Board and Management
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.
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.
Abhi brings high-level accounting, organisational, and analytical skills to the role of Treasurer. He currently holds the position of Business Analyst at MercyCare Communities.
Drawing from his experience in industrial and non-profit sectors, Abhi has held business and partner positions at Chevron, Bethanie, Baptist Care, RAAFA, and Brightwater Group. He holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Master's in Accounting.
Abhi understands the importance of a culture in which residents, customers, employees, and volunteers genuinely feel valued and appreciated for what they do and who they are as unique individuals. He is committed to using his professional skills to facilitate an inclusive community where everyone can flourish.
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.
Aree has over 18 years of experience with varied roles in finance, commercial, contracting and engineering (EPCM). In that time, he spent 11 years in the renewable energy sector specially in contracting and commercial with leadership and management experience.
Aree brings a strong financial and commercial background to Explorability with hands on experience in oil and gas, mining, renewable energy, and NDIS. Other career highlights include holding management positions in Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Sri Lanka, as well as managing high value government contracts and tier 1 contractors.
He holds a Degree in Bachelor of Systems Engineering (Honours)(B.Sc.), Microsoft Certified Data Analyst, Cert III in Procurement and Contract and MBA (Majoring Finance) from the University of South Australia.
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.
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.