Carmel Crouch’s appointment as Board Chair started more than 27 years ago when STEPS was just a small organisation trying to provide young people with a disability with opportunities for workplace participation and independence. Today Carmel is the Chair of a much larger organisation that helps many individuals all over Australia strive for a brighter future.
As Chair Carmel facilitates STEPS Group Australia’s strategic planning and major decision making processes. Her in-depth knowledge of not for profit corporate governance, coupled with her service delivery expertise and determination for social equality, has been instrumental in the ongoing success of the organisation.
Christine is a solicitor in private legal practice. She was admitted as a legal practitioner initially in 1986, and now practices primarily as a dispute resolution practitioner.
Christine has been a Director and Secretary of STEPS Disability Qld Inc since 2006, STEPS Ahead Ltd since 2008 and Community Agency for Development Employment and Training Inc since 2010. These entities all form part of the STEPS Group. Christine is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors
Helen Ferguson has been in private enterprise for more than 35 years and until recently retiring, was the Principal Adviser in her own financial planning business.
Helen joined the Board of Directors of STEPS Disability Qld Inc in 2003 following STEPS merger with Work Support Inc., and has been a Director of Community Agency for Development Employment and Training Inc since 2010. These entities all form part of the STEPS Group. Helen is also a member of the Rotary Club of Bundaberg Daybreak, is a Bundaberg District Executive of Scouts Australia, and is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Michael is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in his firm with over 25 years experience.
Michael has been a Director and Treasurer of STEPS Disability Qld Inc since 2009, and Community Agency for Development Employment and Training Inc since 2010. These entities all form part of the STEPS Group. He is also a member of the National Tax & Accountants’ Association, the Taxation Institute of Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Shelton graduated from The University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery in 1985 and has been a Family General Practitioner on the Sunshine Coast since 1990.
Shelton is one of the founding Principals of Lake Kawana General Practice and practices in all areas of medicine with a special interest in Mental Health. She is a Local Area Group (LAG) Coordinator for the Primary Health Network (PHN) and a member of their GP Reference Group. For many years she has held the position of Honorary Medical Officer at Marcoola Surf Life Saving Club. Shelton is happy to be welcomed back to Steps Group Australia, after serving on the board previously from 1994-2007.
With extensive experience in providing executive level administration assistance and coordination, Sally has spent more than a decade delivering comprehensive support in a range of executive assistant roles within the Northern Territory’s Department of Justice.
Sally provides a broad range of support to the Managing Director and facilitates the achievement of STEPS overall vision and business objectives. As Executive Assistant to the Board of Directors, Sally assists the Managing Director and Board of Directors in decision making and strategic planning, and is responsible for preparing reports, executive summaries and other documentation for the board.