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WA Disability Services Commission Board welcomes new chair


WA Disability Services Minister, Don Punch has welcomed new members to the Disability Services Commission Board.

The Board is the governing body of the Disability Services Commission and is responsible for the performance of the Commission’s functions under the Disability Services Act 1993.

Scott Hollier (pictured), Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Centre For Accessibility Australia, has been appointed Chair of the Board. Dr Hollier has a background in Digital Accessibility, is a two-time Australian of the Year finalist and also serves as Chair of disability arts organisation DADAA.

The two additional new members appointed to the Disability Services Commission Board are:

  • Amanda Hunt, Secretary of Community Employers WA and Co-Chairperson of the Sexuality Education Counselling and Consultancy Agency. Ms Hunt is a former Chief Executive Officer of Uniting WA; and
  • Linda McSherry, Kimberley Supports Senior Manager with Kimberley Aboriginal Medical Services. Ms McSherry has a background in workplace health and safety, human resources and governance and has on the ground experience working with people with disability in regional and remote WA.

The new members join re-appointed Board members Jaimen Hudson, Su-Hsien Lee, Terina Grace, Warren Harding, Priya Cooper and Kane Blackman (Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability) on the Disability Services Commission Board.

“Dr Hollier, Ms Hunt and Ms McSherry join the Disability Services Commission at a critical point in its history, with the newly established Office of Disability promoting the rights and interests of people with disability during a time of great change in the disability sector,” said Disability Services Minister, Don Punch.

“The Disability Services Commission Board has a key advisory role in disability sector stewardship and will advocate for innovation to improve inclusion and participation of people with disability through the delivery of the State Disability Strategy.

“Importantly, the Board reflects the diversity of our community with membership comprising people with disability, family members, carers and advocates, as well as people from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds, young people and people living in regional and remote Western Australia.

“I also pay thanks to the contribution of Mr Bruce Langoulant AM, who served on the Board of the Disability Services Commission for 21 years, including 15 years as Chair.

“I look forward to working with the new Board to enhance the lives of Western Australians with disability, their families and their carers.”

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