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.

Duncan Angus, Angus Knight Group

Duncan is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Angus Knight Group.

Duncan entered the hospitality industry in 1985, serving in a number of managerial capacities and later focusing on recruitment services to the industry.

In 1991, Peter Knight and Duncan founded Angus Knight as a training services company, which successfully expanded operations throughout Australia. In 1998, Duncan led Angus Knight in a successful bid for the Federal Government’s Employment Services Contract and most recently growth success in the UK CAEHRS tenders and the acquisition of large and successful training companies, Learning Sphere, and VFA.

In 2018, Angus Knight Group embarked on a joint venture with Life Without Barriers to better service Australians living with disability. This venture became Joblife Employment. Angus now serves on the Joblife board.

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.