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Our team

AFI has a vibrant staff team who host a 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.

Our Team

Nicolas Lawler

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”

Jamelle Boettcher

Manager, Advocacy Support

Jamelle oversees AFI’s individual advocacy supports to 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.

Carla Millner Bradley

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 two years running (2015-2016) and has contributed to several projects, including the Supported Decision-Making project.

Bonnie Millen

Senior Policy Advisor

Bonnie joined AFI in 2016. Through submission writing, research and development and support in projects she is responsible for the entire systemic advocacy agenda.

Bonnie has a Master’s in Policy and Applied Social Research from Macquarie University. Her policy expertise and personal interest also extend to regional social policy, disability justice, human rights. At AFI, she is using her experience in social policy and human rights to shape strong policies and advocate for positive change.

Sharon Kensell

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.

Rob Donnelly

Acting Senior Inclusion and Awareness Officer

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 script writer and writing mentor at the ANU College of Law.

Molly Saunders

NDIS Appeals Officer

Molly supports people appealing NDIS access and planning decisions. Molly works with clients in the internal review process, alongside those engaged in external review at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

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.

Stacy Rheese

Individual Advocate

Stacy advocates on behalf of clients in a range of matters including access to justice, personal welfare, and interactions with services.  Stacy also supports people to understand their own rights and to advocate for themselves. 

Before working at AFI, Stacy completed a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Indigenous Studies and International Relations.  Stacy has worked in the community sector for several years, with a focus on at-risk youth and people experiencing homelessness.

In Stacy’s spare time, she can be found fighting fires with the Rural Fire Service.   

Roslyn Emmerick

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. 

Elisabeth O’Daly

ILC Project Officer

Elisabeth O’Daly is an ILC Project Worker at Advocacy for Inclusion where she 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.

Madeleine Benson

Individual Advocate

Madeleine Benson is an Individual Advocate at Advocacy for Inclusion. Madeleine’s work centres on helping people navigate matters related but not limited to, employment, housing, engagement with service providers and the NDIS. Madeleine is committed to pursuing the goals set by individuals. She places the agency of individuals at the forefront of her work, making it her priority to ensure that her clients, their needs and interests, drive decision-making.

Amanda Plowright

Finance Officer

Amanda keeps the organisation running though 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 a computerised personnel and organisational record-keeping system.