Our purpose is to empower people with Aspergers/ASD1, and their supporters, to discover their potential through the educational life-pathways of four key community pillars:
1. Peer support groups
These are supported by our strong community and through advocacy on our community's behalf.
Tamsin Jowett - President
Tamsin Jowett is a communications professional who has worked internationally with BP in Corporate Affairs (including CSR) and with London brand agency LSW. Tamsin holds a Masters in Marketing from London and is also a qualified lawyer who practised in Melbourne. Tamsin is passionate about driving change for our community.
Chris Turner - Vice president
Chris has an extensive background in both accounting and finance as a Chartered Accountant as well as operations management, strategy and investment governance.
Chris is passionate about supporting people to find and grow their careers or to find their entrepreneurial feet.
simon meyer - treasurer
Simon completed a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) with Federation University Australia. He has a strong background in financial accounting, business analysis, data analysis and audit as a Chartered Accountant. Simon has worked for Global manufacturers, including both Toyota and Orora, and is passionate about nurturing an innovative and diverse work environment to challenge the status quo. Simon has delivered on key strategic projects during his career and been recognised for his valued contribution.
Kevin Kennedy - Technology Coordinator
Kevin Kennedy (B.Eng Communications & Computing, Grad Dip. Technology Management) is the father of three children including one boy with Aspergers Syndrome. He has held senior executive roles in various networking and communications organisations including Amazon.com, AAPT, Motorola and Telstra. He is responsible for the technology and communications platforms that support Aspergers Victoria.
amanda niven - secretary
Amanda has over 20+ years’ experience working for professional services firms and providing strategic and operational management in the teams she leads.
Amanda is passionate about advocating for and raising awareness of Aspergers in the wider community.
In her spare time, Amanda spends the majority of her time with her husband and two daughters and enjoying all that one of the world’s most livable cities has to offer!
alex dawson - Board Member
Alex has qualifications in financial services, administration and HR. She has been working for a small cancer charity for the last 10 years where she has gained extensive knowledge of the NFP sector. Her two children are both on the spectrum.
gayle vermont - board member
Gayle Vermont has a BA, B.B.Sc. (Hons), MSW and has had over 40 years experience in a wide spectrum of disability services with the Victorian government, non-for- profit agencies and her own private consultancy and counselling business. Gayle has worked in all areas of disability including accommodation, employment and education services as well as worked with all types of disability including, physical, sensory, intellectual, psychiatric and acquired brain injury.
Gayle is committed to creating a more inclusive and respectful world for all people particularly those who are neurodiverse. She wants to encourage the empowerment of Aspies whom she hopes will one day be ‘out and proud’, understood by all and the envy of all non-Aspies!