About

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.  

COVID19

At Leadership Plus we continue to provide our full range of disability advocacy services but we have made changes to how we operate in response to the COVID19 Coronavirus.

The team is working remotely but all incoming calls to Leadership Plus are going to voicemail and messages are retrieved twice daily and passed on.  Our normal intake process remains in place with intake workers returning calls on Monday, Wednesday and Friday 9:30 – 12:30.  It may take up to two intake shifts for us to return a call.

Should you have any questions you can call the office and leave a message, or send an email admin@leadershipplus.com

 

Wishing you all the very best in these trying times.

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 – Board Member

James is a barrister, and 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.

John Evans – Deputy Chair

John is a qualified and practicing solicitor. He has previously volunteered for social justice and aid organisations and is passionate about the role advocacy can play in assisting those most in need.

Photo of John WakefieldJohn Wakefield OAM – Board Member

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.

Satu Aho – Board Member

Satu brings to the Board knowledge of NDIS strategy and leadership alongside advocacy in CALD communities. Satu has experience from all three sectors (public, private and community) and she is a qualified lawyer.

Tiffany Vague – Secretary

Tiffany has worked as a social worker and social work educator in four countries, across a range of practice areas. Her current practice is in Out-of-Home Care – and she has a PhD in this area. Tiffany is committed to designing and delivering social services in ways that are innovative, efficient and collaborative.

Sirisha Pinnali – Treasurer

Sirisha is a leader and expert in Strategy, Finance, Business Consulting, Risk and Audit, focussing on helping businesses bring out the best in their organisations. She has held senior business roles around the globe, in industries including Resources, Shipping, Health, Media, Technology, Property and Banking & Financial Services. She works with strategy delivery, change management and leadership. Sirisha has a degree in Commerce (Finance & Economics) is a Chartered Accountant with ICAANZ (Australia & New Zealand), AICPA (USA) and ICAI (India) and has an internationally Accredited Diploma in Coaching.

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.