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. Dell was awarded Queens Birthday 2015 Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for services to people with intellectual disability.
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.
Gavin grew up on the Yorke Peninsula, the experience of which has led him to become a passionate advocate for people with disability living in rural and remote areas. He brings to SACID many years experience in the community sector having worked in both aged care and disability. Gavin has supported his local community working as a Program Assistant at the Camden Community Centre for over 17 years. Gavin is involved in self advocacy as a member of Our Voice SA where he also assists with delivering self advocacy training to others. He has used his voice as a member of the NDIS Participant Reference Group contributing feedback on NDIS processes and resources. More recently Gavin has taken on a position on the Intellectual Disability Reference Group, a sub-committee of the NDIS Independent Advisory Council. Never too far from his country roots, Gavin enjoys opportunities to explore nature and the outdoors with friends.
SECRETARY, PUBLIC OFFICER AND SACID EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Libby has extensive experience as a self-advocate. She has been involved with Our Voice SA as a Peer Mentor since 2018 and has worked with Purple Orange to run workshops for people with disability. Libby is passionate about sharing her experiences in her life with others and has spoken at many different conferences and groups. Libby has worked on the Towards Inclusive Practice project with SACID and is currently working on the Redress Scheme. She hopes to gain more skills and also provide mentorship to others to speak up about their rights. Libby’s passion is helping people with disability to find their voice and to stand up for themselves; and to support others to take control of their lives. Libby also likes to socialise with others to see what they have been up to.
In Libby’s spare time, she enjoys doing diamond art and knitting.
Supporting genuine participation and inclusion of People with Intellectual Disabilities is important to Jo. She comes to the Board with both personal and professional experience of Disability. She is mum to two kids, including Liam who has Down Syndrome. She also has over 20 years’ experience in managing both community and disability programs and services in Government and community organisations. Jo has been involved in the NDIS since the trial in SA in 2013 and continues to advocate strongly for the needs of People with Intellectual Disabilities to be considered in Government policies and strategies
TISH CUSTANCE - THURSTON
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.
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Terry is the sole parent and carer to his adult son who has an intellectual disability. 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.