independent advocacy townsville

Committee and Staff



Michael Collins

President/Publicity Officer
Qualifications - 





Tania Hornberg

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.
Then 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 the 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 - 




Aime Nganare

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 that will be completed in October this year, 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




Ordinary Member
Qualifications - 


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





Deborah Wilson

Chief Executive Officer
Diploma of Management;  Cert III IT Software Application Specialist; MAICD;  AFAIM  (Finalist - AIM Excellence Awards 2013 - NFP Manager - Townsville Region)

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.  With this strong administrative background, I am working alongside our Management Committee to lead our organisation into the future.  I also have Management Committee experience in both business and sporting arenas having served in a variety of roles.
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

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.



Tania Brown

Advocate/NDIS Appeals Officer
Qualifications –Bachelor of Sc (Psychology)


Tania has been working at Independent Advocacy Townsville for over 3 years as an Advocate. Tania is currently our External Merits Review Support Officer/Advocate, and specialises in representing clients in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal for NDIS-specific issues. Tania has expertise in court and legal matters, dealing with a number of different courts, tribunals and commissions, and is also our self-advocacy workshop facilitator.
Along with Tania's Bachelor of Science (Psychology) degree, she has a 10 year background of working with people with disability, in particular mental health disability. She has previous work history in government departments such as Centrelink, Queensland Health, Tafe Queensland, Energex,  Townsville City Council, disability employment services, as well as large private enterprises such as Suncorp.


Helen De-Campo

Advocate/NDIS Appeals Officer
Various qualifications including a Masters of Social Work (PQ)
JP (Qual)


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


Anne Hansen

Advocate/NDIS Appeals Officer
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