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Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc

Committee and Staff



Vicki Saylor
Period:  September 2021 - current
Qualifications/Directorships:  Board Director - Museum of Underwater Art (MOUA);  Board Director - Manbarra Aboriginal Corporation 

Vicki Saylor is Manbarra Traditional Owner. Vicki is a passionate local dedicated to collaborating towards achieving positive outcomes for the Palm Island community and indigenous youths. Vicki has been actively involved in cultural engagement and as a community liaison for more than 30 years. She has worked across community, government, and private enterprise.

Vicki loves the stage, she is a passionate singer, performer and is a strong advocate for the local community. Vicki feels humbled by the opportunity to have been raised with a responsibility to be a role model and representative for the community and the country she represents.


Ross Kingsun
Period:  2022 - current
Qualifications:  Accountant

After joining the Management Committee in 2017 as Treasurer, Ross has taken on the role as our Vice-President and will be mentoring our incoming Treasurer Shane Marschall.


Deborah Wilson
Period:  2018 - current
Qualifications:  MAICD  FIML;  Diploma of Management

Professional Membership:  MAICD  FIML
Board Directorship - Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA),  Deputy-Chair (2017 - current)


Deborah has a wealth of experience in both the private and NFP sectors in management & governance, administration, client services, ICT, marketing, WHS and event management.  Along with this, she also has  Management Committee experience having served in a variety of roles in both the business and sporting arenas.  For the past three years, she has been the Deputy-Chair of Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA), the peak body for advocacy organisations across Australia.

With this diverse background, Deborah leads our team working longside the Management Committee to lead our organisation into the future.  Deborah was a Finalist in the AIM's Excellence Awards - NFP Manager - Townsville Region. 


Shane Marschall
Period: 2022 - current

Shane has been involved as an employee, ex - officio and Board member of of other NFP’s and has assisted with change management governance and establishing budgets and marketing and has also run his own  business.  Shane holds and has held business management positions with a number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island organisations. 

With a family member with disability, Shane wants to use his life and business experience to help sustain and grow the organisation.  Shane is also an active member of his church. 


Simon Gable
Period:  2020 - current
Qualifications:  Bachelor of Psychology; 

Simon has worked within the disability as well as various Queensland government departments relative to the disability sector for the past 8 years.  

He is also the Vice-President Giants Basketball Club and a Basketball Australia qualified Level 2 Sports Coach Qualified for local club, regional, state and national levels.





Scott Bassett
Period: 2022 - current
Qualifications:  Lived experience, BA in Journalism/Philosophy (double major)

Scott has joined us as a consultant to the Management Committee sharing his knowledge and expertise with us in a number of business and governance areas including advertising and marketing.

Scott become an amputee approx. 10 years ago and he found his early experience with professionals and the tyranny of low expectations unpleasant.  This led him to taking an interest in disability and self‐determination for those with a disability. 

Scott believes the organisation has the ability to assist people with disability and others with their journey to self-determination and he would like to be a part of that.

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Deborah Wilson 
Chief Executive Officer 
Diploma of Management;  Cert III IT Software Application Specialist; Chief Fire Warden

Professional Membership:  MAICD  FIML

Deborah holds dual roles, that of the Chief Executive Officer, an Executive Director of the Management Committee and Secretary of the Management Committee. 


Leanne Ashcroft
Operations Manager
Diploma of Child Care;  Cert II Business Office Administration; 

Leanne joined us in 2019 as an Administration Officer after over 10 years client services and office management experience with a national aged care  organisation.  Leanne had been assisting the then Operations Manager in finances, human resources and administration functions and providing support to the Chief Executive Officer and Management Committee.

Leanne became Acting Operations Manager when the then manager commenced Long Service Leave and upon their retirement, took over the role.




Sarah Parker
Compliance Officer - Part Time
  Social Science Degree; Cert IV Volunteer Management;  JP Qualified;  HSO Workplace Delegate

Sarah has a varied career in welfare services working within and for Defence, Corrections, Aged Care, Justice and CALD organisations both NFP and in Government.  She is driven by a sense of justice and the importance of community in benefitting people’s lives.

Sarah established the volunteer organisation ‘Court Network’ when it branched into Townville, training and supporting volunteers to support any court user.  Her management experience, ability to see the big picture and connect with people have provided Sarah with a strong foundation continuing to work in the helping services.


Fiona Moncrieff
Reception\Intake Officer
  Master of Social Work (PQ);  Bachelor of Social Sciences, Majoring in Psychology;  other relevant certificates



Helen De-Campo
Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer
JP(Qual) and various others including a Masters of Social Work (PQ)
Current Studies:   Certificate of Advocacy

Helen has experience working with rural and remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.  She has worked in the Mental Health sector for a couple of years as well as in the disability sector. 

Helen has various qualifications which include a Masters of Social Work (PQ) and has worked for various Government Departments and extensively in the Legal Sector.


Anne Hansen
Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer
Certificate of Advocacy;  Certificates in the Human Resource Sector including Advocacy Skills; Cert III in Retail Store Operations

I am a lover of quotes, they reflect who I am and my passions. Experienced in many roles, from sales/administration to small business owner to manager in retail and rehabilitation co-ordinator, I have found my niche in the client services sector where I bring experience in people relations, professionalism, empathy and strong client focus.

Advocacy is my passion to the vulnerable, marginalised, abused and to people who’s rights are being undermined and ignored. A strong focus on righting a wrong. Identifying systemic issues and taking on board to the relevant parties. Rejoicing with clients when an outcome has been reached is great satisfaction.

"Choose a job you love - and you will never have to work a day in your life." - Confucius


Melissa Laing
Advicate\NIDS Appeals Officer
 Cert IV Aging and Support;  Cert III Ageing Home and Community Care; Medication Skill Set and other relevant certificates

Melissa has experience in a variety of administrative roles in both the Public and Private sector spanning over 20 years.  Melissa has a happy disposition, always willing to go that extra mile with a strong focus on customer service. Melissa enjoys new challenges, developing her skills and has a particular interest in community services that care for people who are disadvantaged.

After commencing with us in late 2021 as our Admin Assistant\Intake Officer, Melissa has recently been appointed as an Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer.  Coming from the Aged and Community, Melissa brought great insight and empathy to the role and she has quickly developed a strong understanding and developed a keen interest in advocacy and becoming an advocate.
"Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier"


Joanna Mullins
Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer
Bachelor of Arts, Training in Negotiation and Advocacy

Joanna has worked extensively in a range of Public Sector organisations, including as Director of Policy for the Commonwealth Ombudsman.  She is passionate about good public administration and ensuring that government services are accessible to all who need them, particularaly those who are vulnerable and less able to represent themselves.  Joanna has experience in both systemic and individual advocacy and is familiar with Commonwealth and State Tribunals.