Our Board

Corporate Governance

Able Australia is governed by a Board of Directors who volunteer their time to monitor, guide and support the organisation on behalf of the members and people we support. The constitution of the organisation outlines our governance principles. Board members are elected in line with these constitutional requirements.

The Board elect the Chairperson and appoint the CEO to lead the operations of the organisation, as per Able Australia’s constitution. There are a number of sub-committees of the Board to govern the broad number of areas of responsibility.

Able Australia Board

The Able Australia Board consists of eight directors. The Board is responsible for our strategic direction, organisational performance and overseeing governance and risk. There are four subcommittees.

  1. Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
  2. People & Engagement Committee
  3. Client Advisory Committee
  4. Client Quality & Safeguarding Committee
Peter Reilly Able Board Member

Peter Reilly OAM

Chairperson – Director since November 2012

Bachelor of Business Accounting; Associate – the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Registered Tax agent since 1976, Associate – Institute of Company Directors.

Peter has more than 40 years’ experience as a senior executive and has demonstrated success in a range of areas including general management, building high performance teams, developing and implementing financial and business plans, directing public companies and ensuring funding requirements are met in high growth organisations. Peter is a Director of Melba Opera Trust, Director of the St. Bernard’s Foundation, Chairman of Scotchmans Hill Pty Ltd and Executive Director of Lifeview Residential Care.

Peter’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Chair – Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
Meg Downie Able Board Member

Meg Downie

Deputy Chairperson – Director since 2016

Bachelor of Business

Meg is the Director of the Infrastructure, Government and Healthcare Industry Group at KPMG where she has been managing the strategic growth and market positioning of its government business for a number of years and brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to Able Australia. Prior to KPMG, she spent 16 years with the Commonwealth and Victorian Public Services where she specialised in organisational re-structuring and a range of human resource management functions.

Meg’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Chair – People & Engagement Committee
  • Chair – Client Advisory Committee
John Rowan Able Board Member

John Rowan

Treasurer – Director since 2019

Bachelor of Business (Accounting), CPA,Australian Institute of Company Directors, Fellow – Governance Institute of Australia.

John has held a variety of leadership roles in diverse areas including Human Resources Management, Superannuation, Company Secretariat, Fleet Management, Sales & Marketing, Supply Chain and Occupational Health and Safety.  John has extensive skills in business development and continuous improvement (kaizen) and has previously served as a longstanding Board Director for a not-for-profit disability organisation.

John’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
  • People & Engagement Committee



Bruce McCowan Able Board Member

Bruce McCowan

Director since 2019

Bachelor of Education, Post Graduate in Education Studies andFellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors

Bruce is an experienced Executive, Human Resources Leader, Consultant and Board Director with extensive expertise in organisational transformation through alignment of business and HR strategy, with a particular emphasis on culture change and improving leadership capability.  Bruce is currently Partner Performance at deliberatepractice and is Chair of the White Ribbon Australia Accreditation Committee.  He has previously served as a Board Director for a number of organisations in the not for profit sector, including a disability services organisation.

Bruce’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Chair – Client Quality & Safeguarding Committee
  • Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
Ro Marks Able Board Member

Ro Marks

Director since 2018

Bachelor of Applied Science Recreation, Master of Social Science Human Services, Graduate Diploma Strategic Foresight.

Ro has a 30-year history as a social policy and planning professional.  Ro has worked in senior roles with state, regional and local governments, not-for-profit organisations and statutory authorities in Victoria and Western Australia.  After operating a social policy and planning consultancy for 14 years, Ro is currently the Community Care Policy Lead at the Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV).  Ro is committed to strengthening engagement with service users, their families, and carers to ensure quality in policy and service outcomes.

Ro’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Client Quality & Safeguarding Committee
  • Client Advisory Committee
Prue Morgan Able Board Member

Dr Prue Morgan

Director since 2018

PhD, Master of Applied Science (research); Bachelor of Applied Science (physio); Graduate Diploma Neuroscience

Prue is the current Head of Physiotherapy at Monash University. She is an experienced physiotherapy clinician and academic with more than 30 years of experience in neurological clinical practice, physiotherapy education and research. Prue has assumed many state and national leadership roles in physiotherapy over her career and was awarded the title of Specialist Neurological Physiotherapist in 2008 by the Australian College of Physiotherapists in recognition of her expertise in clinical practice and scholarship.  She has particular skills in the management of issues affecting people aging with complex disability, and brings her clinical experience to Able Australia.

Prue’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Client Quality & Safeguarding Committee
Jenny Smith Able Board Member

Jenny Smith

Director since 2019

Bachelor in Computer Science, Information Systems and Accounting, MBA Melbourne Business School, CPA and a Graduate of the Australian institute of Company Directors.

Jenny is a senior executive with diverse experience across the not-for-profit and for profit sectors.  She has been in senior roles at Mercy Health for ten years and currently holds the position of Executive Director – Strategy, Planning and Major Projects.

Jenny’s Able Australia Board Committee membership includes:

  • Finance, Audit, Investment & Risk Committee
Able Australia Board Member John McKenna

John McKenna

Director since 2021

John McKenna has over 30 years’ experience delivering services to people with disabilities and to their families. John has a deep understanding of the disability sector and the disability community more broadly. This is reinforced by his own experience having been born with disability.

While Chairman of Internet industry association web Accessibility task force, John worked closely with the deaf and blind community to highlight the issue of inclusive website accessibility to industry. More recently John spent many years working for the disability advocacy group VALID as an advocate. Today John is involved in a number of projects. He hosts and produces his own podcast “So…podcast” and is a Peer Practioner for Drummond Street Services. In addition to these commitments, John is also an Honorary Justice of the Peace Victoria, Board Member at Speak Out Tasmania and is co-founder of Victorian Student Nurses.

Our Strategic Plan

Able Australia’s Strategic Plan maps out the organisation’s direction for the next three years. It articulates five strategic priorities to achieve the organisations strategic objectives:

  1. Quality and Innovation
  2. Establish a Centre of Excellence for Deafblind
  3. Partnership and Engagement
  4. Sustainability through Growth
  5. Transformation


Download:   Able Australia Strategic Plan 2018-21