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Since 1991, Interchange has supported West Australians with disability to achieve their goals. We provide individualised, local community based support that sows the seeds for a fulfilling life.

At Interchange, we believe disability is caused by the way that society is organised, rather than a person’s impairment or difference. We subscribe to a social model, designed to remove barriers and increase life choices for the people we support. Our staff don’t wear uniforms and our vehicles aren’t branded to encourage people in the community to see the person first, rather than their disability.

To facilitate flexibility and strong local community connection, we operate through a Neighbourhood model, with support workers from Two Rocks to Pinjarra, supported by local Team Leaders and Community Engagers.

We have a fleet of more than 75 vehicles, including 40 with wheelchair access transporting the people we support from home to work, school and community activities. Our supports at Interchange are mainly one on one, but we can also provide small group supports with others who have similar interests and abilities.

Vision Welcoming communities that value, respect and empower people with disability

Our mission Helping people with disability to live a good life

We believe Everyone belongs

Individuality Valuing people, staff, partners and services

Respect Valuing choice, culture and diversity

Empowerment Valuing abilities, goals and learning

Belonging Valuing relationships and shared places

Our Executive Team

We are a new Exec Team having worked together since July 2018 who strategically lead and continue to build Interchange as a contemporary NDIS organisation. Working alongside our Board we use our combined experience and expertise to ensure Interchange delivers the best level of service for you and a great place for our staff to work.

Justin O’Meara Smith Chief Executive Officer
Justin O’Meara Smith Chief Executive Officer

I am proud to have been with Interchange as CEO since February 2017. I have more than 15 years of senior disability services experience that I bring to this position. I have studied extensively and now have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as a Postgraduate degree in Business Management and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA).

As a father of two daughters and currently renovating our heritage home, I know how challenging life can be at times. I’m interested in people and enjoy having good conversations to get to know you and what is important to you. I’m creative and constantly thinking about how we can keep moving forward to create more personalised and flexible support for people to live great lives.

To connect with me visit my LinkedIn Profile HERE

Annette Frazer Executive Manager Support Services
Annette Frazer Executive Manager Support Services

After more than 20 years at the Independent Living Centre which I loved, I decided a new challenge was required and in 2018 I joined Interchange. With a degree in accounting and computer studies and a Master of Management of Information Systems (MMIS) and a Fellow CPA, I have a focus on accurate accounting and great customer service systems.

I know how busy life can be with four young adult daughters plus their partners, my home life is as busy as my work.  So in my spare time I like to spend it with family and friends, watching or reading murder mysteries and doing a spot of gardening.  What I want to do for you, is give you time back by providing you with good systems, tools and information to achieve your goals.

To connect with me visit my LinkedIn Profile HERE

Nicki Dyson Executive Manager People & Culture
Nicki Dyson Executive Manager People & Culture

As the strategic lead for our services and supports my passion and expertise is in building capacity in teams, organisations and communities to ensure people with disability are living a good life as active citizens. With over 20 years in the voluntary and not for profit sector I have experience of aged care, mental health, dementia and supporting people with disabilities.

Born and bred in Yorkshire, UK I am now settled in Perth, with my two sons and daughter and just recently became Australian Citizens. Like Justin I have been busy renovating my 1950’s home an interest and expensive hobby I have inherited from my Grandad who was a property developer.

To connect with me visit my LinkedIn Profile HERE

Our Board of Directors

Our Board is committed to ensuring Interchange’s vision, values and purpose remain the foundation of our services.

Their extensive experience in financial, commercial, legal and not-for-profit organisations, guarantees Interchange is focused on delivering the best level of service for the people we support, their families and carers.

Angie Paskevicius Chair
Angie Paskevicius Chair

Angie’s career spans over 30 years as a health practitioner, business owner, policy adviser, senior executive, executive coach and board member in the hospitality, health, education, disability and community service industries. She has held positions in the government, not-for-profit and private sectors in Tasmania and Western Australia.

After attaining a Master in Leadership and Management, Angie fulfilled a number of senior management positions, initially with the Disability Services Commission and then as CEO of Therapy Focus, which she established in 1998. In 2015, Angie received the Telstra WA Businesswoman of the Year Award, along with the Social Purpose and Social Enterprise Award.

Over the years, she has served on a number of boards, government task forces and ministerial advisory committees and is currently Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Director of Holyoake and WANADA. Prior to her current position as CEO of Holyoake, Angie held the position of State Director of Mission Australia, WA.

Angie has a strong commitment to the community services sector and a life-long interest in disability.

John Bouffler Deputy Chair
John Bouffler Deputy Chair

I joined Interchange in January 2015 and am Chair of the Governance Committee and Deputy Chair of the Board. Whilst my initial career was in banking and finance, over the past 10 years, I've moved into senior leadership roles in the NFP sector, and enjoy the various aspects of the governance of charities and supporting people in need across our communities. 

I currently head up an employer advocacy body for 150 NFPs in WA and am a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Sydney. Outside of work and Interchange, my main interests centre around family, golf and travel, some of which I try to combine when the opportunity presents. 

To connect with me visit my LinkedIn Profile HERE

Richard Hayes Finance Director
Richard Hayes Finance Director

Richard Hayes is an experienced Executive and Director, having held a number of senior finance roles in Perth following his migration to Australia almost 30 years ago.

Richard is a professionally qualified accountant, a Chartered Secretary and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He holds an MBA from Curtin University and completed the Senior Executive Program at Columbia University in New York in 2013.

Richard has specific expertise in financial management, strategic planning and execution, as well as risk management and treasury. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Gold Corporation (The Perth Mint).

Richard is committed to assisting less advantaged people access a better quality of life.

Christine Carson Administration Director
Christine Carson Administration Director

Christine Carson is a much-valued member of the Board, as her sister, Elizabeth, has been with Interchange for more than 20 years. Through first-hand experience, Christine understands the tremendous role Interchange plays in the lives of the people we support, helping them participate in the very ordinary things that build esteem, capability and a better quality of life.

Christine works as a medical research scientist, specialising in the microbiology and immunology of infections suffered by renal dialysis and transplant patients. She is employed by the School of Medicine & Pharmacology at The University of Western Australia and the Transnational Renal Research Group at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

Christine is married with four children and has served on the Interchange Board since January 2004. During this time, she has filled a number of Board positions, offering an analytical mind and attention to detail that a research professional can offer.

Christine firmly believes quality of service is crucial and the Board has a critical role increasing and maintaining standards.

David Renton Director
David Renton Director

David is married with two young daughters. His oldest daughter has been diagnosed with Autism and Global Development Delay which has encouraged him to become actively involved in the disability sector. 

A qualified Chartered Accountant with a Bachelor of Commerce in accounting, a Graduate Certificate in Financial Planning and a Master in Applied Finance, David has over 15 years’ experience in senior finance, fulfilling Director, CFO and Operations Manager roles. He has also served as a Responsible Manager on several AFS Licences.

David joined the Board as he wants to contribute to providing the best possible services to the people we support.

Saffron Solomon Director
Saffron Solomon Director

I'm a strong advocate for people with disability - having being raised by a mother with polio who never let her disability define her or limit her achievements. I joined the Interchange board in mid 2018, and I also work in the disability space, my current role being Head of Brand, Marketing and Communications at APM, one of the world's leading human services organisations.

I have over 20 years' experience in marketing and communications across an array of sectors and I also sit on the boards of Artrage (Fringeworld) and Block Branding.

On the non-work front I have an equally arts-obsessed husband and two teenage children - we spend our time at their sporting events, on our family farm down south or at galleries, shows and arts festivals.

Glenn Myers Director
Glenn Myers Director

Glenn Myers is an experienced Executive, having held a number of senior Information Technology and Finance roles throughout his 30-year career whilst living in Cape Town, Auckland and Perth.

Glenn is a Chartered Accountant and a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has specific expertise in information technology, financial management, strategic planning and risk management.

Glenn is currently the Chief Information officer at the Insurance Commission of Western Australia (ICWA). He is committed to assisting those less fortunate than himself and, through his position on the Interchange Board, contributing to Interchange’s vision and mission leveraging his skills and experience.

Marianne Rose Director
Marianne Rose Director

I’m a new Director and looking forward to contributing to the Board and Community of Interchange. I run my own legal practice and specialise in commercial and governance matters. Before I became a lawyer I volunteered and cared for people with cerebral palsy, and that experience has always made me want to continue to contribute to the disability sector. I have a Bachelor of Arts/ Law, as well as a Masters of Law.

My husband and I live in Northbridge with our fur baby, Hamish McGruff. I’m not a Perth local, I’m actually from Melbourne. I’ve lived and worked in the UK, Italy, Sydney, Canberra and Darwin, so I understand how confronting change (particularly change out of our control) can be. I’m outgoing and love a challenge, I’m looking forward to understanding what support you want, and how I can support change to enable that for you.