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Chief Executive Officer
Wendel Bamford accepted the position of CEO with Interchange in January 2007. He has fifteen years of experience in the disability field as a counselor, employment coordinator, lecturer and manager. Wendel believes that the community is ready to embrace people with disabilities as part of mainstream education, employment and recreation. He comes from a strong social justice background, holding an Honours Degree in Sociology from Curtin University and a Graduate Diploma in Disabilities Studies.
Corporate Services Manager
James Walker commenced with Interchange in November 2009 after over 20 years as a senior manager within the transport and logistics industry. He has significant experience in general management, business process management and quality assurance implementation. James believes in fairness for all people and is keen to help Interchange with the commercial and administrative systems and processes that underpin successful growth.
Human Resource Manager – WHS Manager, IT, and Recruitment
Ryan has worked in the Disability field since 2005 and came to Interchange almost 5 years ago as a Support Worker whilst studying a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Since committing to himself to Interchange, he has completed Cert III & IV in Disability Work and subsequently a Diploma in Community Services Management. Ryan has a strong sense of social justice and believes in Self-Directed Service’s. In his downtime he is a professional musician, producer, broadcaster and record label owner.
Human Resource Manager – Staff Training and Development/Community Services
Carole commenced working at Interchange in 2005 after 17 years in Early Childhood Education. Prior to this change in vocation she was a nurse working in Perth, rural Western Australia and Tasmania. Carole is a devoted staff member who is passionate about maintaining valued status of people with disabilities and providing developmental programs to assist individuals to reach their full potential. Carole is proud to be instrumental in assisting individuals to obtain voluntary work and complete a variety of courses at the Institutes of Technology (formerly TAFE). Carole is responsible for staff performance management, training and development and mentoring. She is also excited to be heading the Community Support Program-a new initiative being developed by DSC.
Service Delivery Manager
Katharine commenced with Interchange in August 2005 on a student placement from Challenger TAFE. Katharine successfully completed her Certificate IV in Community Services and added a Diploma in Community Services Management whilst working for Interchange. Katharine maintains a comprehensive grass-roots knowledge of all clients, families and staff which in turn underwrites her caring and efficient coordination of Interchange services across the metropolitan area.
Kaylene Wilson has been with Interchange for six years. Kaylene’s astute financial management has ensured that Interchange remains in a healthy financial state with sound prospects for future expansion. Kaylene believes that low overheads, efficient business practices and sound governance has contributed to Interchange’s capacity to successfully absorb significant growth and build organisational capacity.
Community Liaison Manager
Sandi has been active in the disability field for over twenty years as a Social Trainer, Employment Coordinator and Local Area Coordinator. She has worked for Rocky Bay, DSC, SMP and Intework. Sandi is an expert on the Disability Service Standards and runs ongoing workshops for staff and clients. With ten years of experience in Marketing, Sandi is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. Sandi is a member of the Social Participation Committee (NDS) and travels to Thailand twice a year to do volunteer work with children orphaned in the Tsunami. Sandi is currently completing her Masters in Business and Marketing at Notre Dame University.
Coordinator – Shared Management, Family Living Initiative and Human Resources
Carolyn joined Interchange in 2010 as a Community Facilitator and has since completed Cert IV in Disability and Cert IV in Training and Assessment, she is currently completing a Diploma in Community Services Management. Since joining the management team, Carolyn’s background in business management, web design, graphic design and IT has proven very valuable. Prior to joining Interchange Carolyn was also involved in community projects and volunteering. She is a long serving member of the board for Halo Leadership Development College, a not for profit that delivers Aboriginal youth engagement and healing projects. Her passion for social justice and reconciliation drive her to seek better outcomes for all disadvantaged people. Carolyn lives in Yangebup with her partner and has four children.
Service Delivery Coordinator – Myaree
Brett was recruited by Interchange in late 2006 to manage the Myaree Arts program. Brett comes from hospitality background but maintains a keen interest in the local arts community. He enjoys facilitating craft, sculpture and sketching courses for Interchange clients. Brett believes that creativity and fun are the keys to social development. Brett has completed Certificate III and IV in Disabilities Studies and is Coordinator of the Myaree Service Centre.
Service Delivery Coordinator – Myaree
Steve has a Communications Degree from Curtin University and ten years experience as a carer, community facilitator and employment consultant for people with disabilities. Steve is a keen cyclist and enjoys designing fitness programs for clients. Steve believes that improved social skills are the key to community participation. Steve has recently been appointed as a Coordinator at the Myaree Service Centre.
Katie Van Grootel