NADO is governed by a Board of community representatives who have business, community and disability interests.
The NADO Board is elected each year according to our constitution. Its members oversee the governance of the organisation, bringing their individual experience and expertise to the job and safeguarding and directing NADO’s future.
NADO’s services are quality checked and verified against the National Disability Service Standards. Our commitment to the highest possible standards is also demonstrated by our staff team.
The NADO Board honours the NADO vision by providing leadership and direction that safeguards the organisation and ensures its sustainability. This is achieved by upholding the following principles:
- Integrity and fairness
- Ethical and responsible governance
- Loyalty to all stakeholders
- Courage to innovate and advocate on behalf of people with disabilities
- Respect for others through a willingness and ability to listen and understand the thoughts, ideas and concerns from all cultures, beliefs and value systems
President Percy Madon, commencing on the Board in 2013, specialises in business leadership and management. Percy has worked with multinationals including IBM, PWC and E&Y and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). He brings commercial experience and a personal passion for supporting people with disabilities and providing them with the same opportunities as anyone else in the community. Percy’s commercial experience assists NADO’s transformation into a market-driven model under the NDIS.
Vice-president Ray Dyer commenced on the Board in 2010 and became President of NADO in 2014. Ray has been a long-time NADO supporter, bringing a well-rounded background of relevant professional experience in human resources. management, worker's compensation and training together with a personal interest in supporting people with disabilities to be included as valued members of our community.
Treasurer Anil Puri, commencing on the Board in 2014, specialises in business development, financial management, organisational systems and team development. Anil has run his own business consulting firm since 2005 and has a broad range of experience helping small and medium-sized businesses develop. He is a trained accountant with a Masters of Management and has many years of experience working in corporate businesses in Australia and overseas. Anil is passionate about helping individuals develop personally and professionally and is committed to assisting NADO adapt and grow in a changing environment.
Secretary Owen Rogers, commencing on the Board in 2011, specialises in the business development, finance, community engagement, and leadership, having developed and run businesses in the local region. Owen has a range of experiences in banking, accounting, business strategy, relationships and mentor building and is invested in creating awareness of people with disabilities in our area, while making sure that access issues are solved in future directions for the CBD, adopting and analysing the NDIS objectives, especially implementation for our clients and NADO, while advancing partnerships and opportunities for people living with a disability in our region.
Lauren Hughes was nominated as a Director to NADO’s Board in 2018. Lauren brings a lived experience of disability to NADO’s Board. Lauren is an active member of the Penrith community and a keen advocate for an accessible community and she recently sat on the Nepean Disability Expo committee.
Director Rhonda Burks, commenced on the Board in 2000 and specialises in disability and carers’ needs. Rhonda is a parent and carer of an adult son with a disability. In 2012, Rhonda received a Carers Award and is an active member of the St Marys Carers group. She has been a Board member for over 15 years and is dedicated to helping NADO thrive in supporting people with a disability. Rhonda is a strong advocate for people with disability and carers, ensuring that their voices are heard.
Director Dr Samuel Arnold commenced on the Board in 2017. He is a registered psychologist, and works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Program 3 of the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Autism CRC), the world’s first national, cooperative research effort focused on Autism. He is based at the University of New South Wales in the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN), and formerly worked as a researcher and psychologist at the Centre for Disability Studies University of Sydney. He is also a Casual Academic at the University of Western Sydney. Sam is passionate about the empowerment of people with disability to pursue a chosen valued life.
Denise Heath, Chief Executive Officer
Denise commenced at NADO in 2005 with a career background of coordinating and managing divisional areas of disability services. Her experience and tertiary qualifications in Business, Human Resources and Social Sciences bring together the leadership capabilities needed for the growth and evolutionary changes happening within the organisation itself and the sector.
Brooke Wilkie, General Manager- Operations
Brooke commenced at NADO in 2006 with a career background of service coordination and management with Aging Disability and Home Care. Brooke’s passion for creating opportunities that enhance the lives of people with a disability is demonstrated through the numerous and unique projects and programs emerging from NADO, including voluntary initiatives such as NADO’s Touch Football teams.
Narendra Charan, Chief Finance Officer
Narendra commenced at NADO in 2014 to help position NADO towards greater financial stability in light of the income and process changes occurring as the nation changes to the National Disability Insurance Scheme. His career background in commercial accounting and the implementation of complex financial systems brings financial analysis capability to secure a financially sound future for NADO.
Joshie Hwang, Marketing Director
Joshie commenced in NADO in 2017 and brings a rich working experience in marketing, including her most recent position as a Chief Marketing Officer. Her experience in creating and developing an overall marketing strategy will be used to maximise NADO’s strengths and unique culture to reinforce NADO’s authenticity as a strong brand identity to stand out as a leader in the market and wider community.
Julia Tierney, Human Resources Manager
Julia commenced with NADO in April 2018 and brings a demonstrated history of working as functional and people to lead within the HR space. She brings to NADO over 14 years of HR expertise in all facets of HR, some include talent management, Operational and Strategic HR Management, Performance Management, Workforce / Strategic Planning. Further enhanced with experience in managing business consolidations during acquisitions, merging of workforces both strategically and tactically to ensure a seamless transition.
Linda Wilson, Communication Manager
Linda commenced with NADO in 2013 with a career background as an Executive Assistant including Event Management within the Corporate sector. Besides the general promotion, communication and looking after marketing materials and keeping social media up to date, as Communications Manager Linda promotes brand awareness within our local business community and builds on strengthening partnerships through networking and general engagement within the community. Linda is passionate about getting the word out about the wonderful work NADO does and how Together we can transform lives.