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Executive Team

Chief Executive Officer:

Drew Beswick

BSocWk, GradCertPSM, MAICD
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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 Mazengarb

BCom, FCA, FAICD, FGIA
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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 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.

Director of Operations:

John Rowland

MBA, GradDipPsych, BComp, MAICD
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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.

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.

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 Csoban

BASc, MBA
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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.

Chief Financial Officer:

Cherie Atchison

BCom, CA, FIN
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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.

General Manager Operations – Tasmania:

Rachel Wolf

BPsych, DipDisability, IABA
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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.