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NADO Governance Board and Executive Team

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.

The services of NADO are quality checked and verified against the NDIS Practice Standards by the National Quality and Safeguards Commission. Our commitment to the highest possible standards is also demonstrated by our staff team.

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Governance Board

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
Percy Madon
Percy Madon commenced on the Board of NADO in 2013 and 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 passion for supporting people with disabilities. Percy’s commercial experience assists NADO’s transformation into a market-driven model under the NDIS.
Vanessa Griffin
Vice President
Vanessa Griffin commenced on the Board of NADO in 2019. Vanessa practised as a Registered Building Surveyor for over 20 years prior to specialising in the field of access, which was her passion and interest and is now a registered Access Consultant with AACA. She brings a skill set and knowledge to ensure the built environment is accessible for all and inclusive. Vanessa is a parent to a child with a genetic disability.
Ray Dyer
Ray Dyer commenced on the Board of NADO in 2010 and became President 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.
Anil Puri
Anil Puri commenced on the Board of NADO in 2014 and specialises in business development, financial management, organisational systems and team development. He is a trained accountant with a Masters of Management and has many years of experience working in corporate businesses. Anil is passionate about helping individuals and is committed to assisting NADO adapt and grow in a changing environment.
Samual Arnold
Samuel Arnold commenced on the Board of NADO 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). He is based at UNSW in the Department of Developmental Disability Neuropsychiatry (3DN). Sam is passionate about the empowerment of people with disability to pursue a chosen valued life.
Sue Fryer
Sue Fryer was nominated as a Director to the NADO Board in 2020. Sue has more than 30 years’ experience in office administration and management primarily working in not-for-profit organisations within the community sector. Sue’s current role of CEO of St Mary Town Centre still fulfills this aspiration of helping others and now to be able to bring some of her experience to the Board of NADO is something new and exciting.
Lauren Said
Lauren Said commenced on the Board of NADO as a Director in August, 2021. Lauren works as a School Learning Support Officer with the Department of Education. Lauren’s youngest of three daughter has a genetic/ intellectual disability and Lauren feels that the many experiences she has had with her over the last 6 years has given her a knowledge and understanding that will make her a valuable member of the NADO board.

Executive Team

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 emerging including volunteer manager of the NADO Touch Football team.
Mark Heinz
Chief Financial Officer
Mark commenced at NADO in March 2021 having had experience working in the accounting field for many years, most recently completing 18 years in the not-for-profit disability sector. Mark has had experience ranging from Disability Support Worker to Chief Financial Officer which has given him a good understanding of the sector.
Deborah Ferreira
Marketing Manager
Deborah commenced with NADO in 2019 and has a broad corporate marketing background with career experience across the health, financial services and entertainment industries. Deborah brings a multi-faceted approach across both online and offline platforms. Her unique and professional skill set will be used to maximize the growth and development of NADO within the not-for-profit sector.
Julia Tierney
Human Resources Manager
Julia commenced in 2018 and brings to NADO over 14 years of HR expertise including Talent Management, Operational and Strategic HR Management, Performance Management and Workforce / Strategic Planning. Julia's knowledge is further enhanced with experience in managing business consolidations during acquisitions and merging of workforces in a seamless transition.
Linda Wilson
Community Engagement & Sponsorship Manager
Linda commenced in 2013 with a career background as an Executive Assistant including Event Management within the Corporate sector. In addition to the promotion and communication aspects, Linda promotes brand awareness within our local business community and builds on strengthening partnerships through networking and general engagement.
Ellen McFarlane
Quality Assurance and Compliance Manager
Ellen commenced at NADO in 2020 and has a broad quality assurance and compliance background in public health, private health and disability services. Ellen’s passion is ensuring systems enable and demonstrate excellent service delivery to meet client needs. Her focus lies in continuous improvement, quality management systems and the ability to successfully address accreditation and compliance requirements.
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