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Our board

Our Board of Directors is responsible for our governance and strategic direction.  

Each member brings different skills and experience to support our vision of an inclusive Australia for people with an intellectual disability. 

Kevin Stone – Chair 

With more than 40 years’ experience in the disability field, Kevin has worked relentlessly to improve the lives of people with disability, both as an individual advocate and systemically by influencing state and national policy. As Chair, Kevin has been at the forefront of developing national policy and representing and championing the voice of self-advocates. Kevin served as the Chief Executive Officer of VALID from 1989 to 2021. 

Kevin is the author of a number of training programs and resources and has contributed to significant person-centred reforms that have increased the independence of people with disability. These include the introduction of individualised funding, Victoria’s self-direction initiatives, and the campaign for an NDIS. Kevin has also represented people with disability and their families on state and national reference groups and ministerial advisory committees over the past 25 years, including NDIS Intellectual Disability Reference Group. 

Kevin was recognised by the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for his service to the disability community. 

Jennifer Dixon 

Jenny has upheld an enduring commitment to social justice and the rights of people with disability for over 40 years. With experience across education, equity programs, community development and change management, her vision is an inclusive community where people have authentic relationships and genuinely look out for each other. 

As CEO of Tasmania’s Speak Out Advocacy, Jenny’s key strength is her ability to collaborate with people with disability to co-design strategic action plans and implement continuous improvement activities. She is skilled in capacity building and leadership development and has extensive knowledge and experience in evaluation and research methodologies. Jenny’s role with Inclusion Australia includes mentoring and advice concerning governance and compliance. 

Dell Stagg 

As President of SACID, Dell has been a leader in the advocacy sector for some 50 years following the birth of her daughter Michelle. 

Dell has been on many boards and committees particularly regarding people with intellectual disability and their families. She is a current member of the Key Influencers and Peak Industry Groups Stakeholder Forum for the SA Government’s Department of Human Services— NDIS Implementation of the NDIS Reform. 

Dell has been involved in presenting submissions and reports to the Productivity Commission and many enquiries during her many years of service. She was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2015 for her service to people with intellectual disability and their families. 

Justine O’Neill 

Justine is the CEO of NSW Council for Intellectual Disability (CID) where she is proud to lead a team that advocates for the rights of people with intellectual disability. 

Justine has degrees in Social Work and Arts from the University of Sydney. She has 20 years’ experience in service delivery, advocacy, policy development and management in health, ageing, justice and disability contexts. Previously the acting Public Guardian for NSW, Justine has been active in the movement towards supported decision making for people with cognitive disability. She is a member of the NSW Ageing and Disability Commissioner’s Advisory Board. 

Mary Butterworth 

Mary is the CEO of Developmental Disability WA (DDWA). She started out as a live-in nanny in the UK with several families with children with disability, and has worked in organisations that support people with disability for most of her working life.  This hands-on experience has led to a strong interest in providing high-quality support to families, so they can better meet their own needs and that of their family member with disability. 

Mary has worked in a variety of roles including managing two organisations in the remote Pilbara region, managing professional development for service providers at National Disability Services and managing the development of resources and education sessions for families at Developmental Disability WA and WA’s Individualised Services. 

With a Social Science degree in Human Service Management and having graduated from the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Mary has a depth of experience to draw upon to advocate for better outcomes for people with disability and their families through every stage of life. 

Jodi Wolthers  

Jodi Wolthers has been the CEO of Parent to Parent since 2010, having joined the organisation in 2000.  Jodi has been on boards and reference groups including the Health and Community Sector Industry Reference Group, the Counselling Advisory Committee for the Faculty of Arts and Business, University of the Sunshine Coast and the Qld NDIS Transition Advisory Group (QTAG).  

Jodi is proud of her work in 2014 to assist in establishing the Loud and Clear Qld Self-advocacy group.  Jodi and the members of Loud and Clear worked with the Disability Royal Commission to give evidence on topics including Employment, Independent living and the Covid-19 vaccination for people with a disability.  

Jodi is on the steering committee of an inclusive education project, and is looking forward to watching the growth of the 5 Peer Mentors that will be employed to deliver this work. 

Jodi also looks forward to continuing her role on the Inclusion Australia board as it delivers its current projects including Making Decisions Real and Towards Inclusive Practice. 

Heather Forsyth 

Heather Forsyth is a highly experienced self-advocate who has overcome many challenges in her life to become a leader and support worker for other people with a disability. Heather is the current Chair of Our Voice. She is a member of the Empower Us Action Team which is a group of Self Advocates from around the world, leading the way on empowerment of others and to have our voices heard. She attended their World Congress in Birmingham, UK in May 2018. 

Heather’s experience as a self-advocate includes serving as: 

  • a former member of the National Disability Advisory Council (NDAC) 
  • a former Board member of the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations (AFDO) 
  • a Board member of the National Council on Intellectual Disability (NCID) 
  • a project worker with VALID 
  • a Mainstream and Me Peer Community Educator 

As well as being a regular presenter at VALID’s Having a Say Conference, Heather’s experience as a speaker includes: 

  • Keynote speaker at the 2008 ASSID Conference 
  • Presenting at the 2006 Inclusion International conference in Acapulco, Mexico 
  • Speaking at the 2010 Inclusion International conference in Berlin, Germany 
  • Speaking at the 2017 Speak Out Conference 
  • Speaking at the 2018 Inclusion Australia Employment Forum