independent advocacy townsville

Committee and Staff


Michael Collins
President/Publicity Officer



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


Born in Richmond, grew up with family on sheep properties in Western Qld. Spinal cord injury occurred 17th December 1991 in Surat swimming pool.  After injury became self advocate & heavily involved in education & awareness to bring about equality & positive change in our Political, Economic and Social arena that disadvantages PwD.  Worked as Funding Administrator (EmployAbility Service) for 7 years and back-up Employment Consultant in Roma.  I learnt that you only have one life, so make the most of it, don't accept inequality, be proactive & be as happy as you can.
Moved to Townsville in 2013 and became involved with Independent Advocacy Townsville as a committee member. Worked for Spinal Life Australia on a 6 month contract as a Development Officer.  Moved back to Roma in 2014 then to Charters Towers in 2015.  In May 2016 I started work at House With No Steps permanent part time as Administration Assistant and gained casual work as a Workshop Presenter for National Disability Services (ProjectAble). 

I rejoined Independent Advocacy Townsville and I'm now Vice-President.  I'm also an active member of the Charters Towers Access Group.  I enjoy living life in Charters Towers following live music and continue to advocate for equality.


Beverly Smith
Qualifications:  see details below


Aime Nganare
Qualifications: BSc in Mines & Geology; BSc in Engineering; Diploma of Management


I am from a Mining & Geology background. I was graduated in BSc in Engineering, option Mines & Geology in 2000 from the Bangui University (Central African Republic). I worked 13 years (7 years in Gold Exploration resulting in the discovery of the first gold mine in the country) and moved to work within the Department of Mines and Geology for 6 years. I held many positions including General Manager of Geological Survey of the CAR before I moved to Australia. Very eager person to learn new things with extensive skills.
In addition to my BSc in Mines & Geology, I completed a Diploma of Management in 2015 from Smart City College while studying a Master in Economic Geology (James Cook university) from 2014 to current. I also decided to undertake an MBA in parallel, to further broaden my skills and knowledge for more self-development. In short, I am currently studying 2 Masters and I am very passionate and excited to work within this lovely team on this exciting project. I like challenges. My areas of expertise include but are not limited to Leadership, Project/Operation/Change Management, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, Strategy & Risks, Marketing, Data Analysis. 


Richard Cordukes
Ordinary Member




We are looking for more community-minded people to join our committee.




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


On joining IAT in September 2015, I brought with me a wealth of experience in both the private and NFP sectors in management & governance, administration, client services, ICT, marketing, WHS and event management.  Also, I have Management Committee experience in both business and sporting arenas having served in a variety of roles.  With this diverse background, I am working alongside our Management Committee to lead our organisation into the future.  In 2013 I was a Finalist in the AIM's Excellence Awards - NFP Manager - Townsville Region. 
Born and bred in Townsville I'm a true North Queenslander, passionate about our region and its people.  I also spent over 14 years in Darwin and its rural area and have done my fair share of road trips around Australia.


Beverly Smith
Office Administrator
Qualifications: Cert III Financial Services; Certificate of High Recommendation for Outstanding Administration and Customer Service

My role with IAT over the past five years has been as Administrator and to provide assistance and support to the Management Committee as Secretary. In these roles my main focus is to provide excellence in customer service and to assist IAT’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)


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: 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


Jessie Taylor
Junior Advocate