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Disability Services Commission Board

The Disability Services Commission is governed by a nine-member board and, as specified under the Disability Service Act 1993, at least five of them either have a disability, have a relative with a disability, or have recent experience as a carer or an advocate for people with disability.

Select from the links in the list below to view a specific member profile, or see the full collection of profiles provided below this list.

Bruce Langoulant
Priya Cooper
Russell Aubrey
Anwen Handmer
Melissa Northcott
Gavin Robins
Andrew Thompson
Gabrielle Trenbath

Bruce Langoulant (Chairperson) has worked in small business for 40 years with particular emphasis on the advertising and financial services industries. Bruce has a daughter with multiple disabilities and is Chairperson of The Meningitis Centre and President of the International Confederation of Meningitis Organisations.

Priya Cooper (Deputy Chairperson) has over 15 years of experience working in the disability sector. Priya was appointed to the National Disability and Carers Council initiated in 2008. She consults with many disability organisation and is the President of Western Australian Disabled Sports Association and a Board member of the Ability Centre. Priya runs her own business as a motivational speaker. Priya has lived experience with a disability and is also now supporting her son with a disability. She has a Bachelor of Science, Health Promotion.

Russell Aubrey is the twice-elected Mayor of the City of Melville and has been a local member for the City since 1993. For a number of years the City of Melville, which has been recognised by the United Nations as the World’s Most Liveable Community in its population category, has had a strong focus on accessibility and the employment of people with disability. Russell retired from his teaching career at Wesley College in 2012 where he taught senior school mathematics and was Head of Careers. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Economics) and a Post Graduate Diploma of Teaching.

Anwen Handmer is currently studying law and has completed a Bachelor of Arts with first class honours and a Master of Fine Arts at University College London. Anwen has personal experience with disability.

Melissa Northcott is a Councillor at the City of Armadale and a Count Me In Ambassador, and was a former Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability member and the Centre for Cerebral Palsy Board Director. Melissa is a research development coordinator for the St John Australian Youth Council, a St John Ambulance volunteer, and worked to introduce Radio Lollipop to Armadale Hospital. She fundraises for the Centre for Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA and Telethon, has her own personal experience of disability, and is a strong advocate for creating accessible communities.

Gavin Robins is the principal of Sovereign Health Care, an organisation that provides a range of health consulting services to the Commonwealth and State governments and United Nations agencies. Gavin has extensive experience in disability services at an operational level.

Andrew Thompson is an advocate and guardian for a man with Down syndrome and has a long track record of supporting people with disability in both his personal and professional life. He is an education professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience in teaching and education. As an Executive Director at the Department of Education, Andrew was responsible for state-wide specialist services, which provided support for students with disability and diverse learning needs. This was achieved through teams of visiting teachers and support officers who worked with the Centre for Inclusive Schooling, Hospital School Services, Vision Education Service and the WA Institute for Deaf Education. Andrew was also responsible for the department's approach to its responsibilities under the Disability Discrimination Act, ensuring that public schools provide safe, inclusive and engaging learning environments for all students.

Gabrielle Trenbath is currently employed full-time in the public healthcare system and is also studying Social Impact at UWA. She sits on the boards of Avivo: Live Life and Physical Disabilities Australia. Gabrielle also has personal experience with disability.