David Coles - Chairperson
Operation Manager - EPIC Assist
David is currently Operation Manager for EPIC Assist and has been a senior manager in disability employment for over ten years. David is based on the Gold Coast, Queensland. 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 five 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. In addition to his extensive DES experience, David also worked in Melbourne with EPIC, developing Employment Supports in the NDIS environment.
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.
Thérèse Campbell - Vice Chairperson
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.
Stephen Moore - Board Member
General Manager Projects, MAX Solutions Pty. Ltd.
Stephen is currently General Manager for MAX Solutions. He previously was COO at Angus Knight Pty. Ltd. with responsibility for the Jobfind Centres’ Disability Employment Services (DES) business and RISE Ventures delivering the community development program in remote Northern Territory and Far North Queensland. He had 24 years of government experience in employment analysis, policy and services – most recently as CIO of the Department of Employment developing the systems and technical tools supporting providers, job seekers and employers.
Stephen is an Econometrician with an Honours degree from Macquarie University and has a Graduate Diploma in Economics from the Australian National University. He is also an adjunct professor in Information Systems at the University of Canberra.
Tracey Fraser - Board Member
CEO, The Personnel Group
Tracey is the CEO with The Personnel Group and has worked in the Disability Employment Services (DES) space for over 20 years. Tracey first experienced DES as a HR Practitioner recruiting for a manufacturing plant. This experience with a DES, including the hands-on involvement in seeing people with disability achieve in open employment and the positive impact on the total workforce, led Tracey to choose the industry as a career move.
Tracey’s prior work history covers HR and Finance, and in her spare time Tracey is a member of Rotary and sits on the Community Advisory Committee to Albury/Wodonga Health.
Lisa Smith - Board Member
CEO and Executive Director, ON-Q
Lisa is the CEO and Executive Director of ON-Q Disability Employment and has been with this Company for 11 years. She has worked in employment services for 21 years, beginning her career at the coal face as an employment consultant. Lisa then took up roles as a quality assurance auditor and performance support before moving into operational management and executive management roles.
Lisa holds a degree in Social Science with majors in Communication and Human Resource Management. She has a keen interest in the disability policy setting, particularly to increase workforce participation rates for people with disability in open employment. She has been Executive Director at ON-Q for 3 years and has completed the Company Directors course with the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michael Dobbie - Board Member
Senior Manager, PwC
Michael is currently a Senior Manager at PwC and has been tasked with leading their Reimagine Accessible Employment Strategy. Michael first experienced the DES sector in his role as Chief of Staff to The Hon. Jane Prentice, former Assistant Minister for Disability Services, but his passion for disability employment more generally stems from his own personal lived experience and seeing firsthand the positive impact that employment has on the lives of people with disability.
Prior to working in government and politics, Michael represented Australia in wheelchair tennis and was a member of our 2008 Beijing Paralympic team.