121 Care is unique in that members of the Committee are clients themselves and parents of clients with a disability. The Management Committee is elected annually at our Annual General Meeting. The wisdom and insight of our Committee provide a great deal of experience and knowledge to assist the professional running of the organisation.
President: Bruce Stark
Before my accident, I was somewhat of a risk taker and I loved to travel. It took a while after my accident to regain my confidence, but eventually I did. I then began to play wheelchair rugby at an international level and started to travel the world again. I’ve been involved in a number of disability related organisations, such as Community Disability Alliance. I also worked in conjunction with Maroochydore and Caloundra Councils on accessibility issues. I became involved with 121 Care in the mid 1990’s. I believe that 121 Care is a unique organisation with its best years ahead of it. I also believe I have plenty of travel destinations left in me yet.
Secretary: Faith Baigent
Faith has more than 35 years’ experience in media communications and marketing in the not for profit sector, with particular focus on health, disability and community development. For several years, Faith was responsible for running the state-wide SEAT program (Spinal Injuries Awareness team) to promote education awareness throughout Queensland schools.
Faith is a true entrepreneur. She established the trail blazing Telecentre in the old Maleny Butter Factory in 1994 which eventually merged into the Hinterland Business Centre. Faith and her husband late Michael (who was a double leg amputee), purchased the Hinterland Times in 2008, and under their stewardship, they reinvented a great independent monthly magazine which won numerous awards.
Treasurer: Robert Ellis
Robert has over 20 years’ corporate experience and also has previous management committee experience which includes Sporting Wheelies, Paraplegic Benefit Fund and the Queensland Spinal Injuries Research Foundation. Robert has a keen interest in corporate governance and transparency. His relevant education includes a Graduate Diploma of Applied Finance. He is currently a director of five companies, and a member of the Financial Planning Association of Australia. Robert is keen to be involved in the challenges and opportunities which face all organisations involved in the rapidly changing disability sector.
Committee Member: Alan O’Callaghan
Alan has a graduate diploma in Human Services Research from RMIT and an Associate Diploma in Community Work from Victoria College. In addition to being part of the 121 Care Management Committee, Alan is also the current President of the Mooloolah Valley Community Association/Community Centre. Prior to that he was a Committee Member for 8 years with the same organisation.
Additionally, Alan has been involved with the following organisations: Sunshine Coast Access Advisory Network Executive Member; Sunshine Coast Regional Disability Council member; Disability Attendant Support Service Inc. founding member; President of DASSI; Disability Integration Officer at the Council of Adult Education and Prahran TAFE; Accesa and Integration Officer, Banyule City Council; and Vice Chair at Training Steering Committee/Disability Services Branch, Victoria.
Committee Member: Steven Denman
Steven has in excess of 20 years management committee experience, which includes 11 years as 121 Care President. He has been a 121 Care client since its inception in 1992, and constantly strives for the right of service users to be in control of their own destiny. Steven was also Vice President of Community Disability Alliance (CDA) in the 90s, which was an action group lobbying for disability access on the Sunshine Coast. Issues addressed included improved curb ways and the provision of disabled toilets. This group was very successful working with local councils to bring out change. Steven brings a wealth of experience in his 28 years being a high-level quadriplegic.
Committee Member: Barry Johnson
Barry brings 121 Care his expertise of more than 14 years mentoring and training managers of large organisations operating in China, including Microsoft, Shell, Motorola, Philips & BMW. This is in addition to mentoring several businesses in Australia and engaging in his own importing and exporting activities.
Barry is a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Certified Practicing Accountants Australia with more than 30 years’ experience providing financial and management expertise to numerous corporations. His professional status is supported with tertiary qualifications to a Masters level in the disciplines of Accounting, Management and Education. Barry currently holds management positions as a Director or equivalent in 14 organisations in Australia and overseas.
Committee Member: Vicki Holmes
Vicki joined our Committee in May 2015. She is a specialist and dedicated medical negligence lawyer at Maurice Blackburn. She has more than 23 years’ experience acting for people who suffer from medical negligence and their families in Australia and the UK. Vicki has represented many clients with cerebral palsy, acquired brain injury in adults and children, spinal injury, delayed diagnosis of catastrophic illnesses/diseases and fatal claims.
Vicki is keen to assist families seek justice, answers, explanations and resolution to their compensation claims arising from medical treatment and allow them to rebuild their lives with financial security for the future and with the aim of maximising their potential. We are delighted to have Vicki on our Management Committee.
Former Committee Members
Former Secretary: Helen Irvine
Helen Irvine was a community member on each of the panels of the Division of a General Practice and the District Health Council. Helen also served for seven years on the Management Committee of an aged care facility on the Darling Downs.
Helen is the mother of a 121 Care client and was voted into the position of Secretary in 2013. Helen is now a stay at home mother and full time carer for her daughter. Helen has three grandchildren and has another one on the way!
Bill Goodwin has been a Client with 121 Care since 1997. Prior to his accident in 1995 he was a successful professional jockey for 17 years. During his career, Bill has had an array of experience in management whilst working for Queensland Racing at the Apprentice school. Bill also has strong views on client and worker satisfaction.
Bill held the positions of a Treasurer and a Committee Member on the 121 Care Management Committee.
Last updated: 8 December 2015