Chief Executive Officer:
Drew is driven to make a real difference in the disability sector through the continual improvement of services and, more broadly, by contributing to national action around access to housing and services.
As Chief Executive Officer, Drew leads the strategic direction of the organisation with a strong focus on culture, sustainability and service innovation—towards its Vision of a world where everyone has the opportunity to pursue their potential.
Prior to taking on the role of Chief Executive Officer in 2016, Drew was Chief Operating Officer for four years. In both roles he has seen Possability through times of significant growth, change and uncertainty due to the introduction of the NDIS and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Drew is a qualified social worker with post graduate qualifications in management and governance and has been a Director at Housing Choices Australia since 2019. With extensive experience in a range of human service settings across Australia and the United Kingdom, he has held senior roles in Health and Social Public Policy, and was the State Manager for the Federal Department of Health and Ageing.
Director of Corporate Services:
David is a risk and governance professional, strategic thinker and recognised business builder with strong technical competencies in the accounting, financial services and wealth management industry. With proven successes in setting and implementing strategies for growth in the Australian financial services sector, David has worked in the profession globally for over 25 years, including at Price Waterhouse and KPMG as a Director in Corporate Services and Management Consulting.
David is a privileged Fellow and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Institute of Chartered Accountants and Governance Institute of Australia and is a Registered Company Auditor. Before joining Possability as Director of Corporate Services and Company Secretary, David was a member of the Possability Board for close to 20 years, having also served as Chair of the Finance, Risk Audit and Compliance Committee.
David brings enterprise-level corporate skills to support Possability’s growth. He is passionate about delivering value in the “for-purpose” sector by achieving improved outcomes for clients and employees after a lengthy corporate career in the private sector.
Executive General Manager, Practice Innovation and Service Development:
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.
Director of Operations:
John is proud of the important work Possability does in supporting people to live independently and pursue their vision of a good life. He values the commitment of his teams and sees Possability’s people as its strength.
John is an experienced leader in the for-purpose sector, working 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 brings a wealth of industry and advocacy experience, representing the interests of people with disability on national policy issues and collaborating with sector leaders to help shape the NDIS for the people who rely on it. John is focused on ensuring high-quality services in competitive environments, organisational alignment with strategic goals, strengthening a positive culture and supporting employees through professional development.
Strategic Workforce Consultant:
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.
Janette provides strategic advice, guidance and development of strategic growth plans to the Executive and the Board in what is an increasingly complex industrial relations environment.
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 has an extensive background building and leading teams in health and community services—in private, government and not-for-profit sectors. Initially qualifying as a medical scientist and then going on to complete his MBA, Paul took on a role leading a national pathology company with around 120 laboratories and 600-plus collection sites, managing 4,000 staff. He has also worked overseas in setting up and running various pathology companies.
Looking to give back to others, Paul moved into senior positions in the not-for-profit space, working for the Red Cross, Cancer Council, Royal District Nursing Service of South Australia and Palliative Care Australia. His most recent posting was at Queensland Health, as Director of the state Forensic and Public Health Laboratories.
Seeing that the disability services sector was experiencing big changes, mainly due to the introduction of the NDIS, Paul felt he could apply his skills in leadership, business management and understanding of government and systems to help support stability. He started working with Possability in November 2018 and has successfully managed the smooth transition of government-run disability services over to Possability.
Chief Financial Officer:
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.
General Manager Operations – Tasmania:
Rachel is passionate about the NDIS, active support and increasing independence for people with a disability. Before her move to General Manager of Operations in Tasmania, Rachel was Program Manager, Pursuing Potential, on our Strategy and Business Performance team. In her previous role, Rachel’s focus was on building Possability’s capacity to work with people with complex medical needs, as well as advocating for a better NDIS through sector engagement around Independent Assessments, the future of Supported Independent Living and more.
Rachel began her career in disability as a support professional over 17 years ago and has since worked in multiple roles. Rachel has experience working with people with acquired injuries, practice consultancy and management, including General Manager for Disability Services at a large Tasmanian disability organisation. She has studied with the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis and has qualifications in psychology and disability support. Rachel strives to make sure that the people we support have every opportunity to make decisions, build independence and live the lives they choose.
Manager of the Office of the CEO:
Sandy brings significant experience in management and governance portfolios across a broad range of industries, including healthcare and tourism.
She holds qualifications in Pharmacy and Education and started her career as a disability support professional. Over the past 25 years, Sandy has demonstrated a natural ability for business, successfully operating enterprises in Tasmania while raising a young family.
Before joining Possability, Sandy was acting CEO at a Tasmanian not-for-profit aged care services provider. As the Manager of the Office of the CEO, she’s focused on organisational risk management, governance, engagement and communications. Sandy has a son with autism and believes this has contributed to her passion for improving the lives of people with disability and promoting everyone’s unique abilities. Central to all that she does is the ethos that the customer must be included in the decision-making process.
Sandy has sat on the board of for-purpose organisations Camp Quality, Langford Support Services and May Shaw Health Centre.
Director of People and Culture:
Michael is a people and culture leader who has primarily worked in the not-for-profit sector across Australia. He has a passion for organisations that are unashamedly people-orientated, highly ethical, values-driven and who place the needs of people at the centre of its reason for being.
Prior to joining Possability, Michael amassed 15 years of experience working across the Healthcare, Education and local government sectors providing strategic advice and planning on policy, workforce planning, talent acquisition, cultural alignment, industrial relations and health and safety. Michael has a Business Management degree with a specialisation in Human Resources and postgraduate qualifications in Leadership of organisational culture.
Michael strives for genuine collaboration across all levels of an organisation to promote authentic relationships, and ensure every person connected to Possability is given the opportunity to be safe and to flourish. Believing that employees and the people we serve should be kept at the centre of strategic and operational planning.