The Disability Trust Board members have a wide range of professional skills and experience, as well as experience in the disability sector.
BRAD PYM - Chairman
Brad was born in Grafton in Northern NSW and educated in Sydney. Brad trained in economics at Macquarie University and has worked as an accountant, consultant, and business manager.
Until recently a resident of the Far South Coast of NSW, Brad has served for many years in the management of a number of community, educational and sporting organisations, including a number of years as board member and more recently as the chairperson of WorkAbility.
PETER QUARMBY – Treasurer
Treasurer Peter Quarmby is a highly experienced executive in the community sector. He is currently Executive Director of Community Sector Banking (CSB), which he helped established in 2002 as a joint venture between Bendigo Bank (now merged with Adelaide Bank) and a consortium of 20 not-for-profit organisations.
He is also the Chief Executive of Community Sector Innovations, which is CSB’s business development and innovation unit. Peter is currently Deputy Chair of Jobs Australia Ltd, and a director of the Jobs Australian Foundation and the International Association of Investors in the Social economy.
He joined the Trust in 2006.
MARGARET BOWEN – Chief Executive Officer
Margaret joined the organisation in 1987 when it was a small disability resource centre with four employees. She has overseen The Disability Trust’s development into a major service provider catering for close to 3000 people with disabilities, and employing more than 700 people. Margaret’s strong leadership, skilled management and strategic focus have resulted in The Disability Trust becoming one of the largest and most respected disability organisations in NSW. Through this period of sustained growth Margaret has always remained committed to The Trust’s strong community focus, delivering high quality services within a framework of client rights and ethical decision-making.
Anne Reeve is the Chief Executive Officer of SCOPE Access, an organisation that is funded by the Home and Community Care (HACC) program to provide home modifications and maintenance for people with disabilities, as well as access design, audits and building programs.
Anne has a professional background in human resources, business management and administrative systems, and many years experience in senior management of non-government organisations.
Anne joined the board in 2001.
David lives in Verona on the far south coast of NSW. For the past ten years he has been a teacher of welfare studies at Illawarra Institute of TAFE’s Bega Campus and has operated a small scale social research consultancy business.
Over a thirty year Social Work career David has held executive level and research positions with several peak representative bodies including Australian Psychiatric Disability Coalition, National Council on Intellectual Disability, National Caucus of Disability Consumer Organisations, National Ethnic Disability Alliance, Victorian Psychiatric Disability Services (VICSERV), ACT Mental Health Community Coalition, Children’s Welfare Association of Victoria, and with the Parliament of Victoria Social Development Committee.
Brenda is rejoining the Board after a two year break, having previously served on the board from 1996 until 2008. Her primary interest in the disability field and The Disability Trust in particular arises from her role as a parent to a son with severe physical and intellectual disabilities.
Professionally Brenda has worked as a clinical psychologist for many years with children and families in the areas of developmental disability, autism spectrum disorders, child protection, and child mental health. Brenda is currently employed by the NSW Health Department.
Joanne was a board member for ten years during the 1980's and rejoined the board in 2010. A social worker by profession, Joanne worked in disability services for 30 years including vocational services, substitute decision making and community services.
As a parent of a man with intellectual disability and autism, Joanne has first hand knowledge of the issues facing families and people with a disability.
Joanne has a special interest in the issues surrounding the ageing of people with a disability and the provision of appropriate quality services, including residential options.
Maureen was Manager of Respite and Recreational Services at what is now known as Southern Sydney Trusted Care(SSTC) for 22 years. During this time she was involved in obtaining funding for respite for people with high support needs and a pilot program for after school care which with support from parents eventually obtained ongoing funding. Her interest is in seeing families provided with services that enable quality of life both for the family and the individual with a disability. After retiring from SSTC Maureen later became Chairperson on the SSTC Board and in 2012 became a representative for SSTC on The Disability Trust Board.
The Disability Trust’s core belief is in the creation of a fairer and more equitable society for people with disabilities. The Trust promotes the creation of an accessible and inclusive community which respects and values all its members. The Trust is inspired to create services and supports which empower people with disabilities, further their independence and enhance their belonging within the community.
The Disability Trust seeks to provide the best possible services and support to enhance the lives of people with disabilities and their families. The Trust is committed to efficient and effective services which are individualised, responsive and delivered within a framework of respect for human rights.
The Disability Trust’s core belief is in the creation of a fairer and more equitable society for people with disabilities. The Trust promotes the creation of an accessible and inclusive community which respects and values all its members. The Trust is inspired to create services and supports which empower people with disabilities, further their independence and enhance their belonging within the community