STEVE LOADER - CHAIRMAN - B. BUS, GAICD
Steve currently works as the Chief Operating Officer of an I.T. company and continues to provide management and sport-related consultancy through his own business. He has worked in sport for over 20 years in Australia and overseas and is retained as a lecturer / facilitator by the World Academy of Sport.
Steve is a former Visiting Fellow, University of Manchester (U.K.), Manchester Business School (Faculty of Humanities) where he has presented to staff from international sporting federations on sponsorship, brand management, elite athlete and coach pathways, international federation integration, new media in sport and a wide variety of other topics.
Steve is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds a Bachelor of Business (Business Management). In addition, he is a Fellow of the Institute of Sports Management and was a recipient of the Australian Sports Medal in 2000 for athletic achievement and sports administration.
He has also served on the Boards of the Australian Paralympic Committee, Skiing Australia and Rowing Australia.
John has worked in the media industry for more than 30 years and was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Isentia in 1999. He has led the company through private ownership, private equity with Quadrant Private Equity and finally an Initial Public Offering on the Australian Stock Exchange in 2014. John is a Life Fellow of the International Association for the Measurement and Evaluation of Communications (AMEC), a Life Fellow of the Public Relations Institute of Australia and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. John was previously the Vice President of the Australian Paralympic Committee.
Steve Johns - B. Laws. B. Sc
Steve is a Partner in the Corporate Group of Norton Rose Fulbright Australia specialising in mergers and acquisitions. Steve’s experience spans Australia, South East Asia, USA and the Pacific.
Steve has a reputation for getting things done. He is commercially and culturally aware, flexible and pragmatic. His cross border experience spans Australia, South East Asia, the United States and the Pacific. He has also worked extensively in the United States, Asia and the Pacific.
Michael Lane - B. Sc. (Microbiology)
Michael has over 25 years’ experience in the commercial property industry having worked for organisations such as Coles Myer, Growth Equities Mutual, Lend Lease and DEXUS Property Group. Michael is currently General Manager – Developments at Vinta Property Group. Michael has held positions on various property committees at both State and National level and has previously held senior roles in Corporate Responsibility, has been a member of the City of Sydney Better Buildings Partnership Leadership Panel and continues to lead corporate stakeholder and community engagement.
Michael has completed various management courses with the Australian Graduate School of Management.
Karen is a professional currently employed in the Not-For-Profit sector with extensive experience in event management, media, marketing, communications and fundraising. She has held roles in government, private and the community sectors as well as managing her own business.
Karen has a long association with disability sport and athletes with a disability both in paid and volunteer roles including serving on the Board of Wheelchair Sports NSW and Business Manager to some of Australia’s most elite and successful Paralympic athletes.
Karen has attended three Paralympic Games on official media accreditation including Atlanta 1996 as part of the Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee media and evaluation team and she worked at the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games as Press Information Specialist at the International Media Centre at the Olympic Stadium.
Liz Rushbrook is a registered Medical Practitioner with a speciality in Medical Administration. Her medical interests include sports medicine, clinical governance and disaster and operational management. With 25 years of experience in the Navy and Australian Defence Force, she reached the rank of Commodore and has provided services in the areas of Navy Operations, Sports Medicine and Disaster Management. Liz recently transitioned from Defence and currently works within Queensland Health providing medical leadership at Metro North Hospital and Health Service and the Prince Charles Hospital. Liz is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators. She also supports the Royal Australian Navy through board membership of the Fleet Command Board and is a Director of Team Rubicon Australia. Her passions include Medicine, Sport and Governance.
Joan Steele-Mills - B. Sc (Physiotherapy)
Joan is currently a Director of Caswell Health Care. Joan trained in the Netherlands as a physiotherapist and worked for 6 years in England in several major rehabilitation centres where she was involved in recreational and competitive swimming for young athletes with Cerebral Palsy and Acquired Brain Injury. After moving to Sydney in 1990 she worked for the Spastic Centre of NSW as a senior clinician before moving into private practice in 1999 continuing to work with children and adults with movement disorders and neurological impairments. She has always promoted sport as part of maintaining General Health, ongoing rehabilitation and sense of achievement for her clients.
Joan commenced coaching and classification in 1990 and by 1995 was accredited as a CPISRA international classifier for all sports for athletes with Cerebral Palsy. Joan attended the 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympic Games some as Chief classifier for CPISRA, Boccia and CP football.
CEO - JENNI COLE - M Hlth Sc, B App Sc (Physiotherapy), APAM
Jenni originally trained as a physiotherapist working in various roles spinal cord injuries, orthopaedics and rehabilitation, most recently as senior clinician physiotherapist (musculoskeletal) at the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre. Jenni was the Medical Coordinator for the Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games and a lecturer in the School of Physiotherapy at LaTrobe University.
Notably, Jenni lead the development and implementation of the National Classification Strategy during her role as the Classification Manager for the Australian Paralympic Committee. This program is still regarded as one of the world’s best.
Jenni is passionate about disability sports from her beginnings as a physiotherapy student playing wheelchair basketball through to a range of wheelchair and other disability sports. Jenni has been an international volleyball classifier for over 15 years and is a national classifier for athletics and cycling. Jenni is currently the Head of Classifier Education for World ParaVolley
SENIOR MANAGER EVENTS AND SPONSORSHIP - LINDA SMITH
MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - MICHAELA O'LEARY
Michaela is our Marketing and Communications Coordinator. She brings with her over a decade of design and marketing experience. She looks after the DSA and all associated websites and social media accounts. She was first involved in disabled sports back in 2008 where she supported the APC during the 2008 Beijing Paralympics. Her favourite sport is Wheelchair Rugby