MEET OUR TEAM

Kylie Mines

Kylie qualified as an Occupational Therapist in Adelaide, in 1989, and has always had a strong interest in wheelchair provision and supportive seating. Kylie began working in international development in Lithuania in 1991; and joined the Motivation Charitable Trust in 1993 to establish a national wheelchair service network in Cambodia. That first project with Motivation… Read more »


Ray Mines

Ray is an Industrial Designer and Project Manager who has been working in developing countries since joining Motivation in the UK in 1996. He has designed, built, adapted and fitted wheelchairs and seating systems, as well as delivered training and capacity building in a wide range of cross cultural situations. To date he has undertaken… Read more »


Lauren Flaherty

Lauren joined Motivation Australia in 2010 as a part time consultant, her current role is Service Development Manager. Lauren’s background as an Occupational Therapist includes wheelchairs, seating and physical rehabilitation. She has worked in New Zealand and Ireland before settling in South Australia. Role:  Lauren is responsible for building the capacity and resources of the… Read more »


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Jodie Summer

Jodie joined Motivation Australia in 2011 and brought her experience as a Chartered Accountant in financial reporting, financial system development and process improvement to the team. She has worked in the South Australian Health sector and for the international accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Jodie has a Graduate Diploma in Chartered Accounting (GradDipCA), Bachelor of Commerce (double… Read more »


Kate Shortt

Kate has a background in administration, sales and office management through roles in both the United Kingdom and Australia working in the New Homes industry. She also worked as a Police Officer in the UK, before emigrating to Australia with her husband in 2008; followed closely by the birth of her daughter. Role: Kate is… Read more »


Lee Brentnall

Lee has worked as a clinician and as a lecturer in Prosthetics and Orthotics in Australia, Kiribati, Sri Lanka and Fiji; along with contributing to research projects focused on International Public Health. Lee joined Motivation Australia as a volunteer, before coming on board to contribute to planning for integrated mobility device services in the Asia… Read more »


Christina Parasyn

Christina is an independent consultant with 19 years experience working in international development and disability. In this time she has worked in partnership with people with disabilities, governments, donors, service providers, faith-based organisations, international NGOs and the United Nations in developing countries to ensure people with disabilities can access the same rights as opportunities as… Read more »


Katrina McGrath

Katrina graduated as a Prosthetist / Orthotist in 2002. Since this time she has been working as a clinician in Hobart, Tasmania. Her work has involved orthotic, prosthetic and wheelchair-seating provision, with an emphasis on paediatric services. Role: After spending time with Motivation Australia as a volunteer, Katrina moved to Adelaide in August 2015 to commence… Read more »


Jolene McCool

Jolene has a background of nearly 20 years working in accounting and finance. She started her working life in a College in Scotland where she both worked and studied – gaining, a diploma and advanced diploma in Accounting & Finance. After working across a variety of Finance and analytical roles in Scotland she arrived in Adelaide… Read more »


Larissa Burke

Larissa is a physiotherapist with several years of clinical experience who has a keen interest in global health and international development. She joins the Motivation Australia after spending two years living and working in the Pacific on the Australian Volunteer Program. This included working in Fiji on a special and inclusive education project and most… Read more »


Claire Ibell

Claire is a physiotherapist with a background in rehabilitation and community health. She has a keen interest in international health, and has worked in community based rehabilitation and service provision for people with disability in Latin America and the Pacific. Originally from NZ, Claire lived for a number of years in Melbourne and further abroad… Read more »


Motivation Australia Ambassador: Hon. Kelly Vincent, MLC

Motivation Australia is honoured to have politician, actress and playwright Kelly Vincent join our organisation as Ambassador. Kelly is well known to many people in the Australian disability sector as a passionate advocate for the rights and needs of people with disabilities. In 2010 Kelly was elected to the South Australian Legislative Council, making history… Read more »

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