Gateways was formed by dedicated members of the local community, including parents of children and adults with a disability, and members of the Geelong medical and business community.
The aim was to form a responsive organisation to provide innovative programs to address unmet needs, including for people with very complex needs.
Gateways is governed by a voluntary Board of Management. The Board ensures that Gateways stays true to its Mission of empowering and supporting people with disabilities, and their families.
The Board comprises:
Dr Jenner is a Consultant Paediatrician and Family Therapist and has special interests in Child Learning, Developmental and Behavioural Problems, Bereavement, Asthma and Neonatology. He is Chairman of Barwon Paediatric Services Inc., Consultant Paediatrician at Geelong Hospital and St John of God Hospital, former Director of Paediatrics at Barwon Health and the Geelong Family Therapy Centre, Clinical Associate in Paediatrics at the Royal Children’s Hospital, Royal Women’s Hospital, and Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics at Deakin University. Read more
He is involved in undergraduate, postgraduate and community Education, is a consultant to numerous Barwon regional support services, and been on many Hospital and Community committees. He is associated with two award-winning organisations in the Barwon Region, as the Founder and President of both Hope Bereavement Care and Gateways Disability Support Services.
He was awarded the 1995 Advance Australia Foundation Award, the 1998 Alan J. Holding Memorial Lions Club International Award for Community Service, in 2002 Barwon Health Quality Award, in 2003 the Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary International, in 2005 The Parks Victoria Regional Achiever Award and a finalist in the Victorian Healthcare Awards, in 2007 was the recipient of the Australian of the Year Local Hero award for regional Victoria and a finalist for the National Australian of the Year Local Hero award, in 2012 was the recipient of the Compassionate Friends of Victoria Compassionate Employer Recognition Award for Gateways Support Services. He is also an Australia Day Ambassador.
Robert is a General Practitioner who has worked in private practice in Belmont for over 20 years. He is father of three including a son with a disability who accesses services and NDIS funding. His experience with disability is as a family doctor supporting patients and their families, and as a parent who has experienced the disability system. Robert has been on the Gateways board for over 12 years. He is passionate about Gateways quality and accessibility of services.
“I want to make sure Gateways is there to support families, like they helped my family and my patients.”
Cassandra is currently an Audit Partner at Crowe Horwath with over 13 years’ experience in providing both internal and external audit services. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a Registered Company Auditor, and is an approved agent for both the Victorian Auditor General’s Office and the Australian National Audit Office.
Her client portfolio centres around the Not-for-Profit sector which she has a passion to serve. Cassandra’s broader experience includes statutory audits, compliance audits, risk consulting, and providing technical accounting advice and includes experience across various NFP clients including community services, training, education, health, and government.
Cassandra’s extensive audit experience provides her with a broad understanding of the issues facing the sector as well as allowing her to draw on her experiences to provide insight and recommendations for process improvements. She looks forward to bringing this experience to Gateways Support Services as the recently appointed Treasurer.
James completed his Diploma of Applied Science as a prosthetist/orthotists in 1988. Working as a prosthetist for the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Caulfield General Medical Centre and The Alfred Hospital he completed further studies in prosthetics and orthotics before completing an MBA at UNSW in 2000. James commenced working in Private Health Insurance in 2002. He is the father of two girls through which he has experienced the positive impact that Gateways has provided his family.
Karl Morris completed a Bachelor of Business Accounting at Deakin University and has a Master’s in Virtual Communications (RMIT) and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Karl grew up in Ballarat and was elected to the Ballarat City Council from 1991 to 1994. He has extensive experience in media and advertising. He became the managing director of an ASX listed company The Mobi Data Group. Karl undertook his Master’s in Virtual Communications, leading him to his current position as Managing Director of GOOP Digital, a company that delivers websites and social media platforms for small and medium sized businesses.
Rob Birch is an experienced executive and is currently establishing his own consulting business. Until July 2020 he was employed by Gforce Employment Solutions in Geelong for 21 years, including the last 8 years as Chief Executive Officer.
He is a serving Director of Northern Futures Limited. Prior to Rob’s time at Gforce he held various roles in the Aviation sector working at Avalon Airport and throughout Australia over a 15 year period until 1999.
Rob has a Diploma of Business Management and has completed the AICD Company Directors Course.
Jessica is a lawyer in the Corporate & Commercial department at Coulter Roache. Jessica graduated from the Queensland University of Technology in 2012 with Bachelor degrees in Law and Arts. Jessica’s work experience has been in multiple jurisdictions. Prior to moving to Victoria, and from a young age, Jessica had a considerable exposure to, and engagement with a major disability service provider. This experience kindled a strong sense of social justice and interest in policy and volunteering. Jessica is the mother of two girls.
Keith is the Chief Executive Officer for Gforce Employment Solutions and lives with his family in Torquay. Keith grew up in Geelong and returned to the region in 2015 as Chief Executive Officer for Surf Coast Shire Council. Prior to that he was the Chief Executive Officer for the Shire of Campaspe.
Keith spent the first 20 years of his career in the commercial sector, with roles in project management, information technology and financial management. He is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Fellow of CPA Australia.