Our vision is empower Aspergers to discover their inspiration. As part of this we believe that providing a community which understands and accepts Aspergers is critical to discover meaningful and connected futures.
Our mission is to empower Aspergers to have the confidence to realise their own strengths, abilities, dreams and ambitions - and with that independence - while managing challenges across their lives. This empowerment comes from our community of peers, and educating the communities in which we live. This mission is based around four key pillars:
1. Peer groups meetings
2. Information about Aspergers, supports and opportunities
3. Educational events/presentations, and
4. Employment readiness and linkages.
These pillars are supported by our focused advocacy on our community's behalf. We are the only for purpose organisation focused on the specific needs of Aspergers.
Our Board all have lived experience of Aspergers either being an Asperger, has a close family member that is Aspergers or is a professional working closely with the Aspergers Community. Our Board are also volunteers who contribute their own time to support social change and support our Aspergers community.
Tamsin Jowett - PresidentPreviously a lawyer, Tamsin is a governance and coaching professional who has worked internationally with BP in Corporate Affairs/CSR and with London brand agency LSW. Tamsin is a fellow of the Governance Institute of Australia, an ICF Coach, qualified Patient Advocate and holds a Masters in Marketing from London, as well as her Law-Commerce degree from Melbourne University. Tamsin is passionate about driving change for our community and regularly advocates for our community at government levels and through her extensive networks. Tamsin has enjoyed life surrounded by interesting neurodiverse family and friends and has a strengths view of differences. Tamsin is passionate about empowering our community and has been supporting AV for over 10 years, with recent years as President driving organisational evolution. Tamsin is also a pennant golf player with passions for skiing, tennis and extensive reading.
JEFFREY HANLON - SECRETARYJeffrey is an experienced, well-seasoned CFO and Company Secretary, with a wealth of skills, gained from working at the coal face for SME ASX listed companies and Australian companies with international operations. He has excellent financial, operational and management skills gained from direct involvement with businesses from startups, pre and post IPO, during periods of high growth, under financial stress or requiring restructuring. Jeffrey is experienced in ASX reporting, compliance with the Listing Rules, capital raising, financial analysis and modelling, board reporting, corporate governance and secretarial duties, risk management, commercial contract management, setting policies and procedures, human resources and employment functions. Jeffrey has Aspergers lived experience within his family.
David Cox - treasurer
David Cox is a Qualified Chartered Account with nearly 30 years experience. After originally qualifying in South Africa he is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia. He has worked in numerous organisations and industries (large and small) across South Africa, the UK and now Australia and is currently heading up the Finance Department at Open Universities Australia. David is married with two children, one of which is on the Autism Spectrum. He has always endeavoured to give back to the community wherever possible, either through Round Table in South Africa and the UK, or through Aspergers Victoria in Australia and is passionate in working to ensure a financially sustainable future for organisation.
Kevin Kennedy - VP & Technology Co-ordinator
Kevin Kennedy (B.Eng Communications & Computing, Grad Dip. Technology Management). He has held senior executive roles in various networking and information technology organisations including Amazon.com, AAPT, Motorola and Telstra.
Kevin has a son with Aspergers, has been a member for 6 years and on our Board for over 4 years. In addition to being Vice President, he is responsible for the technology and communications platforms that support Aspergers Victoria.
ROO HARRIS - BOARD MEMBER
Roo Harris is a life and business coach, consultant and lawyer. Before her transition to coaching and consulting in 2017, Roo was a lawyer for over 15 years, specialising in international commercial transactions. During this time, she was dedicated legal counsel to a member of the royal family in a foreign country, advising on his domestic and cross-border investment transactions. This remains the focus of her consulting and advisory work, in which she provides project founders with start-up strategy and commercial advice, while working to facilitate investment into their projects.
In her coaching work, Roo supports professional women with career transition. Increasingly, she is working with the Aspergers community, for which she is a passionate advocate, having extensive lived experience through family and friends. She is also on the Board of Kilmour Investments, which among other investments, holds a major share in Australia’s largest forestry and timber processing company (for sustainable, softwood plantations). Roo has a combined Bachelors in Arts and Law and a Masters in Commercial Law.
MARK SOLONSCH- BOARD MEMBER
Mark is an expert in research and analysis with 30 years experience advising some of Australia’s leading companies. He is highly regarded for his innovative use of research techniques, and his outstanding analytical and strategic capabilities. He also grew up as a son of a bookie, and spent the first dozen years of his professional career in the gambling industry, including writing “The Complete Guide to Australian Gambling”. Since then, he has worked with Marketing and research departments for ASX-listed and global companies. Currently, he is the Customer Insights Lead at Medibank and Chair of the Medibank neurodiversity network. The Medibank neurodiversity network is one of the first employee-led groups globally and has made significant impact on changing the mindset of staff and managers towards a strengths-based approach. He lives with his partner Jane and baby Zoe in Melbourne’s inner south.