Chief Executive Officer
Rick has worked in the disability employment sector since 1996. He became Disability Employment Australia’s CEO at the start of 2015.
He began his career at the Salvation Army, first as an Employment Consultant, and later a Manager of the Disability Employment program. He went on to be the Executive Officer at Workforce and then worked at WISE Employment for ten years as the Policy Advisor.
Rick has seen multiple changes to the structure of disability employment, including the introduction of case based funding, the adoption of different assessment models and the program operate to a performance and compliance framework. Through it all, person-centred assistance, ongoing support and the Disability Service Standards have been integral to best practice and outcomes.
Rick’s work focus is policy development in relation to disability employment services in the Australian and international environment. He represents the sector’s best practice to government, disability advocates, employers and academics. Rick has a Bachelor of Education.
Senior Policy Officer
David has worked in a number of Commonwealth departments that deliver or contract human services. He worked as an Employment Case Manager in the Commonwealth Employment Service in the 1990s, a Youth Officer in the Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, a Contract Manager in the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, and more recently as a Policy and Program Adviser in the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet Indigenous Affairs Group. David’s experience includes being a contract manager for the previous DEN program. David has a strong interest in the improvement of both economic and social outcome for long term unemployed, Indigenous Australians and people with disabilities.
In his spare time, David is also an avid runner and regularly competes in races. He is also a part time tennis official who has regularly worked at the Australian Open.
David has a Bachelor of Arts in History, Geography and Government, a Graduate Certificate in Case Management and Client Services and a Diploma in Government – Contract Management.
Sharlie has a strong social justice background, particularly in the field of child rights and advocacy, and has experience working with NGOs in Kenya, Uganda and Australia. She is committed to advocacy and raising awareness about human rights issues.
She is passionate about the not-for-profit sector and has worked in communications and research in this field for the past 8 years. As a graphic designer, Sharlie is dedicated to using her love of creativity and visual sociology to explore issues and challenge mindsets.
Along with design, Sharlie has a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Sociology, and a Master of Social Science in International Development.
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Executive Assistant to the CEO | Office Manager | Membership Services
Helen has a wealth of experience in the commercial recruitment sector having work at a number of agencies during her 15 plus years in the sector.
Having successfully tackled a variety of roles, from employment consultant and campaign coordinator to customer and client services, and administration, her move into the not-for-profit sector was prompted by a desire to make a difference.
As your first point of contact at Disability Employment Australia, Helen is committed to excellence in customer service and to exceeding the expectations of both our members, and the DES sector more broadly.