Far North Community Services has a skilled and competent Board who govern the organisation well, managing risk, their 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.
Chairperson: Chris Maher
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 President of Shinju Matsuri and 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.
Secretary: Justin Mortley
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.
Director: Hayley Haas
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.
Director: Mark Luca
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. Mark has delivered tangible outcomes at Tier 1 companies and many Health Services. Mark currently works as a Senior Manager at PwC in their Actuarial team which largely deals with making meaning from data.
Mark has professional and personal experience dealing with disability and has a sincere commitment to making a positive impact in the industry.
Director: Jennifer Payne
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.
CEO: Kathy Hough
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.