|Senior Management Team|
Chief Executive Officer
Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Psychology
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 more than 3000 people with disabilities, employing approximately 800 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.
Bachelor of Applied Science in Developmental Disabilities
Penelope has devoted her career to helping people with a disability since she started working in disability/community services in 1991. She has extensive experience in service coordination, management and senior management. Penelope joined The Disability Trust in 1997, and in her current role as Executive Manager oversees Respite & Care Solutions, Residential Services and Community Services.
Bachelor of Arts, Graduate Diploma of Education, Master of Policy in Sociology
Matthew has been working in the field of disabilities and community services since 1993. He joined The Disability Trust in 1997, working initially with Workskills Illawarra and Illawarra Vocational Services where his drive and vision helped make these services leaders in the sector. In his current role he oversees Business Development, Vocational Services, Office Management and Information Technology.
Bachelor of Arts, Diploma of Education, Advanced Diploma in Community Management, Diploma in Disabilities and a Certificate IV in Mental Health.
Virginia was the inaugural staff member of WorkAbility in 1991 and has led the organisation to grow to provide a range of community inclusion services as well as its core business of open employment for people with disabilities across five local government areas in the South East of NSW.
Committed to the “place and train” model that focuses on person centered individualised supports, Virginia is a strong advocate for social justice.
Since merging with the Disability Trust in October 2010, Virginia values the opportunity to contribute to the larger region as an Executive Manager of The Disability Trust and broaden her contribution to the lives of people with a disability and/ or mental health condition by “creating an inclusive world”.
Bachelor of Social Science, Community Welfare
Katharine joined The Disability Trust in Oct 2009. She has over 10 years experience in the provision of respite services to people with disabilities and their families. She has extensive experience in service coordination and management and is committed to ensuring delivery of high quality, efficient services. In her current role, Katharine oversees programs within the Respite and In Home Care group of The Disability Trust.
Senior Manager, Southern Highlands
Diploma in Teaching
Peg manages The Disability Trust’s services in an area stretching from Bankstown through the Southern Highlands to Queanbeyan. Peg has worked with and for people with disabilities since 1991, and is also a trained teacher who spent six years in the classroom. Peg joined The Disability Trust in 2001, as part of our merger with the Disability Accommodation Support Service (DASS) which had previously been part of The Housing Trust. While with DASS Peg was responsible for establishing the ALI program for residents of large boarding houses in the Southern Highlands.
Senior Manager, Finance
Certified Accountant, Advanced Diploma in Accounting
Denise is a highly accomplished accountant, having worked in the accounting and finance field since the early 1980s. She has extensive experience in accounting and financial management, as a financial controller, import manager and accounts payable supervisor. Denise joined The Disability Trust in 1999 and oversees our financial and accounting systems.
Senior Manager, Community Services and Residential
Bachelor of Social Science (Habilitation)
Rhonda has worked in the disability sector since 1988. She joined The Disability Trust in 1998 and has worked in many areas including Day Programs, Self Advocacy, Respite and In-home Care, Care Solutions, Community Services and Human Resources Management. In her current role Rhonda oversees Day Programs, Sport and Recreation Services, Independent Living and Group Homes.
Senior Manager, Respite and In-Home Care
Diploma in Project Management
Pam has worked in the Disability and Aged Care sector since 1994 in direct care and later case management, co-ordination of respite and then day and post school programs with both non-government and government organisations. She joined The Disability Trust in January 2011 and in her current role she applies her co-ordination and management experience to the overseeing and expansion of respite and in home support across the Illawarra and Shoalhaven.
Senior Manager, Quality and Compliance
Advanced Diploma in Community Management, Certificate 1V in Mental Health and Enrolled Nurse.
Leony commenced work with WorkAbility, Cooma Branch in early 2000 as a Transition to Work Coordinator and later moved to the Managers position in Cooma transferring to Bega Head Office in 2008 to take up the position of Operations Manager. Leony oversees the quality management systems for The Trust’s offices in the Far South Coast/ Cooma Monaro.
Senior Manager, Southern Sydney Trusted Care
Certificate IV in Business - Frontline Management, Advanced Diploma in Community Management, Diploma Level in Financial Management.
Rhian joined The Disability Trust as a result of the 2012 merger with Southern Sydney Trusted Care (SSTC). She manages the South East Sydney region providing respite and recreation services to the Sutherland and St George areas. Rhian joined SSTC as manager of respite and recreation in 2008 and has 12 years experience in a variety of positions in the aged care and disability sector both in the UK and here in Australia.
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