Fiona McKenzie AM, Chairperson
I was very proud of the fact that I was the first female chairperson with intellectual disability at CID and I’m happy to be doing this role again.
It’s really important to me because it means that women and people with intellectual disability can lead the way at CID.
I do a lot of advocacy work, supporting our campaigns, and I have talked to a lot of politicians, letting them know what CID does and about big issues like health.
Mentoring people is really important to me, especially in peer to peer work between people with intellectual disability. It really gets people motivated.
Steven Cooke, Vice Chairperson
I have been doing advocacy for a long time and I really feel that it is an important responsibility. There are a lot of people with disability who aren’t as lucky as me and haven’t had the chance to speak up like I have.
It is really important to get the NDIS right. I hear a lot about how it is going from other people and we have to keep doing advocacy until it is right for everyone.
I like to be part of a team doing advocacy work and at CID I get to do that work with others.
Being on the Board, I get to have my say and try to represent other people too.
Jennifer Newman, Vice Chairperson
I have heard about the work of CID for many years. I am excited for the opportunity to share my experience with the Board to further develop inclusion and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with intellectual disability, their families and our community.
From my Wiradjuri culture I value storytelling and listening. I use it for communicating and connecting with other people, to gain support and to bring on change. I look forward to engaging and connecting with the CID community.
Gina Andrews, Secretary
I have been a public servant for more than 20 years with policy expertise in criminal justice systems, child protection, disability, NDIS, institutionalisation, and mental health.
My PhD looks at the experiences of changes in law and policy for a group of children with intellectual disability admitted to Newcastle Mental Hospital in the 1950s.
I also bring personal experience to the Board as my late uncle (Ricky) had an intellectual disability and lived in state care for the majority of his life.
I volunteer as a ski guide with Disabled Wintersport Australia. My favourite activity is to guide children who have intellectual disability. Doing this makes me smile!
I have worked for over 25 years in the Human Resources industry across many disciplines, with the last 15 years mainly in the Not For Profit space.
I enjoy dynamic and collaborative environments. My work focusses on driving business strategy, employee engagement, change and improvement projects, and forging productive relationships across businesses. I have helped develop high-quality cultures and implement positive change in line with organisational values.
I have experience working collaboratively with CEOs, executive teams and senior leadership groups, as well as human resources teams to ensure staff are supported, and mentoring and leadership is provided.
I am looking forward to working with CID as a Director.
Elizabeth brings a lot of knowledge and lived experience to the board. She has been active in advocacy for many years and has been involved in advocacy groups in the eastern suburbs, has worked with the Centre for Disability Studies and has been a member at CID for several years. She has spoken in public about her life including at an ASID conference.
She wants everyone to understand the lives of people with intellectual disability and understand they are just like anyone else if you give them a chance.
Elizabeth is working towards a time when people with disability will have their fair share of rights and will have good things happen in their lives. She doesn’t want people with disability to be left out of anything.
Shu Hua Chan
Sharing information and my story is very important to me.
People with intellectual disability learn new skills when you work with them and you learn from them. We need a chance to grow into adults that can make decisions for ourselves.
I speak 3 languages, Cantonese, English and Mandarin. Having people from non-English speaking backgrounds is very important on a board.
I have spoken to the media a lot about health. I am very proud of this as we need to really get this message out there.
I have been a carer, worked, and been a board member for CID. I understand how difficult it is to juggle all these things.
I have worked in the community sector for 35 years, predominantly with people in contact with the justice system with complex needs, people with cognitive disabilities and in advocacy.
I have been an independent representative on government and industry consultative groups and worked with support organisations to meet disability standards, develop new models of support and improve the quality of individualised supports.
Along with professional experience I also bring to the Board personal lived experience being the legal guardian of a person with an intellectual disability with complex health needs for over 25 years.
I have also advocated for two people in contact with the justice system.
I am a social policy researcher, focusing on disability, young people, peer support, mentoring and how interpersonal relationships can be prioritised in human services. I also research information accessibility, including Easy Read. I have been working in these areas since 2010.
I am also the twin sister of a woman with a physical and intellectual disability and have been an observer and supporter of her strong opinions about her services, supports and workers throughout our lives together.
I look forward to bringing these experiences to my work on the NSW CID Board and to working together with CID’s leaders with intellectual disability.
I believe in speaking up and being seen.
My culture is very important to me and I am bilingual but I often use technology to communicate and do presentations. New technologies can help people with disability to lead better lives. I love to try new experiences.
Independence is very important and I believe making transport accessible can change the lives of people with disability. I have been on many transport advisory groups.
I am on the boards of Diversity Disability Alliance and the Multicultural Disability Advocacy Association.
I received a National Australia Day Council Australian of the Year award in 2012 and 2014.
Kylie Scott is new to the CID board but has been an active member at CID for many years. She has a strong background in advocacy including being part of CID’s Advocacy Group.
She is an accomplished and passionate public speaker about issues for people with intellectual disability.
Kylie has been a member of the Down Syndrome Australia Advisory Network and is great at having her ideas heard and asking important questions. She has been part of NSW Ministry for Health advisory groups and shows strong leadership and organizational skills.
I think the justice system, mental health and transport are big problems for people with intellectual disability that I would like to work on.
Talking to people in the community about what is right and wrong is important, so we know what advocacy we need to do to change things the government does. We need a fair go and to be treated right.
Advocacy is not backing down on the big issues. We need determination, courage and a sense of humour to get our work done.
I am really proud that I am a director on the CID Board. I never expected it!
Robert Strike AM
I believe strongly in citizen advocacy, and in self advocacy. I started Self Advocacy Sydney, because there is nothing more important than helping people speak up and give things a go. Mentoring is a huge part of my work.
I love training people and trying new things! I have done a lot of training for organisations, such as the NSW Police in how to work with people with intellectual disability.
In 2017 and 2018 I spoke at the United Nations about how to include people with intellectual disability.
I received an Order of Australia in 2017 for my services to the community in the area of disability advocacy.
My career has focused on working with vulnerable groups in the community and human service sectors. I am an experienced executive leader, program director and change manager. My passion is to contribute to positive social change.
I am currently working as a consultant, using my knowledge and skills to support vulnerable and disadvantaged members of the community. I have been working closely with government, not-for-profit and non-government organisations.
I have an in depth operational knowledge of change management combined with expert communication, collaboration, and relationship management skills. I bring all these skills and experience to the CID Board.
Justine O'Neill, CEO
As Chief Executive Officer of Council for Intellectual Disability I am proud to lead a team that advocates for the rights of people with intellectual disability and to build on CID’s mission to create a community where all people with intellectual disability are valued.
I have more than 20 years’ experience in service delivery, advocacy, policy development and management in health, ageing, justice and disability contexts. Before joining CID, I was the acting Public Guardian for NSW and I have been active in the movement towards support for decision making for people with cognitive disability.
I enjoy working with CID’s members and striving together to build a more inclusive and welcoming community.