Independent Disability Services Team

IDS Chair – Tricia Malowney

Tricia has championed citizenship rights of Australians with disabilities, engaging with them to identify issues, provide support and explore options for resolution.

As well as her board work with IDS, Tricia is a Director at Scope and Women’s Health East and is a member of the Eastern Family Violence Partnership Executive Committee and the Royal Women’s Hospital Primary Care and Population Health Committee. Trisha is also an NDIS consultant for Outlook in Pakenham.

Tricia has a consultancy focussing on presentations to ensure the full implementation of the NDIS, educating mainstream communities of their responsibilities under that National Disability Strategy and Victorian State Disability Plan.

Tricia was the Inaugural President of the Victorian Disability Services Board, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Inaugural Chair of the Disability Reference Group at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Inaugural Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria. She has been a member of the Coroner’s Family Violence Death Review Reference Group and the State Wide Road Based Public Transport Advisory Committee and the Public Transport Access Committee.

Tricia was inducted into the Honour Roll of Victorian Women in March 2013 by Premier Denis Napthine and Minister Mary Wooldridge and received the Inaugural Brenda Gabe Leadership Award the same year. She is a finalist in the Lesley Hall Lifetime Achievement Award to be announced at the National Disability Awards in Canberra in November 2014.

Chief Executive Officer – Jed Macartney

Jed has extensive experience as a Senior Manager in the government and private sector and more recently as General Manager of Corporate Services at a leading disability provider

Jed also has considerable experience leading major commercial projects, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate vision and strategy. He is a strong advocate for social justice and is a founding member and Chairperson of the YMCA Bridge Project Community Council, helping prisoners integrate into society.

Jed recognises the challenges facing IDS and is determined to establish the organisation as a service provider of choice and leading advocate of people with disability.

Beyond IDS, Jed is a passionate cyclist, member of the Leadership Victoria Council, President of Essendon Canoe Club and volunteer at RRR Community Radio.

Finance Manager – David Ng

David is responsible for all IDS finance, accounting and financial reporting requirements. Appointed in 2015, David has an extensive history in managing the finances of not-for-profit organisations and private businesses. David was previously engaged at Able Australia where he worked for 15 years as their Finance Manager.

Business Services Manager – Dallas Beeston

Dallas heads up our social enterprise, IDS Business Services. She is passionate about providing high-quality bookkeeping and administrative support services to small to medium enterprises while providing opportunities to empower people with a disability to enjoy a career as qualified bookkeepers.

Dallas is an FCPA and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.   Her journey within the accounting profession includes working her way to being a partner in a large suburban practice, starting her own business, before merging into a city fringe firm.   She was the first woman to win the prestigious Henry Fox Award for her services to the Public Accounting profession by CPA Australia.

Dallas is also involved with a number of volunteers and not for profit organisations over many years, including being the independent accountant for the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission.

Dallas is an active member of the community and is keen to contribute the professional and personal skills that she has acquired throughout her career to the benefit of the wider community.

Individualised Support Manager – Janelle Summers

Janelle works with our clients to develop plans that align with their individual needs and goals, assisting them towards a more independent life that encourages local community engagement. To be effective in her role she recognises the need to develop positive collaborative relationships with our clients and their support networks.

With over ten years experience in the disability sector, working in Government (DHHS) and Support Agency roles, Janelle has the knowledge and networks to ensure our clients are offered services and support that reflects their needs and these are delivered as required. She is passionate about working with people with a disability, ensuring they are given the opportunities to live life to the full.

Case Manager – Kylie Wray

Kylie is responsible for Client Case Management including Housing Case Management and the HomeShare program. She has dedicated her career to the not-for-profit sector, using her skills and her passion for delivering an exceptional quality of service. Kylie joined Independent Disability Services in April 2016, having worked previously as a Program Coordinator for the Statewide ISP program at Yooralla. Kylie has 11 years experience in the disability sector, having worked her way from Disability Support Worker to her current role.

Kylie’s qualifications include Advanced Diploma in Disability and Community Sector Management, Certificate IV Frontline Management.

Client Administration Officer – Joanne Fernandes

Joanne joined the team at IDS in April 2015 as a Client Administration Officer.  Joanne responsibilities include: overseeing client budgets, shift allocation and client liaison. She is currently studying for her Master in disability policy and practice. Joanne is passionate about the delivery of premium support to all IDS clients. Joanne has previously worked as an aged care physiotherapist and a program coordinator coordinating support groups for parents with children with Disabilities.

Kathy Payne – Client Administration Officer

Kathy’s responsibilities include client services, support and administration. Kathy joined IDS in a volunteering capacity in 2015 providing a range of administrative and office supports; she was offered a permanent role in 2016

Before joining the team at IDS, Kathy was a dedicated and loyal team member with a long career history in the Finance and Banking Sector where she worked as a Portfolio Administrator for 14 years with a boutique Fund Manager. Kathy’s skills, values and experience align perfectly with her role and the values and direction of IDS. Kathy has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

Kathy is keen to take up the challenge to transition her previous career experience and expertise across to the disability sector and to help the team at IDS to achieve our objectives to deliver the best client support services. She is passionate about overcoming negativity, intolerance and the exploitation of others, promoting a more open and accepting society.

Mark Gribben – Quality Advisor

Mark is responsible for ensuring IDS is accredited to the standards required by DHHS, NDIS, TAC and WorkSafe,  managing our policies procedures and ensuring all staff are aware of their responsibilities. He has been involved with disability sector of 5 years, having prevously worked in the manufacturing sector. With a deaf brother, Mark understands how the abilities of many people with a disability are undervalued.

Marketing Manager – Ian Payne

Ian has extensive experience in developing and delivering marketing, branding and attitudinal change programs in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He strongly believes that the reputation of IDS is dependent on the level of service and support we offer our clients. That it is important each and every member of the IDS team is aligned with the values of the organisation, sharing a commitment to proving a service that other disability providers find hard to match.

Ian is keen to develop the public profile of IDS, increasing public awareness of the services currently offered by the team at IDS while seeking opportunities to develop the business.

Social Media Coordinator – Sarah Coles

Sarah is responsible for coordinating the IDS social media channels including Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and Soundcloud. Sarah joined Independent Disability Services in August 2016, having previously worked as an editorial assistant at the Alternative Technology Association, and as a media monitor at iSentia. She holds a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism and is actively involved in community broadcasting.