Acting Area Manager
“It’s not our disabilities, but our abilities that count.”
Ryan has been with EPIC for over seven years and has worked in various roles across Inner and Outer North Brisbane and more recently Far North Queensland. Ryan is proud to be leading such an amazing team, who strive each day to make a positive change for people with disability.
Regional Coordinator/Policy Advisor
“As an individual, I have been very fortunate in being able to be employed in work I have enjoyed and developed within. I see no reason why everybody should not have similar opportunities and disability employment allows me to give a bit extra to those who find it a little harder to open the opportunities – making a difference to them and their families.”
After a long career in the wine industry, David started his Employment Services career with Job Network in leadership roles with both Employment Plus and Job Prospects in Adelaide. Since 2002 David has developed his skills and experience over a range of different programs and states. In 2006 David saw an opportunity to enter disability employment with the pioneer intellectual disability specialist Barkuma. While at Barkuma, David was nominated to and elected to the Board of the Disability Employment peak body, Disability Employment Australia. David served the maximum allowable terms (8 years) and in that time held the positions of Chair, Vice Chair and Director. This brought significant exposure to senior government ministers and bureaucrats and national policy settings. In 2016 David, while Barkuma General Manager, saw the potential that the NDIS could bring to employment of people with disability. He moved to Melbourne and joined EPIC Assist as State Manager of a new NDIS Employment Program before moving to the Gold Coast to take up the role of Operations Manager with the responsibility for the EPIC DES Program in Northern NSW, Gold Coast and Cairns (FNQ). David made the decision to relocate to Cairns to become Regional Coordinator in 2021. In recognition of his peak body experience and contacts, David also holds the EPIC role of Policy Advisor reporting to the CEO. This role interacts with all the employment peak bodies. David has also, as part of a new trial for EPIC, been accepted into the National Panel of Assessors. This role involves the assessment of participants for supported wage and ongoing support – both significant pillars in disability employment.
“Everyone deserves to be treated equally. I go out of my way to make this happen, and pride myself on helping our job seekers find meaningful and rewarding opportunities that lead to ongoing stable employment.”
Having worked in the employment sector for over 18 years, Trudy believes working for EPIC for the past 6 years has been her biggest achievement. Trudy enjoys assisting with turning people’s lives around whilst creating awareness and opportunities within the community.
“My greatest joy is seeing a person succeed in life and helping them get to where they are happy.”
Narelle has worked in recruitment for the past 6 years within Cairns and surrounding areas. She has also owned and operated her own business which employed many people from all walks of life.
“I believe that if you focus on a person’s strengths, and find the right employer, everyone will benefit from long-term employment.”
Mark has worked in the Disability Employment Services for the past 25 years and has built many strong relationships with Businesses in the Innisfail area. Mark believes in getting to know his job seekers interests and strengths to ensure he can find them a job they love. Outside of work, Mark loves to spend time with his 2 sons and daughter, and his 8 grandchildren.
“There is no failure except in no longer trying. – Chris Bradford”
Tracey is a psychology graduate with a history in mental health and peer support. She believes in building connections and working together as a partnership to help people work through barriers and achieve their employment goals. She believes that everyone deserves the same opportunity to reach their potential.