Independent Advocacy in the Tropics Inc

Committee and Staff


Michael Collins
President/Publicity Officer
Qualifications:  JP(Qual) and Civil Services (Legal) with training in Management, Mentoring, Mediation and Complaints, Workplace Rehabilitation

Michael has a desire to assist disadvantaged persons who are unable to represent themselves through circumstances placed upon them by decisions of other people, companies or government departments or agencies.  He was employed in the Queensland Public Service for 35 years and has served on the Boards of Lions and Apex in the capacity of President, Secretary and Treasurer.  Michael was also the Chairperson of the Townsville Public Sector Child Care Assoc for 2 years.  This organisation conducted "Mike Reynolds Early Childhood Education Centre".  Michael is also a volunteer with Funstars, a Special Needs Zumba Fitness Class.


Tania Hornberg
Qualifications: Person with spinal cord injury - wheelchair user


After her injury in 1991, Tania became self advocate and heavily involved in education and awareness to bring about equality and positive change in our Political, Economic and Social arena that disadvantages PwD.  Tania joined IATI in 2013 and immediately became a committee member.  Unfortunately Tania left Townsville in 2014 but moved back to the region in 2015 and re-joined IATI.   We quickly asked her to come back on board the Management Committee and she was nominated as the Vice-Chair (as the position then known as).  Tania continues her work as an advocate for those with PwD, works within the sector and is an active community member of her home town of Charters Towers.


Deborah Wilson
Qualifications:  MAICD  FIML;  Diploma of Management
Deputy Chair, Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA)

Deborah has held a number of Executive committee roles of NFPs and sporting groups over the past 15 years.  Deborah joined the Board of Disability Advocacy Network Australia (DANA) as a Director in 2016-2017 and was appointed Deputy Chair in June 2018.  DANA strives to have a nation that includes and values people with disabilities and respects human rights for all.  Deborah is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.


 Ross Kingsun



Richard Cordukes
Qualifications:  Ambassador and Life Member of Wheelchair Sports NSW; World Record Holding Paralympian; volunteer member of a number of local community groups and Qld Sporting Wheelies

Richard's 40yrs of Self-Advocacy experience commenced in 1976 when he became a quadriplegic. 

The following year he took up wheelchair sports. His first representative experience was in 1979 when he was selected as a member of the NSW Team to compete at the National Wheelchair Games in Perth. 

Richard then went on to compete in the Stoke Mandeville Games in the UK on 4 occasions 1981, 1983, 1985 and 1987. These were the unofficial World Championships at the time.  As well Richard competed in a FESPIC Games in Hong Kong in 1982 and the Paralympic Games in Seoul in 1988.  

In January 1986 at the Australian National Wheelchair Games in Adelaide, Richard set a World Record for his classification in the 100m. He broke his World Record in Melbourne later that year.  Richard held this record until the Seoul Paralympics.

Another significant achievement for Richard was the introduction of Wheelchair Rugby to Australia. This came about after playing in the very first Wheelchair Rugby competition in Stoke Mandeville in 1981.

Richard served on the Board of Wheelchair Sports NSW for a total of 23 years and he was President in 1989 when the Board approved the first Oz Day 10K race.  He competed in this event and made a return 10 years later in 1999 and again 10 years after that in 2009. 


We currently have a number of vacancies for community-minded people on our committee.  If you are interested in joining, please contact the Secretary at




Deborah Wilson
Chief Executive Officer 
Qualifications: Diploma of Management;  Cert III IT Software Application Specialist


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.  With this diverse background, Deborah leads our team working longside the Management Committee to lead our organisation into the future.  In 2013 Deborah was a Finalist in the AIM's Excellence Awards - NFP Manager - Townsville Region. 

Beverly Smith
Administration Manager
Qualifications: Cert IV Bookkeeping;  Cert III Financial Services; Certificate of High Recommendation for Outstanding Administration and Customer Service


My role with IATI over the past seven years has been as Office Administrator and Administration Manager. I provide assistance and/or support to the Management Committee, Chief Executive Officer, staff and service users. In my role my main focus is to provide excellence in customer service and to assist IATI’s Management Committee, Management and staff to achieve basic Human Rights for People with a Disability.

I have over 20 years’ experience in Business Administration and Bookkeeping, working in the Community Services (child care) industry, State Government, Construction and Service industries, and Community Centre volunteer work.  My work attributes include Professional integrity and ethics.



Helen De-Campo
Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer
Qualifications: 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
Qualifications: 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


Joanna Mullins
Advocate\NDIS Appeals Officer
Qualifications:  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. 


Jessie Taylor
Advocate\Intake Officer
Qualifications:  Cert IV Disability (incl Advocacy Skill Set);  Cert II Business; 
Current Studies:  Bachelor of Psychological Sciences;  Certificate of Advocacy


Jessie has quality experience in areas including disability & behavioural management, special needs education, carer support services, homelessness & rehabilitation.  She has worked for a variety of Government and Non-Government services and has gained quality rapport with many service providers within the North Queensland region.  She is very passionate about achieving great outcomes for those who identify as having a disability as she understands the challenges involved due her personal experience with her own disability and learning impairments.