Peter Shergold, Chairman of the Board, Western Sydney University
Peter Shergold AC was for two decades a senior Commonwealth public servant, including as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for five years. He is presently Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Chair of Opal Healthcare, Chair of the NSW Education Standards Authority and Chair of the AMP Foundation.
Graeme Innes, Life Without Barriers
Graeme joined the Life Without Barriers board in May 2014.
In 1995 Graeme was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM), in 2003, he was a finalist for Australian of the Year and in 2005 he was appointed as Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner. He was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from December 2005 to July 2014. During that time he has also served as Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner for three and a half years and as Race Discrimination Commissioner for two years. Graeme is a Lawyer, Mediator and Company Director. He has been a Human Rights Practitioner for 30 years in NSW, WA and nationally.
As Commissioner, Graeme has led or contributed to the success of a number of initiatives. These have included the Same Sex: Same Entitlements inquiry, which resulted in removal of discrimination across federal law; the drafting of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and its ratification by Australia.
Graeme was also crucial to the development of the National Disability Strategy and the Disability (Access to Premises – buildings) Standards 2010; as well as the establishment of Livable Housing Australia.
Claire Robbs, Life Without Barriers
Claire joined Life Without Barriers in 2004, and has over 20 years’ experience in the welfare and community services sector. She has held a number of senior positions within the organisation and has been key to the success of Life Without Barriers’ diversification strategy. She led the operations division since 2005, and in 2010 was appointed Deputy CEO, Operations. Claire was appointed Chief Executive of Life Without Barriers in 2011.
Claire is an active board member of the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA), the peak body for NGOs providing services for children and young people and is a member of the New South Wales State Committee with the National Disability Services. Prior to commencing with Life Without Barriers, Claire had worked in the disability and child protection sectors in residential support, case management and behaviour intervention roles.
Michael Hobday, Angus Knight Group
Michael joined the Angus Knight Group in 2016 as the CEO and leads the business’s Disability Employment Services, Community Development Programs and Learning and Training suite of companies. These include Jobfind Employment Centres, RISE Ventures, Real Futures, SumTotal and LearnNow. The Angus Knight Group is located in 40 sites within Australia and employs more than 160 people.
With more than 25 years in the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments and as the former CEO of two international human services companies his background in leading complex, multi-disciplined businesses has been pivotal to the growth of Angus Knight as a financially stable, innovative and progressive organisation.
His experience in change management, mergers and acquisitions has led to improved performance in services, products and investment and the development of stronger communities, particularly in regional and remote Australia.
Michael holds a Bachelor of Arts and Post Graduate qualifications in Industrial Relations and Marketing and has completed the AICD Company Directors’ course.
Karena Newland, Jobfind
Karena Newland joined the Joblife Board in February 2021. Karena is currently the CEO of Jobfind, an Angus Knight Company, who delivers Jobactive, Disability Employment Services, ParentsNext and Career Transition Assistance programs.
Karena has over 17 years’ Executive Level experience in Employment Services, in both not for profit and commercial organisations. For most of this time, she has been in Operational Management roles, including General Manager and Chief Operating Officer roles. She also has held Executive level roles in People and Culture, and Quality Business Improvement (Audit and Compliance). She has lead projects relating to mergers and acquisitions, and been involved in a number of successful tender submissions, Service Delivery Model designs and contract implementations. In 2014, she was awarded the NESA Discovery Grant, awarded annually to a leader within the industry, which led to her accompanying the NESA CEO to an international OECD Employment forum in 2015.