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.

Patrick McKendry , Angus Knight Group

Patrick is a pragmatic business leader with demonstrated experience in managing performance, leading people and building organisations through innovation & strategic leadership in complex business and challenging commercial environments. He is an experienced industry/sector advocate, key influencer and negotiator at all levels of Government. Patrick has managed and grown businesses from start-up phase through to maturity with thousands of staff and clients across multiple sites nationally and internationally with overall responsibility for all aspects of the operations, stakeholder management, investor and government relations.

Patrick’s Board appointments have covered the following in recent years:

• National Quality Council (NQC) • Appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Chair of NQC from 2007-2012. • TVET AUSTRALIA • Appointed by the Commonwealth Government as Chair of the Technical and Vocational Education Company LTD from 2007-2012. • Queensland Manufacturing Institute (QMI) • Appointed by the Queensland Government as a Director of QMI from 2010 -2015.

Peter Shergold, Chair

Peter is the Chancellor of Western Sydney University, Coordinator-General of Refugee Resettlement in NSW and the Chair of Opal Aged Care. Previously he had a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service. He was Secretary of the Department of Employment in the early years of Job Network and later served for five years as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet.

He is a leading advocate for social change and an expert in policy with a distinguished career in the Australian Public Service, and considerable experience across the not-for-profit and private sectors.

Peter received a B.A. Hons (First Class) in Politics and American Studies from the University of Hull; an M.A. in History at the University of Illinois at Chicago Circle; and a PhD in Economics from London School of Economics.

He was elected a Fellow of The Academy of Social Sciences (FASSA) in Australia in 2005. He has also been made a Fellow of the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA), the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), the Australian Institute of Management (AIM) and the Royal Society of NSW (FRSN). In 2017 he was elected National President of IPAA.

Peter was made a Member in the Order of Australia (AM) for public service on Australia Day 1996 and was presented with the Centenary Medal in 2003. In 2007, he received Australia’s highest award, the Companion in the Order of Australia (AC) for service to the community.

Professor Shergold officially began his role as Board Chair on 22 August 2018.