About

Afford are an innovative, passionate and dedicated team of experts in disability support. We are one of Australia’s longest serving disability not-for-profits, with 65 years’ of experience and expertise under our belts.

We are proud to offer a broad range of support, including Community Support, Shared Living, Supported and Open Employment, Respite, Transition to Work, Club Afford social club, Afford Getaways and Support Coordination.

Our service delivery is all about you, we tailor your NDIS Plan to suit the supports you want to receive or are curious to try out. We are here to support you where it suits you best – at home, in the community, or even at Disneyland! – and at the times it suits you best, whether that be 24/7 care or an hour here and there.

Afford is ready and excited to be Your NDIS Partner; get in touch to start the journey.

our core values

At Afford, our values are living and breathing parts of our organisation that underpin everything we do from frontline service delivery to Senior Management strategy.

Afford Values:

Integrity

Empathy

Excellence

Respect

Cooperation

 

Check out our successes in
Afford’s 2015 Annual Report:

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Our Board

The Afford Board have a wide scope of unmatched professional expertise and influence across Greater Western Sydney. They boast a collective service of 106 years’ service to the Board across 8 members – that’s longer than we’ve been providing support for!

Neville Barnier (Chairman)
Dip FP, GAICD
Neville spent 28 years in the Financial Planning, Insurance and Superannuation industry before retirement in 2012. Until recently, he was a director of Penrith RSL Club Ltd for 12 years, the last 7 as Chairman of the Club. He is currently Chairman of the Homes for Heroes Western Sydney Fund Raising Committee responsible for funding the accommodation of homeless war veterans at Governor Phillip Manor in Penrith. He holds a Diploma of Financial Planning from Deakin University and is a Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Ross Fowler (Deputy Chairman)
OAM, B Comm, FCA
Ross was appointed on 18 February 2004. He is the former Mayor of Penrith City Council and a current Councillor. Ross is the principal of a Penrith-based firm of Chartered Accountants. Other directorship experience includes Penrith Whitewater Stadium, Mutual Management Services Ltd, Penrith Performing and Visual Arts and Ripples at St Marys.

Michael Allen
PSM, FIPAA, Grad Dip, UEM
Michael is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, the largest social housing provider in the Southern Hemisphere. He has over 35 years’ experience in social housing and asset services and has led a number of reforms include the development of the National Regulatory System for Community Housing.

Eva Ballai
MBA Adv., RN, BN, JP
Eva has over 25 years’ experience in health care, spanning unique breadth of frontline, senior management and board level positions. A Lieutenant Specialist Nursing Officer with the Australian Defence Force and former Treasurer of Special Olympics Australia, Eva has an extensive operation and strategic understanding of health care settings, particularly Aged Care.

Mario Bellantonio
OAM, LLB (Syd), Centenary Medal
Mario’s career spans over 40 years as a principal in a legal firm with extensive experience in commercial transactions and litigation in administrative, civil and criminal jurisdictions. He has been a Director of the Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre and of Penrith Riverfest and Festival. He provides advice on legal issues.

Cliff Haynes
B Comm, FCPA, FLGMA
Cliff was formerly Assistant Director General Corporate and Shared Services, FACS and Executive Director of Business Management and Governance at Housing NSW. Cliff was former President of the NSW Division of Local Government Managers Australia, and served the Board for 10 years. Cliff was appointed as Company Secretary on 31 May 2014 and resigned on 15 July 2015.

Ange Humphries
MAICD
Ange has extensive experience in media, communications, marketing and PR expertise. Her current consultancy business focuses on crisis PR management and she represents a number of high profile clients and companies. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of Western Sydney. As a disabled woman living in Western Sydney, Ange brings a unique insight to the Board. Ange is also a Director at Blacktown Workers Club (Group of Companies) and is a past Vice President of ClubsNSW (Norwest).

Alan Travers
PSM FLGMA
Alan retired as General Manager of Penrith City Council in 2008 after 42 years in Local Government. He now provides consultancy services.

Our Team

 

The Afford Senior Management Team have a wide operational and strategic skillset and share a passion for supporting people with disability. From a range of backgrounds and personal experiences, Afford’s Senior Management Team are a collaborative unit well suited to the NDIS environment.

Steven Herald, Chief Executive Officer
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.

Jason Lim, Chief Financial Officer
FCCA, CA
Jason is responsible for Corporate Services (finance, facilities management and ICT support) and is Afford’s Company Secretary. He has more than 13 years of experience as the Head of Finance in education management (not-for-profit), logistics, shipping and aviation services.

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, Executive Manager – Human Resources
Cert IV HR, Cert IV TAE
Stephanie is responsible for the delivery of professional and comprehensive HR services across Afford including the implementation and management of staff incentive and bonus programs. She has 10 years’ experience in Recruitment and HR, and over 7 years’ experience in the disability sector.

Rhiannon O’Brien, Executive Manager – Business Development & Fundraising
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, Executive Manager – Afford Employment
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.

Roseanna Barletta, Executive Manager – NDIS
B.N, BPsych (Current), Cert IV Dis, Cert IV Mental Health
Rosie is responsible for Afford’s transition to the NDIS and also oversees Allied Health service offerings. Rosie has worked in disability and mental health for the past 16 years, spanning both corrective services and frontline experience.

Christina Emmanouel, Executive Manager – Commercial Development 
LLB (Current)
Christina is responsible for pursuing Afford’s opportunities for expansion and strategic development. Her interface with NDIS policy and regulation, coupled with oversight of Afford’s Marketing Team informs the organisation’s positioning in the marketplace. Christina works closely with youth services and holds various ambassador roles within the community.

Meet Abdullah and Abdulrahman Guildford Lifestyle Centre

When twins Abdullah and Abdulrahman initially joined Afford, both were very shy and not sure what to expect in their transition from school to Afford’s Life Skills Program.  For the first little while, both boys would shy away in public and avoid interaction with others in the community and at the community hub. Through Life Skills Program, the pair learnt that they were able to trust others and discovered how much fun this could be. At a pace that suited each of them, Afford Lifestyle Assistants supported both Abdullah and Abdulrahman tp developing their social skills while out and about in the community. With time, Afford has loved seeing both Abdullah and Abdulrahman feeling socially accepted and having the courage to communicate with others. The brothers now love to tell jokes, meet people, travel around Sydney and share their experiences with their new found trust.

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