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Meet the team

Far North Community Services benefit from a skilled, regionally-based governing Board who oversee the management of risk, fiduciary obligations and quality of services.

The Board and Senior Management at Far North have extensive experience both lived and work with people with disabilities, their families and carers.

Chris Maher

Chairperson

Chris is currently the Director IT Strategies at Unique Kimberley, a small but growing, innovative tourism consulting service based in Broome and servicing the unique Kimberley region of Western Australia. Chris is also the director of Art House Framing and Picture Supplies. Chris worked for DSC from 1982 – March 2005 and was the Local Area Supervisor in Broome. Chris brings a wealth of local knowledge, high levels of social capital and commitment to quality supports and services for people with disability that are led by the individuals and families.

Justin Mortley

Secretary

I have a personal history of disability as my uncle has a moderate intellectual disability. I grew up thinking he was just the most gentle man and adored him. This lead to me studying a bachelor of Special Education. Since 2006 I have worked in specialised facilities and mainstream schools assisting students with disability to access meaningful learning.

In 2011, I helped fund and establish an education support style centre in Winterton, South African. In 2012, I moved to the Kimberley and worked in the Individual Learning Centre based at Cable Beach Primary School. This was a centre designed to meet specific individual learning needs of students. After a year back in Perth I returned to manage the Kimberley Disability Coordination Team. This team assisted schools to access training, specialists, diagnosis, funding models etc. This project finished at the end of 2016 where I moved to Kununurra for a new experience.

Hayley Haas

Director

Hayley Haas is an experienced legal practitioner in complex commercial dispute resolution and brings human rights advocacy and capacity building experience to her role, having advised several international human rights organisations with consultative status to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.

Hayley currently practices as Special Counsel for KRED Legal, a Broome based legal service provider that is wholly owned by Aboriginal native title groups. Hayley currently works on large scale negotiations to secure high benchmarks for Aboriginal cultural heritage protection and strong employment, contracting and commercial outcomes for native title parties faced with resource development in the Kimberley.

Mark Luca

Director

Mark is an engineer and business analysis practitioner who is skilled at designing data models as well as managing and embedding operational processes within organisations. AS the founder of Luca Analytica where as an analytics team solves important business problems through insights from data and processes. Mark has delivered tangible outcomes at Tier 1 companies and many Health Services. Mark was previously a Director at PwC with a focus on Data and Business Transformation. Mark has professional and person experience dealing with disability and has a sincere commitment to making a positive impact on the industry.

Jennifer Payne

Director

Jennifer is a teacher and psychologist who has called the Kimberley home for 12 years. Jennifer is currently managing director of Potentium Psychology, a private psychology practice in Broome, and of Rypple Ltd, a not for profit research organisation focussing on evaluating impacts of Positive Behavioural Interventions and Supports throughout Western Australia. Jennifer’s main areas of experience are in education, Positive Behaviour Support and suicide prevention. She is passionate about Australians in remote locations having equity of access to the very best supports.

Kathy Hough

Chief Executive Officer

Kathy has over 30 years’ experience working alongside and with people with disabilities in paid and voluntary roles. Kathy has worked as a Social Trainer, was a host family for 13 years for a lady with a profound intellectual disability, epilepsy and acquired brain injury and has held CEO roles for over 20 years. In addition, Kathy has been involved in many industry working parties, civic and Board roles within the sector and led the development of three regional disability service providers. Kathy was the Deputy Chairperson of the Disability Services Commission Board from 2014 to June 2017.

Kathy has a proven track record in delivery quality supports and services for people with disability in regional WA. Quality evaluations of services led by Kathy demonstrate values led organisations that meet all standards to a high degree with committed and capable staff.

Peter Martin

Corporate Services Manager

Peter is an accounting professional with extensive experience within the commercial and not for profit sectors. Peter worked professionally within the manufacturing, mining, agricultural and public health sectors before venturing to the Kimberly where he spent 10 years working within Aboriginal Corporations. Peter brings a wealth of practical commercial accountability.

Jilyan Pratt

Accountant

Jilyan is a qualified accountant with over 25 years’ experience which includes financial accounting, payroll, company secretary and consultant for small to large businesses. She has worked with diverse clients across a wide range of sectors to develop successful businesses and teams. Jilyan has been a consultant with Far North for four years and she is focused on the importance of teamwork to ensure Far North continues to operate at the highest standard.

Jilyan graduated from the University of Western Australia in 1996 with a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting & Finance). She worked in the tax division at Hall Chadwick for four years where she qualified as a Chartered Accountant.​

Elaine Clarke

West Kimberley Disability Services Manager

Elaine was born and raised in Ireland where she attended University and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Social Studies in Social Care. Elaine had the opportunity to study and gain a deeper insight into the impact trauma can have on a person and the trauma model of care continues to place an integral role in her work today. Prior to her move to Australia, Elaine worked for many years in supporting people and their families with disabilities to reach their goals and aspirations and to live a good life. An integral part of Elaine’s core values is adopting a person centred approach at all times and walking alongside the person to live their best life. This was fundamental in her work in supporting young people living in care with complex trauma. Elaine supported the young people to develop healthy coping mechanisms and navigate through the challenges of life.

Elaine’s passion to support the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society was further invigorated following Elaine’s move to Broome 7 years ago. Her role as Disability Services Manager reinforced the importance of providing supports that are culturally secure and led foremost by the person as well as adopting the principles of positive behaviour support. A key focus for Elaine is to support her team and the people they support to assist them to achieve their goals and to empower them to break down the barriers to social inclusion. A principal that embodies the essence of her practice.

Edwin Kosgey

Derby/Fitzroy Crossing Disability Services Manager

Edwin has seven years experience working in the Disability sector, with three years in management and four years of coordinating support services for people with disability in long-term accommodation and respite settings in Perth and Regional WA. Edwin is qualified in Human Resource management, certified in Occupational Health and Safety and has been a member of the Australian Community Workers Association (ACWA) since 2019. Edwin is experienced in the assessment of individual support needs and the planning and the implementation of support programs that are value and community based, person-centred and culturally appropriate.

Edwin is a proactive and compassionate leader who supports his team to provide safe services to people with complex needs to live in a safe environment while ensuring services are delivered in a safe manner.

Angelyn Zulu

East Kimberley Service Delivery Manager (Acting)

Angelyn is a highly motivated, progress focused person with nine years of experience working in the disability sector. She has a passion for supporting people with disability and strives to provide individualised and culturally informed supports and services.

Prior to working in the disability sector, Angelyn worked in management within Human Recourses. Her qualifications included a Diploma in Human Recourses Management and a Diploma in Theology and Counselling.

Angelyn leads a proficient and talented team focused on providing person-centred supports and delivering inclusive programs that support people to achieve their goals.

Dr Rebecca Hunt

Therapy Services Manager

Rebecca has worked across health, aged care, disability and education sectors throughout her 30 year professional career, with the past 16 years being in a regional community based setting. She qualified as a Physiotherapist and additionally has completed a Master of Science in Community Based Rehabilitation and a PhD.

Rebecca has extensive experience in management of multi- and trans-disciplinary teams, particularly in regional settings and enjoys supporting both staff and participants face to face and remotely. She has worked predominantly in the not-for-profit sector and has an in depth understanding of government funded systems as well as other funding models, including the NDIS, to enable coordinated and flexible service delivery. In her spare time Rebecca enjoys water sports and community activities. She is excited to be part of the Far North team and immerse herself in the Kimberley..

Denise Lyons

Support Coordination Manager

Denise has as strong background in compliance and team management. She has previously worked at Centrelink as a personal adviser with social workers and specialist teams responsible for a diverse customer base. Denise has coordinated social care at the Prison Department in Canningvale and Acacia Prisons and was the Principle of her own RTO. As the Compliance Manager in the Training School at Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services (KAMS) Denise was responsible for record keeping, response systems and legislation guided processes.

Denise brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role and is motivated by providing meaningful service excellence.

Michael Dawson

Marketing and Communications Manager

Michael has worked across the Kimberley for over a decade in the Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Sector. He is a qualified, experienced Graphic Designer with post-graduate qualifications in Professional Writing, Health Promotion and Organisational Communication. Michael also has training and implementation experience with the World Health Organisation’s Communication for Behavioral Impact in Health and Social Development (COMBI).

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Pablo Lane

Training Manager

 

Pablo is an Adult Education Professional with experience in delivering Vocational Training in the Mining and Resource sector. Since completing his Trade as a Diesel Mechanic, Pablo has worked a number of roles throughout the Kimberley in the Training and employment sector, including as a Lecturer at Kimberley Training Institute and employment consultant for a Number of Indigenous Organizations helping people gain qualifications and employment.

Pablo is passionate about increasing capabilities and self-determination of the people of the Kimberley.

Michael Chiutare

HR Manager (Acting)

Hospitality studies at South Metropolitan TAFE opened a wide range of opportunities for Michael. Soon after completing his Advanced Diploma, Michael entered the second year of a Bachelor Degree in Human Resource Management at Edith Cowan University.

Michael continued working in hospitality at supervisory and managerial levels while furthering his studies. In 2010, Michael completed a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) and took up an opportunity to work with mining contractor, Compass Group as a Catering Supervisor in Port Hedland and at the Gorgon Project on Barrow Island. Michael joined Far North in July 2021 as a passionate HR practitioner and progressed to current role of A/HR Manager.

Linda McSherry

Quality & Compliance Manager

Linda is a motivated high achiever with a demonstrated track history of improving business systems and developing effective teams.

Linda has worked across mining, health, native title, & disability sectors throughout her career. She qualified in Commerce, OHS & Risk Management and Governance. She is currently a Disability Services Commission board member on the WA Disability Advisory Council.

A mother of two boys, Linda loves going on a camping, fishing or hiking adventure with her family, dabbling in art and playing Floorball.

Piers Yates-Rounds

Operations Manager

Piers is a qualified social worker with over 30 years’ experience working in child protection, mental health, prisons and private practice in rural and remote setting within Australia and internationally. Piers has also assisted the Family Court of Western Australia with Single Expert Witness Reports.

At the age of 17 he joined the Australian Army Infantry Corps and progressed to the role of Military Police where he worked for six years.

Piers has a long history with the Kimberley having first visited Broome in 1979 during which time he worked to build the cattle yards on Port Drive and develop Shamrock Station.

You are at the core of everything we do

We understand people are faced with real challenges, that’s why we do what we say we will do and are accountable for the outcomes. We work to the strengths of all people and are flexible in delivering the best outcomes for people and their families. We’re here to help you and your family and we’re sensitive to the impact we have on the lives of people we support.

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