About Family Support WA
What we do
Family Support WA is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with disabilities and their families, through service support.
Why we help
We understand disabilities can limit choices for the individual as well as their family, and finding the right support can be confusing. As your trusted family partner, we work with each unique family, to tailor an individualised person-centred service plan. Our staff have the industry experience and passion to ensure your family is able to optimise the support available from government and disability service providers.
Our Board Members
Meet Family Support WA's wonderful board
Brian O’Keefe GAICD - Chair
Brian is a Management Consultant, having held senior executive positions with a number of major utilities, including Telstra and Western Power. Brian has extensive experience in corporate management, corporate governance and human resources.
Sandra Brown - Deputy Chair
Sandra had a long career in the not-for- profit sector, including as CEO of the Citizens’ Advice Bureau and work with the Australian Red Cross. Sandra has extensive experience in fundraising, marketing and not-for-profit management.
Dallas Evans - Director
Dallas is the parent of a young man with a disability. Dallas and her family live in the Wheatbelt, where Dallas has worked on the family farm and as a nurse. Dallas brings a unique perspective as a rural consumer of disability services.
Philip Kieran BA; HBOR; MBA; Grad Dip Ed - Director
Phil has many years experience in the not-for-profit sector, having worked for DSC, the YMCA and as CEO of PEP Community Services and the Community Legal Centres Association of WA. Phil recently returned to university to study teaching and is now a teacher a Butler College.
Dennis Reid CPA - Treasurer
Dennis is a former Large Business and International Auditor with the Australian Taxation Office, with a experience in finance, accounting and governance. He is a long-term member of the Pirates Hockey Club.
Dragana Blackwood LLM; LLB (Hons); BCrim&Justice - Director
Dragana is a lawyer and accredited mediator with Patterson Dowding, with significant experience in Family Law, having previously worked as a political adviser to a Federal Member of Parliament. Dragana also volunteers with the Sussex Street Community Legal Centre.
Pip Firth - Director
Pip is an Administration Assistant with the City of Swan and previously worked in the disability sector for over a decade. In addition to her administrative knowledge, Pip brings her experience as a service user to the Board, as she receives services from Family Support WA, and other providers, through the NDIS