Our People
Management Board

We are continually seeking people to volunteer for positions on the board as it is important to have representatives from all areas of the community, with varying backgrounds and a wide range of skills; from management, planning, evaluation, finance and education etc.

Mike Gilbert – Board Member

Mike has been living on the Tablelands since 1974 working with government and more recently as an environmental consultant. He lives with a disabled family member and understands the day-to-day issues associated with supporting disabled young people. Mike clearly sees the need for a strong organization that manages ongoing support for disabled people in the region.

Wendy Richardson – Board Member (Vice President 2017 - 2019)

Wendy Richardson (nee Norman) grew up in Far North Queensland, as a 4th generation member of a long-standing, pioneering family. She was educated in Cairns before moving to Brisbane to study for her degree in Speech Therapy at the University of Queensland. Wendy has worked throughout Australia as a speech pathologist for educational constitutions and also has developed her own private practices. Her special interest is in children’s speech disorders but added voice disorders in adults and children as an area of particular focus. For several years, while conducting her private practice, Wendy also purchased and ran a small beef cattle and tourism facility on the Atherton Tablelands, south-west of Cairns.

Kirsty Veron – Board Member

Kirsty was an arts manager and administrator for more than 40 years, in a range of capacities and across several artforms, in Townsville, Darwin and Brisbane. In early years, she also taught music and performed as an actor and musician.

She worked for two years as manager of BoardConnect, a program that provided governance advice to not-for-profit organisations and she spent seven years on the Board of Flying Arts Alliance. She is a peer assessor for Arts Queensland.

Kirsty has a Master of Creative Arts (JCU), a Bachelor of Arts (UNE) and an Associate Diploma of Performing Arts (JCU). In 1996, she was awarded a Townsville City Council Arts, Culture and Entertainment Award for “Outstanding Service to Arts & Culture”.

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a volunteer board member or visit our CAREERS page and apply online.

Peter Johnston – Board Member

Peter grew up in Longreach on a sheep and cattle property. Peter was a practising vet in Queensland for many years. The family moved to the Atherton Tablelands in 2010 with their son Tom who had suffered a severe head injury from a horse accident while mustering in 1997. The move for retirement was for a more suitable climate for them all. Peter wants to contribute to the ongoing wellbeing of disabled people in the district and enjoy being part of the focused and dedicated group that is Disability Matters.

Talisha Fegatili – Board Member

Taleesha is a vibrant 26-year-old and currently working at the local Bendigo Bank. She has grown up on the Tablelands and is a keen community supporter. In 2015 Taleesha was crowned as the Cairns Miss Showgirl Winner and through the Queensland Sub Chamber Committee went on to represent the Far North Queensland Sub-Chamber at the Brisbane Ekka.

Although she hails from the Tablelands, there is no stopping Taleesha and her efforts for our community and the members and Management here at Disability Matters.

Denis Cole – Board Member (President 2017 - 2019)

Born and raised in North Queensland, joint owner and managing director of the Raging Thunder group of companies for the past 26 years. Sold this business in 2016 and semi-retired to Atherton Tablelands. Treasurer of the FNQ Angels group which mentors and raises capital for new start and young business developers based in NQ. Denis brings a new business oriented dynamic to the Board which will be valuable leading into the new NDIS environment.

Robert Clauss – Board Member

Robert is the Local Business Manager for Westpac and he is an ardent advocate for Disability Matters. Robert was born and raised in the local area. He has strong connections with the community and small businesses and is passionate about equality and equal opportunities for all.

Want to make a difference in your community? Interested in becoming a disability support worker? Do you want flexible hours? We provide support 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

To apply for Volunteer Board Member, please head over to our CAREERS page to download a volunteer application form and submit online.

To arrange a direct deposit into our bank account, details are:

Account name: Disability Matters Inc

BSB: 633000
Account Number: 133390518
Ref: Donate (your first name and last name)
If you would like a receipt for a direct transfer, please email info@disabilitymatters.org.au with a donation amount, date of deposit, name and address.

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