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It is with sadness that we farewell our Board Chair Dr Scott Hollier.

Scott served on DADAA’s Board for 5 years, and as Chair since February 2020. Over this period, Scott invested strongly in DADAA’s digital capability and disability–led agenda: one of our core strategic goals.

An incredibly supportive leader, under Scott’s stewardship DADAA radically increased the percentage of the team with lived experience of disability to almost 40% at Board-level and 33% of staff. The level of inclusive and diverse employment across DADAA is now something we take for granted, but it has been hard won and the result of carefully focused strategy and collective commitment.

Scott also brought his expertise in digital accessibility, outside of his role as CEO of the Centre of Disability Accessibility, improving DADAA’s digital systems, processes, and practices. As Covid hit in 2019, DADAA readily moved to hybrid service delivery, and following a Board-driven IT and systems review completed the final stages of our transition to NDIS.

Scott is project driven and has achieved his aims to make DADAA

  • Disability-led, within a broader diversity strategy to build an organisational and workplace culture defined by diversity, value, and opportunity.
  • Digital and systems-ready to meet the needs of the NDIS
  • Policy-focused and prepared for the complex compliance environment in which DADAA operates
  • Clearly aligned with our strategic direction both in our governance and operations 

Over 30 years the DADAA Board has benefitted from excellent Chairs, each bringing their unique skills and expertise to the role.  Scott chaired DADAA at just the right time, the beginning of a new decade with big transitions and challenges, and a changing environment amidst the fast moving politic around artists with disabilities. He’s been an open, clear thinker who has focused on strategy, culture, and readying DADAA for the future.

It’s been great to work for and alongside someone who has high expectations, is outcome focused, and allied with fellow Board members and the operational team. I believe that we have all valued the challenges that Scott has set us, practical challenges that have shifted DADAA radically and stand us in good stead for the years ahead.

Our loss is the Disability Services gain, as Scott leaves us to take up the role of Chair of the Disability Services Commission Board. We are excited to see where Scott leads the WA disability sector through his steerage of the Commission. It can only mean a better place for Western Australians with disability.

We will miss Scott but continue to benefit greatly from his legacy.

David Doyle
Executive Director

 

DADAA respectfully acknowledges the Whadjuk and Yued people of the Noongar nation and the Southern Yamatji Peoples, the traditional owners of the lands upon which DADAA operates. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.

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