AFI has a vibrant staff team with wide range of life experiences.
People are the heart and soul of the organisation, and our culture is one where people come first. To us, diversity means many things, some of which include different ideas and ways of thinking, demographics, culture, and gender. Together we are able to make a difference.
Chief Executive Officer
Nicolas was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of AFI in February 2018. Working in collaboration with the AFI Board of Directors, he is responsible for executing the strategic direction and ongoing operations for the organisation.
With a Community Service career spanning 18 years, Nicolas has a strong commitment to social justice principles and ensuring that people that have a disability can make life decisions which reflect their individual identities, interests and needs.
His work has led to extensive collaborative involvement with government and non-government organisations to improve policy responses and service systems designed to support those in need.
“I’m proud to be part of AFI which is a remarkable organisation that has improved the lives of so many people through its work over the past 25 years”
Rose has a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Canberra and has recently been admitted to the ACT Supreme Court. Before working at AFI, Rose worked in the private legal sector. She also worked for a number of years in disability support work and is passionate about promoting the human rights of people with disability.
Manager, Advocacy Support
Jamelle oversees AFI’s individual advocacy supports for people with disabilities.
Jamelle has been with AFI for 10 years. In this time, she has supported a number of clients to work through complex issues. Such issues include housing, support, NDIS, Care and Protection, and justice.
Manager, Communications and Office
Carla coordinates the office, staff and internal and external communications, including Social Media and public engagement.
Carla has been with AFI for 8 years. In this time, she has run the Control and Choice Expo for two years running (2015-2016) and has contributed to several projects, including the Supported Decision-Making project.
Senior Inclusion and Awareness officer
Sharon brings to this position the lived experience of being a health care professional, a carer, and a person with disabilities.
Sharon has worked in the community and health sector for 25 years in various roles covering NSW, VIC, and the ACT.
Training and Projects Manager
Rob works as a trainer for AFI’s Supported Decision Making Project and previously as an individual advocate. Rob uses the power of words and storytelling to convey the importance of inclusion and awareness of people with disabilities.
Before working at AFI, Rob worked for over a decade in support and coordination roles in the disability sector in Sydney and Canberra. He established and coordinated the Inclusive Volunteering Program at Volunteering ACT and was employed as a scriptwriter and writing mentor at the ANU College of Law.
Before working at AFI, Molly worked as a Graduate Lawyer and Community Coordinator in the private sector. Before this, Molly completed contract work for the NDIA and interned as a legal protection officer at UNHCR.
Individual Advocate for the Disability Royal Commission
Roslyn coordinates submissions to the Disability Royal Commission, including assisting people to communicate with the Disability Royal Commission and providing access to support services.
Before working at AFI, Roslyn provided services to people with disability and chronic health conditions. Roslyn recognised the importance of social inclusion and physical activity for people with disability and focused on supporting and promoting equal access to these services.
Community Connector and Project Officer
Lis develops Easy English documents, including recent projects for the ACT Human Rights Commission and Office of Disability.
Before working at AFI, Lis worked for 25 years as an English language teacher and course developer on various programs for both international students and migrants and refugees. This included 10 years on the Australian Government’s Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP), providing English language tuition and settlement support to new arrivals to Australia.
Izzy is a policy officer at Advocacy for Inclusion. Working as part of the systemic advocacy team Izzy researches and develops policy and submission. Izzy is in her final semester of a double degree in Science (majoring in Genetics) and Arts (majoring in Sociology) at the Australian National University
Policy Project Officer
Akiko Hirata is a Project Officer at Advocacy for Inclusion. Akiko coordinates AFI’s Canberra Disability Review, including identifying relevant topics, promoting CDR, and writing and sourcing content from the community members, government representatives, academics, and other interested parties.
Before working at AFI, Akiko worked as a Disability Officer at the ANU Postgraduate and Research Students’ Association (PARSA).
In her spare time, Akiko enjoys reading, listening to podcasts and music, and meditating.
Amanda keeps the organisation running through her diligent bookkeeping and record keeping. Before working at AFI, Amanda spent 20 years working in senior/CEO roles in the Community sector in Canberra in the administration and management of community organisations.
Amanda’s main areas of interest are financial systems and information technology. Amanda also worked in the Australian Public Service in Salaries and Recruitment, HR Planning, and financial estimates areas. During that time, she became involved in the implementation and integration of computerised personnel and organisational record-keeping system.