Disability Employment Australia. Represent, Support, Resource

Board Members

David Coles - Chairperson
Regional Coordinator / Policy Advisor, EPIC Assist 

David is currently Regional Coordinator/Policy Advisor for EPIC Assist (EPIC) based in Regional Queensland. In his 20-year career, David has held management positions in the Disability Employment and Employment Services sectors with EPIC, Barkuma, SYC Job Prospects and Employment Plus. David is also an accredited assessor with the National Panel of Assessors.

David has considerable expertise in governance and strategic direction. He has previously served on the DEA Board and held the executive positions of Chair and Vice Chair during his three terms of service. David also served on the South Australian DES member peak body, Disability Employment SA (DESA) for five years, with three years as Chair. In addition, he spent a number of years as a director of the Triathlon Australia Board, including two years as Vice President, during which time Triathlon debuted as an Olympic sport. These experiences shaped David’s leadership skills, and the ability to manage change and dynamic growth in the face of competing pressures.

Keryl Neville - Vice Chairperson

CEO, LEAD Employment 

Keryl has more than 20 years’ experience in Disability Employment sector.  She is the CEO of LEAD having held that position for over 20 years. LEAD was an early entrant into the Australian open employment movement for people with a disability securing a research grant in 1989 to look at alternative employment models (than sheltered workshops) for people with significant disability. A passion of Keryl’s is to see employment support for all who wish to work not cutting out people because of a 0-7 work capacity nor insisting people’s employment support be siloed into a particular funding bucket. Just a pure and simple system that enables people to hold a job with whatever support they need to do that.

Thérèse Campbell - Board member

Therese Campbell

Director Government and Stakeholder Engagement, MedHealth 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. 

Tracey Fraser - Board Member

Tracey Fraser

General Manager, Growth & Innovation, The Personnel Group   

Tracey is the former CEO of an expanding, successful DES service, The Personnel Group.  She holds a Master of Business Administration and over 20 years’ experience in the Disability Employment Services industry. During that time Tracey has worked across all roles within an expanding organisation.  Key roles and responsibilities have included the entire gamut of DES, including operations, marketing, business development, HR and finance.

The Personnel Group now sits as a major regional DES provider across 11 ESAs in North East Victoria and Southern NSW and the ACT, supporting 30 full time and over 70 part time/outreach offices.   Embedding Tracey's passion for inclusion and equality is a focus of how The Personnel Group conducts its business with all stakeholders, truly believing that if we proactively engage our jobseekers and employers, the compliance framework will be easier to manage. Tracey is a staunch supporter of community connectedness and ensuring services to regional and remote jobseekers are equal to that of our metro partners. Tracey is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has undertaken training in the Carver Model for Board Governance.

Karen Rainbow - Board Member

CEO, Employment Services, APM

With more then 27 years of Disability Employment and jobactive experience, Karen’s current role as APM as CEO Employment Services has responsibility for over 1700 personal and more than 500 locations across both regional and metropolitan areas. APM currently delivers DMS and ESS in 92 ESA.

Karen has been with APM 11 ½ years and previously was 16 years at GenU/MatchWorks a leading provider of DES and other Disability Services, in a senior management role.

Karen is passionate about people and genuinely believes that transparency, clarity, and consistency in messaging are critical to achieving a true culture of performance and excellence.

She is equally passionate about assisting People with Disability into employment, and truly believes the work is integral to self-worth, dignity, and social inclusion.

Mark Chaffey - Board Member

Chief Operating Officer, Employment & Marketing, Ability Options

With more than 25 years’ experience, Mark has an extensive background in management and strategy across a broad range of traditional and not-for-profit industries. Since 2019 he has held senior management positions in organisations delivering a range of Disability and employment programs including DES.

Mark is a result-driven business executive, currently working in the role of Chief Operating Officer Employment & Marketing, at Ability Options, one of the largest disability and employment service providers in NSW. His record of success as an executive in the disability sector, is significant, having also served as CEO of MTC Australia for eight years, during which time MTC grew by more than five hundred percent both in revenues, and the number of people directly assisted by MTC.


Mat McIntyre  - Board Member

Executive General Manager, Innovation & Growth,  The Disability Trust 

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