Disability Employment Australia. Represent, Support, Resource

Disability Employment Australia Staff

Rick KaneRick Kane
Chief Executive Officer

Rick has worked in disability employment since 1996. He became Disability Employment Australia’s CEO at the start of 2015.

He began his career at the Salvation Army, 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 government relations and policy development as it relates to best practices and continuous improvement increasing employment outcomes for people with disability in Australia. This includes engaging international perspectives. He represents the sector’s best practice in his work with government, disability advocates, employers and academics.

David BestDavid Best
Policy Manager

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 Wise

Sharlie Wise
Communications Manager

(Currently on maternity leave)

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 10 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.

Charlotte LaneCharlotte Lane
Executive Assistant to the CEO | Office Manager | Membership Services

Charlotte's career has involved working in Administration across a range of industries, including hospitality, health, logistics and the community services sector.   More recently she has worked with a not-for-profit homelessness agency in Melbourne, Hanover Welfare Services – now Launch Housing. 

Whilst at Hanover, Charlotte enjoyed working in a values-based organisation where achieving sustainable outcomes for people at risk of homelessness, or who were experiencing homelessness was central to our mission.   

George LambrouGeorge Lambrou
Finance Manager

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.