectors in both corporate and NFP settings. He also holds qualifications in both areas, including an MBA from Monash University. Paul has an established track record in strategic management and delivering exceptional service standards for clients. Prior to this role, Paul has held senior roles in the QLD Department of Health and the QLD Cancer Council.

General Manager Operations - Tasmania:

Peter Symonds

AdvDipComServ, AdvDipMgt, GradCertBus, FIML
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Peter has over 25 years’ experience in community services leadership roles. He has significant experience in the theories and practice of Customised Employment with a strong interest in assisting people with significant disabilities get ready for, find and maintain community-based employment.

Peter has published on ways to support such individuals and has presented at national and international conferences.

Peter’s experience has been developed through his employment with disability services organisations based in the ACT, Queensland and Tasmania, along with memberships in national peak body committees and board directorships including Lifeline and Amnesty International.