Leadership

Governance

CHAIRMAN

  • Mr Kym Wallent

BOARD MEMBERS

  • Ms Sam Paior
  • Rev Geoff Burger
  • Mr John Inglis
  • Mr Ben Raw
  • Ms Louise Trinkle

Management

John is responsible for executing the Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) strategy as defined by the board. John joined LDS in June 2020 after a short contract as Interim CEO to help LDS manage through the COVID-19 pandemic. John provides the leadership and direction to ensure that LDS continues to deliver on its mission of providing outstanding individualised and Christ-centred accommodation services to persons with a disability. John, a chartered accountant, previously worked as CEO of Operation Flinders Foundation Inc, a not-for-profit that provides adventure-based remote outback therapy programs for youth at risk.

Michael is responsible for organisational development, human resources, corporate services, quality and safeguarding, work health safety, and business development. In this role, he is responsible for marketing and communications, building strong partnerships within the disability sector, and strengthening the community of our clients, families and advocates. The role includes ensuring Lutheran Disability Services complies with NDIS quality and safeguarding, and policy development and quality processes. Michael has senior executive experience in marketing, business development, project management and governance at brands such as RAA, Bedford Group and SA Government businesses.

Rebecca is responsible for client services across the Adelaide metropolitan and Barossa regions.  Rebecca’s role includes oversight and management for Lutheran Disability Services’ support staff and clients while ensuring we support the people we serve to become more independent and know they are valued and belong in their communities. With over 12 years of experience working with charitable organisations walking alongside those who need a helping hand, Rebecca is passionate about person-centred service delivery and empowering clients. She believes that every individual is a valuable member of their community and actively promotes inclusion.

Darren is responsible for client and family relationships across the Adelaide metropolitan and Barossa regions. He has a long history of working in the disability sector and senior leadership. Darren’s role includes oversight and management for Lutheran Disability Services’ onboarding, liaison with the Quality & Safeguarding Commission as well as NDIS quoting, while ensuring we support the people we serve to become more independent and know they are valued and belong in their communities.

Carman ensures that Lutheran Disability Services’ (LDS) financial management is maintained at a high-quality standard. She has considerable experience in the community services sector, including managing a number of Early Childhood and Education and Care services and managing key funding projects in the Disability Services Division of the Victorian Department of Human Services. Carman’s role is to manage the finance and back-office functions of LDS to ensure we can continue to deliver sustainable and efficient services to our clients. She is responsible for implementing and managing IT and other infrastructure projects and developing Specialist Disability Accommodation strategies to ensure that LDS provides outstanding accommodation and supported independent living options for our clients.

Ben provides operational management and leadership in client services. Ben’s team provides support to clients in the inner northern, eastern and inner southern areas of Adelaide. He has been working within the disability sector for more than 10 years and has lived experiences with a son who has autism. Ben is passionate about ensuring that Lutheran Disability Services staff are equipped with the right training, mentoring and guidance so that clients receive the best possible support to lead a fulfilling and rewarding life.

As Client Services Manager, Matt leads a team that delivers valued outcomes for his clients, supporting their independent living. Having worked nationally and internationally across a broad range of industries in senior management roles, Matt has developed a genuine passion for leading and mentoring staff and engaging them to deliver great results. Ensuring a positive service experience and person-centred approach, Matt is motivated by increasing client independence. His region extends from West Lakes to Woodside and the Barossa Valley.

Rebecca supports the intake and transition of new clients into Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) within southern Adelaide. She works collaboratively with LDS staff, support coordinators and other service providers to ensure that clients have their NDIS funding and their needs met. As a developmental educator and woman of faith, Rebecca is passionate about connecting with those she works with so that they feel valued, supported and empowered. She brings both professional experience, having worked in the disability sector for many years, and lived experience parenting a son with a disability.

Jordan is responsible for assisting new clients to find their happy home with LDS and working closely with Support Coordinators and other NDIS practitioners to help match clients to our service.   Jordan is an experience business development manager, holding many roles within media and hospitality.  Jordan is also part way through his OT degree and uses this knowledge in his day to day role to support people to find their next home.   Seeing clients thrive from their new opportunities is a very rewarding part of Jordan’s role.

Joyce manages the finance and payroll services of Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) through effective leadership, advice and hands-on support. She focuses on delivering outcomes that are aligned to the mission, values and financial goals of LDS to ensure that we are providing the optimum service to our clients. Joyce immigrated to Australia in 2006 and graduated with a Master of Accounting and Finance in 2009, and she has membership with CPA. Joyce has served LDS since 2015 and enjoys making a difference in the lives of our clients through her role.

Delmy is responsible for the operational and strategic human resources functions that ensure a capable and awesome workforce that delivers on the broader Lutheran Disability Services (LDS) business goals. With experience in the health and disability sectors and qualifications in human resources (HR), Delmy partners with LDS managers to provide HR advice and execute workforce strategies, including attraction and recruitment, learning and development, succession planning and HR project work. She is passionate about creating inclusive and rewarding work environments that set up employees to succeed.

John is responsible for the management, strategic advice and support for all IT and Property projects across LDS. John’s key responsibilities are to lead and manage the development, coordination and delivery of all such projects for the CEO and management in accordance with best practice principles and practices. John has over 15 years’ experience leading projects and talented teams of specialists to confirm the attainment of organisational objectives within agreed time and budget. John has a passion for disability with a key highlight in his career being the key driver in the setup of the first Autism specific school in SA “Treetop Autism School” now known as “Aspect Treetop School”.