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NDP operates as a division of National Disability Services (NDS) following the merger of two professional bodies, Australian Disability Professionals and Disability Professionals Victoria.

NDP Divisional Committee 2020

The NDP Divisional Committee is elected by our members to provide advice in areas of strategy and policy. The Committee is made up of experienced and committed people from a range of disciplines in the disability sector.

Danielle Newport     Danielle Newport (NDP Committee Chair)
  Chief Executive Officer
  Activ Foundation

Danielle's over 15 years’ experience includes various  senior corporate and finance roles. Prior to her current role, she was Activ's Chief Financial Officer, General Manager of Strategy and Finance, and General Manager Strategy. Danielle is also a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Secretary (ACIS). 

Fiona Phipps  

  Fiona Phipps
  Program Manager Disability Services
  Royal Far West

Fiona's 30-year career spans across different parts of the disability sector -- from early intervention, school aged support, and post-school transition to Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) and residential facilities. She has held a variety of roles in various organisations, including service delivery and coordination, training, Early Intervention Therapist, leadership, as well as a Non-Executive Director on an NGO Board.

Jo Kot     Jo Kot
  Training Coordinator
  Greystanes Disability Services 

Jo has over 13 years’ experience in the disability sector working in various roles. As a Training Coordinator at Greystanes Disability Services, she oversees the training and the professional development needs of all Greystanes employees. Previously, she worked to provide meaningful and enjoyable educational, recreational and skill-building day time activities to adults with a range of support needs as a Practice Leader and Lifestyle Educator for Greystanes.

Lilly Wicks     Lilly Wicks
  Professional Services Manager
  Lifestart Co-operative Ltd 

Lilly has been working in the disability sector for 16 years, with a qualification and experience in Speech Pathology. As Professional Services Manager at Lifestart, she oversees policy and practice development, manages the Practice Lead Team, and has developed the student placement programs across 15 branches. Lilly is part of the Disability Workforce Education Reference Group (DWERG),  and has coordinated two Health Education and Training Institute (HETI) funded projects, focused on the development of digital media in promoting student placements within the disability.

Amie Verrall 2    Amie Verrall
 Specialist Service Manager

Amie brings to the NDP Committee significant experience as a Specialist Service Manager, Support Coordinator, Senior Support Worker, Disability Team Leader and Case Manager.  Amie is Deputy Chair, South Australian Lived Experience and Advocacy Network, Member,Advisory Committee (SA Health) CALHN (Mental Health Director), Member, Advisory Committee (SA Health) Carer and Consumer Advisory Committee (Outpatient Medical). 

Richard Mlambo  

  Richard Mlambo
  Direct Support Worker

Richard is a support worker at Scope in Victoria. He has vast experience in disability development and support. He holds a Certificate IV in Disability and an Advanced Diploma in Community Sector Management. He has been a member of NDP since February 2015. Prior to working at Scope, Richard was a media, PR and marketing professional. He holds a Masters of Communication.

The NDP Team

National Disability Practitioners' small secretariat team is made up of dedicated staff who work closely with the Committee and members. 

The committee operates under the provisions of the NDS By-Laws: