As one of the Directors of roundsquared, I bring over 30 years of experience in the disability sector as well as having two daughters who have NDIS plans.
My experience started after leaving school in the UK, when I worked in a large institution on a locked ward for young men with significant autism. I was very lucky to work under a Charge Nurse who was visionary and could see opportunities for these young men outside of the locked doors!
Since then I’ve worked as a house manager of group homes, supported people to access open employment. I have also been CEO of what used to be called a Division of General Practice.
After studying business studies in the UK, I came to Australia for a holiday and 35yrs later I am still here.
I have held various positions within a variety of companies, from retail management, clinic manager for a college of natural therapies, dental practice manager, and admin officer. I guess what they all have in common is a love of working with people.
Having moved to the country NSW I was cooking at a school before starting with roundsquared. My role is HR, something that I find interesting but also a good challenge, which I enjoy.
I have recently become a member of the roundsquared family as Office Manager and I work within the financial arm of the organisation.
After completing Year 12, I had a life goal of teaching Italian, German and Japanese overseas but instead I sat an exam for a company that put me in their Superannuation Department where I stayed for over eight years. I then continued within this Industry for a further ten years until I transferred to taxation followed by banking.
Amazingly finance has become my area of expertise and I have developed a strange passion for it.
Consultant and Trainer
I love my work as I get to be creative, meet wonderful people, and it is never boring.
I have worked in educational and larger service settings, as a teacher's' aide, supports coordinator, direct support worker, teacher/facilitator and a self-managed consultant as well as leading a small Community Development team in South East Qld.
My interest and deep desire to work with people with disability to achieve their goals comes from a strong sense of social justice, commitment to inclusive practice and a belief in seeing difference as uniqueness.
My role with roundsquared is varied as I also work with our STAaR program and, with input from the team and our members, create our newsletters. I love connecting with the wide variety of inspiring people I come into contact with, and enjoy hearing your individual stories.
My previous experience began with a decade in retail management, followed by five years working with children. This all led to running a Sydney Nanny agency as founder & director, providing support workers for families. My interest in working with people has now evolved to lie firmly within the field of disability support.
Customer service has been at the heart of my varied working life in the UK, USA and Australia. I have worked in local government, business administration, retail and health care provision, where my focus is on the individual and how best to serve their needs.
As part of the roundsquared team since December 2016, my responsibility is to schedule payment of invoices received. I respond to emails, ensure that I have correct bank details and check that no GST has been applied. I then prepare a spreadsheet based on these payments for claiming from the NDIS portal and reconcile them in QuickBooks.
My background is varied from Nursing, Aged, Disability, Community Transport and disadvantaged people within the community from all walks of life.
I have live in Bega Valley since 1988 and have worked supporting people from young to seniors, which I enjoy immensely.
Throughout my working and sporting life I have meet many people who strive to make their life better and are proud to travel with them on their journey in life.
Sport – I’m a Dragon Boat paddler and have competed at local, State and National level. Recently in Tasmania I competed in the Australian Masters Games winning gold, two silver and two bronze medals.
I work in the Eurobodalla region. My role is to support our members to understand and implement their NDIS plan with with the aim of gaining the most from their funding to achieve their goals.
I moved from Sydney 14 years ago and decided to have a career change into the wonderful world of disabilities. As a result of this decision I worked with Workability (The Disability Trust) for seven years beginning as a support worker, moving to facilitator in programs including: employment, transition to work and ADHC community participation.
My last role was Local Area Coordinator with the NDIS/Uniting.
My very first job involved working with young people who had a range of intellectual disabilities.
I did this during the school holidays and later as work experience.
I had the most fun there as I have ever had in a workplace!
I went on to become a radiographer and then entered the community services sector where I managed services for young people, women, children and families.
Later still I worked setting up the charitable arm for a not for profit organisation.
I now work in with roundsquared as a consultant in the South Coast region.
My role with roundsquared allows me to assist with packages to support participants through our STAaR service.
This may be to visit doctors for appointments, to support them in attending specialists appointments or block therapy sessions, to connect with family or to enjoy excursions and holidays. Each package comes with support staff to assist the participant as required.
I look forward to meeting new and existing members, assisting with your needs and attempting to reduce as much of the stress for members as possible.
While it is impossible for a square to be a circle, it is possible for people with disability to be citizens of their own country and citizens of the world.
Citizenship is not determined by my physical appearance, my intellectual ability, my wealth or my job; for me citizenship is what I hope for and work towards for my two girls: a place in their community of equality and opportunity. What I have done and what I will do is not as important as what I do now.
Hopefully I have learned from the past but by acting now I will be part of a roundsquared community that will create a great future for all.
I find my role as consultant to a group of roundsquared members personally rewarding. I enjoy learning from each of these members in different ways. I have a passionate focus on creating meaningful employment for all in the community, irrespective of abilities.
I have completed a Diploma of Child, Youth and Family Interventions; Certificate IV in Disabilities, Certificate IV in Aged Care, Community Welfare Certificate IV, Certificate III in Children’s Services, Certificate III in Health Service Assistance.
I have also been involved with developing programs for people in challenging situations and this is my passion.
Consultant Support Officer
My role with roundsquared is organic in that the position is continually reinventing itself. As Consultant Support Officer, I primarily liaise with consultants, and in some cases with members, to facilitate a productive experience. I am also becoming involved in the STAaR program.
I grew up in Moruya, after which I relocated to Sydney to undertake my Diploma of - Nursing. Upon completion I worked as a RN until I moved to the US for 6 months. Upon returning to Australia we started and owned an Occupational Rehabilitation Provider Service where I worked as Office Manager once our children were school age.
I have also worked in Real Estate, Pharmacy, and Finance.
Policy Development & Analyst
I joined roundsquared in June 2019 as the policy development officer working on issues of a more systemic nature for the roundsquared members. Prior to this position I was a Local Area Coordinator with Uniting in Batemans Bay.
Prior to moving to Batemans Bay, I had worked for 13 years in the community sector in Queensland. These positions included aged care advocate, policy officer for COTA Qld, mental health peer worker, Community of Practice Manager for Queensland Voice for Mental Health and LAC with Feros Care.
I have also been appointed by the NSW Minister for Mental Health, the Hon Bronnie Taylor MLC as an Official Visitor to mental health units in southern NSW.
I am the roundsquared consultant here in Sydney. Although I work away from our head office, I have a close working relationship with the team through our regular meetings and many conversations during the day.
I have four great kids, one of whom has lived with disability for 15 years.
In the past I have worked in a number of different roles including insurance, graphic design and marketing, software support and later in health and fitness. My last position was a sales representative for a Sports Nutrition company before leaving to start a family.
I am currently studying Community Services, this complements my work as consultant well.
My background in disability is primarily due to becoming a carer to my now 21yo son who has autism. After many years of learning strategies to support his language and behaviour, including learning Makaton (key word signing) I started work as a Teacher’s Aide at primary school level – a job I enjoyed immensely. Implementing teachers plans, giving emotional support and seeing growth in our students was very rewarding.
Thanks to a combination of getting to know school parents as both a parent and an aide, I got to know many local families. Over time, I gained a bit of a reputation for having an understanding of how to navigate the disability system and where to find information. This has led me to helping other parents who are on the same journey as me to find services and supporting them with self advocacy. While my practical experience is primary with autism, I am passionate about accessibility and inclusion across all areas of disability.
My name is Steve and I have worked in the Community Services sector for the past 18 years. Eleven of these years were in the Bega Valley area, I then worked for six years for a National organisation in the Hunter Valley, who specialised in providing services to Rural and Remote areas for people who were Frail Aged, had Mental Health issues and People with Disability.
My experience in the Disability field started way back when I was a kid supporting my Cousin. I then began work in a newly formed Acquired Brain Injury unit and progressing from key worker through the ranks to Senior Consultant; working on Policies, Procedures, Safety and Injury Management, and WHS.
I began with roundsquared in 2018 as a Support Team Leader. My role is now evolved into including Support Coordination and targeted projects.
My career in customer service has been varied over the years, beginning with hairdressing which I did on and off for 15 years. I then undertook work in Children’s’ Services working in long day care settings for several years. I have also worked and managed in Fashion retail.
In 2005 I started to volunteer as Learning Support Assistant in Wagga Wagga. This is where my passion for social justice and supporting individuals with a disability began.
Since 2005 I have stuck with my passion of working with people with disabilities. I have five years experience working as a Direct Support Worker followed by an NDIS Facilitator role before joining roundsquared as a consultant in 2017.
I enjoy making a difference and championing for people and their families.
I have been working with roundsquared since August 2018 within the Human Resource section, known as R2 Employ, alongside Fiona. I am enjoying getting to know everyone, although as we live in a small town I found that I already knew a few faces.
I moved to the South Coast back in 1992 with my family to run the Campbell Street General Store in Moruya (this proved to be a great way to get to know the 'locals') and have settled for good in this beautiful area.
Most of my working life has revolved around customer service, finance and employment. I started work in the bank aged 15, then moved into the public service in 1985. From there I have had assorted adventures in retail and real estate.
I joined roundsquared as a consultant early 2019, based in the Northern Rivers region and have been in Murwillumbah for close to 20 years.
I have three lovely boys, one of whom has Autism/Epilepsy and learning difficulties and has his own NDIS plan.
My working background has been varied between working government departments such as Legal Aid and Social Security (now known as Centrelink), to being a Paralegal at various law firms.The one thing that all my previous jobs have had in common is that I got to work with people from all walks of life and was able to guide them through any issues that they have had.
roundsquared is an extension of my previous work experience and I am thoroughly enjoying helping to guide people with implementing their goals and visions for their future.
My role is to support members navigate their way through the world of the NDIS, empowering them along the way to be confident self advocates, brave enough to challenge the system designed to support them, should they require.
I’ve worked within the Eurobodalla Shire for over 20 years, been actively involved within the local and broader communities, as a mum, as well as a support person/advocate for people with disability.
Remove the “dis” from disability and you have “ability” , I believe there is nothing we cannot achieve without the right support(s). We are all unique individuals who have the right to live our optimum lives.
Most recently I was an LAC –employed by Uniting in partnership with NDIS.
I have recently become a new member of roundsquared family as a Consultant, adding this exciting challenge of this new role to 20yrs + experience and knowledge with a variety of roles within the Disability sector.
I have always had an interest in supporting people with disability and found myself following opportunities for growth. My most recent role being a Team Leader for Local Area Coordinators with the roll-out of the NDIS. Previously I have two decades passion for Accommodation Support with managing direct support staff and coordinating supports for residents within their home and community.
With each role I have really enjoyed getting to know people and working together for better outcome. I have always brought my own personal attributes to all I have supported and will continue to do this for our members.
My name is Kristy, I joined the roundsquared family in January 2019. I work in the finance team, assisting in whatever way I can. When I’m not in the office, I also enjoy my role as a support work with members. I find this gives me a great balance and the ability to see both sides.
I’ve had a wide range of experience in both fields including managing accounts in a major law firm, real estate, reception, care work in a facility & community care. Until Ianded my current role I was never able to do both within one organisation.
I cherish family time and making memories with our two kids and our dog. Spending time at the beach & camping is at the top of the list!
My family & I were lucky enough to make a sea change to Narooma in 2012, it was the best thing we could have done. It’s much safer for the kids, and we all love living closer to nature.
I have officially re-joined the roundsquared family in June 2019, where I am lucky enough to be working both in the office and directly with our members. I was introduced to roundsquared in 2017 whilst studying year twelve at Moruya High School and working part-time as a support worker and this lead me towards the Early Childhood Industry.
Once I finished year twelve, I was offered a full-time position at a local early learning centre where I additionally completed a certificate III in Early Childhood Education and Care. Whilst studying I was awarded student of the year 2017 at Moruya campus and then went on to also receive the Regional Campus award for TAFE NSW Moruya.
I am currently studying Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.
Thirty something years seems like a long time to have worked in one sector more or less and for that time I’ve worked in the community services sector in Domestic Violence, Job Services, Aged Care, Youth, Disability, Drug and Alcohol, the list goes on. I have remained working in this sector because of my strong sense of social justice, and compassion and empathy for those who walk the path of life with difficulty.
In my last role as a Linker with Social Futures my skills were both expanded and tested and I worked with many people with mental illness, disability and chronic illness. Advocacy was a large part of my role in this position and I walked many participants through the confusing maze of applying for the NDIS.
I joined roundsquared as a consultant for the Northern Region. I hope to remain working in this sector for some time to come as I like to be active, creative and engaged.
I have recently joined the wonderful team at roundsquared as a consultant here in Sydney. I have previously worked in management and retail.
The last 10 years I have been a full time carer for my disabled daughter, who is the absolute light of my life.i have been hands on with my daughters rehabilitation and have learnt a lot about different disabilities and the everyday struggles that they bring. My daughter has been a member of for three years and it has absolutely changed our whole families everyday life.
With the guidance of my daughters support coordinator/ consultant getting us back into a somewhat “normal” lifestyle I now have the time to return to work and help other members achieve a full & wonderful lifestyle.
I look forward to working with you all!
Hi, my name is Steve. My role is consultant for the Nowra region. I am passionate about real inclusion across all aspects of life for people living with disability.
My sense of justice and inclusion started at a young age as I saw how people in general reacted to my cousin who lived with cerebral palsy and only grew when I met my wife of over 30 years who has a vision impairment. We have three amazing daughters and four grandchildren.
I have a nursing background which I put on hold to be a stay at home Dad whilst our girls were growing up. For the past 15 years I have worked as a disability assistant at TAFE NSW where I supported many students with differing abilities across a range of subject areas. Working with roundsquared is the next step for me in helping people with disabilities have full choice and control over their lives.