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 »


Photo of Motivation Australia Finance Manager Jodie Summer

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 »


A photo of MA's office manager Kate Shortt standing in front of a PNG traditional tapa cloth, made from tree bark.

Kate Shortt

Kate has a background in administration, sales team management and office management through roles in both the United Kingdom and Australia. She also worked as a Police Officer in the UK, before emigrating to Australia in 2008. Role: Kate is our Officer Manager and is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the MA office, including HR… Read more »


Lee Brentnall

Lee has always had a passion for working in international development, disability and health. She worked in Australia, Kiribati and Sri Lanka in clinical mentoring and training roles before joining Motivation Australia in 2012 as Prosthetist/Orthotist Consultant. She has worked in the disability field for 19 years and international development for the past 14. Lee… 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 joined the Motivation Australia team in 2016 as a Programme Support Officer after working in the Pacific region on disability inclusion programs within educational and vocational settings. Larissa is a physiotherapist with an interest in global health, gender equity and disability inclusive development. She is passionate about inclusion and advocating for all people to… 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 »


Krystal Panakera Thorpe

Krystal is the newest member of the Motivation Australia team, coming on board as our Communications and Public Fund Raising Officer. Krystal’s background includes Sales Management, working with Youth in regional Western Australia and Community Engagement Events. Having family in the Solomon Islands, Krystal is passionate about development in the Pacific Region and is excited… 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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