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Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors work collectively to enhance strategic direction and support the Executive Team to provide strong operational leadership and management.

Ms Fiona Payne


Fiona joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2017 and was elected as Chairperson in the same year. 

Originally trained as a physiotherapist at Curtin University, Fiona has worked with children and families in a number of government and health sector roles within the WA community. She values these experiences for the insight they provided into the importance of growing potential, strengthening families and celebrating achievements. Fiona is a dynamic leader, effective manager and contemporary director with extensive human services experience in the government and community. 

Mr Tony Vis

Deputy Chair

Tony joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2017.

Tony brings over 30 years’ board experience as a chair and director in industries including disability, insurance, property and governance. The former CEO of Activ Foundation, Tony is currently on the Board of Southern Cross Care, Chair of the Independent Centre for Applied NFP Research Inc. and an independent panellist for the WA NDIS Review Panel. Tony is passionate about enhancing customer value in community based organisations.

Mr Michael Banton

Michael joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2009.

Michael is the CEO and Company Secretary for Caxton Cooperative, which is part of the Snap Printing Group. With more than 20 years experience and a track record in implementing strategic change, Michael is a true management professional.

Ms Amanda Reed

Amanda joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2016 and is also a member of the Parent Reference Group.

Amanda holds a number of qualifications in Community Services and has extensive experience working in the sector, including as a lecturer. Amanda's association with Therapy Focus began in 2010 when her son, who has cerebral palsy, Autism, Intellectual disability, vision impairment and Global Development Delay, entered the schooling system. She has a strong interest in capacity building, values family, social justice and equity, and holds a passion for inclusion - particularly of families in remote communities. 

Ms Julie Carr

Julie joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2017.

Julie brings over 15 years of experience as a board director, senior executive and CEO in health, disability and primary care. Through these roles Julie has developed a strong track record of achieving growth through targeted marketing and productivity enhancements. As an allied health professional (occupational therapy), Julie understands the demands and challenges facing the disability sector. Julie has a strong interest in leading change and focussing on the cultural and people elements of business to achieve success. 

Ms Ann Dawson

Ann joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2018.

Currently the Chief Financial Officer of the Royal Flying Doctors Service, Ann has over 25 years’ experience in managing finances for non-profits around Western Australia. Ann also brings strong project and strategic management skills to the Board, having worked on long term strategic initiatives for Amana Living, Craigcare Group and The Perth Diocesan Trustees. Ann takes a whole of business approach to decision making and is passionate about bringing a better life to people living with disability.

Mr Kane Blackman

Kane joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2018.

Kane is a senior public relations executive with the WA State Government at the Insurance Commission, which delivers personal injury and liability insurance to millions of West Australians, lifetime care and a $6b investment portfolio. He has more than 14 years' experience in the mining, oil and gas, and financial service sectors, and is a Chartered Secretary. Kane is also a non-executive Director of Rare Voices Australia, the Deputy Chair of Injury Matters and sits on the Road Safety Council of WA and the WA Branch of the Governance Institute. Kane has a son with Angelman Syndrome and is a Committee Member of the Angelman Syndrome Association of Australia.

Ms Rachel Cottier

Rachel joined the Therapy Focus Board in 2019.

Rachel is a Chartered Accountant and holds a MBA from the University of Western Australia. Rachel is CFO of Azure Capital Limited, a leading Australian corporate advisory firm, and has over 20 years of financial management and company secretarial experience in service focused businesses. Rachel is passionate about supporting underprivileged youth to achieve their potential.


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