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Meet Our Team

Founders

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Helen Fisher

Founder

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.

In between that with my husband we ran a goat dairy and made a renowned brand of camembert style cheese that sold up & down the coast.  We moved to Moruya around seven years ago in order to access more opportunities for our girls and now love it here.  I am a passionate gardener, a day out at a garden centre is my idea of excitement!  I also love cooking & preserving all our produce & as a family we’d love to be able to ski & travel more, a trip to Morocco a couple of years ago was a big highlight for all of us.

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Mark Pattison

Founder

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.

On a serious note, most people think of a box as a squared (cube) object. For me when I think of a box I think of a hat box, an object which contradicts and challenges our concepts (of both what is square and what is round).

Leadership Group

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Krystal Tritton

Director / Senior Consultant

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 am the mother of two little girls, and have lived in the Eurobodalla for the last 19 years.  I am an active member of the community, working full time and being involved with mainstream and disability organisations and committees. I am also vision impaired and legally totally blind.

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.

I have always been interested in photography and two years ago I applied for a grant “My Choice Matters” to learn and develop this new skill.  This gave me an opportunity to explore this median, expressing myself creatively, and I have been taking photos ever since. I trust in science and technology and believe that I will one day view my photos.

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Kate Godbee

Senior Consultant
North Coast

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.

Outside of life with my gorgeous family (including two fur babies), I love to run.  I have competed in running races both in Australia, NZ and Canada and love the comaraderie that the ultra community brings and also the strategy and planning that is involved in training and running an endurance event. 

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Paul Newton

Strategic Operations
Manager

My name is Paul and I’m excited to have joined the roundsquared team as Strategic Operations Manager in 2022.

I head up the finance department and oversee the smooth operation of the business as well as work closely with the directors

to grow the business around our members.

 

My background is retail/business management where I’ve held roles in several nationally recognised businesses – I’ve always put customers first.

At roundsquared I’m delighted to work with our members and put them first in all we do.

 

On a personal note, I am a father of four children.

Downtime is spent exploring the beautiful South Coast with them, while finding the best spots in the area to dine with my wife.

We moved down to the Eurobodalla in January 2021 from Wollongong and are glad we made the move.

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Elise Cheney

Senior Consultant
South Coast NSW

I have always found myself working in roles that support people living with disabilities. My previous experience is Disability employment services and a teachers Aide. 

 

I thoroughly enjoy my role at roundsquared, I love that I get to work one on one with many individuals.  

I have two beautiful girls who keep me busy when I’m not at work. We spend a lot of our time at the beach and at our local parks.  

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Frances Minotte

Senior Consultant
Sydney NSW

I joined the wonderful team at roundsquared in 2019 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 roundsquared for three years and it has absolutely changed the everyday life of our whole family.

 

With the guidance of my daughter’s 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!

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Rachelle Hartley

Senior Consultant
South Coast NSW

I am privileged to have joined the roundsquared family as a Support Coordinator for the Shoalhaven area.

I have previous experience with DES Employment Services and am excited to bring my experience to the team. 

My passion has always been to help support people living with disabilities and with roundsquared I can do this by assisting each of our members individual experiences. I am always on the go, thinking outside the box and ready to make lives better!

I have 3 children that I adore and of course they keep me on my toes! I love creating memories, spending time with my family and seeing the creative (and sometimes crazy) things my kids come up with! 

Administration

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Jennifer Cornes

Administration Officer

I joined roundsquared in 2021 as the Administration Officer/Assistant to one of our Directors.  

In my role I am able to be at the forefront of operations within the South Coast head office. I liaise with our members daily which I really enjoy. 

 

Previously, I ran my own small business that supported people with disabilities and developed an interest in pursuing a career with disability services. Thankfully, one of my clients is a roundsquared Director, who is now graciously mentoring me. I am furthering my learning around the NDIS, and how to best support community members with disabilities. 

 

Away from the office I have two energetic and fun-loving young children. We enjoy an active life with lots of activities throughout the year such as fun runs, snowboarding and camping trips. 

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Alana Ryder

Administration Officer

Hi, my name is Alana and I have been a part of the amazing team at roundsquared since September 2022 as an Administration and Finance assistant. I really enjoy my role assisting in both departments and feel privileged to be working with the Members at roundsquared.

I grew up in Eurobodalla and I have previously enjoyed roles in data entry/administration in the superannuation and insurance industries.

 

I travelled for many years overseas. I lived in Canada working as a ski lift operator, and I was also a supervisor at restaurant in New Zealand during the winter seasons. When I wasn’t working, I would be chasing the mountains on my snowboard with some amazing people I met from all over the world. I have also enjoyed visiting all the wonderful museums in New York City and seen the beautiful Geyser’s at Yellowstone National Park.

 

I absolutely love and adore my two beautiful girls! When I’m not in the office, we enjoy going to the park, swimming at the beach and going on adventurous weekends away.

Our Finance Team

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Kristy Bruce

Finance Consultant

My name is Kristy, I joined the roundsquared family in January 2019. I work in the finance team, assisting in whatever way I can. 


I’ve had a wide range of experience in fields of finance and disability, including managing accounts in a major law firm, real estate, reception, care work in a facility & community care. 

 

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!

I grew up in Canberra & spent a lot of my childhood in a little town called Mallacoota. I started young in office work, assisting my dad as office helper from about the age 8!

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Alex Johnson

Finance Consultant

Customer care has been at the heart of my varied working life in the UK, US and Australia. I have worked in local government, business administration, travel, retail and healthcare, where my focus has been on the individual and how best to serve their needs.

 

I have been part of the roundsquared Finance team since December 2016. I am responsible for accounts payable which sees me reviewing, processing and paying all invoices received on behalf of members. I also work with members, consultants and service providers to resolve any queries that might come up.

In my spare time I enjoy bushwalking, mountain biking and swimming at our beautiful local beaches.

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Joel Mccubben

Administration Assistant - Finance

Hi, my name is Joel. I work in the finance team at roundsquared. Since graduating from  Moruya High School at the end of 2017, I was successful in obtaining employment with Meals On Wheels, where I entered clients orders for the week and administrating  their Facebook page, skills which translated well into my current role.

One of my favourite things to do on a weekend is hanging out with my dachshunds and I enjoy gaming.  I look forward to building my career within roundsquared.

Consultants

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Lawrence Brady

Consultant
South Coast NSW

I am part of the Nowra consultant team. My previous experience has been in disability employment services (DES).

Throughout my DES role I assisted people with navigating Centrelink and gaining life-changing employment. Utilising motivation, collaboration and dedication, we were able to achieve positive outcomes for improved lives. Armed with this experience and within my role here at roundsquared, I’ll harness my passion, empathy and determination to gain the best possible outcome for our members.  With a passion for lifelong learning, together we can contribute to the success of roundsquared members.

Living in one of the most beautiful places on earth, you’ll normally see me swimming at the beach or exploring the local area.

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Emma Chamberlain

Consultant
Far South Coast NSW

I have been a part of the Bega consultant team since 2022. My previous experience has been as a DSW (Disability Support Worker) where I was lucky enough to support the SA Wheelchair Rugby Team at Nationals as well as getting to travel overseas for a month while supporting my member with Tetraplegia. I then went onto be a Team Leader for In-Home services where I supported 25 staff across 3 different areas. I thoroughly enjoy the work I do where I can be a part of supporting people to live the very best life they can.

 

I grew up in South Australia in the Barossa Valley and now am enjoying living on the beautiful South Coast. When I’m not working you will find me at the beach or fishing and camping in the Snowy Mountains.  

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Renee Player

Consultant
Sydney NSW

My name is Renee and I have recently joined the roundsquared team. I have over 2 years’ experience with Specialist Homelessness services where I have been supporting and mentoring clients through crisis.

I am looking forward to transitioning my skillset, providing a compassionate and empathetic approach.

 

I have recently completed my Diploma of Community Services through TAFE.

 

I have two young daughters and we love going to the beach together. I enjoy yoga and working out at the gym and incorporating a holistic approach to my health and wellbeing.

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Elise Townsend

Consultant
South Coast NSW

I joined roundsquared as a consultant in early 2023 and am based in the Shoalhaven region in Dharawal Country. You will often find me and my family on bushwalks, camping or by the beach; we love making new memories together as a family.

 

I am married to my wonderful husband, and we have two amazing young children, one of whom has Autism and his own NDIS plan, and the other with her own unique qualities. So I understand the difficulties and the joy of everyday life as a parent especially one with extra support needs. My children mean the absolute world to me and watching them thrive in life makes my heart full.

 

I am an active volunteer member of NSW RFS, my local church youth group, and the local Op Shop. My working background has been varied between working in real-estate, hospitality and running my own florist business. The one thing that all my volunteer work and previous paid positions have had in common is that I love helping people and supporting people of all walks of life. 

 

I am excited about my future with roundsquared and have so far really enjoyed assisting our members to get the supports they want and deserve. I am excited to work alongside our members and watch them achieve their goals, both long-term and short term.

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Karen Kent

Consultant
Eurobodalla NSW

I moved to the South Coast from Sydney in 2016 with my husband and daughter.

The only regret I have is not making the sea change sooner. I love everything about the region, the relaxed lifestyle, the friendliness of the people and the beautiful surroundings.

 

I am truly excited and grateful for this amazing opportunity to join the team at roundsquared and have really enjoyed getting to know members and their families.

I believe there is nothing more rewarding than putting a smile on someone else’s face and will make every effort to ensure I manage to do this while at roundsquared. 

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Nicole Heffernan

Consultant
North Coast NSW

I am part of the roundsquared consultant team for Northern NSW.  

 

My experience started over 12 years ago when I became a support worker for two young people and supported them to become thriving members of their local community.  After this, I managed a team of support workers and helped facilitate programs to help reach people’s goals.

 

My passions lies in ensuring we all have the choice to live an ordinary life, which looks different for everyone.

 

On the weekends I like to drink coffee with my family and friends, explore my local community and plan my next overseas trip (hopefully it includes snowboarding!)

I am excited to be part of our member’s futures.

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Kim Hitchcock

Consultant
Far South Coast NSW

Hi, I’m Kim Hitchcock and I’ve been working within disability and aged care for over 20 years. I began working in disability in South Australia and had the great privilege of being trained by someone with lived experience. Working with this person allowed me to see the positive impact that you can have on someone’s life.

 

Since moving to Bega, I have supported people with a range of disabilities including acquired brain injuries and gained experience in supported independent living. 

 

I come from a family that have strong social justice beliefs and learnt early that equality and community connection are the building blocks of a quality life. I’m a country girl at heart and grew up on a beef farm, rode junior rodeos, and enjoy animals of all shapes and sizes. I have two grown children and a couple of whippets.

As a support coordinator with roundsquared, the highlight of my role is being able to assist roundsquared members to navigate the NDIS and achieve their best life.

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Kristy M

Consultant
South Coast NSW

I have been working for roundsquared as a consultant with the South Coast team since July 2022. I really enjoy what I’m doing with roundsquared and I am thankful the opportunity arose to support a positive career change. For the past 13 years, I was working within the Department of Human Services, where I was co-ordinating and tailoring assistance for customers facing multiple barriers. 

 

I was born in Moruya however, spent  some time living in Canberra and Cairns.  I returned home in 2014 after starting a family of my own.  We have now settled here in the Eurobodalla where I live with my husband and 3 children. Two of my children have NDIS plans of their own and I believe it is valuable lived experience to better understand the barriers families face whilst navigating the world of NDIS and ensuring that adequate supports are in place. 

 

Far North Queensland and the Northern Territory are my favourite places to explore and visit as I love the experience of culture and beauty that they both have to offer.   I would love to have some time exploring Cape York and Arnhem Land further

 

As a family we all enjoy the great outdoors and what our country has to offer.

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Jo Rodie

Director / Consultant

South Coast NSW

I live in our state’s south coast with my little family consisting of myself, my daughter Suzanna, and one too many pets. Just how we like it! I originally come from New Zealand and grew up camping and bush walking in almost every school holidays. This turned into a life-long hobby, one that I do not indulge much these days.

After many busy years working in retail and managing a nanny agency in Sydney, moving to the coast was a great decision for me. It has been twelve years, and am still constantly in awe of the natural beauty.

My life is kept pretty busy with performing mum duties, and my role with roundsquared. Happily, both things I love to do.

It was a clear choice to work in a field where I can be part of supporting people living with disabilities; it has become my passion over the last 10 years, while learning to navigate the system with my daughter.

When I am not at work my life revolves almost entirely around caring for Suzanna. We foster RSPCA animals short term while they find forever homes. It can make the house a bit chaotic at times, but lots of fun!

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Angela Tyler

Consultant
South Coast NSW

I started with roundsquared in Feb 2017 as a Support Worker, then Team Leader and now Consultant. I love working with our members and their families. 

 

I am a dinky die South Coast local. I was born and went through school in Moruya. I travelled Australia in a Gypsy Caravan with my dog and boyfriend (who I later married). We picked fruit, worked on a Gold Mine in Far North QLD and I was the first woman to ever be employed at Bundaberg Sugar Packaging back in the 1990's when the equal opportunity laws were passed and companies were forced to employ 2% female, 2% ethnic, and 2% people with special needs. I was the 2% female in a Boys Club spanning over 100yrs! I might not be a person with a disability, but I have experienced the assumptions, prejudice and expectation of inadequacy that is projected onto the one who is considered the 'weakest link'.
I also enjoyed travelling to Africa and volunteering at 'The School of St Jude' in return for a Safari Tour ... Win, Win.

Life is good when you choose to live it, and we always have that choice.

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Evelyn Hamilton-Ford

Consultant
Sydney NSW

I have recently joined the roundsquared team in 2022 and come with a range of different experiences and knowledge. 

I have lived overseas and had the privilege of volunteering my time to assist an NGO group to help with various disasters. I also was able to go into the local villages, teach English and spend time with the locals and learn their culture which was a beautiful experience.

 

I spend my free time with my husband, family, and close friends. I enjoy the beach, outdoors and travel.

I am excited to have this opportunity to work with such a fabulous organisation like roundsquared to be able to work with people living with disability, supporting our members in their independence, life goals and choices. I have always had a drive to support others to live a fulfilled life.

Let's Talk Speak Out
Advocacy group 

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Contact the let's talk speak out Advocacy group at: letstalkspeakout@roundsquared.net.au

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