IDS Board Members

IDS Chair – Tricia Malowney OAM

Tricia Malowney has been awarded an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) in this year’s Queen’s birthday honours list. Throughout her life, Tricia has championed the rights of Australians with disabilities and guided government, disability service providers and individuals.

As well as her Board work with IDS, Tricia is a Director at Scope and Women’s Health East and is a member of the Eastern Family Violence Partnership Executive Committee and the Royal Women’s Hospital Primary Care and Population Health Committee. Trisha is also an NDIS consultant for Outlook in Pakenham.

Tricia has a consultancy, focussing on presentations to ensure the full implementation of the NDIS, educating mainstream communities of their responsibilities under that National Disability Strategy and Victorian State Disability Plan.

Tricia was the Inaugural President of the Victorian Disability Services Board, Deputy Chair of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council, Inaugural Chair of the Disability Reference Group at the Royal Women’s Hospital and Inaugural Chair of Women with Disabilities Victoria. She has been a member of the Coroner’s Family Violence Death Review Reference Group and the State Wide Road Based Public Transport Advisory Committee and the Public Transport Access Committee.

Tricia was inducted into the Honour Roll of Victorian Women in March 2013 by Premier Denis Napthine and Minister Mary Wooldridge and received the Inaugural Brenda Gabe Leadership Award the same year. She was also a finalist in the Lesley Hall Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

IDS Board Member – Doug Hughes

Doug Hughes joined the Board of Directors at Independent Disability Services Inc (IDS) in February 2017 and is also a member of the Business Development Committee.  Away from IDS, he is the Director of Cloud Transformation for DXC Red Rock, where he is responsible for driving Cloud-based solution awareness and uptake across businesses in Australia and New Zealand, advising on the benefits and pitfalls of rapidly emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

A recognised Cloud adoption leader in Asia Pacific and former CIO, Doug joined DXC Red Rock in 2018 following 17 years at Oracle Corporation in a diverse range of positions in the consulting, services, sales, and finally leading the Cloud Applications development organization in the region. Prior to Oracle he has led large scale local and international Electronics, IT, and military aircraft programs as both customer and vendor.

Doug earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honours in Aeronautical Engineering from RMIT; a Postgraduate Diploma in Management; a Master of Business Administration from Deakin University; a Master of International Trade and Investment Law from Deakin University; he is currently progressing toward a Doctorate in Project Management from RMIT. Doug is also a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Doug lives in Yarraville, is happily married, has a beautiful married daughter in Geelong, and an amazing son in Footscray who is a T3/T4 paraplegic following a car accident. He also has a slightly (very) spoilt, gorgeous grandson and an excellent son-in-law.

IDS Board Member – Geoff Schomburgk

Geoff is a strategy consultant and senior leader with over 25 years’ experience in the global information technology and telecommunications (ICT) industry.  With six years in corporate strategy for a large multinational, Geoff has extensive experience in business strategy development, executing transformation and change programs, business development, partnerships and governance of major infrastructure projects.

Geoff joined the IDS Board in 2015 and also a member of the Finance and Risk Committee.  Outside of IDS, Geoff has provided Board related advice and assistance to a range of corporate and not-for-profit organisations.  He is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD), with B.E. (Hons) and M.B.A. and specific strategy qualifications.

Treasurer –  Richard Lee

John Baker

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IDS Staff

Chief Executive Officer – Jed Macartney OAM

Jed has extensive experience as a Senior Manager in the government and private sector and more recently as General Manager of Corporate Services at a leading disability provider.

Jed also has considerable experience leading major commercial projects, including mergers, acquisitions, corporate vision and strategy. He is a strong advocate for social justice and is a founding member and Chairperson of the YMCA Bridge Project Community Council, helping prisoners integrate into society.

Jed recognises the challenges facing IDS and is determined to establish the organisation as a service provider of choice and leading advocate of people with disability.

Beyond IDS, Jed is a passionate cyclist, member of the Leadership Victoria Council, President of Essendon Canoe Club and volunteer at RRR Community Radio.

Finance Manager – David Ng

David is responsible for all IDS finance, accounting and financial reporting requirements. Appointed in 2015, David has an extensive history in managing the finances of not-for-profit organisations and private businesses. David was previously engaged at Able Australia where he worked for 15 years as their Finance Manager.

In his spare time David enjoys nothing more than going down to the beach to fish.

IDS Bookkeeper – Chris Beeston

Chris is a part of the finance team with responsibility for the day-to-day accounting functions of the organisation. He also spends time working as a bookkeeper in the social enterprise arm of IDS. Chris has been with IDS since 2015 and has had considerable input into the background processes and systems that IDS use. Chris had previously worked as a bookkeeper in a small accounting business from 2012-2015 while he was studying his Advanced Diploma in Accounting.

Chris is very keen on music and has played in a number of bands as a bass player.

Operations Manager – Janelle Summers

Janelle works with our clients to develop plans that align with their individual needs and goals, assisting them towards a more independent life that encourages local community engagement. To be effective in her role she recognises the need to develop positive collaborative relationships with our clients and their support networks.

With over eleven years experience in the disability sector, working in Government (DHHS) and Support Agency roles, Janelle has the knowledge and networks to ensure our clients are offered services and support that reflects their needs and these are delivered as required. She is passionate about working with people with a disability, ensuring they are given the opportunities to live life to the full.


Client Relationship Officer – Kylie Wray

As a Client Relationship Officer, Kylie is responsible for coordinating the daily support we provide to our clients, ensuring the services offered meet their requirements. Kylie is also responsible for implementing our client’s directions, managing client support rosters and acts as the first point of contact for client enquiries.

Kylie joined Independent Disability Services in April 2016, having worked previously as a Program Coordinator for the Statewide ISP program at Yooralla. Kylie has 11 years experience in the disability sector, having worked her way from Disability Support Worker to her current role.

Kylie’s qualifications include: Advanced Diploma in Disability and Community Sector Management, Certificate IV Frontline Management

Client Relationship Officer – Susan Johnson

Susan is the most recent recruit to IDS, joining the team at IDS in September 2018 as a Client Relationship Officer.

Susan brings 13 years of experience in employment, aged care, mental health and disability support. Susan’s career high points include the development and roll-out of a respite program for carers of people with mental health conditions. Susan also managed 30 staff across two sites, providing Disability Employment Services and Job Active contracts to over 700 clients for three years.

Susan has qualifications in Service Coordinator, Community Services and Mental health. She is passionate about improving the lives of the people she supports.

Quality Advisor – Mark Gribben

Mark is responsible for ensuring IDS’ accreditation and compliance meets the standards required by DHHS, NDIS, TAC and WorkSafe, He also manages our policies, procedures and ensuring all staff are aware of their responsibilities. He has been employed in the disability sector for five years, having previously worked in the manufacturing sector. With a deaf brother, Mark understands how the abilities of many people with a disability are undervalued.


Marketing Manager – Ian Payne

Ian has extensive experience in developing and delivering marketing, branding and attitudinal change programs in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. He strongly believes that the reputation of IDS is dependent on the level of service and support we offer our clients. It is important that each and every member of the IDS team is aligned with the values of the organisation, sharing a commitment to proving a service that other disability providers find hard to match.

Ian has a proven track record in developing and increasing profitable sales growth for the businesses he represents. Converting market opportunities through strategic marketing analysis, planning and implementation. He also has extensive change management experience – cultural and structural – in complex challenging corporate business environments.


Client Administration Officer – Kathy Payne

Kathy’s responsibilities include client services, support and administration. Kathy joined IDS in a volunteering capacity in 2015 providing a range of administrative and office supports; she was offered a permanent role in 2016.

Before joining the team at IDS, Kathy was a dedicated and loyal team member with a long career history in the Finance and Banking Sector where she worked as a Portfolio Administrator for 14 years with a boutique Fund Manager. Kathy’s skills, values and experience align perfectly with her role and the values and direction of IDS. Kathy has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting).

Kathy is keen to take up the challenge to transition her previous career experience and expertise across to the disability sector and to help the team at IDS to achieve our objectives to deliver the best client support services. She is passionate about overcoming negativity, intolerance and the exploitation of others, promoting a more open and accepting society.

Social Media Coordinator – Sarah Coles

Sarah is responsible for coordinating the IDS social media channels including Twitter, Facebook,Youtube and Soundcloud. Sarah joined IDS in August 2016, having previously worked as an editorial assistant at the Alternative Technology Association, and as a media monitor at iSentia. She holds a Bachelor of Communication, majoring in Journalism and is actively involved in community broadcasting.