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Leadership Team

Our Leadership Team oversee operations and lead our 350 employees.


Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly

Chief Executive Officer

Alison is an occupational therapist with over 30 years of executive and non-executive experience working within the health, disability and community sectors in local, rural and international settings. Alison’s experience operating at the strategic level has afforded her the opportunity to improve and grow services whilst transforming organisational behaviours to achieve key strategic outcomes.

Alison is dedicated to person-centred care, values-based leadership and fostering a positive workplace culture. She believes these factors are integral foundations to delivering high-quality services. Alison is excited to partner with staff, customers and the Therapy Focus community to support others to strive for aspirational goals and achieve meaningful outcomes.

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Mai Welsh

Mai Welsh

Chief Operating Officer

Mai Welsh has extensive clinical experience in the disability field, having worked in the Public, Health and Not-for-Profit sectors over the past 30 years. Mai is a qualified physiotherapist with a clinical interest in child development and neurological conditions, having trained as a Bobath (NDT) therapist, and has delivered therapy and consultation services in both Queensland and Western Australia.

Mai’s transition into leadership roles was spurned by her desire to protect and lead people and organisations through inevitable and necessary change. She found her niche in successfully managing large clinical teams and innovative projects during the introduction of the NDIS. Mai is committed to ongoing learning and development, undertaking formal studies, co-authoring papers and contributing to a research partnership in her role as a University Adjunct.

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Karissa Goold

Karissa Goold

Chief Financial Officer

Karissa is a Chartered Accountant with strong commercial acumen, developed from over 15 years of experience in national healthcare, hospitality, and other industries. Karissa possesses both a Bachelor of Laws and Business and has a passion for delivering organisational change through digital transformation and process improvement.

Karissa enjoys working with all areas of a business to promote and implement the strategic vision and sustainable financial performance. Karissa is an active leader and loves to assist in the development of the next generation of accounting professionals through her participation in several mentorship programs.

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Kelly Byleveld

Executive Manager; People, Talent and Culture

Kelly is a passionate Senior Human Resource professional with over 20 years of experience spanning multiple industries.

Kelly has a proven capability of delivering effective strategic and operational Human Resource solutions to ensure a positive, engaged and driven workforce. These are the key ingredients to a business reaching its goals.

Kelly is passionate about supporting leaders so they can achieve the best outcomes for their teams and customers through creative people solutions and does this via coaching and mentoring.

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Senior Managers

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Crystal Cutler

Senior Manager; Customer Experience

Crystal joined Therapy Focus in 2009 as an Occupational Therapist working with children and families. She developed a strong interest in Assistive Technology and Home Modifications and spent six years working in complex home modifications. In progressing to a Team Leader role, Crystal successfully secured a number of new funding contracts and was instrumental to the growth of the Assistive Technology and Home Modifications team at Therapy Focus. After taking some time off to start a family, Crystal returned to work as a Clinical Manager and now oversees the Customer Experience Team as a Senior Manager.

In her current role, Crystal works hard to ensure easier access to services. She has a passion for growing teams who love coming to work, and has extensive experience working with systems, policies and processes that support sustainable and accessible services.

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Janesta Stobbe

Senior Manager; Therapy North

Janesta qualified as a physiotherapist in 1995 in South Africa and has been working with people with disability for over 20 years in both South Africa and Australia. Janesta joined Therapy Focus in 2014 after working in the early intervention team at the Disability Services Commission. Having completed a Diploma in Leadership and Management, Janesta is passionate about creating efficient teams through a supportive culture and positive work relationships. She is motivated by the growth of Clinical Team Leaders as they deliver quality therapy and fulfil their potential.

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Danelle Milward

Senior Manager; Therapy South

Danelle has a clinical background as an Occupational Therapist and has led teams in the disability sector both in Australia and internationally for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Therapy Focus, Danelle was an inaugural Assistant Director and Acting Director for the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), responsible for delivering the NDIS in Western Australia.

Danelle is passionate about ensuring people with disability have choice and control over their lives. She supports the clinical teams at Therapy Focus to deliver the highest quality of clinical services with a focus on continuous learning. Danelle is dedicated to building and maintaining a workplace culture based on a foundation of transparency and trust so that staff feel supported and valued in their role, and subsequently provide the best service they can.

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Nikki Peapell

Senior Manager; Mental Health & Wellbeing

Nikki qualified as a Psychologist in 2013 in New Zealand and has 15 year’s experience working across public and not-for-profit child and youth mental health, homelessness, and alcohol and drug services. Nikki is passionate about strong leadership, clinical excellence, evidenced-based practices and outcome measures, and ongoing service improvements to meet the needs of customers accessing support.

Nikki is an advocate for inclusive and diverse workplaces and believes in the importance of lived experience and cultural expertise when striving to meet the needs of individuals and the community.

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Caoibhe Hendy

Senior Manager; Assistive Technology and Home Modifications

Caoibhe studied to become a qualified Occupational Therapist in the UK and briefly worked in Ireland and Europe before moving to Australia in 2009. Upon arriving in Perth, Caoibhe worked in aged care before commencing at Therapy Focus in 2010. Caoibhe’s passion lies in disability services and she has mostly worked with individuals with very complex needs. Caoibhe has worked within the Assistive Technology and Home Modifications Team at Therapy Focus since 2014. During this time, the team and its core functions have evolved to address the needs of customers and the disability sector.

The current focus of her role is developing Therapy Focus’ specialist services of complex assistive technology prescription, home modifications and services for people with complex communication (AAC).

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