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Meet The Team

Our vision is 'a community inspired and empowered by people of all ages and abilities'.  All the services we provide and the work we do is aimed at achieving this vision.

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Board Members


PRESIDENT

Rhys Boyle

I am particularly proud to be associated with an organisation whose focus is squarely on meeting the needs of our community in such innovative and progressive ways.

Through being a Board member of Mpower, I have the opportunity to contribute relevant knowledge and governance skills developed over a 30-year career in business, finance and the aged care sector.

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VICE PRESIDENT

Kerrie Hughson

I am proud to be part of a knowledgeable Board who genuinely care about the unique services that Mpower provide to the community.

I have personally learnt a lot from my time on the Board and am proud to play a part in providing these important services to the community. I decided to become a Board member because of how Mpower’s Carer Support Program helped my Nana. Even though she is no longer involved due to my Pop passing away some time ago, she still regularly catches up with friends she made during her time at Mpower and has fond memories of the program. Professionally I am a Chartered Accountant / Partner at Sinclair Wilson and bring strong financial knowledge to the Board.

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Treasurer

Michael Crothers

I am pleased to be a Board member of an organisation that has such a profound and positive impact on participants and their families.

As a parent of a child navigating the NDIS system, I understand the participant’s journey through the system and the link between participant-centred practice and positive participant outcomes. I admire the professionalism of Mpower staff and have a strong appreciation of the important role Mpower plays in the community. Employed as Manager of Data and Business Performance with SED Advisory, I recognise the importance of governance in developing a strong organisation culture and strategic direction.

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Board Member

Neil Ballard

I have had links with Mpower since the late 1980s and have watched the organisation grow and develop over time.

It is satisfying being part of an organisation that makes a difference and remains true to its mission as a community-based organisation, building the capacity of people to reach their potential and have meaningful connections to their communities. My extensive experience working in community services, particularly in the disability sector, and thorough knowledge of the service system in the South West Victoria led me to being invited to join the Board in 2011.

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BOARD MEMBER

Helen Bayne

It gives me great satisfaction to play a small role in supporting the talented, caring and passionate staff at Mpower. They are an exemplary team who make a positive difference to clients, their families and the wider community.

Mpower’s community-focused approach and commitment to achieving equality for people with a disability honours its grassroots origins and inspired me to join the Board. I bring an independent voice to the Board and a wealth of knowledge in both business and social responsibility. I am committed to improving health and social outcomes for vulnerable people, their families, carers and communities.

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BOARD MEMBER

David Beard

I have had the pleasure of working with and using Mpower services both professionally and personally. My affiliation with Mpower has given me invaluable insights into the needs of individuals and families living with disabilities.

Mpower’s reputation for providing quality services to members, individuals and families is paramount to my role as a Board member. I take pride in the fact that Mpower remains client focussed and keeps this central in both its operations and service provision. As an educator of 35 years, I enjoy working with a Board who maintain a client-centric approach and act with great integrity to help Mpower reach its goals and objectives.

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BOARD MEMBER

David Beggs

As a strategic thinker, I bring skills and experience in governance to the Board to help make a difference in the lives of people with a disability.

I joined the Board in 2005 after experiencing first-hand the quality services provided by Mpower. Professionally, I am a vet in Warrnambool and an Associate Professor at Melbourne Veterinary School with a PhD in Animal Welfare. Outside of work, I am active in the animal welfare space and gave a TedX talk on the subject.

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BOARD MEMBER

Michele Downs

As a practicing Solicitor, I am passionate about guardianship, protecting the rights of people with a disability to determine their lives, and ensuring that vulnerable adult children remain protected and free from exploitation.

I believe Mpower plays a pivotal role by making resources available to families to divert young people from the court system and lessening the risk to both the individual and the community. My strong interest in disability and family law grew from lived experience in my family, which also led me to join the Board in 2017.

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Board Member

Delna Plathottam

Both my genuine interest in empowering clients and passion for the vision of Mpower led me to join the Board in 2020.

My role contributes in a small way to what Mpower does so splendidly. Mpower’s professional and committed staff support clients and families through high quality service delivery and innovative practices to maintain Mpower’s focus on community, inclusivity and empowering individuals. Professionally, my experience in health, quality and risk management and volunteering assists me to ensure the Mpower Board remains true to its mission. I am proud to articulate Mpower’s accomplishments to the wider community and garner support from the community through advocacy.

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Executive Team


Chief Executive Officer

Kevin Mills

Bachelor of Accounting, CPA


Chief Operating Officer

Trudy Marr

Bachelor of Community Development


Executive Manager Community Services

Cherieanne Carmichael

Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Laws


Executive Manager NDIS

Louise Jellie

Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology), Master of Science