AFDO is governed by a Board of Directors. The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of the organisation, and the Chief Executive Officer is responsible for its management.
Our Board of Directors are elected from the nominees of Not for Profit disability organisations (Full members of AFDO). The Board may appoint two other individuals to the AFDO Board on the basis of their skills and experience.
All AFDO Board members are people with disability, with the exception of the two co-opted positions.
Nominated by Disability Justice Advocacy
Trevor Carroll is Executive Officer of Disability Justice Advocacy. He has a M Ed in Disability and currently manages a team of disability advocates funded by the Department of Social Services. He is a former secondary school Principal and TAFE lecturer in Disability and Community Services and was a member of the Board of the Aids and Equipment Action Alliance from 2010-2013. He is a member of the Disabled Peoples International (DPI) Board of Directors and is the DPI Asia-Pacific Chairperson. Trevor is also the Campaign Spokesperson and the Secretary for the Respite Alliance Whittlesea (RAW) and is the current Secretary and a founding member of the Friends of South Morang. He is also a trustee of an ASIC regulated superannuation fund and a member of the Victoria Police Disability Portfolio Reference Group.
Trevor was the Co-chair of the VEOHRC Disability Reference Group for 2010-2014 having been elected for four consecutive two-year terms as a member of the Reference Group. He is also a member of the Whittlesea Disability Network, Disabled Motorists Australia, Independence Australia, and Meniere’s Australia. Trevor is also a volunteer mentor with the Australian Quadriplegics Association. He was a 2016 nominee for Australian of the Year.
Nominated by People with Disabilities WA
Over the past 20 years, Greg has been heavily involved in advocacy and support of people with a disability in the areas of sport, the arts, recreation, transport, information technology, employment, and education.
Greg is a past member of the Western Australian Ministerial Advisory Council for Disability and the WA NDIS Reference Group. Greg has served as President of Blind Citizens Australia, President of the West Australian Tandem Cycling Advisory Council, and President of Dog Guide Handlers Australia.
Greg is currently a member of the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council, a member of the Aviation Access Forum, President of People with Disabilities WA, President of WA Blind Sports Federation, a Board member of Avivo (previously Perth Home Care Services), treasurer of Dog Guide Handlers Australia, Western Australian representative of Blind Citizens Australia National Policy Council, and has served on the boards of the Association for the Blind of WA, Australian Blindness Forum, and was a member of the City of Nedlands Access Reference Working Group in WA for 10 years.
Nominated by Physical Disability Australia
Liz is an experienced professional with 25+ years’ experience in the community, disability and social justice sectors. Dedicated career in assisting others seek equitable opportunities to participate fully in their communities. Passion for seeking demonstrated economic and social outcomes.
Liz is the Executive Officer of YouthWorX NT, a not for profit organisation committed to partnering with Territorians in supporting their lifelong social, economic and career success. Responsible for the management of diverse programs which include life and career coaching, and the delivery of services to support employability skills. Liz administers the overall operation, strategic development and corporate health of the organisation.
Prior to YouthWorX NT Liz was the National Disability Coordination Officer (NDCO) for the Northern Territory for a decade. This role provided information, coordination and referral services to increase and improve transitional pathways for Territorians with a disability between families, community, school, post-secondary, education and subsequent employment.
Liz is the current President of Physical Disability Australia (PDA), the PDA representative and Co-deputy Chairperson on the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) Board, a member of the City of Darwin Access and Inclusion Advisory Committee, and a member of the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council.
Nominated by Disability Resources Centre
Frank Hall-Bentick AM has a life-long disability (familial peripheral neuropathy) and through his outstanding efforts has contributed to improving human rights for people with a disability. He lives in Melbourne and has been involved in disability empowerment for the last thirty years. During this time he has been employed in the Equal Opportunity Unit of the Australian Public Service Board (9 years), as Coordinator of Disability Resources Centre (9 years) and as a Disability Officer at Centrelink (15 years).
Since 1981 the International Year of Disabled Persons he has been at the forefront of disability rights in local, state, national, regional and world organisations particularly through Disabled Peoples’ International, founding and leading many of these groups. For twenty years he has worked closely with the United Nations in Bangkok as Resource Person and invited Expert. More recently he has been an active member of the International Disability Caucus and its work on the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities in both Bangkok and New York.
During this time he has received a number of Awards for his work including;
- 1992 – International Plaque from DPI awarded for distinguished and unstinting service in the cause People with Disabilities in the Asia Pacific Region,
- 2001 - Australian Centenary of Federation Award for long and outstanding service to disability organizations and People with Disabilities.
- 2011 - Recipient, National Disability Award – Minister’s Lifelong Achievement
- 2012 - Recipient, Order of Australia Award June 2012
- 2012 Selected by UN ESCAP as one of ten Asia Pacific Disability Champions to promote the Incheon Decade Strategy and Goals.
Currently Frank continues to be involved at an international level through Disabled Peoples’ International and the International Disability Alliance. At a national level he is involved with the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations and the Australian Disability Development Consortium and is chairperson and founder of the Australian Disability and Indigenous Peoples Education Fund. At state level, he continues to be involved in disability reference committees with the Victorian Equal Opportunity Commission, the Office of the Public Advocate, his local Yarra Council disability advisory committee and is Chairperson of the Disability Resources Centre.
Nominated by Brain Injury Australia
Nick Rushworth has been Executive Officer of Brain Injury Australia since 2008. He was also President of the Brain Injury Association of New South Wales between 2004 and 2008.
In 1996, Nick sustained a severe traumatic brain injury as a result of a bicycle accident. Before joining Brain Injury Australia, Nick worked for the Northern Territory Government setting up their new Office of Disability.
Formerly a producer with the Nine Television Network’s “Sunday” program and ABC Radio National, Nick’s journalism has won a number of awards, including a Silver World Medal at the New York Festival, a National Press Club and TV Week Logie Award.
Nominated by Deafness Forum of Australia
Peter completed his education through Deaf and mainstream schools and university, completing Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electronics Engineering and Master of Business Administration.
Peter's educational and work experiences subsequently fueled a lifelong passion and belief that equity of access to telecommunications, social and education services is vital for the Deaf and hearing impaired communities; and best achieved through the delivery of services that are used and accepted by the wider community.
Peter has served as Chair of the Board of Australian Communication Exchange, Director of Deaf Resources Australia and President of Deaf Education Network. He is a Life Member of the Deaf Society of NSW and joined the Board of Deafness Forum in 2010.
Nominated by Blind Citizens Australia
John’s career has included appointments as Executive Officer with Blind Citizens Australia and later RPH Australia; National Program Manager for the Lions Eye Health Program; and five years as National Manager within Vision Australia’s Accessible Information Solutions Division where he managed the Audio Description Service, Vision Australia Radio and the Division’s broader operations at various times.
Alongside these appointments and his ongoing Directorship with Information Alternatives, John has undertaken many research and project management assignments to address the information needs of people with a print disability.
John is currently:
- President, Blind Citizens Australia
- Deputy Chair, Euroa Health Inc.
- Director, Australian Blindness Forum
- Director, Australian Federation of Disability Organisations
- Director Information Alternatives
Nominated by Deaf Australia
Ramas is profoundly Deaf and uses a number of sign languages such as Auslan, BSL, Lithuanian, Russian, American and International sign languages. He has completed three university degrees: A Bachelor degree at Vilnius Pedagogical University, Primary in Education (Lithuania), a Postgraduate Diploma at Durham University, Interpreting in Deaf Community (UK) and a Master of Science at Bristol University, Deafhood (UK).
He is interested in education within the context of a school for the Deaf, and is particularly passionate about bilingual education. Ramas strongly believes that bilingual education will support deaf learners to achieve their learning potential.
Ramas is also very passionate about sports - particularly Deaf basketball, and is the Assistant Coach for the Deaf Australian Men's Basketball team (the Goannas). Ramas is President of Deaf Basketball Victoria, a member of Turquoise Australia and is on the Deaf Australia Board.
Richard is the Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Victoria and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Williamson Community Leadership Program, and Harvard Club of Victoria. Richard has been involved in disability services since 1993, working in a UnitingCare agency, then VCOSS and then 12 years as CEO of the E W Tipping Foundation. Richard was a significant contributor to the campaign for the NDIS as part of the Premier’s NDIS
Richard has been involved in disability services since 1993, working in a UnitingCare agency, then VCOSS and then 12 years as CEO of the E W Tipping Foundation. Richard was a significant contributor to the campaign for the NDIS as part of the Premier’s NDIS taskforce, Chair of the Victorian Every Australian Counts Campaign and as Victorian Chair of National Disability Services. In Richard’s current role as CEO of Leadership Victoria, he helps develop leaders to make progress on complex issues and helps broker skilled leaders to support social, economic and environmental causes. Richard maintains an ongoing involvement in disability issues.
In Richard’s current role as CEO of Leadership Victoria, he helps develop leaders to make progress on complex issues and helps broker skilled leaders to support social, economic and environmental causes. Richard maintains an ongoing involvement in disability issues.
Angus is the Inaugural Chairperson of Down Syndrome Australia and brings an extensive background in finance, working at the ANZ Bank as Head of Money Markets and serving on the Banks Australian Asset & Liability, Basel III Regulatory, and Pricing & Balance Sheet Committees.
Angus sits on the NDIA Intellectual Disability Reference Group also serves on several Boards in the disability sector including Vice Chairman of the Asia Pacific Down Syndrome Federation. He is a Trustee of the Mary Jane Lewis Scholarship Foundation, and a Trustee and Board Member of the Lauriston Foundation.