Down Syndrome Queensland is run by a Board of volunteer Directors, all sharing the common goals of providing the best possible support to people with Down syndrome in Queensland. Any enquiries to the Down Syndrome Queensland Board can be sent to [email protected]
David joined the Board in 2016 and was appointed Chairman in 2017. David and his wife Annmaree have five children, including their youngest, Sophie with Down Syndrome. David aspires to inclusive, healthy and fulfilling lives for the Down Syndrome Community. David has 25 years global executive experience with public and private companies and brings expertise in commercial, corporate governance and strategy to the Board. David is a Member of Institute of Engineers, Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA from the Melbourne Business School.
CEO and Board Member
Darryl is responsible for providing leadership, the management of the Down Syndrome Queensland team, and oversight of all ongoing activities of the association. Advocating at the highest levels on issues affecting Down Syndrome Queensland members, Darryl works to develop improved disability policy and practice across all areas and levels of government. Darryl is often out and about in the community raising awareness of Down syndrome, building partnerships and developing business networks.
Darryl joined the Board as Chairman in 2015 and was appointed as CEO in August 2017 at which time he stood down as Chairman. Darryl has a finance background gained in over 15 years’ experience in executive and management roles in large corporates including BHP Billiton and WorleyParsons and as owner/operator of his own business. Darryl has three children including a daughter Bella with Down syndrome. This background gives Darryl a solid knowledge of the opportunities and issues facing Down Syndrome Queensland and the Down syndrome community more broadly.
Paul has been on the board of Down Syndrome Queensland for 5 years and is also the Queensland Director of Down Syndrome Australia. Paul is the Area Manager of WFI Insurance in Toowoomba, a role he has held for 10 years. He is also ministerially appointed to the South West Regional Disability advisory council. In 2015, he was awarded the Toowoomba Regional Council Citizen of the year for his advocacy work, particularly in the disability employment space. Paul along with his wife Tina have 4 children, their daughter Jazmyn has Down syndrome and is 14 years old.
Gillian has been a long standing member of Down Syndrome Queensland with two adult children, Hannah is 21 has Down Syndrome.
Donna, a previous nurse with an executive healthcare background, is passionate about advocating for services that meet the communities' needs, and empower consumers and carers in decision making. Donna has over 20 years senior management and executive experience within public health, government owner corporations and more recently in the Primary Health NFP sector bringing expertise in health, corporate governance, strategy, including information technology, and project management to the Board. Donna is a Graduate of Australian Institute of Company Directors and holds an MBA majoring in governance, strategy and project management from Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Donna is currently based in Cairns and works part-time as the Company Secretary to the Northern Queensland Primary Healthcare Network (NQPHN) board.
Scott joined the board in August 2018 and is a passionate advocate for people with Down Syndrome. Scott has over 15 years senior executive experience working for a number of technology companies within Australia and has been a company director of companies within Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. He is currently the Operations Manager at Vision6 and a director of a fintech start up.
Scott has experience in working within not-for-profit organisations in a professional and volunteer capacity having worked for The Family Centre and being actively involved with The Salvation Army for many years.
Scott is married to Corinne and they have two children - Georgina (who has Down syndrome) and Samuel.
Joelle has taught across both independent and state school systems in Queensland, specialising in Early Childhood. Her husband and three children live on a rural property north of Hervey Bay. Joelle also runs an online social media network 'T21 Mum Australia'. In this space she connects women from across Australia in the early phase of their child's life. She also hopes to set up a useful early childhood resource within T21 Mum Australia for the early years of schooling. Joelle has a keen interest in blending therapy and education in inclusive ways in the classroom.