About Us

Our Story.

Established in Dandenong in 1959 by local council and parents of children with disabilities, Wallara has evolved over the years to become an innovative, sector leading support service for adults with different abilities.

Our Philosophy

One of the largest barriers to achieving success for our clients is public attitudes, understanding and lack of awareness and opportunity. The more we can change those attitudes and raise awareness and understanding the more opportunities our clients will have in their lives and the better will be their outcomes.

We want to reach and impact the middle third!

In terms of understanding disability, there are typically three groups in the general community. One third are open to disability, one third are quite fearful of things they don’t understand and then there is the middle third that are unsure how to interact but open to learning more.

Wallara’s goal is to reach out to find this middle third and help convert them to be aware and supportive of disability. If we are successful with this goal we will have materially changed society and created more opportunities for our clients to take their place in the community.

This commitment to reach out and engage with the general community and drive social change is the philosophy behind:

WallaraTV, our award winning in-house media team that has created over 150 videos and produced seven 30 minute TV Specials that have been broadcast on C31 in Melbourne and on Foxtel nationally.

Our partnerships with:

–       Monash University ‘Keep On Learning’;

–       Ventura Bus Lines;

–       Mainstream Schools ; and

–       the St Kilda Football Club

The commitment to raising awareness and inclusion is also behind our vision for Sages Cottage Farm where we see a unique opportunity to bring the community to us. That’s why we have opened the café, gift shop and tours and also launched a campaign for $3M to expand our facilities so we can offer more places to the people we support on the farm and welcome more visitors to this amazing property.

Meet the Senior Team

Phil Hayes-Brown

CEO

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Phil was appointed CEO in 2010 after 20 years experience in the areas of law, finance and sports marketing including 12 years in senior international roles with the National Basketball Association with assignments in Australia, Singapore, Paris, London and Hong Kong. From his experience as a parent of a child with a disability, Phil feels a responsibility to apply his commercial experience and skills to make a real difference to improving outcomes and driving social change for the people Wallara supports.

Taimi Clinch

Chief Operating Officer

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Taimi has extensive senior management experience in the disability sector. As a transformational change professional with over 22 years HR experience Taimi has guided Wallara through the NDIS change with a constant focus on our THINK CLIENT FIRST value.

Alumnus of the Williamson Community Leadership Program (WCLP)

John Simcocks

General Manager – Employment

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John has had an established career in FMCG and Direct Selling businesses in Senior Sales, Marketing and General Management roles, spanning 30 years. Prior to joining Wallara Logistics as General Manager, John was a Director on the Wallara Australia Board. His current role has enabled him to combine delivery of outstanding customer service with operational excellence while working with people of all abilities, enabling them to be the best that they can be.

Janet Lloyd-McNelis

Service Delivery

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Janet Lloyd-McNelis has significant senior management experience across the disability, public health and community sectors. Janet is passionate about person centred, customer focussed service delivery and with her allied health background, understands and promotes quality individualised services.

Meet the Board

David Willersdorf

Director

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Director, General Manager and Company Secretary of all entities in the Grenda Family Group of Companies for the last 30 years, comprising Operating Divisions‐ Bus Operating and Manufacturing plus Investment Companies.
Former Board Member and immediate past President of Chisholm Institute, Former Board Member of TAFE Online Pty Ltd, Inaugural Committee Member of Committee for Dandenong and Chairman of the Advisory Committee for the Drum Theatre in Dandenong.
Special responsibilities: Chair of Board of Directors, Operational Risk Management Committee, Audit and Risk Finance Committee
Education: Diploma Commerce, Fellowship Diploma in Industrial Accounting.

Don Elgin

Director

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Represented Australia at 3 Paralympics, Team manager for the Australian Paralympic Athletics Team, Founder and Managing Director of StarAmp Global, President Sandringham Athletics Club, Vice President Victorian Amputee Association.

Don Farrands

Director

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Don Farrands is a barrister with over 17 years experience specialising in commercial and energy law and holds Economics and Law degrees from ANU. He is also a chartered accountant and is a member of the Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) . Prior to his role as a barrister, Don held various senior executive positions with a number of major corporations.

Don is a successful author, a former Chair of Women’s Housing Ltd and is a Fellow of Leadership Victoria. Don has extensive first‐hand experience of disability, assisting with the care of his disabled brother John who lived for many years in supported accommodation.

Special responsibilities: Chair of Audit and Risk Finance Committee

Education: Qualifications Economics and Law Degrees from ANU, Grad Finance from ICAA, FCA, GAICD.

Anne Tierney-Roberts

Director

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Anne Tierney‐Roberts joined the Board in May 2017. Anne is a former primary school teacher with over 20 years experience teaching at Loreto College Mandeville Hall Toorak. After leaving classroom teaching Anne joined the Australian Council for Educational Research where she has been involved, over the last 15 years, with a range of national and international projects and educational studies. Anne is honoured to be invited to join the Board, and brings direct experience of the Wallara range of accommodation and support services through involvement over the last 5 to 6 years with a lifelong friend who has become a resident at Wallara.

Special responsibilities: Operational Risk Management Committee

Education: Bachelor of Education

Philip Scorgie

Director

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Philip Scorgie joined the Board in November 2016. With over 35 years experience working with information technology, Philip has been a senior technology executive for 25 years within professional services. Holding a Masters’ Degree in Software Engineering and an interest in anthropology, he has been described as having the “confidence, courage and enthusiasm to drive business change”.

Special responsibilities: Audit and Risk Finance Committee

Education: Masters of Software Engineering

Michael Butler

Director

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BA(AS)(Hons)/LLB Past President and Executive Committee Member ‐ Industrial Relations Society of Australia, Past President & Life Member‐ Industrial Relations Society of Victoria, Chair Law Institute of Victoria Employment and Industrial Relations Committee, Founder HR+WorkLaw

Special responsibilities: Chair of Operational Risk Management Committee

Sally Hines

Director

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Sally Hines joined the Board in May 2017. Sally is the Chief Operating Office of The Big Issue and Homes for Homes. The Big Issue is an independent, not‐for‐profit organisation dedicated to supporting and creating job opportunities for homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Homes for Homes is an initiative of The Big Issue that will help raise an ongoing supply of new funding for social and affordable houses. Prior to commencing at The Big Issue, Sally worked in employment services, community development, youth mental health and health for over 10 years. She has held various strategic, service delivery and operational management positions, including experience in establishing new not‐for‐profit businesses across Australia in diverse communities. Sally has a Masters in Human Resource Management, as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science.

Wallara Way.

Our Values

We believe that our strong culture is largely due to our five key values being lived, daily, throughout the organisation.

1Be creative and push the boundaries

2Think client first

3Do the right thing

4Together we make a difference

5Have fun and celebrate awesomeness

Strategy.

2018-2022

As a leading provider of disability supports to adults in south eastern Melbourne, Wallara set an ambitious five year strategy to deliver in the areas of Grow, Work, Explore and Live, whilst connecting in to our community of corporate partners and sector groups to ensure the best opportunities for each client in our service.

Area

Goal

Day
Services

To be the leading provider of NDIS supports in SE Melbourne by providing quality services that allow our clients to grow, explore and work in our community.

Education
& Work

Become the leading disability educator in Victoria by 2022. Provide pathways to work.

Supported
Employment

Be the most innovative, progressive provider of supported employment in Australia.

Supported
Living

Offer innovative and inclusive living models that provide choice and control.

Sages
Cottage Farm

Create Australia’s most inclusive farm and showcase Wallara’s social enterprises.

Reach &
Impact

Be the thought leader in the disability space.

Driving social change in our community to empower people with different abilities.