Our Team


Our Team

The Afford Senior Management Team have a wide and varied operational and strategic skillset. Their collaboration as a dynamic unit has lead to exciting progress for Afford, and continues to excite as we move confidently toward full roll-out of the NDIS.


Steven Herald

Steven Herald, CEO
BBus, CA
Steve has a care and passion for supporting people with disability to achieve extraordinary things, and was drawn to the sector by his personal experiences with close family members.
Steve has held Senior Executive roles for various Service Retail multi-nationals, including Flight Centre, Mister Minit and Hoyts. Steve is an expert in change management, customer service and financial efficiency across high volume and geographically spread operations.

Casey Hailes

Casey Hailes, Executive Manager – Client Services
Cert IV Disability, Dip CommServices
Casey holds 15 years of frontline, middle and senior management experience in the disability sector, providing extensive and firsthand insight into successful and efficient service provision. Casey provides measured and meticulous oversight to Afford’s Client Services, that ensures consistent and high quality service standards.

Stephanie Forsyth

Stephanie Forsyth, Executive Manager – Human Resources
Cert IV HR, Cert IV TAE
Stephanie is a recruitment professional with well-versed commercial judgment and approaches.

Rhiannon O'Brien

Rhiannon O’Brien, Community Fundraising, Projects, Service Development and Events Manager
Cert IV Business Sales, Cert IC TAE, Dip Property Services, Licensed Real Estate Agent
Rhiannon has unmatched connections with high-level influencers across Greater Western Sydney. Rhiannon’s portfolio is enhanced by her highly successful career in Real Estate, where she earned national accolade as #1 Female Real Estate Agent for three consecutive years.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas, Vocational Services & ADE Operations Manager
Dip TAS, Dip FLM, Dip Logistics Mgmt
Paul has an exceptionally strong background in Vocational Services, having previously owned and operated an RTO. He combines this with over 20 years’ experience in not-for-profit management to bring informed and outcome-generating strategies to Afford ADEs and Vocational Services.


Christina Emmanouel, Business Development Manager
LLB (Current)
Christina is responsible for organisational
development including implementing processes around Afford’s NDIS transition and opportunities for expansion. Christina works closely with youth services and holds various ambassador roles.