Michael Bleasdale

Michael Bleasdale

Michael Bleasdale, Chief Executive Officer, Home Modifications Australia.

Michael Bleasdale has been the CEO of Home Modifications Australia (MOD.A) since February 2014.  He came to the role with extensive experience in senior management positions in both government and non-government agencies, with specific expertise in service delivery for people with disability.  In addition to service management Michael has worked in training and education, teaching courses at university and heading up the Disability Studies and Research Institute, where he undertook research on housing and support for people with complex needs for the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI).  Michael is used to operating contracts and peak bodies at the national level, and has had direct experience of engagement with the current disability reform process when he headed up a consumer organisation.  He is passionate about the need to provide much greater choice within the market of regular housing to older people and people with disability, and recognises the critical role that home modifications play in breaking down the barriers of inaccessibility in the current Australian housing stock.


Catherine Bridge
Catherine Bridge

Catherine Bridge

Dr Catherine Bridge is the Director of the Enabling Built Environments Program and an Associate Professor within the discipline of Architecture. She works with Government and Industry to create transformative design that benefits the most disadvantaged Nationally and Internationally. Her work contributes directly to improved public policy and has been quoted by the productivity commission.

Since joining the Faculty in 2008, Catherine has undertaken dozens of projects with government, not-for-profit, and Industry groups for the betterment of society through architecture and built environment interventions. Since 2014 she has also taken on the role of research quality leader for community engagement within the Program Leadership Group for the Collaborative Centre for Low Carbon Living. In this role, she has responsibility for research reporting and liaison between the CRCLCL and the Faculty as well as having leadership responsibilities within the Centre. Her passion for Architectural and built environment outcomes to achieve a social purpose drives her research, service and teaching contributions.  Her research focuses on creating and sustaining inclusive communities, that promote wellness, prevent disease and reduce environmental harm. This work spans a number of built environment domains and ranges from big housing demand and supply questions to temperature valve and egress solutions. She asks questions like: What works for who and under what environmental contexts, what are the economic and quality of life implications for society and individuals of our design decisions; and how best can we deal with diversity in an inclusive and welcoming way. Catherine has won over $5 million in research funding (including from the Australian Research Council), the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, which she established in 2002, has over 122, 708 unique users from 190 countries. Her publications are available through this link: https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/associate-professor-catherine-elizabeth-bridge/publications

She has strong leadership and management expertise and excels in working collaboratively across disciplines faculties and countries to make progress. She received the 2014 Built Environment Faculty Staff Excellence Award for outstanding Research and the Best Research Paper Award from International Association for Universal Design.

Catherine regularly reviews for International and National design competitions, peer-reviewed design, urban, landscape and gerontology journals and for the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council. She is an alumnus of UNSW’s Academic Women in Leadership program and has a PhD in Architecture from the University of Sydney, prior to joining academia, she was elected by her peers to represent them in the Richmond Inquiry into deinstitutionalisation, was involved in the design of some of the first group homes for people with disabilities in Sydney and wrote the initial guidelines for the Home and Community Care funded Home Modification Service.

Dr Phillippa Carnemolla

PhotoDr Phillippa Carnemolla is an industrial designer and design academic with a background in accessible, inclusive built environments and home modifications. She completed her Doctoral studies in 2015, presenting research that measures the direct impact of home modifications on levels of caregiving and wellbeing in community dwellings for older people and people living with disability. She is currently a Research Associate in the Faculty of Built Environment at UNSW and continues her work with the Home Modification Information Clearinghouse, which is located within the Architecture Faculty.

In addition to these research roles, Phillippa is working with Achieve Australia to provide person-centred, supportive living environments for people with a disability. Phillippa is a current member of the Inclusion (Disability) Advisory Panel for the City of Sydney.

Her research and interest in inclusive design practices and accessible environments led her to develop a collaborative arts project titled The Breathing Conifer, which was recognised as a finalist in the NSW Premier’s Public Service Awards in 2013. This was the culmination of Phillippa’s time as Artist in Residence at the Royal Botanic Garden, Sydney, a residency which has a strong focus on community engagement and an excellent fit for Phillippa’s user-centred design, accessibility and co-creative projects.


Dwayne Cranfield

Dwayne 1Dwayne Cranfield is the CEO of National Ethnic Disability Alliance “NEDA” NEDA is the national peak that advocated for PWD from within the CaLD/ NESB community.

In Australia, Dwayne’s working life has been spent within the area of child protection (ACT Government) and substitute care; the last few years he has gravitated towards issues of homelessness, disabilities and adult mental health. This change in direction was facilitated by an assault that Dwayne sustained from a client in 1999. This assault left Dwayne with an Acquired Brain Injury, ABI/ TBI, which he lives with on a daily basis.

Dwayne was the Chair of Advocacy for Inclusion for many years and also been a member a member of the Chief Ministers Disability Advisory Council within the ACT.

He has lived in the ACT since 1989 and has worked within the welfare sector since 1983, advocating for the rights of disenfranchised people, both in Australia and abroad, he has worked with refugees in Sweden as well as with young male sex offenders in the USA, homeless youth in Newcastle as well as in Government child protection and adult mental health in the ACT.

Dwayne holds several qualifications in both Disabilities and Community Sector Management and is passionate about social justice and allowing people to be heard over the white noise of the sector.

Damian Griffis

photoDamian Griffis is a descendant of the Worimi people of the Biripi nation. He is a leading advocate for the human rights of Aboriginal people with disability.

In 2004–05, Damian consulted directly with people with disability and their families in Aboriginal communities across New South Wales. The unmet need expressed by Aboriginal people with disability in these unprecedented consultations was documented by Damian in the groundbreaking report ‘Telling it like it is’.

Damian is currently Chief Executive Officer of First Peoples Disability Network Australia, the national peak organisation representing Aboriginal people with disability and their families. He has worked in the disability sector in various roles for more than 20 years. He has been instrumental in consolidating the development of the social movement of Aboriginal people with disability.

Julian Moore

Julian Moore (3)Julian Moore is Australasia’s foremost nonprofit sponsorship practitioner specialising in charities, associations and other non-profits. He specialises in training, motivating and up-skilling boards and staff to improve sponsorship performance. Julian’s work predominately includes sponsorship consultancy, sponsorship seeking, in-house training, facilitation services and keynote speaking. Julian draws on his extensive experience in both Australia and the United Kingdom to deliver sponsorship outcomes for his clients.

In the United Kingdom, Julian was based in Westminster at AVA Ltd where he worked as the Business Development Manager for a number of different member-based organisations including the Institute of Association Management, the European Society of Association Executives and the British Council of Shopping Centres. For each client he developed tailored solutions that raised their profile, minimised costs and maximised the various revenue streams available to them.

Julian Moore

Since coming to Australia in 2008, Julian has consulted to a large number of organisations from across the nonprofit sector including Adelaide Zoo, Australian Medical Association, Australian Boarding Schools Association, Playgroup Australia, NSW Farmers, Victorian Healthcare Association, New Zealand General Practice Network, Agforce, the Australian Association of Practice Management, Adolescent Success, Australian Institute of Conveyancers (SA) and Victorian Regional Community Leadership Programs.

Julian specialises in sponsorship coaching because he recognises that the lynchpin of a sustainable sponsorship program is a staff member skilled at developing and maintaining long term relationships with sponsors long after his contract is complete. To enable his clients to provide their staff with the skills necessary to achieve this, Julian works with his clients to provide them with the skills, sponsor contacts and information they need to be able to develop and maintain a successful and sustainable sponsorship program.

Julian also assists his clients through his extensive network of contacts within the corporate sector. Over his years working in the field Julian has developed close relationships with many sponsors and now has a large database of corporates who actively sponsor organisations within the Australasian nonprofit sector.

Julian is also an accomplished and entertaining speaker who regularly presents at events around the world. Throughout his presentations he gives real world examples and case studies that inspire and motivate attendees. He focuses on providing practical and useful ideas that can be implemented immediately to start benefiting your organisation.


Karen Pickering

photoAs Assistant Secretary of the Home Support Branch, Ageing and Aged Care Services Division in the Department of Health, Karen is responsible for the implementation of the Commonwealth Home Support Programme (CHSP), the interface between CHSP policy and disability and the transition to CHSP in Victoria and Western Australia.  The CHSP now provides streamlined access to entry-level age care support through over 1,100 service providers and funding of over $1.6 billion annually.  Karen also works closely with stakeholders from a wide range of community, business, state and local government providers and national peak bodies representing the age care sector.

Karen brings extensive depth and engagement to her role as Assistant Secretary and has a broad range of experience working across a range of high profile Commonwealth policy and programme areas including mental health, Indigenous, women’s, housing and homelessness and communities. Previous to these government positions Karen was involved in the private sector in Human Resource Management and marketing management for a number of organisations.

Adrian Pisarski

Adrian_2076Adrian Pisarski has a 35 year history in the community sector including roles with housing, homelessness, welfare and youth peak bodies in Tasmania, Victoria, NSW, Queensland and nationally.

He was the Executive Officer of Queensland Shelter between 2002 and 2013, the Chairperson of National Shelter between 2004 and 2013 and is currently the Executive Officer of National Shelter. He served on the Board of ACOSS between 2007-2013 and was vice president for five years.

Adrian was a member of the Affordable Housing Summit Group, instrumental to the development of the National Affordable Housing Agreement and NRAS. He has served on numerous advisory bodies for housing, homelessness and youth affairs. For further information please go to the following website.


Paul Smith
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Paul Smith

Paul Smith is the Director of Foundations for the National Body for Home Improvement Agencies (HIA) in England. He works with providers and commissioners to improve the quality of services and prove their social value. 

Paul has previously managed award winning HIA services delivering adaptation, equity release, home safety, energy efficiency and handyperson services. He has recent experience of commissioning a range of housing related services including HIAs and many extra care housing schemes. As a qualified building surveyor, Paul has a particular interest in the design of home modifications.

Glen Sorensen

GlenSorensen picGlen Sorensen founded his company, Age Communications, in 1988 after a career in community development, community care, academia and government.   He works as a freelance facilitator, trainer, researcher, writer and resource developer.  His clients have included all tiers of government, industry peak bodies, non-government organisations and the private sector.  Glen has a long association with the home modification and maintenance sector working with individual services and peak bodies.  He was part of the team that reviewed the Home Modification service type in NSW in 2011/12.  He is a regular Master of Ceremonies at conferences, seminars and events.



Dr Lloyd Walker

LW_HeadshotLloyd is a professional rehabilitation engineer who has been working in Assistive Technology (AT) for over 25 years.  As a user of AT, he has always had an interest in improvements in technology and its application to enhanced participation. He has been actively involved in most aspects of the AT sector nationally and internationally.  Lloyd joined the National Disability Insurance Agency in August 2015 and in December that year was appointed the Director Assistive Technology.

The NDIA Assistive Technology team is responsible for ensuring an innovative, participant centred and financially sustainable AT provision is available to NDIS participants across Australia.

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