Jackie Romein has been leading the Flintwood team since 1999. During this time Jackie has propelled the organisation through many changes, the most significant being the transformational change as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her strategic and responsive mindset has enabled the success of not only the organisation, its staff and participants but also the families. Jackie prides herself on the fact that Flintwood is a family-focused, flexible and fair service. She leads and mentors a team of 6 General Managers covering human resources, Finance and Administration and Operations.
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 Day program
Megan Vicary joined Flintwood in May 2019 with over 25 years of experience in the corporate, government and NGO sectors. Megan’s drive for inclusion, the person-centred culture of support, and development of quality programs have led to many successful outcomes for participants, their families and carers. She has been involved in the transition to the NDIS and supported the implementation of quality and sustainable service models. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science – Psychology and Criminology. Megan has also been a member of many committees across the NGO sectors over the years for a diverse range of disadvantaged communities. Megan places a great deal of importance in values alignment with the intent of her professional work.
General Manager of Accommodation
Alex Kane has worked in the disability sector for a combined total of 20 years. Early in his career, he worked as a support worker before later moving into management roles. He has worked in various roles across different organisations so has a breadth of experience that is very valuable in his role as General Manager.
Alex is very passionate about the potential of the NDIS and is similarly passionate about leading teams and individuals to work at their best. These interests drive him to provide a high-quality service that will meet the needs of the participants Flintwood supports as well as those of their family and supporters.
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.
Meet the Board
The board of directors is made up of nine voluntary members, including President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary, Public Officer and three additional members. These members bring to the board a diverse range of skills and represent direct stakeholders (Participants) and non-direct stakeholder (community).
The board of directors has a strategic role and makes major decisions on policy, long-term goals, legal matters and finance, maintaining the vision of providing a flexible service that enhances the opportunities of people with disabilities, enabling them to have a varied and fulfilling life within the community.
Russell has 40 years’ experience in the Telecommunication industry with the last 12 years working in senior roles on local and international projects. Russell is currently contracting part-time in the IT industry and brings to the board skills in people management, complex problem solving, negotiating and meeting project deadlines. Russell has a passion for ensuring quality service delivery for people with disabilities.
Ray has accrued professional experience over 35 years in areas of professional expertise including business management, project management, and land development management having acted in roles such as engineering consultancy office manager, state manager, and project manager. Ray’s passions include motorcycle touring, target shooting of feral animal control, and camping. By being on the Board , Ray is able to assist Flintwood Disabilities Services to provide an ever improving quality of services to all our Participants and families.
Helena started her career in accounting. Together with her husband Phillip, they went into a small business which ran for over 25 years until 2008. She then decided to start a new career in community services. Helena has a diploma in Community Services and Case Management and currently works at Hills Community Care. Helena has a strong commitment to helping older people and younger people with disability to help them stay involved and maintain links with the community.
Sharon has spent 30 years in local government in management positions. She has a strong customer service background and is studying marketing and disability. She is interested in helping others, people management, and running projects with great results. Sharon is passionate about working with the CEO and Board Members to ensure Flintwood Disabilities continues to provide the right services to people with disabilities and to create an environment of innovation.
Russell is a local Resident in the Hills district and is married with 2 children, and is a pre-paid Funeral Consultant for Guardian, Simplicity and Ann Wilson Funerals. Russell is an active member in his local church, enjoys motorbike riding, movies and family. Russell is passionate about being part of a group that is interested in the lives of family members with a disability and to make a positive difference in their lives.
Sharon started her career in nursing where she worked looking after people with acquired brain injuries and diseases. She then started an accounting business with her husband where she worked in an administrative role. During that time she was a founding member of ACDNSW (Association for Children with a Disability NSW). Recently she has returned to nursing, her first passion. Sharon is committed to compassionate quality service deliverance that promotes independence and inclusion so people with a disability can lead happy, fulfilling lives.
Sigrid is a Qualified Secretary (3 Years Business School in Germany), Associate Diploma in Business Accounting). Sigrid has enjoyed being able to contribute to see Flintwood Disability Services Inc. grow, expand and provide programs and services of excellence to all our service users and creating a high profile in the Disability Industry.
May has 48 years involvement in educational environments, 23 years in high school teaching and 25 years in higher education administration and marketing and is currently participating in teaching health and lifestyle change. May is interested in serving the community via hospital activities, acquiring knowledge and strategies in healthcare management and photography. May is passionate about the provision of high quality services to people with disabilities.