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!
Founder and Director 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.
Director 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.
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.
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 Chief Executive Officer
Chief Executive Officer Glyn is an experienced leader who shares Everyday Independence’s vision of making inclusion a reality for all Australians. His 25 years’ experience in senior executive and CEO roles spans across community, government and private sectors, with organisations primarily focused on health, wellbeing, disability and youth. Glyn is passionate about leading organisations with a people focused culture - where teams have a shared sense of purpose, feel valued and connected, and genuinely enjoy coming to work. His vision as CEO is to lead the Everyday Independence team towards achieving positive, people-centred business outcomes. This includes fostering a culture where employees are encouraged to work to their strengths and inspire with belief, so together they can accelerate social change.
Our Leadership Team
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.
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.
Engagement 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.
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).
Brianna Grigg | Regional Lead
Brianna joined the Everyday Independence team in 2015 after completing her Masters of Occupational Therapy at La Trobe University, now with 7 years' experience working and leading in the disability sector. Brianna is a passionate Occupational Therapist who enjoys working closely with children living with a disability and their families to support them to develop skills, build their capacity and increase independence in their everyday routines. Brianna is especially interested in supporting sensory processing and positive behaviour support. Brianna continues to focus on ensuring Everyday Independence is set up in many locations around Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia to support all people living with disability to have the access to receive timely therapy services.
Nathan Nute | Regional Lead
Nathan brings 14 years’ experience in the the disability and mental health industry, nine of those have been in a Leadership role. He has worked across various programs ranging from Disability Employment Services, NDIS Services and Group Programs. Currently, Nathan oversees the operations for NSW and QLD and is passionate about not only improving the services the community access, but also in seeing team members build their capacity and grow their futures within the organisation. Key to Nathan’s passion for the disability sector is his lived experience with family members who have disabilities and the importance of providing high quality services that meets people’s individual needs.. Nathan believes in equal opportunity, and everyone being included in their community.
Elyse Hower has been an Occupational Therapist at Everyday Independence since 2013. With extensive expertise in paediatrics she loves having the opportunity to work closely with families and see each child grow and develop. Just recently Elyse has shifted her focus to working with adults and has a keen interest in assistive technology, vehicle modifications, sensory processing and behavioural support. Elyse is the Regional Facilitator for the South and South Eastern Melbourne teams at Everyday Independence.