Interact Australia is a successful and innovative not-for-profit organisation. As a public company limited by guarantee, Interact Australia is committed to maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance and maintaining transparency and accountability to its stakeholders.
The Board of Interact meets on a monthly basis.
Kevin Neville has extensive industry experience in Funds Management with an established background as a Non-Executive Director and Chairman for both for profit and for purpose boards. Kevin is a Chartered Accountant by profession which led him to work for professional services firms Moore Stephens and later ShineWing Australia. His career has included roles as Managing Director (2003 – 2010), Chairman of the National Moore Stephens Network (2004 -2009) and Head of Assurance (1992 – 2003 and 2010 – 2014). He is also President of the Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria.
Julie Busch, who joined the Board in 2012, has worked extensively in senior roles within private and publicly owned retail property, local government and community sectors.
With qualifications in journalism, psychology, shopping centre management and business, Julie brings expertise in diverse stakeholder management, business, consumer marketing and infrastructure development. Julie is now Chair of Dandenong Market Pty Ltd; a trustee member for the Southern Metropolitan Cemeteries Trust; a non executive Director at Dianella Community Health and Marriott Support Services. She is a member of the retail committee for Property Council; vice president Caulfield South Community House and a judge and mentor for Tourism Victoria and national Marketing Awards.
Mark has 20 years experience as a General Manager and Company Secretary at Loy Yang Power (LYP), Victoria’s largest power provider, specialising in Human Resource, Change Management and Business Administration. He was involved in the privatisation and sale of LYP including every facet of the change process. Mark has a long term interest in youth training, development and the transition to work.
Beau Vernon suffered a spinal cord injury whilst playing Australian Rules Football in 2012, leaving him a quadriplegic. He uses this lived experience of disability to be an advocate for disability awareness and is an Ambassador for the Wings for Life World Run.
Beau is the Senior Head Coach of the Leongatha Football Club as well as a motivational speaker at schools, running personal development days with businesses, and sharing his inspiring story at awards nights.
Poul joined IntoWork Australia as Group CEO in 2012 having over 30 years’ experience in community and employment related services. Poul has worked with the Board and Management Team in building IntoWork Australia into a large national employment, recruitment, training and community service provider. Across 10 companies, IntoWork now employs over 650 staff, as well as thousands of apprentices, trainees, and short term placements, and also trains tens of thousands of students each year. Poul Bottern oversees a skilled and capable Interact Management Team across Victoria and Queensland within the streams of disability employment services and well as broader community services programs.
B.Ed., Grad. Dip. Counselling & Human Services, Post Grad. Dip Health Research Methodology.
Catherine Cairns, General Manager commenced with Interact in July 2018 . Catherine has extensive Disability sector knowledge with particular expertise in NDIS. She brings over 20 years’ experience in Executive Management and Senior leadership roles. Catherine leads a dynamic, client centred, cohesive team to achieve Interact Australia’s purpose which is To champion and support people with a disability in their choices, based on principles of opportunity, participation, inclusion and equality.