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Our Board Members

Mick Leyden

Mick Leyden

CHAIRPERSON

Mick is a program manager with 20 years’ experience in both corporate and not for profit organisations. Mick is experienced in designing, developing and evaluating innovative multiyear community service projects and programs. He has a Master of Politics and Policy and is currently studying a Master of Business Administration. He has also been the carer of a family member with disability for 15 years. 

Barry Small

Barry Small

SECRATARY

Barry is an experienced non-executive director and risk management professional with an extensive background in board governance, strategy, process improvement and compliance in both the public and private sectors, including not-for-profit providers of disability support, education, health and aged care. He is a Certificated Member of Governance Institute of Australia.

Now living in Melbourne’s outer south-east, Barry has previously enjoyed 20 years living in central Victoria. He is keen to contribute to his skill, time, and energy to add value to the PALS Committee and support the services PALS delivers to clients and their families.

Julie Brooks

Julie Brooks

CEO

Julie is CEO of Providing All Living Supports (PALS) Inc has over 12 years’ experience working in the Disability services sector. Julie, who has been in the role of CEO for over 3 years was the Business Services Manager of PALS prior to accepting the role of CEO. Julie has had extensive history in the human services sector having formally trained as a nurse and had a long career in event management. When not at her desk Julie can be found paddling in a dragon boat or sailing on Lake Mulwala.

Brian Hardy

Brian Hardy

TREASURER

Brian has over 30 years experience in disability services, most recently as CEO of a children’s therapy service. Brian worked as a Senior Executive within the Victorian Government and in large non-government organisations including Scope and Vision Australia. Brian is particularly interested in helping not-for-profit organisations run successful commercial businesses that are true to their mission and values.

 Brian’s key areas of expertise include financial management, business strategy, marketing and service design and innovation

 Brian is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University and Master of Arts from Latrobe University.

Bronwyn Stanley

Bronwyn Stanley

DEPUTY CHAIRPERSON

Bronwyn is an experienced NDIS Support Coordinator with a demonstrated history of working in the disability sector for over 15 years. Bronwyn is a proud foster carer and grew up in the district. She has worked in a number of areas including Quality Management, Business Managenent, Finances, Project Coordination and NDIS planning.

Therese O'Beirne

Therese O'Beirne

COMMITTEE

I am passionate about partnering with human service organizations to achieve sustainable outcomes for disadvantaged adults and children to realise their goals and life potential.

I have over 10 years’ experience in community and human services including disability, aged, employment and mental health services. My experience comprises senior leadership of small and large multi-disciplinary teams in senior management roles including National Project Manager of Solve Disability Solutions and Save the Children.

I have a Post Graduate certificate in Disability and Inclusion and am currently studying a Bachelor of Arts at Deakin University.

Paige Comensoli

Paige Comensoli

COMMITTEE

I am a lawyer and have worked both in-house and in private practice, as well as in executive management.

Typically, I advise on operations, projects, commercial transactions, and acquisitions/sales, with a particular focus on compliance, governance and risk management.

I am passionate about all things NDIS and its evolution as one of Australia’s largest social reforms. My NDIS practice includes advising NDIS providers on how to navigate the ever-changing regulatory framework. I have also assisted NDIS participants on a pro bono basis with appeals at the NDIS division of the AAT.

I have worked with a diverse range of clients, in particular: universities; disability service providers; medical and allied health practitioners; private hospital operators; franchisors & franchisees; retailers; tech companies; start-ups and ‘disruptors’; NFPs, and social enterprises.

John Bourchier

John Bourchier

COMMITTEE

John who is employed as an Irrigation Officer with Agricultural Victoria, is also a part time farmer on the family dairy farm at Strathmerton as well as farming his own hobby farm at Numurkah. John is very community minded and has held many roles with Community Service Organizations over the years but currently is Chair of the Floridan Park Reserve (Pony Club of Numurkah and District) and a member of the Goulburn Valley Aero Club. John joined the Board of Northern Disability Services in 1982-3 and held the position of Chair prior to the amalgamation to form Providing All Living Supports (PALS) Inc which occurred in 2011. John is the last original Board member of the amalgamated organizations and continues today in the role of Vice Chair and Treasurer.

A Word

From Our Former Chair

If you thought 2020 was strange, 2021 said have i got a surprise for you!

Our second year of “COVID” certainly brought some new and different challenges.  This year saw some amazing resilience, fortitude and courage from our participants and staff in navigating NDIS, locdowns, vaccines, masks and even an earthquake! 

– Bronwyn Stanley

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