Meet the Team

MEET OUR BOARD

Glenda Buckley
Glenda Buckley
Chairperson

Qualifications
Glenda has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of Human Service organisations including Government and Non-Government.

Experience
Glenda has more than 20 years’ experience in a variety of Human Service organisations including Government and Non-Government. Glenda in employed in an Executive role for the past 6 years and is currently the Director of Statewide Operations Network for NSW Department of Education. Glenda is passionate about supporting people and has experience in leading a NDIS service.

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Patricia Hiesberger
Vice Chairperson

Qualifications
Patricia holds a Master in Business Administration (Finance and Project Management through UTS), Bachelor of Business Studies (Management – through Charles Sturt University), Industrial Engineering Associate Diploma and an Aircraft Mechanical Engineering Trade Certificate.

Experience
Patricia has over 30 years’ experience within the Transport industry – primarily Airline, Rail and Bus. She has extensive senior level experience in strategy management, project management and compliance with a strong focus on safety and reducing operating costs.

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NAOMI SHARPE
Treasurer

Qualifications
Naomi holds various Degrees in Management, Community Services Work and a Bachelor Diploma of Business (specialising in Human Resource Management).

Experience
Naomi has over 10 years of experience in management and training as well as community services, children’s services and aged card.

Currently a transport for NSW professional in the areas of training, compliance, competency and governance. Together with over 20 years’ experience in the disability field primarily in employment and day services. An SME and current trainer in Community Services from Certificate II through to Diploma.

Maurene Horder
Maurene Horder
Director

Qualifications
Maurene has extensive experience as a Board Member and as CEO to Boards and Advisory Committees. She has worked for peak organisations in government, private enterprise, and not-for-profit. She has qualifications in Teaching, Applied Science, Association Management and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Experience
Maurene has served on the Board of the Alzheimer Association, Karabi Community and Development Services Inc, Fairfield Resources Centre and Cabramatta Community Service. She has also helped several foundations to raise funds.

Currently, she is part-time Chair of the Board and Managing Director at the National Standards Development Organisation Ltd in which she has helped to get this socially responsible start-up organisation launched and recognised for its eco-labelling standards for building and construction products.

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Angelo Di Benedetto
Director

Qualifications
Angelo holds a Bachelor of Business degree (Accounting Major) from The University of Western Sydney. He is also a fully credentialed CPA.

Experience
Angelo has over 30 years of corporate professional experience both locally and abroad, and as well he has over 20 years’ experience working numerous different boards, in various industries and different geographies across the globe, fulfilling the roles of board member, company secretary and board chairperson.

His professional career commenced in the finance area, expanding over his career to at times include: HR management; IT Systems; Legal and Tax; Operations and Supply Chain and finally General Management which included being part of a (multinational) executive team, tasked with setting the global company’s strategic direction and needed action plans and then ensuring delivery against those targets.

Carol Lawrence
Carol Lawrence
Director

Qualifications
Carol holds various Graduate Degrees in Education in the USA, Graduate Diploma in Careers Education, Graduate Diploma from Sydney University in Health Education.

Experience
Employed as a teacher in Australia for over 25 years Community involvement being part of Neighbourhood watch and assisting the Arncliffe family festival for two years.

MEET OUR EXECUTIVE LEADERS

Nazia Ahmed
Nazia Ahmed
Interim Chief Executive Officer

Qualifications

Nazia holds a Diploma in Business Management and completed various workshops which included Return to Work Coordination and Internal Auditor training.

Experience

Nazia has extensive experience in the Not-For-Profit / Disabilities Sector since 2009 and has in-depth knowledge of the disability sector including NDIS efficient service delivery and the NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework.

Nazia has strong operational management experience at an executive level in human resources/ training and development, quality and safety, governance and customer relations in the Disability and Community setting.

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Leonie Wild
Executive Leader – Operations Manager

Qualifications
Leonie holds a Diploma in Management, Certificate IV in Disability, Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing and Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.

Experience
Leonie has worked at Sunnyhaven in the Disability and Aged Care sector since 2001 in direct care and later accommodation management, and in 2017 went on to try different specialties in the disability sector with another provider. She has now returned to Sunnyhaven to take on the position as Operations Manager.
Leonie has a strong sense of social justice and a history of advocating for people with a disability, their families and carers. In her current role, she applies her coordination and management experience to the overseeing and expansion of community living projects across St George and Sutherland.

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Darren Copland
Executive Leader – Finance Manager

Qualifications

Darren holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) from Charles Sturt University. He is also full member of CPA , IPA and associate member of  IFA (UK)

Experience

Darren has over 35 years of experience in accounting, finance and business analytics. He has worked in corporate and Not-for-Profit organisations which includes of over 10 years’ experience in the Disability sector.

Through his career development as a professional he has held a number of positions that have supported executive management and boards in providing business acumen. He has been able to provide business solutions to all levels of management of the organisation, supporting them in their strategic objectives.

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Jack Vignes
Executive Leader – Human Resources Manager