QDN has a small, dedicated team that consists of staff who work full time and part time.

Senior Management Team

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Paige Armstrong, Chief Executive Officer

I have been Chief Executive Officer of QDN since October 2013. I have a strong commitment to social justice, and the empowerment and inclusion of people with disability as active citizens in their communities. With over 35 years in the disability sector, I bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. I have previously worked with Health Consumers Queensland, the Endeavour Foundation, Queensland Health, Spinal Injuries Association, Centacare, and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

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Michelle Moss, Strategy and Policy Director

I have worked in the human services sector for almost 30 years including disability, health, and domestic violence. I have worked in both Government and non-Government sectors in a variety of roles including direct support work, complex behaviour support, policy, training and education, consumer and community engagement and project management. My work is founded on a strong commitment to ensuring the voice of people is part of the public policy and the design, planning and evaluation of services and systems.

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Shelley Birrell, Projects Manager

I have experience working across the not-for-profit community and disability service sectors. I have previously worked in disability service delivery, and Peak bodies such as National Disability Services, Queensland Council of Social Service and Institute for Healthy Communities. This has provided me with extensive experience in quality management, event planning and hosting conversations that matter. I have a passion for community development and working alongside people to co-design solutions to ‘wicked’ problems.

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Olivia Spadina, Engagement Manager

With over 20 years’ experience in government and not-for-profit sectors, I am passionate about community and consumer engagement. Having worked in disability, health and training industries, my expertise lies in supporting people to share their experiences to influence and co-design policy, systems, infrastructure and projects. I have experience in managing projects from engagement and planning through to delivery, developing strategic organisational responses, creating engaging content for various communications channels and coordinating large-scale organisational and community events.

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Troy Wolski, Engagement Lead

I bring extensive human services and project experience, both in Australia and the UK, to the QDeNgage portfolio of work at QDN, with demonstrated experience of developing key stakeholder relationships within Government, NGO, and the Private Sectors to achieve strategic outcomes.

I approach work from a strong human rights framework and believe everybody has a story to share, based on their lived experiences. This experience is unique and valuable to Government, NGOs and Private Organisations when designing accessible and inclusive societies in which we live. I want to ensure these stories, of people with lived experience of disability, are not just heard but  influence the public debate and contribute to meaningful change.

The QDN Team

Natalia Freitas, Finance Officer

Narelle Rusich, Executive and Member Support Officer

Carla Galvin,  Administration and Project Support

Gina Muller, Communications and Project Support

Elly Desmarchelier, Project Lead

Louise Pollard, Project Officer

Kate Burton, Project Officer – Targeted Outreach Project

Jeremy Farley, Project Officer – Targeted Outreach Project

Cassandra Paton, Project Officer – Targeted Outreach Project

Ned Sparksman, Project Officer – Power of Peers

Danielle Flanagan, Project Officer – Power of Peers

Kat Bhathena, Project Officer – Power of Peers

Lisa Hateley, Project Officer - Power of Peers

Fiona Malcolm, Project Officer

 

 

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