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The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

The Honourable Justice Thomas Bradley

Justice Bradley is a judge of the Supreme Court of Queensland.  He has been a long-term supporter of the arts and of the interests of people with disability.  His Honour was President of Access Arts Inc (2013-2019).  He is the chair of the Brisbane Festival Giving Committee and deputy chair of the Brisbane Writers Festival.  His Honour formerly served on the Council of the National Library of Australia (2014-2018) and the Foundation Committee of the Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (2013-2019).  He remains a patron of the National Library and a vice-patron of the QAGOMA Foundation.

Stephen Brady

Stephen Brady

MBA, M.Ed.St, B.Ed.St, B.PM (Built Environment)

CPL Director, Finance and Risk Committee (Member)

Head of Rockhampton Grammar School’s Department of Industrial Design and Technology as well as Head of Department Vocational Education and Training.  Worked as both a primary and secondary school principal has given Mr Brady a strong background in strategic planning, operational management and change management processes. Experience in human resource management, project management, and financial and risk management through roles in mining and construction. His association with CPL began when his first child began receiving services.

Julie Byth

Julie Byth

BBus (PR), GAICD

Julie is a senior leader who has lent her experience in marketing and communications to a broad range of organisations spanning the for-profit, not-for-profit and Government sectors.

Currently, Julie is the Chief Experience Officer with Queensland’s largest disability provider, CPL – Choice, Passion, Life, where her portfolio encompasses a broad range of functional areas, including fundraising, marketing, property and CPL’s project management office.

In 2020 Julie was appointed to Brisbane City Council’s Transport in Brisbane Board. Prior to joining CPL, Julie held marketing and communications management roles in human services, consulting, public transport, the arts, and tourism and entertainment, with organisations including Queensland Rail, UnitingCare Queensland and Tourism Queensland.

Julie holds a Bachelor of Business (Public Relations) from QUT and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Bruce Cowley

Bruce Cowley

BCom, LLB (Hons), FAICD

CPL Chair, CPL Director, Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Chair)

Until 30 June 2019, Bruce was Chairman of MinterEllison, one of Australia’s largest law firms, and has practised as a corporate lawyer for nearly 40 years, specialising in mergers and acquisitions, directors’ duties and corporate governance.

He has authored with Stephen Knight, Duties of Board and Committee Members (Thomson Reuters, 2017) which details the duties of members of different kinds of companies and other entities, which are recognised under Australian law. He is a member of the QSuper Board of Trustees; chairs the Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland; is a Member of the Takeovers Panel and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law.

  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Member, QSuper Board of Trustees
  • Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors
  • Chair, Children’s Hospital Foundation Queensland
  • Member, Takeovers Panel
  • Chair, IDEAS Van Projects Ltd
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Queensland
  • Member, Griffith Business School Advisory Board
Bree Hadley

Bree Hadley

PhD, MEd Higher Education, MA Creative & Professional Writing, BA Creative Arts

Associate Professor Bree Hadley is author of The Routledge Handbook of Disability Arts Culture and Media (2019, with Donna McDonald), Disability, Public Space Performance & Spectatorship: Unconscious Performers (Palgrave 2014), and dozens of chapters, articles and commentaries on disability arts. In her recent practice-based research, she has been investigating interest in ‘creative integration’ of sign language, captioning, and audio description into performing and visual arts works – for example, in the Vis-Ability collaboration with Dr Janice Rieger (QUT Art Museum http://www.artmuseum.qut.edu.au/whats-on/2019/vis-ability.php).

Her performance text, The Excentric Fixations Project, will appear in At the Intersection of Disability and Drama: A Critical Anthology of New Plays in September 2020 (McFarlane https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/at-the-intersection-of-disability-and-drama/). Prior to joining QUT in 2007, Hadley worked as a writer, dramaturg, director, arts facilitator, and administrator for independent theatre companies, and for the Glen Eira City Council.

Rhys Kennedy

Rhys Kennedy

BOccThy, MBA, GAICD

Rhys has extensive experience in the disability sector, both as an occupational therapist providing therapy services to children, and as a manager and strategist. Rhys was motivated to join CPL following a placement in the final year of his university degree, when he witnessed children with disability achieving developmental milestones with the support of CPL’s dedicated therapists.

As Chief Executive Officer, Rhys maintains his connection with clients and front-line employees through regular visits to CPL sites. In addition to a Bachelor of Occupational Therapy, Rhys holds a Master of Business Administration and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rhys is also the Chair of Cerebral Palsy Australia.

Wendy Lavelle

Wendy Lavelle

BA (PR), AssocDip Habilitation, DipComEdu, GAICD

Wendy has a wealth of community sector knowledge and management experience, joining CPL in 2003 after working in both accommodation and employment services in the UK and in Australia. In her current role as Chief Operating Officer, Wendy leads all service streams as well as a number of enabling functions including, People, Learning and Culture and Quality, Safety and Risk.

Nigel Lavender

Nigel Lavender

BA (Hons)

Following a lengthy career in the UK, Nigel immigrated to Queensland in 2008 and was appointed Executive Director of Queensland Music Festival. He enjoyed a decade with QMF and had a major influence in the vision of the organisation to transform lives and communities through music, delivering access and excellence in equal measure. He has a depth knowledge across the arts throughout Queensland, and is proud to have helped initiate major projects in FNQ indigenous communities, including the Yarrabah Band Festival, and led the development of major regional initiatives in Bowen, Gladstone, Mount Isa, Moranbah and Logan, often with disadvantaged groups.

Dermot Lindsay

Dermot Lindsay

MFP, ADFS (FP), DFS (FP), GAICD

CPL Director, Nominations and Remuneration Committee (Member)

National Head of Specialist Advice, Shadforth Financial Group, Mr Lindsay has overall responsibility for the profitable and efficient operation and growth of the Corporate Superannuation and Consulting business, the financial advice business, the Lending Specialists business and the General Insurance business. Mr Lindsay brings further experience in a variety of senior leadership roles within retail financial services over the last two decades, including National Manager, Alliance Partners at Perpetual Private, Queensland State Manager of Aviva Australia.

  • Masters in Financial Planning
  • Advanced Diploma of Financial Services
  • Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors
Ken MacDonald, AM

Ken MacDonald, AM

BA (Hons) LLB (Hons), FAICD

CPL Director, Finance and Risk Committee (Member)

Ken has over 40 years of experience in corporate law, specialising in the energy and natural resources sector. In 2017, he was awarded the Gold Medal by the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is currently Chair of Queensland Business Leaders Hall of Fame and a member of Queensland Library Foundation Council.

He has held a range of directorships and board management positions, including: Chairman of Highlands Pacific Limited; Deputy Chancellor of Bond University; Deputy Chairman of the Queensland Investment Corporation, Director of Save the Children Fund Australia.