Dell has led SACID in a voluntary capacity since 2006. She was the sole parent and carer to her daughter Michelle for fifty years. Due to Michelle’s disabilities, Dell has been involved in advocacy on behalf of Michelle, as well as for others who are unable to speak for themselves. Dell’s passion and commitment lies in seeking “good lives” for people with intellectual disability, particularly those who are living in institutionalised arrangements. Keeping people with intellectual disability informed about their rights is foremost on her agenda. Dell regularly shares her experiences and deep understanding of disability by providing significant input into many State and Federal Government consultations relevant to people with intellectual disability and their families.



Olivia has personal experience of disability as the godmother of a child who receives services funded by the NDIS. Her godchild lives with severe and profound intellectual disability, autism, and physical disability resulting in significant mobility support needs and complex communication needs. Olivia has qualifications in Disability and Management and is currently furthering her studies in Disability and Developmental Education at Flinders University. Starting her career in the sector 12 years ago Olivia has held numerous roles in the management of disability services and supporting people living with disability who have high and complex support needs. Olivia believes in the use of a human rights approach to facilitate service user engagement, empowerment, choice and control, safety, and lifelong learning.



Richard has worked in the disability sector for many years. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Intellectual Disability Services Council (IDSC) from 1984 until 2006. Richard was appointed as Professorial Fellow in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit of Flinders University where he developed and ran the Graduate Certificate in Disability Studies (Leadership). Richard recently retired from his role as Senior Practitioner in the South Australian Department of Communities and Social Inclusion where he led the work on the elimination of the use of restrictive practices. Richard has served on many boards and committees relevant to disability. His principal interest is in the wellbeing of people with intellectual disability, how they can take control of their lives, participate in, and contribute to the South Australian community.



Felicity 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. Felicity also enjoys sharing her knowledge, experience and passion with students through tutoring at Flinders University in the Disability and Community Inclusion Unit.



Chris is a self-advocate and represents the voice of people with intellectual disability on the SACID Board. He is also a member of the Express Yourself Self Advocacy Group in Adelaide. Chris has represented South Australia on the Inclusion Australia – Our Voice Committee for a number of years. The Our Voice National Committee is made up of self advocates from all over Australia. During his time on the Our Voice Committee, Chris contributed to advocacy work regarding the employment of people with intellectual disability and helped other people with intellectual disability to understand the NDIS. Chris is also employed with SACID as an Inclusion Worker.



Tish has held a range of roles in Human Resources in disability service providers in South Australia and Victoria. She promotes a diverse and inclusive workforce and is passionate about creating inclusive, accessible environments. Tish possesses a Master of Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Management and a Bachelor of Journalism. Tish joined the SACID Board with a desire to support SACID’s contribution to the community and vision to achieve an inclusive community where people with intellectual disability are involved and accepted as equal participating members.



The needs of people with an intellectual disability have been an important focus of David’s life since 1972. That year he joined the local Whyalla association seeking a full community life for his daughter and other young people with disabilities. Improved access to preschool and primary schooling was achieved, while integrated community housing for adults was a further prominent issue pursued. David has continued his involvement in disability issues with conference attendance, and visits to centres promoting best practice in the support and integration of people with disabilities both in Australia and North America. He is presently an Adjunct Associate Professor of the University of South Australia.



Ruth has been involved in disability both personally and professionally. She is a mother to Vicky who had multiple disabilities and preferred to communicate non-verbally. Ruth supported Vicky to run her own business and was one of the first people in the state to have a self-managed funding package. With Vicky as her inspiration, she completed a PhD at Flinders University with a study of “Exploration of the Relationship of Self-Employment and Quality of Life”. Ruth was employed for thirty years as Manager, Quality Assurance and Evaluation at Barkuma which involved determination of client satisfaction with service delivery. She believes strongly in advocacy for people with disabilities and that it is most effective through self-advocacy wherever possible.



Terry is the sole parent and carer to his adult son who has an intellectual disability. Terry represents SACID on the Tenants Committee for organisations that share our office space in Hilton, SA. Terry and his son Stefan have been navigating the NDIS to secure appropriate funding to purchase assistance and services which make the most sense to them and they bring this valuable perspective to our Board meetings. Stephan attends all SACID Board meetings with his father Terry Franklin. Stefan brings his personal experience of having an intellectual disability.



Debra McGrath has a strong commitment and passion to assist individuals living with a disability and has worked in the disability sector for over 40 years in Executive and Leadership roles. Debra’s experience in more recent years includes implementing and monitoring a variety of services to meet required standards across South Australia for people living with intellectual disability and for those living on the autism spectrum. Debra’s professional background includes overseeing, developing and monitoring funding systems; policy and practice research and development; encouraging and mentoring individuals with intellectual disability to understand their rights and for their voices being heard; developing new models in service delivery; staff training and developing and improving services in Cambodia and Thailand. During Debra’s career she was employed at Intellectual Disability Services Council; South Australian government Disability Services; Minda Inc; CSI and Autism SA.



Julie has over 15 years-experience working in fundraising, business development and marketing roles. Julie’s brother has an intellectual disability and she is not only his advocate, but manages his NDIS plan and organises his supports. She believes strongly that everyone should have the opportunity to participate in the community and be treated with dignity and respect. Julie is passionate about making a difference and giving back to the community and considers it an honour and privilege to be a SACID Board Member. Julie looks forward to making a positive contribution to the SACID Board with a key focus on empowering people with an intellectual disability to have a voice and achieve their goals.



Tony has personal experience of intellectual disability, being the co-guardian and advocate for his nephew who lives in supported accommodation. He has a strong commitment to community and fairness and has joined the SACID Board to help promote greater awareness, inclusion and consideration for people living with a disability and their families. Tony has over 20 years’ experience in executive and leadership roles in both Government and commercial sectors, having begun his career as a butler to HM Queen Elizabeth II. More recently, Tony has established a business that seeks to share contemporary business skills with organisations – including not for profits – focusing primarily on strategic planning, marketing and communications activities. His qualifications include an MBA from the University of South Australia.