Disability Employment Australia. Represent, Support, Resource

Board Members

David Coles - ChairpersonDavid Coles
State Manager - Victoria, EPIC Assist.

David is currently State Manager - Victoria for EPIC Assist and has been a senior manager in Disability Employment for over ten years. He has previously held management positions in the sector with  Barkuma, Job Prospects and Employment Plus. David has been a Director of Disability Employment Australia for three years. He has also represented the DES sector in South Australia as Chair of Disability Employment SA (DESA), a position he held for four years.

David came to employment services from a long management career in the wine industry where he explored service, sales and supply chain logistics. Outside of the disability employment sector, David had served for four years in a technical and governance capacity on the Triathlon Australia Board.

Keryl Neville - Vice ChairpersonKeryl Neville
CEO, LEAD Employment, ACT

Keryl has worked in the area of disability since 1989. She is the chief executive officer for LEAD. LEAD Employment is a Disability Employment Network program and business service operating across the ACT and surrounding NSW areas.

Keryl's previous work history includes policy officer for the Division of General Practice, disability educator for Family Planning ACT and various employment and accommodation positions with disability organisations in Sydney and the ACT. Keryl has a Bachelor of Applied Science (occupational therapy) from the University of Sydney, Certificate IV in training and assessment, advanced diploma in disability work, Certificate IV in employment services and is a supported wage assessor.

George Lambrou - TreasurerGeorge Lambrou

George was the CFO of the Recruitment & Consulting Services Association for 15 years and in the recruitment industry for close to 30 years during which time he has been committed to the development, support and increased professionalism of the staffing services industry in the Australasian Region.

George’s qualifications include Bachelor of Business (accounting) is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a qualified lead auditor in in quality Management Systems. 

Donna Faulkner - Board MemberDonna Faulkner
Executive Director, Work Solutions Gippsland, VIC.

Donna’s entire professional life has been dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with a disability.

A passionate Gippslander, Donna established Work Solutions Gippsland in 2002, one of the first private providers of Disability Employment Services in Australia.  For the past 14 years she has led a team of dedicated staff pursuing equal employment opportunities for people with a disability throughout Gippsland.

Much of the success of Work Solutions Gippsland is attributed to Donna’s innovation particularly as it relates to working with employers. She has established a GEMAD group “Gippsland Employers Making a Difference” where employers can register to receive support to assist them become more ‘disability confident’ in all aspects of their business. With over 300 Gippsland businesses including the 6 local government authorities as signatories to GEMAD, Gippsland employers have great capacity to make a difference to the lives of many people in Gippsland.

Donna is the Chairperson of Disability Employment Australia, having served on the Board for over 6 years. Donna has had speaking engagements at a range of international events and is on the steering committee for the first recognised World Conference on Disability Employment to be held in Belfast in 2017.

Garry Davison - Board Member
General Manager, Jobmatch Employment Agency, QLD.

Garry Davison has managed Jobmatch Employment Agency in Gympie since its inception in 1992. Garry has been heavily involved in the development of the Disability Employment sector through his involvement with ACE National Network (now Disability Employment Australia), where he held a variety of executive positions.

He has also been involved in representations to Government on the future directions of disability employment as a member of the Ministers Advisory Committee as well as being on Advisory Committees including the Stars Working Group and the IT Working group. Garry has a Diploma in Disability Works and is a National Panel of Assessors member.

Thérèse Campbell - Board Member
Executive Director, WorkFocus Group

Thérèse has worked in employment services and occupational rehabilitation for 25 years, initially as a case manager, then moving into management and a range of executive roles, predominantly in the areas of strategy, business development and stakeholder engagement

Thérèse is an Occupational Therapist, with post graduate qualifications in Management from the University of Western Australia and the Australian Graduate School of Management. She has 16 years’ experience as a board director at the WorkFocus Group, including a six year period as Chairman, and has completed the Company Directors course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors.