Down Syndrome Australia Board
Dr Rebecca Kelly
Rebecca is an environmental scientist with degrees in mathematics and economics. Following a career as an academic, Rebecca started her own research and consulting company isNRM Pty Ltd in 2008. She is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a current Committee member and past President of Down Syndrome Tasmania, and a previous Director of St Giles (a disability service provider). Rebecca has a son with Down syndrome.
Director, Deputy Chair
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.
Peter is an experienced chartered accountant and works as a finance manager on a large project within the government sector. Peter has a strong interest in education due to growing up with two teachers as parents. He has a personal connection with the Down syndrome community through his youngest son and his sister-in-law.
Claire Mitchell is a self-advocate and is passionate about being a voice for people with Down syndrome and other disabilities. Claire is the first Independent Director with Down syndrome on the Down Syndrome Australia Board. She is also an associate member of the Down Syndrome Advisory Network (DSAN).
Claire’s main goal is to raise awareness about the contributions that people with intellectual disabilities can bring to their community, and how they can best be supported to be involved. Claire believes in having a positive attitude and that the best support outcomes happen when everyone is working together as a team.
Dr Rhonda Faragher
Dr Rhonda Faragher AO is an Associate Professor of Inclusion and Diversity in the School of Education at the University of Queensland where she is Director of the Down Syndrome Research Program. She is Vice-President of Down Syndrome International and Chair of the Down Syndrome Special Interest Research Group of IASSIDD, the International Association for the Scientific Study of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She has an adult daughter with Down syndrome.
Katrina is an experienced Not for Profit Non Executive Director and Banking Executive with experience in finance, risk management and transformation. She is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and is also co-chair of NAB’s employee resource group, NABility, which focuses on employees with disabilities and carers. Katrina’s personal connection with the Down syndrome community has been through her uncle David.
Catia Malaquias is a senior lawyer at the State Solicitor’s Office of Western Australia and has 17 years of legal experience. Catia is also a Director of the Attitude Foundation Limited and the founder of the Starting With Julius project.
The Hon Matthew Mason-Cox
Matthew has served as a member of the NSW Parliament, holding Ministerial and leadership roles, including as President of the NSW Legislative Council and Vice-President of the International Commonwealth Parliamentary Association.
Matthew has held senior roles in private and public sectors and served on the boards of a diverse number of business, education and charitable organisations. He is also recognised as a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD). Matthew has a background in law and finance. He is married with four children and his youngest daughter has Down syndrome.
Gemma is a lawyer with extensive experience in human rights, particularly the rights of people with disabilities. She has held a variety of senior positions in the NSW Government, including at the Crown Solicitor’s Office, and also in the community sector at the Public Interest Advocacy Centre and the Intellectual Disability Rights Service. She has advised and worked directly with clients with intellectual disability, including people with Down syndrome.
Gemma currently serves as a senior lawyer advising the Cabinet Office in the NSW Government and is a previous director of the Down Syndrome Association of NSW. Gemma is the mother of two delightful young girls, the eldest has Down syndrome.