Our Staff

 

 

Jeff Smith – Interim CEO

jeff.smith [at] dana.org.au 

Jeff is responsible for governance and compliance; financial management and administration; program development and coordination; and human resources.  

Jeff is a solicitor with a lifelong commitment to social justice and the protection of the environment. Prior to joining DANA, Jeff worked as a senior executive for 15 years, being a longstanding CEO of EDO NSW, a public interest environmental law firm, and People with Disability Australia. He has also worked as a consultant specialising in governance and environmental policy, and for the NSW government in the areas of drugs policy and environment protection. 

Jeff also has a wealth of governance experience, with 50 years’ cumulative experience on Boards in the environmental, homelessness and community legal sectors. He is currently on the Board of Climate Action Network International, the Advisory Committee for the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law and a member of the Leadership Coalition of the World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA). 

 

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 Advocacy   

martin.butcher [at] dana.org.au

Martin is leading up the National Centre for Advocacy (NCA) . 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. 

 

Sara Franzoni – Education and Engagement Officer, National Centre or Advocacy

sara.franzoni[at]dana.org.au

Sara is our Education and Engagement Officer, having previously held the role of Project Officer at DANA since 2020. Sara plans, delivers, and acquits various projects that commit to long-term change for the disability advocacy sector.

Sara has a background working in the non-profit and local government sectors, in the areas of Community Development, Program Coordination, Disability, and Volunteer Management.

In her previous Project Officer role managing the Bandmates Victoria project at Maribyrnong City Council, Sara delivered disability awareness training to the live music industry, building capacity of venues, and promoting a culture of social inclusion. Sara also worked in a Program and Support Coordinator role at Multiple Sclerosis Limited. Sara has a Post Graduate Degree in Creative Arts Therapy, and a Bachelor of International Relations

Sara has over 10 years’ experience working in the disability sector with a community, social inclusion, and advocacy lens. She is passionate about building and cultivating ongoing professional relationships to benefit the systemic work the sector does.

Anna Burke – Coordinator, Secretariat on National Systemic Advocacy

anna.burke[at]dana.org.au

Anna is our Coordinator, Secretariat on National Systemic Advocacy. Anna works with Disability Representative Organisations to support their systemic advocacy to create change for people with disability across Australia.

Anna has a keen interest in human rights and social justice and brings a mix of personal and professional experience of disability to this work.

Anna has professional experience in social and disability policy, systemic advocacy, program design and management, consulting and community development roles in Australia and internationally. Anna’s work has spanned Commonwealth and State Government and the community sector.

Anna Lienhop – Project Coordinator

anna.lienhop[at]dana.org.au

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