Chief Executive Officer:
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 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.
Executive General Manager, Operations:
Dr. Kim Backhouse
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, Commercial and Finance:
David is a Chartered Accountant with extensive finance and accounting experience in both public practice and commerce in Australia and overseas. David joined OAK Possability in 2016 after 19 years in senior financial roles with Houston’s Farm, Gunns Limited, Bonlac Foods Ltd and United Milk Tasmania. His professional qualifications were gained whilst working with Deloitte where he became a Client Manager specialising in audit. David also served as a member of the Australian Army Reserves for 17 years where he was promoted to the rank of Captain.
Executive General Manager, Strategy and Business Performance:
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 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.