Our Staff


Jeff Smith – Chief Executive Officer

jeff.smith [at] dana.org.au 

Jeff Smith is the Chief Executive Officer of Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), the peak membership body for independent advocates in Australia. Prior to joining DANA, Jeff worked as a senior executive for 15 years, being a longstanding CEO of Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) NSW and People with Disability Australia (PWDA). 

Jeff is a person with disability who has moved into the disability sector in recent years, while also continuing to work in the environment sector and seeking to identify linkages between the sectors. 

Jeff is a solicitor with a lifelong commitment to social justice and the environment. Jeff also has a wealth of governance experience, with 50 years’ cumulative experience at Board level with the Leadership Coalition of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), Climate Action Network International, Haymarket Foundation, the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law, EDO NSW, the Total Environment Centre, the Environmental Planning and Law Association, and the Climate Institute.  


El Gibbs – Director, Policy and Advocacy 

el.gibbs [at] dana.org.au 

El Gibbs joined DANA in May 2023 in the newly created role of Director, Policy and Advocacy. El is a seasoned advocate, communications genius and NDIS specialist. El has devoted over fifteen years to working in policy, strategy and advocacy for the rights of people with disability and is a highly respected expert in the media and policy. 

El is a disabled person and has previously worked as a sought-after consultant in policy, communications and strategy, working across the disability and social sectors. El has also worked for a variety of national disability peak organisations in senior roles. 

El is also an award-winning writer, regularly published on the NDIS and disability issues in leading publications.  


Photograph of El Gibbs from shoulders up wearing collared shirt and smiling at camera.
Siobhan Clair –  Policy Officer  

siobhan.clair [at] dana.org.au

Siobhan is our Disability Royal Commission (DRC) Policy Officer. She is responsible for liaising between advocacy organisations, the DRC and other relevant bodies; working to support advocacy and community engagement activities around Australia; and contributing to coordination and communications strategies that improve the effectiveness of the DRC advocacy effort. 

Since 2013, she has worked in policy and project roles in disability rights and representation, including at DANA from 2013 to 2015, and at Advocacy for Inclusion, People with Disabilities ACT and the ACT Government’s Office for Disability.  

Working in small organisations and understaffed teams, Siobhan has developed varied skills in systemic advocacy, community engagement, projects, events, and communications.   


Siobhan with short blonde hair
Martin Butcher – Manager, National Centre for Disability Advocacy   

martin.butcher [at] dana.org.au

Martin is leading up the National Centre for Disability Advocacy. This is a resource centre supporting the independent advocacy sector across Australia. Martin has had over 30 years experience in community and service development across the local government and not for profit sectors.

Before joining DANA Martin spent 12 ½ years as Executive Officer of Regional Disability Advocacy Service; an independent advocacy service delivering individual, systemic and self advocacy to people living in North East Victoria and Southern parts of NSW.

Martin’s has worked for 5 local governments across the northern region of Sydney. His experience includes facilitating disability and aged care service networks, access advisory committees and organising senior weeks festivals. Martin was involved with establishing the Lane Cove community Man’s Shed. This was a pioneering project. It was the first community men’s shed in metropolitan Sydney and a pioneering project leading to a movement which in now Australia wide.

Born with cerebral palsy, Martin has first-hand experience of community prejudice that is experienced by many people with disability. Throughout his career, Martin has been advocating for improved access and inclusion of people with disability in the community. 


Kim Tyson – Education and Engagement Officer, National Centre for Disability Advocacy

kim.tyson [at] dana.org.au

Kim is one of our Education and Engagement Officers at the National Centre for Disability Advocacy. Kim has over 15 years’ experience in the disability sector in a range of roles, from direct care to projects and case management.  

For the past seven years, Kim has worked in the Disability Advocacy sector as an advocate and training officer on the Northern Rivers of NSW. It has been in this sector that Kim has truly discovered his passion – championing the rights of an inclusive society for all people. Kim is excited to continue to uncover and celebrate the value of the people and the work that is being done in the disability advocacy sector around Australia.  

Kim has a history of working in the Community sector with a range of non-government organisations (NGOs) and believes the best outcomes occur when people are truly engaged and work collaboratively towards a common goal. Kim has experience in the engagement and education of organisations, individuals and community groups focussed on making society more inclusive for all people. 

Kim also has a lived experience of disability, where he has been married to Bethany, who is a T9 paraplegic for over 15 years.  


Kim Tyson


Courtney Wolf – Education and Engagement Officer, National Centre for Disability Advocacy

courtney.wolf [at] dana.org.au

Courtney is one of our Education and Engagement Officers at the National Centre for Disability Advocacy (NCDA). Courtney has lived experience of being a carer, which introduced her to the disability sector. In more recent years, Courtney has been an individual disability advocate, NDIS appeals advocate, and systems advocate for Queensland’s state-based disability network.  

Providing information and support to new and seasoned advocates is something Courtney enjoys. She also enjoys making connections between advocates and celebrating the different ways advocates and advocacy organisations achieve real and meaningful change with people with disability. Courtney hopes that, one day, all aspects of life for people with disability will be co-designed, accessible, inclusive, and welcoming.  

Courtney holds a Bachelor of Community Health and is currently studying a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She also has an interest in data and data analysis. Courtney understands the challenges of working in small organisations with competing priorities and is looking forward to working with the disability advocacy sector in a collaborative way to promote and advance the important work of advocates.  

Courtney Wolf photographed shoulder up smililng at the camera wearing a black and pink top.
Anna Lienhop – Project Coordinator


As one of our Project Coordinators, Anna is an experienced “Jill of all trades” professional with a demonstrated history of working in non-profit, community, local government, and the arts.  

Anna has excellent knowledge and experience with administration, management, events, training, contract management, social media, and communications, with a mind for business process improvement. 

Anna with cool glasses and purple hair


Tracey White – Administration Officer   

tracey.white [at] dana.org.au

Tracey is our Administration Officer. She commenced working at DANA as the administration officer in 2019 after retiring from the ACT public education system.  

She brings a wealth of talent in organising office procedures and supporting the Executive. She previously applied these skills in supporting Principals and front office teams in schools and finds working in the disability sector rewarding and challenging. 

She is currently working on refining the membership database and has been involved with invoicing and receipting for 2022-23 memberships. 


Tracey wearing thin rimmed glasses and hair pulled back
Jessica Schultz – Communications Officer 

jessica.schulz [at] dana.org.au 

Jessica Schulz joined DANA in 2023 as Communications Officer. With a decade of experience in NFP communications, Jessica is passionate about working in the advocacy space. Previously working for organisations who advocate for policy and cultural changes to improve the health and wellbeing of others, Jessica is dedicated to ensuring everyone has a voice.  

Jessica joins the DANA team to help enhance the values of our organisation through strategic communications support and messaging.

Jessica has worked in various national peak organisations, including indigenous health, and is a volunteer advocate for Still Aware, an advocacy organisation dedicated to stillbirth prevention in Australia. 

Jessica Schulz photographed from shoulders up smiling at the camera wearing a black shirt with colorful earrings against green foliage background.