Carol is delighted to become a Board Member of Bespoke Lifestyles after leaving the position of consultant. She wanted to be part of the process that makes decisions about the direction Bespoke Lifestyles will take, especially at this time of great change in the disability sector. Carol has been a passionate advocate for the rights of people with disability all her working life and will bring this perspective to her new role on the Board.
Since graduating from the University of Queensland with a degree in Social Work in 1984, she has worked in both non-government and government sectors. She worked in the Department of Disability Services in several areas, with her last job as Senior Resource Officer in Brisbane South region. On leaving government, she branched out as a private consultant where she undertook a variety of projects, including strategic planning, evaluation and reviews of organisations, writing several policies and procedures manuals.
For many years, Carol has Chaired what was once called Community Safeguards Coalition. This has now changed to NDIS Safeguards Coalition to address some the issues that arise as this huge reform rolls out. The NDIS Safeguards Coalition is a non-funded group of people who represent people with disability in various capacities – individual advocacy, systemic advocacy agencies and non-government agencies who have all come together to advocate at a systemic level against policies and practices which negatively impact on people with disability.