Our Team

The ROPE team

Our Management & Administration team

Wesley Bleakley


Angela Martin

NDIS Liaison officer

Donna Smith

CEO PA & Event Manager

Narelle Gourlay

NDIS Plan Reviewer/Facilitator

Lindy Kellahan

Workplace Health & Safety & ROPE Trainer

Penny Partridge

Floor supervisor

The rope team

The ROPE team is made up of over 50 staff, from support workers through to Administration staff and the Management team.

We pride ourselves on the professionalism and dedication of our team, with some team members having been at ROPE for 10+ years. They are participant focussed, highly skilled and passionate, always providing the highest level of engagement and support.

The ROPE team

Board members

Tim Edwards


Tim is a solicitor at Hopgood Ganim Lawyers in Brisbane. In his role he advises on all types of litigation & dispute resolution matters related to commercial contracts, directors’ duties disputes, restructuring, insolvency & mining resources and native title disputes. Tim has served on the management committees of several not-for-profit organizations operating in the disability sector. Through these roles he gained experience in the internal governance & management of those organizations as well as the sale or merger of their business. Tim holds qualifications in Law (Honors) & Business (Management) from the Queensland University of Technology.

James Lord

Vice President

James is a solicitor practicing in in all areas of commercial litigation and dispute resolution, with a focus on insolvency.

 James graduated from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and Bachelor of Arts.  He has experience acting in complex litigation and disputes for a broad range of clients, including ASX listed companies and government bodies. 

In addition to serving as the Vice President of ROPE, James has been involved in a number of other charities and NFPs, including as independent director of the Australian Medical Students’ Association, where he served as Chair of Audit and Risk.

David Shoobridge


Recently retired, David worked in Northern Territory hospital administration for many years followed by some time as a tour operator in the Top End. In more recent years he has worked with local government throughout the NT, including appointment as CEO of the Barkly Regional Council based in Central Australia. David holds qualifications in health management from University of NSW.

Yaz Broderick


Yazmin is a secretarial coordinator at Hopgood Ganim Lawyers in Brisbane. In her role she assists the firm and its employees with high level administration and secretarial management tasks. She is also a law student and is continually gaining experience in the litigation and dispute resolution section at Hopgood Ganim.

Yazmin is the newest committee member at ROPE and accepted the position as secretary in 2021.

Alice Wallace

Committee Member

Alice describes herself as being the mum of a miracle. Alice came to the Management Committee after her child started with ROPE three years ago. Alice has vast experience with committees, clubs & associations, having held a variety of positions for many organisations in the Moreton Bay Region. Some of these positions include President of Deception Bay High School; founding committee member of ausDoCC and past Young Peoples Leader, Salvation Army Redcliffe. Alice is currently studying her Certificate IV in Accounting. 

Tom Wilson

Chair of Marketing / Committee Member

As the owner of BMR – Better Marketing Results, Tom is passionate about solving the ‘Marketing’ problem in businesses, and believes trust is the most important part of that. Tom is known for simplifying the marketing jargon and helping his clients know what function Marketing can really perform for their business. Tom brings this wealth of Marketing knowledge to the table as a valued board member.

Tom also gains great satisfaction from public speaking, and can be found every Monday and Wednesday at a regular networking event with 100+ people.

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