Professor Bruce Bonyhady AM, Executive Chair and Director, Melbourne Disability Institute at the University of Melbourne:
The Melbourne Disability Institute was established in May 2018 to transform the social and economic well-being and health of people with disability, their families and carers through high-quality research and translation, teaching and training.
Professor Bonyhady is also one of the key architects of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and was the inaugural Chair of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) from 2013 to 2016. He is widely regarded as the “father of the NDIS’. He is also a former President of Philanthropy Australia.
Professor Bonyhady is an economist and fund manager and has worked in government, economic consulting, funds management and insurance as well as serving as a non-executive director. He is also a Professor of Disability Economics in the Faculty of Business and Economics at the University of Melbourne.
Professor Bonyhady is the father of three adult sons, two of whom have disabilities, and in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours, he was appointed as a Member of the Order of Australia for services to people with disabilities, their families and carers, and to the community as a contributor to a range of charitable organisations.
Michael Kendrick, International Consultant
Michael Kendrick is a Canadian who is based in the US, and has spent over forty years in various disability related leadership roles, both internationally and in supporting leadership initiatives such as Every Canadian Counts.
His contribution has been in the areas surrounding the stimulation, strengthening and evaluating of emerging best practice service innovations. A particular emphasis has been his consultation, writing and teaching on leadership as it relates to high quality and socially inclusive individualized lifestyle and service supports.
His work has led to collaborative efforts with values based leaders of all kinds including persons with disabilities, families, professionals, academics, service providers, advocates, writers and many others on a wide variety of initiatives in many countries. His efforts have furthermore included notable international initiatives such as the NDIS in Australia, the International Initiative on Disability Leadership, supported decision making, customized employment, individual “homes of one’s own”, self direction and self determination, supports for people with complex needs, many varieties of leadership development programs, intentional personal support networks, targeted safeguards to manage vulnerabilities, transforming mini institutional services into personalised supports, service quality enhancement etc. He is perhaps best known for his extensive public speaking and teaching roles on many issues for over more than four decades.
John Cooper, Senior Management Consultant and Managing Director, International Information Technology Foundation
John’s career has encompassed a broad range of consulting and management experience, with a primary focus on developing and exploiting information technologies to deliver value to institutions and individuals.
His career began at Canadian Pacific Limited as Manager of Systems Development and later at VIA Rail where he was Chief Information officer. A founder of the Dunrobin Group, the firm has provided a range of advisory services worldwide to the private sector and to governments, in public policy development, economic management, institutional and regulatory reform, and issues of governance, as well as in program and project design, evaluation, information systems and technology. The firms field experience covered more than 70 countries in Africa, the Americas, the Caribbean, Asia and the Pacific, Western and Eastern Europe, and the former Soviet Union.
Following this role, John was responsible for the IT value-for-money audit practice of the Auditor General of Canada, where he evaluated IT investment performance, and represented the Office on the government’s financial management information strategy (FIS), Government Security Policy (GSP), and Enhanced Management Framework (EMF).
Memberships and Associations include Past Founding Director, Information Systems Security Association, Ottawa Chapter; Past Director, Hearth-makers Energy Cooperative, and Past Director, Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Ottawa Chapter.