DTSAFlintwood Disability Services was incorporated in 1999 and began life as a day program in 2000. It grew from an initiative begun by a group of dedicated parents and workers from Holroyd School. When Holroyd School was at risk of losing its day program, Flintwood was established to tender for the TRAILS day program. It was successful and began with its life as a single day program in Westmead.
The name Flintwood was derived from the surnames of Holroyd School’s Principal and Vice Principal: Anne Flint and John Woodford. They were the founders of the TRAILS program which was created to support young adults leaving school into further Post School Programs.
Since 2000 Flintwood has continued to grow, and today is a service provider as part of the NDIS. We now provide a range of services for NDIS participants including share Accommodation, Short Term Accommodation and Day Programs. Find out more about the NDIS here.
Flintwood covers the geographic region of North West Metropolitan Sydney, from Brookvale to Concord to the Blue Mountains.
Underlying everything we do at Flintwood is our goal to create and enhance opportunities for people with disabilities. We’re committed to working with individuals (and their families) and we support your right to be independent and make your own decisions on how you want to live your life.
General Manager of Specialist Services
Kay McPartland has been with Flintwood since 2004 and in the role of GM since 2010. Kay has extensive experience in the operational aspects of disability service with an emphasis on the setup and running of accommodation services. Kay’s strengths include her ability to build rapport with families and understanding the needs of our participants. Kay motivates her staff by being a hands-on and inclusive Manager with the capability to strategically analyse the environment in which her services operate.
General Manager of Day Programs
Gerry Connolly commenced his career within the sector as a volunteer at Holroyd Special School in the early 90’s. He presently holds the position of General Manager within FLINTWOOD. Gerry actively promotes the rights of people with a disability and their families. With more than twenty-five years experience he is passionate about empowering others to succeed and to achieve independence through building upon capacity.
General manager of Accomodation
Mat Flynn is an experienced leader who has worked in the not-for-profit sector for twenty years. He holds a Bachelor of Social Science and Post Graduate Certificate in Policy and Applied Social Research. Mat has worked with a number of different target populations with an interest in providing support to individuals with complex needs through partnerships and collaboration. Since taking on management roles Mat has focused on increasing the quality of service delivery through evidence-based practice, staff development and research.
General Manager of People, Finance & Systems
With over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector, she has an appreciation for providing first-rate customer service to participants, business partners and team members. A motivational leader with strong analytical, organisational and problem-solving skills, Racheal is committed to the highest levels of ethical, professional and personal excellence. A passionate advocate for people with a disability, Racheal places participants at the centre of all practice – ensuring an environment that is conducive to success for all involved.
General Manager of Day Programs
Andrew Sadleir commenced in September 2017 with Flintwood as a Service Manager and has progressed to join the Senior Management Team as a General Manager. Andrew previously worked in Local Government in community recreation positions and in senior management of a national disability sporting organisation. Andrew brings extensive experience in volunteer and project management, working with various levels of Government and securing grant funding. He is passionate about participation and providing the opportunity for people to learn new skills and be able to enjoy activities of their interest.