Chair, Independent Director
Angus is Chairman of Down Syndrome Australia as well as CEO of DMP Asset Management. Angus is a father to a young woman with Down syndrome and has been a long-time advocate for people with intellectual disabilities.
Independent Director, Deputy Chair
Grant is the Director Business and Strategic Planning for the Association of Independent Schools NT. He was the president of the Down Syndrome Association NT from 2006-2018 and a member of the Down Syndrome Australia board since its inception.
David is Chair of Down Syndrome Queensland. He is a Member of Institute of Engineers, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School. He and his wife Annmaree have five children, including their youngest, Sophie with Down Syndrome.
Claire Mitchell is an independent director on the Down Syndrome Australia Board, and a member of Down Syndrome Advisory Network. She is passionate about being a voice for people with Down syndrome. Claire believes in having a positive attitude and that the best support outcomes for the Down syndrome community happen when everyone is working together as a team.
Dr Rhonda Faragher
Rhonda is the Deputy Head of the School of Education at the University of Queensland and Director of the Down Syndrome Research Program. She is the Chair of the Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Group of IASSIDD and a board member of the IASSIDD Academy. She is a trustee and board member of Down Syndrome International. She is also She has a daughter with Down syndrome.
Director, Australian Capital Territory
Alicia is an early childhood professional and has extensive experience as a teacher, mentor, professional learning and development officer. She is committed to progressing the aspirations and interests of people with Down syndrome. She has a son with Down syndrome.
Katrina’s professional skills include finance, project management, governance and strategy. Katrina’s uncle has Down syndrome and she grew up with a strong sense of advocacy for people living with disability and the challenges they face.
Director, Western Australia
Catia Malaquias is a senior lawyer at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia and has 17 years legal experience. Catia is also a Director of the Attitude Foundation Limited and the founder of the Starting With Julius project.
John’s youngest child Meaghan has Down syndrome. He is a current Director and past President of Down Syndrome Tasmania, having been involved with the Association since 2007. He is also a Life Member of Apex Australia.
Director, New South Wales
Hayley Warren joined the Down Syndrome Australia board in 2019 and is the Chair of the Board of Down Syndrome NSW. Hayley has been involved with the Down Syndrome associations of Western Australia and New South Wales and is a lawyer with over 10 years experience practicing in the areas of insurance, construction and commercial law. Hayley has an older sister, Sarah, who has Down syndrome.