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.
The Inclusion Australia Board, Melbourne October 2022 with our CEO Catherine McAlpine (far left). Mary Butterworth is missing from the photo.
Kevin Stone – Chair
Kevin has worked relentlessly to improve the lives of people with disability for over 40 years, both as an individual advocate and systemically by influencing state and national policy. As CEO of VALID from 1989 to 2021, he has been at the forefront of developing national policy and representing and championing the voice of self-advocates.
Kevin is the author of a number of training programs and resources and has contributed to significant 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 the NDIS. Kevin has represented people with disability and families on state and national reference groups and ministerial advisory committees, including the NDIS Intellectual Disability Reference Group. He was recognised by the Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for his service to the disability community.
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 Speak Out Tasmania, 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.
Kalena is the current chair of Inclusion Australia’s Our Voice Committee. She lives on the north-west coast of Tasmania and has worked with Speak Out Tasmania for many years, including as part of their self-advocacy group and Members Executive.
Kalena has given evidence at the Disability Royal Commission hearings. She represented Australia at the Inclusion International Conference in Orlando, USA in 2016.
Working with her fellow Our Voice members, Kalena did research about ways people with intellectual disability use technology. This was recognised when Our Voice won the Sir Robert Martin Self Advocacy Award in 2019.
Kalena is interested in supported decision making. She was a member of the Make Decisions Real Steering Group and part of an animation called Decisions Decisions Decisions about the rights of people with a disability to make their own decisions.
Kalena works at Kmart which she loves. She enjoys being outdoors, going bushwalking, swimming and spending time with family and friends. She also loves craft and cats.
Felicity is Executive Director of the South Australian Council on Intellectual Disability (SACID), an organisation that work towards achieving an inclusive community for people with intellectual disability and their families.
Felicity is a qualified Developmental Educator and has worked in a range of positions in the disability sector including service development, project management and service management roles. Felicity is passionate about supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice within their community.
In both a professional and voluntary capacity she has assisted with the development of self-advocacy programs and supported individual’s with intellectual disability in their self-advocacy roles. This passion for supporting people with intellectual disability to have a voice has led her to undertake a PhD in the area of inclusive research.
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 over 20 years’ experience in service delivery, advocacy, policy development and management in health, ageing, justice and disability contexts. Before joining CID, Justine worked at the NSW Public Guardian and 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 and is an honorary industry fellow with the University of Technology Sydney.
Mary is the CEO of Developmental Disability WA (DDWA). She has been working in the not-for-profit sector for over 35 years, supporting people with disability, their families and the organisations that assist them. Mary’s diverse experience has included supporting children with disability as a live-in nanny in the UK, managing professional development for disability service providers and managing a disability support service in Karratha for 11 years.
This range of experience has provided Mary with a unique insight into the complexities of supporting people with significant disability and their families in metropolitan, regional and remote areas of Western Australia. Mary has Social Science degree in Human Service Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute for Company Directors (AICD).
Jodi has been the CEO of Parent to Parent since 2010. She has served 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 Queensland NDIS Transition Advisory Group (QTAG).
Jodi is proud of her work in 2014 to assist in establishing the Loud and Clear Queensland 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.
Stephanie is passionate about sustainable human-centered systems design that drives inclusion and opportunity. She has brought that passion to her leadership in strategy and service design in government and the not-for-profit sector in areas as diverse as disability, blood, health, aged care, local government, regional and community development.
Stephanie brings deep experience in contemporary governance, service development, risk and performance management.
She was responsible for leading the design of the participant component of the NDIS trial sites – a role where she is forever grateful for the guidance and engagement with the disability advocacy sector.
Stephanie is a Board member of VALID and was previously a Board member of AND.
Tracy is an independent board member for Inclusion Australia. Her career has focused on working with people in many NSW communities, including in policing, child protection and disability. She has worked in rural and remote locations for almost 20 years to support people to stay in their communities. She has a commitment to social justice and human rights. Tracy uses her knowledge and skills to support people to have a voice and ensure everyone is respected and included, especially in decisions about their lives. She supported people who lived in institutions to transition into the community and is committed to the quality of services that people receive. Tracy brings an in-depth operational knowledge of change management combined with expert communication, collaboration, and relationship management skills.