ADA Australia

Our Structure

ADA Australia is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, with an independent Board of Directors. We employ more than 30 staff across eight offices to deliver high quality advocacy, guardianship support and education to people in the aged and disability sectors.

ADA Australia is funded by the Australian and Queensland governments for a range of specific services. Additionally, we undertake various projects in aged and disability related areas.

Our Board of Directors

ADA Australia’s Board of Directors provide governance and leadership in the achievement of the organisation’s strategic outcomes.

Richard Olley

Richard Olley – Chair – Elected to Board 2014

JD, MHA, BAppSc, DipAppSc 

Richard has more than 40 years’ experience in the aged care and health care sectors, including holding executive positions at Blue Care, RSL Care, Royal Brisbane and Women’s District Health Service, Gold Coast District Health Service and Logan-Beaudesert District Health Service. He is currently an academic at Griffith University, teaching and researching in the areas of health services management with a specific research and practice area of aged care quality and safety.



Liz Kearins

Liz Kearins – Deputy Chair – Elected to Board 2012

Cert Journalism, DipBusStud, MPRIA, AFAIM

Liz has extensive experience in public, private and not-for-profit sector community, stakeholder and government relations, communications, marketing, media and journalism, including an executive management role at Queensland’s Health Quality and Complaints Commission. She is currently the Manager of Corporate and Community Relations at Seqwater.




Ian Edwards

Ian Edwards – Treasurer – Elected to Board 2015

MHA, BBus (HRM), AssocDip Bus (Mgt)

Ian has over 20 years’ experience in health and education sectors, including holding executive positions at Griffith University and various Queensland Health Units (Central Area Health Service, Health Service Directorate, Princess Alexandra Hospital and Organisational Improvement Unit).  He has also contributed to a number of commissioned reports, publications and conferences. Ian is currently the Program Director for Health Services Management On-Line and Graduate Certificate in Health Informatics at Griffith University and is responsible for the management of these programs.




Jo Bryant

Jo Bryant – Director – Elected to Board 2014

BBus (HRM), Ass Dip Bus (Man), Dip Comm Serv (Man), Commissioner for Declarations.  

 Jo has more than 25 years’ experience in both the government and not-for-profit sector including 16 years’ employment within the Queensland Public Service in a range of administrative, clerical, managerial and executive roles involving supervising staff, managing complex projects and responding to legislative reforms. She is currently CEO at Protect All Children Today Inc. (PACT) and a Commissioner for Declarations.




Dan O’Sullivan

Dan O’Sullivan – Director – Elected to Board 2009

BBus (HA), MACHSM, Commissioner for Declarations

Dan has more than 30 years’ experience in the Commonwealth Government, particularly in aged and community care, as well as previously holding positions at Wesley Mission and Blue Care. He is currently a Project Director with the Health Infrastructure Branch of the Queensland Department of Health.





Brian Lenz

Brian Lenz – Director – Elected to Board 2013


Brian has 23 years’ experience as a CEO, Chairman, Director and board member across a range of industries, including health, aged care, community services, community corrections and retail. He has highly developed analytical, financial, risk management, change management and project management skills. He is currently involved in provision of a range of consulting and advisory services.




Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson – Director – Elected to Board 2014

BSocSc (HumServ), DipBus (Frontline Mgt), Cert IV TAA

Paul has 20 years’ experience in the social services sector spanning two states and across the spectra of service provider, industry representative and state government, including a senior role at Leading Age Services Australia (Queensland).   He is currently the Chief Operating Officer at BallyCara where he is identifying and implementing new business opportunities in the provision of innovative consumer directed services.





Our Executive Management Team

Geoff Rowe

Geoff Rowe – Chief Executive Officer

B. Soc. Wk.

Geoff Rowe has occupied the role of CEO of ADA Australia since October 2014. Geoff’s career in the human services sector spans more than 30 years, including fifteen years in senior and executive positions in the Queensland Government, and almost 20 years in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to his current role, Geoff held senior roles with the Endeavour Foundation and Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland. Geoff was previously the community representative on the Queensland Physiotherapists Registration Board, and a Director on the Board of QCOSS. Geoff is an OPAN representative on the National Aged Care Alliance (NACA), a member of the Notifications Committee of the Medical Board of Australia and the independent Chair of the Strategic Governance Group for the Non Schools Organisation Program (Education Queensland). He has a strong interest in social justice and inclusion.




Karen Williams

Karen Williams – Manager of Guardianship Team

BSW, M. HlthSvcMgt, JD.

Karen Williams is a Social Worker, Manager and a Lawyer, with more than 20 years’ experience in the health and mental health sector. Karen has 10 years’ experience as a lawyer, with an interest in legal matters concerning people who have had their capacity questioned. This gives her experience in aged, mental health and disability law. In 2015, Karen was awarded a National Disability Award for advocacy, in recognition of her work in the sector.

Karen is currently the Manager of the Guardianship Team in ADA Australia; a team that assists more than 200 people each year with their guardianship or enduring power of attorney issues.




Kathy Chandler

Kathy Chandler – Manager of Corporate Services

DipMgt, DipHR, CertIVGov, CertIVSmBusMgt

Kathy has 30 years’ experience in financial management, human resource management and governance, including previous project management and executive officer roles within government.

Kathy is currently ADA Australia’s Corporate Services Manager, and Company Secretary for the Board of Directors.  Kathy is also Board Secretary for Queensland Community Services Employers Association (QCSEA).




Our Organisation

ADA Australia’s current Strategic Plan is operational from 2016-2020. To view a copy, go to ADA Australia Strategic Plan 2016.

ADA Australia is an ISO 9001:2008 certified agency committed to excellent customer service and continuous quality improvement.

ADA Australia works closely with many other departments and organisations. See Strategic Alliances for more information.