The staff

Our Wonderful Staff!

We have approximately  270 staff, who work tirelessly toward making a positive difference in the lives of people with a disability.  As Cootharinga expands, we have seen many staff step up into new roles, and take on additional responsibilities.  They have also embraced some significant changes including electronic records, least restrictive options, and a stronger focus on person centred planning.  It is through the efforts of our wonderful staff that we are able to provide new and exciting opportunities for the people we assist.

Our staff are shining stars! Quietly effective, dedicated to the cause, seekers of innovation, out of the square thinkers, honest and reliable, teachable and skilled who seize opportunties to develop their professional growth. 

Our values reflect this:

  1. Valuing all Abilities - We proactively work towards "Building a better world with people of all abilities"
  2. Innovation and Creativy - We value and pursue innovative and creative ideas.
  3. Team Spirit - We build positive and supportive teams through trust, respect and valuing each other.
  4. Respect - We respect all cultures, people and diversity.
  5. Integrity - We believe in, promote and consistently pursue the highest ethical and professional standards.
  6. Positive Partnerships - We seek, develop and strengthen partnerships for positive change.

Cootharinga has made deliberate efforts to promote a  culture which fosters professional growth, by encouraging initiative, improved work performance, increased confidence and positive teamwork.

Staff work together to provide services to people living with a disability which are of a high quality and person centred.  To do this effectively, they are  encouraged to be involved in planning and to take an active role to improve workplace culture and performance. 

Our Staff are high achievers and everyday champions and we take every opportunity to lift up these stars and promote the best about our  organisation to the community.

Brendan Walsh

Brendan Walsh

Chief Executive Officer

Steve Cairns

Steve Cairns

General Manager Human Resources Quality and Property

Brett Edwards

Brett Edwards

General Manager Community Living

Brad Walsh

Brad Walsh

General Manager Finance and IT

Mandy MacDonald

Mandy MacDonald

General Manager Marketing and Public Relations

Julie O’Neil

Julie O’Neil

General Manager, Training, Respite, Allied Health & RTS