Amanda Lawrie-Jones has lived experience of disability and is a skilled Disability Inclusion Consultant with decades of organisational capability experience. She manages her own business and has successfully created impact and meaningful change in both government and non-government sectors.
In 2018, Amanda was a finalist in the National Awards for Disability Leadership in the category of ‘Change Making’.
Amanda was appointed to the AAV Board in 2018 and has been Chair since 2021.
Brad has an extensive history of senior executive management in local government, community, aged and disability services. He is the Founding Director of Dana Consulting and Director of Illuminate Yoga Studio, where he currently teaches yoga and meditation.
Brad has been active in the arts as a musician, singer/chorister, performer and director in community-based theatre.
Brad was appointed to the AAV Board in 2012.
Laura Purbrick has significant experience advising Non-Profit organisations and Family Offices in the area of finance and investment strategy. Her industry experience includes working as a Director at PwC, ANZ Private Bank as well as JANA. Laura has strong interest in the arts and is passionate about giving back to the community and considering the positive social impact of our actions, both as individuals and our collective impact as a community.
Laura was appointed to the AAV Board in 2022.
Brooke is a marketing, communications and strategy specialist with 17 years of leadership experience spanning the UK, Europe, Asia and US. She holds a Master of Arts (Communications) degree, and spent a decade working in the arts and screen, including the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA), Creative Partnerships Australia, Abbotsford Convent and Film Victoria. She has also worked in the mental health sector, and recently ran the Environmental Film Festival Australia.
Brooke was appointed to the AAV Board in 2022.
Jodie lives with disability and is a senior adviser for disability and accessibility with the Victorian government. She is driven to creating more inclusive communities for people with disability, particularly for.those experiencing multiple, intersecting forms of systemic.discrimination.
Jodie worked as a performing artist for many years. In 2016 she was awarded the inaugural Funds in Court Inspire award in recognition of her professional contribution to performing arts and for creating a more inclusive society through her work.
Jodie was appointed to the AAV Board in 2022.
Kate Hood became a wheelchair user over a decade ago and reinvented herself as a disabled actor and theatre maker.
She formed her disability-led theatre company, Raspberry Ripple Productions, as a response to the invisibility of disabled actors, writers and theatre makers across our stages and screens. Raspberry Ripple’s remit is to tell stories of disabled and non-disabled people living in the world together.
Kate was appointed to the AAV Board in 2016.
Nic has over 15 years experience leading strategy design, implementation and evaluation in public health, international development, sustainability and in disability services. He is co-Director of Day Four Projects, a specialist consultancy working internationally. Nic started his career with Access Arts in Queensland, and has worked in the sector in Australia and the UK.
Nik was appointed to the AAV Board in 2022.
Sam Martin (he/him) is a Deaf Gay/Queer creative producer and director passionate about the many facets of identities, inclusivity, navigating English and Auslan, and empowering and encouraging Deaf and queer communities. He has worked and continues to work within theatre and film with a range of exciting projects. His award-winning short film “Deafying Gravity” was shown internationally and continues to tour nationally.
Sam was appointed to the AAV Board in 2022.