Leadership Plus supports people with disability, with specialist skills in Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).

We are based in the Melbourne CBD, supporting people across Victoria, and with dedicated resources in the Dandenong/Casey area.

Our History

Since 1985 we’ve worked to foster active citizenship in marginalised people by partnering with organisations and communities to embrace diversity.

Leadership Plus was formed with the merger of Headway Inc, an advocacy group specialising in  issues and supports for people with acquired brain injury (ABI) and Action for Community Living (ACL), an advocacy group with a history of  working on individual and systemic issues associated with people around daily support needs.


Collaboration and partnerships

We work collaboratively with communities, business, government and not for profit partners, in cost-effective and best-practice approaches.

We work closely with the Rights Information and Advocacy Centre supporting clients and the disability community



Leadership Plus is grateful for the probono legal assistance provided by Hall & Wilcox



Our Board

Leadership Plus is supported and overseen by a qualified and diverse volunteer board.

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Robbert Roos – Chair

A director since 2012 and current Chair, Robbert is a qualified lawyer experienced in mental health law. He currently works at Tandem (a peak mental health organisation) where he has helped set-up an advocacy service.  Robbert has worked as a Judges’ Associate at the County Court of Victoria in both the criminal and civil jurisdiction.  He is passionate and committed to supporting people that experience disadvantage due to a disability.

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James Ryan – Secretary

James is a qualified lawyer and trade union official. Through his work and extra curricular experience, he is exposed to people from all walks of life. He has a strong commitment to social justice and is particularly committed to excellence in advocacy and advocacy services.


Photo of Marija Maher, TreasurerMarija Maher – Treasurer

Dr Marija Maher has been a member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer of LeadershipPlus since 2018. Marija brings with her proven expertise in corporate strategy, business innovation, governance oversight, financial and risk management. As a senior executive, Marija has built multiple high performing teams, created profitable business units ($90M pa budgets), navigated mergers, restructures and Enterprise Bargaining negotiations.

She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Doctorate in Business Administration and is a Lead Auditor in Quality Management Systems.

Marija is also on the Board of Directors of two other NFP organisations with the focus on education and adult learning and is passionate about social justice, equity and access.


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Peter Birleson

Peter joined the Board of Leadership Plus in 2011 after retiring from his roles as the Director of Psychiatry at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Clinical Associate Associate Professor of Psychiatry at The University of Melbourne and Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Deakin University. In addition to his experience in Health Services Management and as a specialist surveyor for the Australian Council on HealthCare Standards, he brings his knowledge of organizational dynamics and Learning Organizations. Peter was a pioneer in introducing client-centred care and writing clinical reports primarily for his clients, and in introducing routine client-rated clinical outcome measurement in Child Psychiatry. He feels strongly that high quality Healthcare and Disability Care is a basic human right within any civil society.

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Christine Taylor

Chris joined the Leadership Plus Board in 2016 and is an organizational development consultant, facilitator and coach who works in both the public and private sector organisations within Australia and internationally. She has extensive experience developing a depth of knowledge in the areas of change management, cultural change and leadership development and has successfully lead and implemented organisational change programs across a wide range of organisations. Her strengths and passions are in the building of effective and successful organisations with engaged, resilient and inspired people.

Photo of John WakefieldJohn Wakefield OAM

John has been a tireless advocate for people with disability, in particular people with acquired brain injury for many years.  He was made a member of the Order of Australian in 2018 in recognition of his dedication to giving people with disability a voice and helping making their world a better place.


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Jacqui Weatherill

Jacqui is a senior executive with wide leadership experience in the not-for-profit and public sectors, with a passion for continually learning about leadership and corporate culture and for  positively influencing organisational performance. She is skilled in Strategic Planning, Coaching, Government, Event Management, and Team Building and serves on both national and international gymnastics governing bodies.


Donations and Bequests

The work we do is vital to protecting the rights of people with disability.  If you’ve been helped by what we do, know somebody who has or just value inclusion and protecting human rights, consider a donation or bequest.

Contact us for details.