Every person who is part of the Everyday Independence team is working to deliver on our goal of supporting people to live to their full potential and enjoy an everyday life. We recruit and support our team members based on their passion for this goal and their commitment to our values as well as holding high standards of professional skills and the use of evidence-based practice.
We invest heavily in training, mentoring and supporting our team members to continually improve our clinical practice and to focus on the needs and goals of the people we work with.
Interesting in joining our team? Visit our current opportunities page to find your next role!
Leanne Healey | Managing Director – Impact and Access
Leanne founded Everyday Independence in 1997 and developed it into a dynamic, interdisciplinary, allied health organisation that achieves great outcomes for people and their families, everyday. Her passion lies in developing the Everyday Independence team to become the best in the world at supporting people and their social networks to push beyond the boundaries of their existing comfort zone and enjoy the everyday life experiences that most take for granted. This was highlighted when she was awarded the Telstra Business Women’s Award for Victorian medium to large businesses, in 2020. The award recognises high-achieving and ambitious women who define the direction of their business. Leanne is regularly asked to present across Australia on the latest evidence-based therapy approaches and practice. She is currently on the Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) Board, and has previously acted in an advisory capacity with OTA to develop industry best practice, in addition to supporting many individuals and organisations with their NDIS planning. Having worked as an Occupational Therapist in Australia for over 30 years, her focus is to make a lasting difference in the lives of the people and their families.
Ingrid Cole | Managing Director – People
Ingrid is a Physiotherapist with over 20 years’ experience in public and private healthcare settings across Melbourne, Sydney and the United Kingdom, including at one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals. She has a Masters in Neurological Physiotherapy from Edinburgh University, is an experienced allied health leader and an active member of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Disability group. Ingrid is passionate about the NDIS and building an allied health workforce that is future fit to deliver and sustain the NDIS. This includes empowering the Everyday Independence’s team to work in a social insurance scheme, mastering evidence-based practice and always driving better value outcomes for participants and the NDIS.
Mal Healey | Managing Director – Finance and Audit
Director and Interim Chief Operating Officer Mal has more than 20 years’ experience leading community service organisations. With a Masters in Management, Mal leads the operations and business support functions of Everyday Independence, having recently stepped in as an interim Chief Operations Officer.
Tim Flowers | Director
Tim brings to the Everyday Independence board extensive expertise in financial reporting and governance. This has been gained from working with a diverse range of clients across broad industry sectors. In his role as an advisor and auditor to disability, community health, employment and training organisations, Tim is intensely aware of the structural change that this sector is going through. He has been a leading advisor to disability providers since the inception of the NDIS.
Our Leadership Team
Liz Pearson | National Chief Operations Officer
As a registered coach, Physiotherapist and rehabilitation Pilates Instructor, Liz brings over 25 years of diverse experience to Everyday Independence. Also having held national leadership and operational roles, her passion lies within coaching and growing leaders to change the game – she believes that collaboration and unlocking the true potential of her team empowers the individual, the client and overall business success. Liz offers a valuable blend of business and clinical expertise that enable her to contribute to Everyday Independence with an all-encompassing and meaningful perspective.
Kate Hyett | Participant Programs and Clinical Strategy Executive Lead
Kate comes from a strong and varied health services background, having started her career as a registered nurse, spending over 15 years in clinical and nursing management roles across metropolitan, regional and remote settings. She has held senior management roles in acute hospitals and community health services, holding positions overseeing nursing, medical and allied health service delivery programs, with a special interest in improving clinical outcomes. Her work in developing a clinical variance analysis model for acute health services, has been nationally recognised – she is the recipient of the Australian Institute of Health Innovation Award. Kate was also an inaugural recipient of the Victorian Trauma Foundation Fellowship which allowed her to travel to Canada to examine methods of interdisciplinary teamwork in the management of major trauma.
Roxanne Strauss | People, Culture and Transformation Executive Lead
Roxanne has over 20 years of people and culture, and business experience in corporate, profit-for-purpose, start-ups and government sectors. With diverse leadership experience across four continents, she worked in several executive roles before joining Everyday Independence. Roxanne aims to create a sense of belonging for Everyday Independence's team members, providing an opportunity for everyone to do their best work and reach their potential. Her passion for yoga, health and wellbeing and her practices of gratitude and meditation are huge influences on her personal life and professional practice. Roxanne is the Board Chair of a not-for-profit organisation that supports youth living in extreme poverty in Tanzania.
Tara Cahill | Engagement and Marketing Executive Lead
Tara has over 25 years’ experience in brand, communications and marketing across the corporate, global agency, not-for-profit and disability sectors. With a background in brand consulting and management, she has been fortunate to have worked as part of teams responsible for rebranding many iconic Australian organisations and understands the role creativity and innovation play in ensuring brands stand out and remain competitive. Tara is passionate about social justice and dedicated to aligning herself to marketing brands that do good and make a difference to people who face exceptional challenges, to realise their everyday goals and aspirations.
Kit Chan | Finance Lead
Kit joined the Everyday Independence team in 2018, after more than 20 years in public accounting practice and commercial industries. With a keen interest in numbers and analytical review, Kit oversees the finance function of Everyday Independence, including accounting and taxation. Kit is a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants (ACCA) and Certified Practising Accountants (CPA).