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Margaret Rodgers

 

Margaret Rodgers -  Director

Margaret Rodgers' committment to people with disabilities began in a L'Arche community in India in the early 80's.  For thirty years, she has enjoyed working with people with a disability and their families in Queensland in a variety of organisations; many involved in family support and most in the non-government sector.  She first worked for CRU in 1996 on coordinating the Leadership Development program for 3 years.  When her children were young and while living in Cairns she undertook a variety of part time and short term roles.

In recent years she co-ordinated the Building of Informal Networks project with the Mamre Association where Circles of support were used as a key strategy to assist adults move into homes of their own.  In 2009, Margaret was engaged by Disability Services Queensland to further the implementation of person centred practice.  During this time she became involved in the issue of improving the lives of people caught in the cycle of Emergency and Crisis.  Marg returned to CRU to take up the position of Director in August 2009. 

When she is not at CRU, Marg can be found at her old house in a small town outside Brisbane.  Marg finds that a good book and planning the next trip away are perfect renovation-avoidance techniques.

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Lisa Bridle -  Senior Consultant

Lisa Bridle started as a Senior Consultant at CRU in 2010, with responsibility in the area of Leadership Development. CRU has a long-standing interest in fostering leadership for social change. Lisa’s role includes the development of strategies and programs which promote and sustain the leadership needed to lead positive change in the lives of people with disability.  

Lisa is a social worker by background who has worked in community development and domestic violence prevention and support. Since the birth of her son, Sean, 17 years ago, Lisa has been an active member of a number of disability advocacy and family organisations. She is a “recycled” CRU team member and has also held positions at Queensland Advocacy Inc. and Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability, as well as undertaking sessional teaching at University of Queensland and Griffith University.

In 2004, Lisa completed her PhD, examining the ethical implications of prenatal diagnosis and its impact on people with disability and their families.

Suellen Welch

Suellen Welch -  Consultant

Suellen Welch works part-time at CRU as a consultant. Her work focuses on CRU’s goal of promoting; strengthening and defending person centred and directed responses. She also works as a community connections worker and team leader at A Place to Belong in West End – a small mental health agency.

Suellen’s previous work experience in the sector was as a Key worker at Mamre family Support. Prior to that she held diverse roles in the arts, education and hospitality sectors ranging from community dance artist to lecturer, governess, event organiser and waitress. Suellen believes in the importance of community and the need to work intentionally to build, grow and sustain healthy communities that are welcoming for everyone.  She is passionate about the power of personal stories and working to give voice to people whose stories are often 'silenced'.

As a Mother of three children, one of whom has a disability, Suellen loves the idea of sleeping in and reading (and finishing) novels. She enjoys good coffee, good wine and the company of good friends.

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 Hugh Rose-Miller - Information Consultant

Hugh Rose-Miller is the newest member of CRU having started in the role of Information Consultant in January of 2013.  In this role Hugh is responsible for the production and dissemination of information via online mediums and developing and managing interactive technologies.  He is looking forward to assisting CRU to resource people with up-to-date and relevant information so that people with disability can belong to and participate in community life.  He is also well-versed in old-fashioned methods of communication such as meeting in person, talking on the telephone or even writing letters.

He was first introduced to CRU as part of his first Social Work placement in 2009 and is very pleased to now be part of the team.  Hugh grew up in regional Queensland, and then lived in country NSW and Victoria.  He has travelled extensively around Australia and three other continents and worked as a support worker in a range of these places.  

As the token Gen-Xer (almost Gen Y) Hugh brings a range of tech-skills including desktop publishing, web publishing and new media.  He is passionate about using these skills to engage people from across Queensland in discussions, especially those who would not normally be able to come to CRU workshops or conversations.  It is his hope to create the means through which a broader range of people can be involved.

He is looking forward to providing information to CRU’s existing networks and finding ways to reach more people in the broad and diverse disability sector.  That, and being a first time Dad in June.  And cabinet making.

 

Bill Kyle

 Bill Kyle - Finance Officer

Bill Kyle works part time as the Finance Officer at CRU. He has been working at CRU since September 2011 but has been working as a finance worker for over thirty years. His position is broadly responsible for keeping tabs on the money side of things and providing financial planning support for the organisation.

 

Bill's previous work history has been predominantly across various parts of the not-for-profit sector including the Arts, Cultural Development and the Community Legal areas. He once ran away and joined the circus but that’s another story. Bill also has experience in private practice and commercial environments however decided many years ago he wanted to work in areas that focused on social good.

 

Outside of work he likes to add up for fun and spend time with his children when they deem him worthy enough for their attention.  Bill looks forward to continuing his work at CRU and meeting many of the people who are involved with the organisation.

 Admin Team

Kim Jensen

Kim Jensen - Administration Officer

Kim Jensen has been at CRU since March 2011, working 3 days per week as an Administration Officer. With a background in Environmental Health Kim has previously worked in government and non government health services in Australia and the UK. Before coming to CRU, Kim juggled caring for young children with running a small business which makes her extremely well qualified to manage the many and varied tasks that land on the Admin Officer’s desk at CRU. When not at work, Kim enjoys camping, travel, bushwalking and spending time with her family. Kim is also interested in chemical free living and environmental sustainability.

 

 

 

 

Bobby Noone

Bobby Noone -  Administration Officer

Bobby Noone has worked at CRU since February 2010 as a part time administration officer. Bobby brings to CRU experience in small business and both government and non government roles in the disability sector. As the parent of two women who live with disability, Bobby also has a wealth of experience working on projects and serving on committees to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Bobby believes in investing in her local community, with a speciality in street parties! Home grown slow food and bush escapes keep her going and make her the envy of her workmates.

 

 

 

Kathleen Flemming

Kathleen Fleming -  Administration Support Officer

Kathleen Flemming joined the CRU team as an Administration Assistant in 2006.  Working one day per week, Kath is the person behind the scenes who photocopies handouts; fills folders and makes the name tags for all the CRU workshops.  Kath is an accomplished artist and you will see some of her work on the walls at CRU as well as on the signal boxes in Yeerongpilly and Corinda.  Kath also loves dancing and going to the gym.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tel: (07) 3844 2211
Fax: (07) 3844 3400

Level 2 / 43 Peel Street
(PO Box 3722)
South Brisbane Qld 4101

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