Advocating for justice & human rights for people with disabilities in regional WA
Board & Governance
A volunteer Board of Directors manages the strategic direction of the Advocacy South West operational team.
Adam has a professional background in disability services, community development and advocacy. Over the last two decades he has worked in state government, local government, higher education and the NGO sector, and is a past CEO of Advocacy WA. Currently Adam is working towards a PhD focussed on investigating the barriers and facilitators to disability access and inclusion in Bunbury, which is connected with Bunbury’s goal to become the Most Accessible Regional City in Australia (MARCIA). He is passionate about social sustainability and enhancing community access and inclusion for all.
Todd is local businesses entrepreneur with a strong social commitment to supporting community groups to become and remain sustainable. He brings a great deal of knowledge to our Board and has taken on the role of Treasurer.
Harley is the Founder and Managing Director of Focused on Finance. Harley genuinely cares about helping people and identifying opportunities that will benefit the community. His personal experiences with disabilities have lead him to care about how people are treated by society and hopes he can make a significant impact by joining the Board.
Carmel Sheppard, has been associated with Advocacy WA since it was established in 1991. She recently retired from the WA Department of Education and is a committed volunteer and member of many Bunbury community groups.
Robert has lived and worked in Bunbury for the past 12 years and has been involved with Advocacy Western Australia since 2005 both as a client and as a valued Board member. Robert likes camping, walking, fishing, keeping fit and reading.
Jethro is 34 years old and has always lived in the Bunbury area, serves on several Committees, including The City of Bunbury’s Access Committee and a former member of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability. Jethro currently lectures on Individual Support Disability Certificate III at North Metropolitan TAFE, MT Lawley, He is a strong advocate of disability awareness and strongly believes in empowering the person with the disability to lead their own life however they choose.
Michael has been employed with the state government for 12 years with the predominate focus of his career and studies being in the areas of corrections and criminology. He joined Advocacy WA in 2018 to broaden his role in the community by making a difference with others beyond just those involved in the criminal justice system. Michael brings a great deal of knowledge regarding policies, procedures and working in the community from his roles in state government.