Our Board is made up of people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Each member has a disability or some life experience of disability. They also have the necessary skills to ensure appropriate governance for our organisation.

Members of our Board provide their time and experience on a voluntary basis, coming from all walks of life. Our Board and organisation are governed by our Constitution. Representation from people covers metropolitan, regional and rural areas of Australia.

Martin Heing IDEAS Chair  Martin Heng, Chair 

Martin has over 21 years working as a travel editor in the field of accessible tourism and has a background in communications and publishing. He is a member of the Victorian Disability Advisory Council. Martin joined the Board in May 2016. Martin has an acquired spinal cord injury and uses a wheelchair for mobility.

Chris Dumas, Treasurer  Chris Dumas, Treasurer

Chris is a partner at Bentleys Newcastle (accountants) and CRAG Auditing Services. He has a Bachelor of Business, became a CPA in 1998 and FCPA in 2001. He is a fellow of the Tax Institute. Chris joined the Board in November 2013.

Wendy Bowles Board Member  Wendy Bowles, Board Member 

Wendy is a Professor in Social Work and Human Services in the School of Humanities & Social Sciences ay Charles Sturt University. Wendy joined the Board in November 2013.

Andrew Bokor Board Member  Andrew Bokor, Board Member 

Andrew brings the experiences of 18 years in the military and subsequent years working in the wider community. He has a passion for empowering others through information on rights and entitlements. Andrew joined the Board in December 2016.


Karen Peacock Board Member  Karen Peacock, Board Member

Karen is an experienced board member, communicator and disability activist. She has degrees in Social Science and Law. She was a full-time Member and Senior Member of the former Social Security Appeals Tribunal. She is involved in peer support and is an Access Advisor for Accessible Arts. Karen joined the Board in September 2018

Greg Auhl Board Member Nominee  Greg Auhl, Board Member

Greg is currently a Course Design Lead in the Division of Learning and Teaching at Charles Sturt University. He spent 25 years as a secondary teacher, including as a Coordinator of Science and Learning Support, in rural and regional schools before moving to the tertiary sector as a teacher educator. Greg holds an undergraduate degree in Science education, several diplomas in Religious Education, a Masters degree in Special Education and a PhD in education. He is a carer for his adult daughter with a disability. Greg joined the Board in December 2019.

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