The most important people in the FSG Australia (FSGA) community are the people we walk alongside every day – providing the support to improve the lives of their family, friends and community every day.
See the Stories of Change to look at some of the amazing journeys people have travelled on their way to Freedom, Social Justice and Growth.
All FSGA staff members demonstrate their belief in the absolute right of all people to live their chosen life and must understand and be able to work under the mandate of the Charter of Human Rights.
As such FSGA recruits employees on demonstrated values and ethics as well as relevant qualifications and experience.
All employees are trained in HRP (Human Rights in Practice), a program which helps us to understand that people respond to the way they are treated; and this equips us to look holistically to the environment for causes that can be addressed. As a result, we have never required ‘restrictive actions’ as a means of offering a service.
FSGA recognises the importance of community networks and partnerships in the delivery of quality service and building inclusive lives, and FSGA maintains current membership in a number of key local and regional networks and sector-wide organisations.
All FSGA programs incorporate strengths-based practice within an action-research framework. This means that the management of the program and decisions pertaining to the project are guided by people we walk alongside, their families and carers and other relevant stakeholders.
FSG Australia Board Members
Lady Barbara Hickey – Chairperson
Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors. Current Chairperson of FSG Australia, Lady Hickey has in-depth board experience across the education sector (private and public) and has been an active contributor to not-for-profit organisations. Barbara has key skills in board governance, stakeholder and media communication as well as marketing and fund-raising strategies.
Robert Boardman – Deputy Chair
Masters of Business (Philanthropy & Non Profit Studies). Past Chair of FSG Australia and Director/CEO of Rosies Youth Mission for 8 years, Bob has experience in governance, strategic planning, management and working with disadvantaged young people.
Dr Robert Stephens – Treasurer
Doctor of Business Administration, MBA, Diploma in Financial Services, Graduate Diploma in Hotel Management. Current Treasurer of FSG Australia, Bob was former CEO of Intrust Super Fund and Financial Controller of Southern Pacific Hotel Corporation. Bob is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management. He has broad management, marketing and corporate governance knowledge.
Paul Teefy – Secretary
Bachelor of Business and Registered Company Auditor, Member of Australian Society of CPA’s. Current Secretary and Chief Financial Officer of FSG Australia from 1994 to present. Experience as a practising CPA in the areas of taxation, audit and management.
Masters of Business Administration, Diploma of Financial Services, Cert IV Financial Planning, Justice of the Peace (Qual). Currently State Business Manager for Westpac Bank, Paul has over 22 years experience in the Finance Industry. Paul has worked extensively across three of Australia’s largest financial institutions in capacities covering Corporate, SME, Private Client Services, Financial Planning and Strategy.
Having been on the Audit and Risk Committee of FSG Australia since 2011, Sue says she is constantly in awe of the work FSG does and the number of people it assists; “Everyone at FSG is so passionate about what they do and the organisations constant innovation and ability to change”. Sue joins the board with a Masters in Commerce and extensive experience in accounting, taxation, finance, financial planning, business development, risk management and administration having been a Director since 2004 of PG & A Accountants Pty Ltd Accounting firm.
FAICD (Fellow Australian Institute of Company Directors), FAIM (Fellow Australian Institute of Management), EMBA Kähäri Management Institute, Graduate Certificate of Management and Engineering Certificate Marine. Former Managing Director of the Australian operation of the Swedish heavy machinery manufacturer, Hagglunds. Board member of Nortec an NFP working in the field of employment, training and community services, and an active member of the Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Association Ltd.
As CEO of FSG Australia, Vicki holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Physc. Major), Dip of Professional Counselling, Dip of Workplace Counselling, Cert IV Training and Development, Advanced Diploma Management. Vicki has 35 years experience in the disability field and is a qualified practising Family and Workplace Counsellor, Trainer, Author and Presenter of “Putting the Joy back into Parenting” seminars.
FSG Australia has grown from a small, determined and passionate group of Gold Coast families in the late 1970s, who wanted a better range of local services for children with a disability.
The Minutes taken from 1979 state the first committee members were:
– President Kay Mcinnes
– Vice President Barbara lewis
– Secretary John Hancock
– Treasurer Clare Starky
– Committee Denis Ritchie, Lyn Wright, Faye Kenwrick