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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 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.

Director, Corporate Services:

David Mazengarb

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David is a Chartered Accountant, a Registered Company Auditor and an experienced corporate director and business consultant with a focus on corporate finance, treasury operations, accounting and corporate governance. He has worked in the profession across Australia and overseas in excess of 20 years with Price Waterhouse and KMPG as a Director in Corporate Services and Management Consulting.

Prior to joining Possability, he held a number of executive and non-executive director roles in companies including financial services, information technology and aquaculture industries. David was previously a member of the Possability Board for close to 20 years, having served as Chair of the Finance, Risk Audit and Compliance Committee for many years and Chair of one of the merged entities for three years.


Executive General Manager, Practice Innovation and Service Development:

Nicola Crates

BASc(Speech Pathology), AdvDipMgt
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Nicola is a qualified Speech Pathologist specialising in developing and delivering services for people with complex needs. Acting as both practitioner and manager, her experience in government and non-government sectors spans over 20 years. Utilising knowledge and skills in Positive Behaviour Support, staff development, leadership and service design, Nicola has developed and implemented service models for individuals living with behaviours of concern, disability and trauma. Her motivation comes from seeing the life changing results that can be achieved when staff, families, individuals and clinicians work collaboratively together.

Nicola’s work on training staff in Positive Behaviour Support, crisis management and reduction of restrictive practices has been published in the Journal of Intellectual and Developmental Disability, the International Journal of Positive Behaviour Support and a chapter in ‘New Directions in the Treatment of Aggressive Behavior in Persons with Mental and Developmental Disabilities’ (2016). Nicola has presented at a range of international conferences.

Executive General Manager, Strategy and Business Performance:

John Rowland

MBA, GradDipPsych, BComp, MAICD
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John is an experienced leader in the for-purpose sector having operated in technology, business development and senior management roles for over 15 years. He holds postgraduate qualifications in business and undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Computing.

John has been in leadership roles related to the NDIS since the beginning of the scheme in Tasmania and is focused on transformation and growth of high quality services in competitive environments.

Executive General Manager, People and Culture:

Janette Lenthall

AssDipAppSci, PDipBusMgt (HR), MAHRI
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Janette brings a wealth of high-level strategic HR skills to the organisation, with over 20 years’ experience specialising in industrial relations, workplace relations, workplace health and safety and injury management. She places a high value on teamwork, diversity and creating a strong and supportive culture.

Her previous experience includes HR Manager at Federal Group’s Country Club, RMIT and IAMA (a national agriculture business). She also runs her own private consultancy business, needHRnow.

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 not-for-profit 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 held senior roles in the Queensland Department of Health and the Cancer Council.

General Manager Operations - Tasmania:

Peter Symonds

AdvDipComServ, AdvDipMgt, GradCertBus, FIML
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Peter has held leadership roles in the community services sector for over 25 years. He has significant experience in the theories and practice of Customised Employment with a strong interest in assisting people with disabilities to prepare for, find and maintain community-based employment. Peter has published and presented at national and international conferences on how best to support individuals in Customised Employment.

Peter developed his expertise through senior management roles with disability services organisations specialising in accommodation, respite, intensive support and employment services across Australia. He has experience teaching and implementing Social Role Valorisation in service development, having co-led training teams in all states except WA.

Peter has also been a member of national peak industry bodies and held board directorships with accommodation and advocacy organisations, including Lifeline and Amnesty International.

Chief Financial Officer:

Cherie Atchison

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Cherie is a Charted Accountant who is passionate about contributing to an organisation that makes a real difference in people’s lives. Cherie started her career at Deloitte, before gaining extensive experience managing the financial, treasury, asset and governance aspects of both ASX listed and not-for-profit organisations.

With over 20 years professional experience, Cherie has spent the greatest period of her career working in the not-for-profit aged care sector in both Tasmania and Western Australia. Cherie has also held positions on national peak industry bodies and Board positions in both the childcare and education sectors.