Our Team

 
Chief Executive Officer
Carolyn Carr

Carolyn was appointed Chief Executive Officer at Blairlogie in November 2012. Prior to joining Blairlogie Carolyn was the Chief Executive Officer at a similar community based organisation based in Traralgon.

Carolyn has worked in the disability sector since 1999. She has held positions in both community based organisations and State Government. She has extensive experience in Management and Leadership and enjoys leading a team to achieve set organisational goals.

Carolyn is a strong believer in people with a disability having maximum control over their lives and being empowered to make decisions that affect them.

Carolyn has a Degree in Journalism and Communication as well as Disability and Management Qualifications. As Chief Executive Officer Carolyn has overall responsibility for implementing the organisational Strategic Plan, as well as providing leadership, innovation and advocacy that ensures the delivery of a high quality service.

Carolyn is also responsible for the financial management of the organisation. Carolyn says that one of the most enjoyable aspects of her role is the community and stakeholder engagement.

Carolyn is very proud to lead Blairlogie and is looking forward to implementing the many exciting plans the organisation has for the coming years.

 
Manager Service Development & Strategy
Shannon Conway

Shannon began working in the Not-For-Profit Community Services Sector in 2003 completing a traineeship in a Residential setting before moving across to Community Support.

Commencing at Blairlogie in 2009, Shannon started out as an Assistant Program Manager then in 2011 became Client Services Manager. During 2014 Shannon completed an Advanced Diploma in Disabilities and also in Community Sector Management which will assist her to continue to provide quality service.

Shannon also works with children and teenagers in a local recreation access program supporting people to access leisure opportunities available within the community.

Now, as Manager of Service Development & Strategy, Shannon is responsible for developing and implementing strategic initiatives that lead to achieving the best possible outcomes for the people supported by Blairlogie.

Shannon is passionate about seeing people achieve personal goals and is creative in designing supports to meet the needs of individuals.

Shannon enjoys the dynamic and rewarding nature of her job and is always up for a challenge of learning new things.

 
Corporate Services Manager
Beverley Connor

Bev has worked at Blairlogie since March 2007, coming from a banking background she holds both banking and accounting qualifications. Bev has seen a lot of change in her years with Blairlogie, including the number of people supported almost double.

Bev says that she enjoys working at Blairlogie as she sees the daily the difference we are making in people’s lives. She also sees the organisation constantly striving to provide quality service. Bev’s areas of responsibilities include transport, property maintenance, finance and OH & S.

 
Manager Human Resources
Sandra Shaw

Sandra is an experienced Human Resources Manager with considerable knowledge in Employment Relations, Payroll, Work Health and Safety, Recruitment, Systems and Processes. In addition, Sandra has extensive business and management experience in the retail corporate sector, including a strong operational background with project management. Sandra has experience leading and managing small to large teams (100 plus) and creating new teams from the ground up. Sandra’s previous work has included national and international exposure.

Sandra has made a conscience choice to join the not for profit sector and is excited about using her experience and learning more to further add to the Blairlogie community and the disability sector in general.

Sandra loves coaching and encouraging people to reach their own decisions, whilst providing guidance where required. Sandra is excited about the professional and personal growth of people and mentoring people to reach their potential which then translates into success for the organisation.

 
Manager Individualised Services and Supports
Ron Hyder

Ron has worked in the disability field since 1982.

He has vast experience working for both Government Departments and the Not for Profit sector. His career has included being a Support Worker in direct care and many management roles in Residential, Health, Children Services, Aged Care Services, Day Placement, Vocational and Pre-employment Settings and Teaching / Training areas.

Ron is a qualified teacher and has three nursing qualifications. He enjoys supporting people with disabilities to achieve their potential and assisting their families where he can. Ron has taught and trained people across the state of Victoria. He is very creative, passionate and forward thinking in ensuring the best outcomes and support to all people with needs.

Ron enjoys life to the fullest and appreciates working with a talented team of staff at Blairlogie.

Ron and his wife, are hugely active in Breeding and Showing Clydesdale horses. “We are loving Life on the Mornington Peninsula together with our Animal Kingdom / Menagerie.”

 
Support Coordinator
Chantele Leigh

Chantele has been working in the disability sector since 2005. She has worked in various settings including in home respite, Community respite and in respite houses. She started working for Blairlogie in 2007 as a Support Worker and worked her way up to a Team leader position, Assistant Program Manager and now working as a Support Coordinator.

When Chantele was 17, she volunteered on a holiday program for people with disabilities. For the most part of her life she has grown up with a family member with a disability and that’s what guided her towards working with other people with disabilities. Chantele enjoys seeing people achieve milestone in their lives. She strives to support people with a disability achieve the same equality and respect that every person is entitled to.

 
Support Coordinator
Rebecca Barter

Rebecca was guided towards studying and working in the disability sector as she wanted to find out what was out there and how the system works as she has a son living with Autism. Rebecca is very passionate about equal rights and quality of life for people living with a disability.

Rebecca was employed at Blairlogie in mid-2011 after completing her work placement as part of her Cert IV in disability. Rebecca has also completed her Advance Diploma in Disability. In November 2014 Rebecca became a Support Co-ordinator. Rebecca loves this role as it gives her the opportunity to work closely with individuals and families to showcase the abilities of people and supporting them to reach their full potential.

 
Support Coordinator
Nicole Watson

Nicole has been working in the Disability Sector since 1991 where she started out in Residential Services for DHHS. Nicole took some time off in the mid 1990’s where she lived and worked in the UK for 2 years working in Pubs and a Nursing Home. In 2004 Nicole went to focus where she started out as a Residential Team Leader and then worked her way up to Manager Client Support.

In 2014 Nicole resigned from her position to take time off to spend with her husband and beloved pooch Ebony.

In 2015 Nicole worked as Residential Manager for Alkira located in Box Hill until the opportunity to work with Blairlogie came up in February 2016. Nicole is extremely happy that she is so close to work which allows her more time with her husband and that better work life balance that she has wanted.

Nicole has completed her Cert IV in Disability, Advance Certificate in Disability, Diploma in Business Management and her Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment.

 
Respite & Recreation Coordinator
Elizabeth Newell

Elizabeth has a Bachelor of Teaching and a Graduate Diploma in Special Education and Human Services. After finishing her degree in 2001, Elizabeth taught in mainstream Primary Schools and Special/Special Developmental schools around Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.

In 2008 and again in 2010, Elizabeth took a break from teaching to start a family and look after her son and daughter.

Elizabeth had a desire to try something different to teaching, but still in the Disability field. In July 2011 she began working part-time at Blairlogie as a Support Worker.

In 2014, Elizabeth became the Respite & Recreation Coordinator at Blairlogie. She is responsible for planning, developing, implementing all weekend activities, such as the Meet Me @ Program, Respite and the Blairlogie Holiday Programs which occur during the breaks throughout the year. This year, Elizabeth will also be organizing Blairlogie’s annual camp in September.