Our small team is a mix of people, some have a lived experience of disability and all are passionate about the inclusion of people with disabilities in society and sharing their stories.
Graeme Innes, Chair
Graeme has been a campaigner for people with disabilities since he was 3. He started by fundraising for what was then the Royal Blind Society (now Vision Australia) and spun the chocolate wheel with Sir Robert Helpmann at a fundraiser for the Victor Maxwell Kindergarten.
Graeme was Australia’s Disability Discrimination Commissioner from 2005 to July 2014. He helped to draft the Disability Discrimination Act in 1991. He was Australia’s delegate to the United Nations and drafted the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. A lawyer by profession, graduating from the University of Sydney and the College of Law, Graeme has been a board member since he was 21. He was previously chair of Vision Australia and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Dominique Antarakis, Director and Company Secretary
Dominique is the CEO of The Copy Collective, a copywriting agency that specialises in marketing communications for not-for-profits. She is a journalist and editor with many years of experience working with design and direct marketing agencies. She holds an honours degree from Macquarie University. Dominique has a long track-record of supporting social justice projects and The Copy Collective provides pro bono editorial services to TEDx Sydney. Dominique is a member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Lesley Branagan, Director
Lesley is a documentary maker, social researcher and communications professional. She has worked for not-for-profit organisations Cancer Council Australia and Australian Network on Disability, directing major media campaigns which garnered international awards. As a journalist, she has worked in radio and print. Her documentary films have screened at international film festivals and on broadcast TV. Her 2013 documentary A Life Exposed: Robyn Beeche has screened widely internationally and won awards. She has degrees in arts, journalism and applied anthropology. She received a Prime Minister's Australia Asia Endeavour Award for social research in India, and continues to work in this field.
Christine Linden, Director
Christine is General Manager, Regional Business Banking, a role which she commenced in July 2015. Christine has worked for ANZ for 12 years and has deep commercial expertise leading frontline and head office teams. Most recently, Christine was State Head, Small Business Banking, Vic/Tas. Prior to ANZ, Christine worked for Ernst & Young, in corporate restructuring and turnaround, helping businesses in Australia, Asia, Russia, UK and Europe. Christine is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Finance) from Swinburne University. She is currently completing the Williamsons Community Leadership program with Leadership Victoria. She has a passion for workplace inclusion and diversity; mentors staff across ANZ including the ANZ Generalist Bankers – a program that allows ANZ staff the opportunity to develop a career as a senior generalist banker by obtaining generalist, foundational banking knowledge.
Cátia Malaquias, Director
Cátia is a senior lawyer for the West Australian government and she has three children. She is also a Director of Down Syndrome Australia, the Deputy Chair of Down Syndrome WA and has founded the Starting With Julius project to promote the inclusion of people with disability in mainstream advertising and media and stimulate discussion about disability as diversity. Cátia has extensive legal, strategic and commercial expertise and is passionate about human rights and the right of people with disability to participate on an equal basis in every sphere of life. Cátia moved to Australia from Portugal at the age of 12 years and is proud of her cultural heritage. She holds degrees in Law and Arts (French) from the University of Western Australia
Jane Seeber, Director and Treasurer
Jane is a Chartered Accountant and Director of Finance with St John of God Accord in Melbourne, a post she has held for three years. Jane has considerable financial and management accounting knowledge and experience, people and project management skills, and strong competence in IT and systems implementation and management. She has been involved in the governance of community not-for-profit organisations for more than a decade, as a Board member or through pro-bono work. She is an inveterate blogger on the subjects of cricket and the quirks of the English language.
Alex Varley, Chief Executive
Alex has over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector having been the inaugural CEO of Media Access Australia and General Manager of the Australian Caption Centre. Prior to that he held senior marketing roles at Sydney Theatre Company and the Australian National Maritime Museum.
Alex is well known for his advocacy work in access to television, cinema, social media, websites and digital media, working with a vast range of disability organisations in Australia and overseas.
Meg Dalling, on secondment from ANZ
Meg is a senior lawyer with ANZ Bank, and has extensive experience in financial services governance, including regulatory engagement, compliance and risk management. She is currently seconded to the Foundation as part of ANZ’s ongoing support. Meg works closely with Attitude Board Member Christine Linden to implement ANZ’s Accessibility & Inclusion Plan, to improve accessibility for customers, employees and in the community. Meg holds Law and Arts (German) degrees from the University of Melbourne, and has a long standing commitment to community engagement and providing opportunities to disadvantaged groups. Meg has volunteered at community legal centres, and is involved in pro bono legal work at ANZ. She has mentored jobseekers with a disability through the Australian Network on Disability’s PACE program, and refugees through ANZ’s partnership with the Brotherhood of St Laurence under its Given the Chance Program. She is also an Adjunct Lecturer at the College of Law.