Team meeting

Board and Management

Deane Criddle


Deane has a passion for diversity and inclusion, particularly assisting people living with a disability to reach their full potential through choice and empowerment.


Deane currently holds the position of APAC Finance Leader at General Electric Digital Energy business. He has over 15 years of experience in the resource, construction and energy sectors for Australian and global companies, having held management positions in General Electric, Boral and Hatch. 


Deane is a qualified Chartered Practising Accountant, Company Secretary and Company Director and holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting and Finance and a Master of Business Administration. He is an active member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has held multiple for-purpose non-executive director roles. 


Along with his wife, Deane is a proud parent of two boys and has lived experience supporting one of his sons who has Autism.  

Sean Yoong

Board Member

Sean is an Investment Banking Vice President at Axion Capital Partners with experience advising clients on domestic and cross-border mergers & acquisitions, equity financings and debt advisory transactions. He has hands-on experience advising Boards and Executive teams on strategic, financial, and operational implications of various corporate actions. Previously, Sean worked as a Manager at New Holland Capital and an Analyst at Deloitte Financial Advisory. He completed his Bachelor of Commerce (Finance and Banking) with Distinction at Curtin University, including semesters studying abroad in Denmark and Canada. 


Growing up in Perth with Beals Syndrome, Sean has had firsthand experience living with a disability and has never let it limit his aspirations. Sean is a strong advocate and believes all individuals are valuable contributing members of society whose voices have the right to be heard and recognised. 

Leadership Team

Joanne Ende

Chief Executive Officer 

Joanne joined Explorability as Chief Executive Officer in April 2021 and brings with her a wealth of experience. She has fifteen years of disability sector experience and has successfully led several services and teams in both government and not-for-profit organisations, exceeding targets and achieving positive outcomes. Joanne also has previous experience in the health and aged care sectors and is committed to high quality, person-centred, services and upholding the rights of people with disability.


Joanne holds a Bachelor of Science (Occupational Therapy), is currently completing a Master of Business Administration at the University of Western Australia, was awarded the Disability Services Commission Ray Young Scholarship in 2010, and has lived experience supporting family members with physical and psychosocial disabilities.

Selena Knowles

Deputy Chairperson

Selena has an interest in building capacity and striving for equity for people who are disadvantaged. She has an extensive career in health promotion and the delivery of population health, promoting equity and access to health services; and more recently in planning improved public health services across Western Australia. She recently completed a Master of Health Administration with a focus on human rights. Selena has led projects focused on service improvement and access for disadvantaged cohorts, particularly in mental health services and Aboriginal health. Selena has lived experience supporting a family member with disability. 

Lasantha Gamage


Lasantha currently holds the position of Business Partner at LWD Accounting and Business Consultancy Services. Lasantha brings over twenty years’ of experience in oil and gas, resources, construction and non-profit sectors in Australia and overseas companies, having held senior management accounting and Business Partner positions at RAAFA WA, Bethanie, AVIVO. Before he migrated to Australia, He worked with the International Federation of Red Cross in Sri Lanka and worked as a Head of Finance at the UNICEF funded tsunami school construction programme. 


Lasantha is a qualified Chartered Public Accountant of Australia (CPA), Chartered Management Accountant of UK (CIMA) and Global Chartered Management Accountant (CGMA). Additionally, he holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting. 

Neale Billington


Neale is a qualified and practicing lawyer, having been awarded an LLB from the University of Western Australia in 1990.
Neale has practiced law for over thirty years’ across a broad range of areas, including acting for and advising not-for-profit organisations. For the majority of his career, Neale has been principal/partner of the firm in which he has a practised. 
Neale is new to the disability sector and is looking forward to gaining a thorough understanding of challenges facing those needing access to disability services, whilst contributing the benefits of his legal and business expertise to Explorability.

Tricia Dewar

Board Member

Tricia has forty years’ experience working in the public sector in Western Australia and New South Wales. She has worked in direct service delivery as well as in central agencies in metropolitan and rural areas. Her roles have included: delivering dental services; providing human resource management and industrial relations support to executive teams; conducting governance reviews of state government entities; leading an ethics strategy for Director Generals; reviewing the Public Sector Management Act (NSW); mediating and investigating disability and health service complaints; project managing state-wide public engagement in relation to the rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme; working collaboratively in intergovernmental relationships; and liaising with State and Commonwealth Ministers and office staff.

Tricia has experience in grants and project management and was a small business owner for three years. Since late 2018, she has been with Brightwater Care Group managing three programs for adults with disability with over 400 hundred clients. Tricia believes everyone should have a voice and when people need support to find and have their voice heard; access to independent advocacy is crucial. 

Farrah Greatbatch

Board Member

With over 20 years of experience in the resource, construction, manufacturing, military and non-profit sectors, Farrah brings a multitude of knowledge covering strategic, operational and cultural change in WHS, governance and risk management.  She holds an Advanced Diploma in WHS and Training, is a certified Lead Auditor for Work Health and Safety Management Systems, Lead ICAM Investigator and has worked previously as a nurse. Farrah is currently employed as the Work Health Safety and Wellness Lead at Avivo Live Life. She is also a practising member of the Australian Institute for Health and Safety and has mentored emerging safety professionals as part of the AIHS Mentorship Program. 


Farrah is passionate about using her professional skills within the disability sector to support individuals to live fulfilling, enriched lives and to facilitate positive change.

Nicola Bedwood

Board Member

Nicola is an accomplished senior leadership executive with a successful track record in marketing, partnerships and communications.  She is committed to providing exceptional service and is a skilled practitioner in all marketing and management disciplines. 


As General Manager of Marketing for a large media organisation she led a large team through a dynamic period of change, leading the development and implementation of strategies and campaigns to enhance the brand and maintain a market leading presence. Nicola has also run her own boutique consultancy and an ecommerce business, and worked for corporations and businesses of varying sizes in different sectors, including the not-for-profit sector. Nicola is currently working for a leading aged care and disability provider and is pleased to share her experience to enhance Explorability’s marketing and communications. 

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Fiona Simpson

Operations Manager

Fiona joined Explorability in March 2021, initially to lead the Metropolitan and Wheatbelt Outreach Advocacy Programs and moving into the role of Operations Manager in April 2022. 


Fiona commenced her career in the disability sector in Scotland, before moving to Perth in 2011, and has held several leadership, service coordination and planning roles.  She has extensive experience in NDIS, having managed a team of Local Area Coordinators, and is passionate about developing and maintaining positive and high-performing teams.


Fiona is committed to upholding the rights of people with disability, and providing high quality, individualised supports and services to the community.

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