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Amaze Board of Governance

 

Warren Bebbington, Chair

Warren Bebbington has recently retired after a long and distinguished career in academia and senior management. Most recently was Vice Chancellor of the University of Adelaide for the last 5 years, where he had a number of governance roles as a member of the governing Council, Finance Committee and Audit and Risk Committee. He was also the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the University of Melbourne. In addition to these roles, he has Chaired NFP and professional organisations.

In his professional career, Warren has been involved in strategic planning, advocacy with Commonwealth Ministers and Opposition spokespeople of health, education and science, and fund raising in which he has had hands-on experience and significantly built the fund raising capability and income of the University of Melbourne.

Warren was appointed the Patron of Autism SA, although the organisation was undergoing significant change at that time and Warren was not able to contribute as much as he would have liked. The current CEO of Autism SA concurs that the organisation did not make good use of his abilities but acknowledged his significant experience.

Warren has a 15 year old autistic son and has discussed the discrimination he has faced in the education system. Warren’s partner is a special needs educator.
 

Michel Mamet, Deputy Chair

Deputy Chair and member of the Finance Audit and Risk Committee, Michele brings 18 years’ experience as an investment banker in Australia and the US. He is currently Managing Director of Flagstaff Partners, practising in the area of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance. Michelle has extensive experience in other not-for-profit, currently serving as Chair of University of Queensland Alumni Council in Victoria. Michel has a son on the autism spectrum.
 

Dr Jason Coonan

Jason’s a neuroscientist, innovation manager, business leader and company director. He is experienced in corporate governance, mental health, digital health, strategy, government relations, scientific research, innovation, finance and risk management. Jason has autistic children and is passionate about combining his experience as a company director with his personal experiences with ASD in order to catalyse better outcomes for all those in the autism community.
 

Peter Heard

Peter Heard’s qualifications are in Arts and he has had a career in senior leadership roles in corporate governance and risk management within the Victorian public service, including the Victorian Managed Insurance Authority (Amaze’s insurance is provided by this organisation), Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Victorian Electoral Commission. These roles have included responsibility for project management and governance and reporting and has significant experience in, and understanding of, the machinery of government.

Peter held a non-executive Director, Secretary and Committee member roles at Autism Victoria in 2008-2010 and was Secretary on the Autistic Family Support Association (AFSA) from 2004-2007.

Peter has extensive lived experience of autism as the father of three autistic children (now adults), one with very high needs. In addition, he has first-hand experience of other disabilities including acquired brain injury and downs syndrome.
 

Rachel McNamara

A blogger on autism and social justice issues at www.endautismstigma.wordpress.com, Rachel worked as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, in administration roles, and as a regular volunteer in primary school. With a special interest in autism, Rachel has undertaken extensive research to understand both scientific and personal perspectives of autism. Rachel is an autistic woman and has two autistic sons.
 

Katherine Pye

Katherine brings 15 years’ experience as a paediatric speech pathologist in Australia and the UK, focussing on autism assessment and intervention. She holds a Master of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Linguistics) and is a Certified Early Start Denver Model Therapist. Katherine was recently a Clinical Education Coordinator in La Trobe University’s Master of Speech Pathology; she is currently Senior Coordinator of the Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning & Care Centre (ASELCC), also at La Trobe University. This centre provides intensive intervention for young children on the spectrum, and has several randomised, controlled trials under way to inform practice and policy, and to establish an evidence base for socially inclusive approaches to early intervention.
 

Professor Nicole Rinehart

Nicole is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at Deakin University, Consultant Clinical Psychologist at Melbourne Children’s Clinic, Honorary Research Fellow at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor of Clinical Psychology at Monash University. Her work has been published over 120 papers and book chapters on the topic of developmental disorders, and Nicole has received more than $6 million in research funding over the last 10 years.
Nicole recently established a national partnership with the AFL to conduct the ‘biggest game changer for children with disability’ in Australia in sports to date: the establishment of the ALLPLAY.org.au website.  Together with her team, she will make a contribution to the AFL Disability Action plan to ensure that all children with disability are ‘playing on an even’ ground.

 

Check Tan

Check Tan’s qualifications include Engineering, Quality Management and an MBA. His career has been in quality management and has worked in this field as Operations Manager in large and small organisations including start-ups. He has no board experience, but has served on school council as Treasurer.

Check and his son Jonothon (a young autistic adult with and intellectual disability) are well known to Amaze, having participated in several Spectrospective films and Jonathon undertaking media interviews for Amaze. Check and Jonothon also fundraise for Amaze, most recently raising $2000 for Amaze through the Melbourne Marathon.

Check has also mentored some young autistic people as a basketball coach in Doncaster All Abilities Basketball and is active on social media in advocating for autistic people.