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Board of Governance

he Board of Governance:



Judy Brewer AO


  • Qualifications: B. Bus (Public Admin), Grad Cert Taxation, GAICD
  • Experience: For over twenty years Judy has been an advocate and high profile public speaker and writer on issues relating to autism and family carers. As a parent of an autistic adult, she has been actively involved in an executive capacity in carer and disability organisations including as a Director of the Autism Council of Australia, founder of Autism Aspergers Advocacy Australia and an Ambassador to the Asia Pacific Autism Conference. In 2013 Judy was awarded the Asia Pacific Autism Award and in the 2016 Australia Day Awards she became an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
  • Special responsibilities: Chair.
  • Committee Roles: member of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; member of Governance Committee.
 Michel Mamet Deputy Chair
  • Qualifications: B.Com (Finance and Accounting, Hons)
  • Experience: Eighteen years’ experience as an investment banker in Australia and the US; currently Managing Director of Flagstaff Partners, practising in the area of mergers and acquisitions and corporate finance; experience in other not-for-profit including currently as Chair of University of Queensland Alumni Council in Victoria. Michel has a son on the autism spectrum.
  • Committee Roles:  member of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee
Janine Hoey
  • Qualifications: Bachelor of Commerce, FAICD.
  • Experience: Janine has 25 years experience as a senior executive in finance, commercial, operations, governance, strategy, risk, health, safety and sustainability in energy and aviation companies. Currently a consultant in the energy industry and has held Non Executive Director roles for private and listed companies, including an Audit Committee Chair of an ASX listed company.
  • Committee Roles: Chair of Finance, Audit and Risk Committee; member of Governance Committee.

Professor Nicole Rinehart
  • QualificationsPhD, Professor, Clinical Psychology, Deakin University, Consultant Clinical Psychologist,Melbourne Children’s Clinic, Honorary Research Fellow, Murdoch Children’s Research Institute, and Adjunct Professor,
    Clinical Psychology at Monash University.
  • Experience: Published over 120 papers and book chapters on the topic of developmental disorders and received more than $6 million in research funding over the last 10 years. Nicole has 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 web-site.  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.
  • Committee Roles: Member of Research, Monitoring and Evaluation Committee.

Rachel McNamara
  • Qualifications: B.Sci., M. Nutrition & Dietetics.
  • Experience: A blogger on autism and social justice issues at, worked as an Accredited Practising Dietitian, in administration roles, 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.
  • Committee Roles: Member of Governance Committee.

Vic Rajah

  • Qualificications: BA, LLB (Hons), ASLIV
  • Experience: Vic’s a practising solicitor operating his own boutique family law practice, Calley Rajah Family Lawyers. He’s an experienced director of a nfp organisation, Bestchance Early Childhood Education and Childcare (Deputy Chair and Head of Governance Committee). Vic has served as an Ambassador for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute and Fight Cancer Foundation. He has a son recently diagnosed on the autism spectrum.
  • Committee Roles: Chair of Governance Committee.
 Dr Jason Coonan
  • Qualifications: BSc(Hons), M IP Law, PhD, FIPTA, GAICD.
  • Experience: 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 children with ASD 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 ASD community.
 Katherine Pye
  • Qualifications: Master of Applied Science (Speech Pathology); Bachelor of Arts (Psychology, Linguistics); Certified Early Start Denver Model Therapist
  • Experience: 15 years’ experience as a paediatric speech pathologist in Australia and the UK, focussing on autism assessment and intervention; recently Clinical Education Coordinator in La Trobe University’s Master of Speech Pathology; 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.
  • Committee Roles: member of Policy Committee