WWDACT Constitution [pdf]

WWDACT Director’s Report 2017 [docx]


Our Board

Sue Salthouse


Sue is an educator and disability rights advocate, and has worked in both education and disability in Central Australia, Nepal, and Italy. She is a member of the University of Canberra Council, and the Independent Advisory Council of the National Disability Insurance Scheme. She is the immediate past Co-Chair of the Disability Reference Group advising the ACT Government on the implementation of the National Disability Strategy. She has been an inaugural board member, and Chair of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network, and a former president of Women With Disabilities Australia. She has advocated for improved access to services, education and employment for women with disabilities. Sue has the lived experience of disability after an accident in 1995. She was the 2015 Canberra Citizen of the Year, 2014 ACT Senior Woman of the Year, and a nominee for the 2014 Senior Australian of the Year.



Dianne McGowan

WWDACT Treasurer

Di is a qualified bookkeeper and has worked extensively in both the disability sector and the private sector. She has been a member of WWDACT since it was first formed in 1995 and has supported the organisation with financial advice since its inception. She worked as the bookkeeper for Women With Disabilities Australia (WWDA) for a number of years when the national office was located in Canberra. She retired from her employment as the Accounts Manager for Eric Martin & Associates, a specialist in access architecture at the end of October 2017. Di has lived with disability all her life, and from a young age she has known that keeping active is an important part of maintaining mobility. In her youth she was a keen netballer and tennis player. She continues to uphold this philosophy with two exercise classes per week and in retirement will do more exercise. In her down time she is an avid reader of mystery novels and loves to spend time with her three grandchildren. She will continue to support WWDACT in her retirement.




Louise Bannister

WWDACT Director

Louise has been involved with WWDACT since 1998 and works to promote health and wellbeing for women with disabilities including improving access to women’s health screening services. She is passionate about right for individual choice and control and about creating a fully inclusive community through mentoring, education, advocacy, and leadership. Louise represents WWDACT on the Ministerial Advisory Council on Women; and on the ACT Disability Reference Group. She is the former Deputy Chair of the Disability Advisory Council, and continues to work with ACT Health and the government to improve women with disabilities’ access to services and education. Louise has been recognized for her work in the community.  She was awarded the 2012 Chief Minister’s Award for Inclusion by an Individual, and was a 2009 Finalist in the Women of Spirit Awards, and a National Finalist in the 2006 Australian Centre for Leadership of Women Leadership Achievement Award.


Karen Hedley

WWDACT Director

Karen is new to WWDACT and new to considering herself a woman with disabilities. She’s been working with people with disabilities for 30 years, including her own children. During 4 years working at Advocacy for Inclusion she established a focus on human rights and self-advocacy, and developed a growing interest in the specific issues facing women. She was awarded the ACT Chief Minister’s Inclusion Award for Lifetime Achievement in Support Work in 2015. Karen has always aimed to empower and inform others and to this end she has established a number of successful blogs, Facebook groups and pages to support people with disabilities in Canberra, and their parents, carers, teachers, etc.



Kerry Marshall

WWDACT Director

Kerry has been a Canberra resident for more than 30 years.  After a long career in the Commonwealth public service where she worked in many areas of social policy including unemployment, child protection, disability, and reducing violence against women, Kerry began a Master of Social Work in 2016. Kerry has lived with disability all her life and has been a member of WWDACT for several years.  She is a qualified counsellor and is passionate about improving the profile, status and lives of women with disabilities in the ACT and Region.  A Victorian by birth, Kerry is a passionate Essendon Bombers supporter and an avid reader.  She has a keen interest in mental health, mentoring, inclusion, human rights and social justice and is delighted to join the WWDACT Board.



Christina Ryan

WWDACT Public Officer

Christina is a leadership and executive coach who embeds inclusion and ethical frameworks across organisational structures & culture. She has held CEO, senior management & team leading positions across both government & non-government sectors for 20 years, is a high level strategic thinker & noted innovator, using design thinking & collaboration to build new approaches. Christina founded the Disability Leadership Institute in 2017 to create a professional hub for leaders with disabilities, so that Australia builds & supports its disability leaders. She has been a leader in the Australian disability community, working at an international, national & local level to change the diversity agenda, while coaching numerous people with disabilities to their own leadership success.



Our Staff

Clare Moore

Chief Executive Officer

WWDACT’s CEO, Clare, comes to WWDACT from the CIT Student Association’s Student Support Team. Clare has been advocating for her peers since high school, serving on boards, running societies and providing pastoral care.  Clare hopes to use her administration and communications skills to keep WWDACT running smoothly so we can put as much energy as possible into advocacy. Clare was recently chosen by the ACT Government to participate in the Disability Leadership Institute’s Future Shapers Program. Read more about her journey in this article from HerCanberra.

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Kathy Ehmann

Communications and Administration Officer

Kathy is a new face at WWDACT, starting in August 2018. Kathy comes to us with a diverse experience of customer service, administration and communications. She has a passion for making our community kinder and fairer for all people.