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Executive Team


Jacquie Thomson
Chief Executive Officer

Jacquie joined Ability WA as Chief Executive Officer in September 2018. She has held a wide range of senior strategic leadership roles for the past two decades at Lotterywest. She is committed to the not for profit sector and developing our community as one that is inclusive, strong and socially rich. Jacquie holds a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) from Curtin University, a Graduate Certificate in Management from Deakin University and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Steve Ryan
Acting Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary


Bronwyn Fitzgerald
Chief Customer Officer

Bronwyn Fitzgerald commenced as Chief Customer Officer with Ability WA in February 2019. Bronwyn has significant experience in strategic planning, business development and innovation, with 25 years’ experience across government, not-for-profit, health and disability sectors. Bronwyn is passionate about developing organisational vision and growth and has achieved this at a clinical level as part of a multidisciplinary health professional team and at an Executive and Board level. Bronwyn holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Speech Pathology) from Curtin University.



Sue Theunissen
Executive General Manager
Community Services

Sue joined Ability WA in 2013 as Manager Community Services. Sue has more than 15 years’ experience in leadership roles within the Non-Government Sector including disability, homelessness, education and crime prevention. She is passionate about empowering people and communities to maximise their potential and create change. Sue holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences – double major Psychology and Sociology and Bachelor of Arts - Psychology Honours.



Melissa Boekhoorn
Executive General Manager
Therapy Services

Melissa joined Ability WA is 2014 as Regional Manager – North. Prior to joining Ability WA, Melissa worked in a number of senior Speech Pathology roles with a key focus on Early Intervention for children with disability across health, disability and education sectors. Melissa is passionate about building and developing her team to deliver the best outcomes for customers. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Speech and Hearing) and Diploma of Management.



Rob Pini
Chief People Officer

Rob is our newest Executive team member, joining Ability WA in August 2021 as Chief People Officer. Over three decades, he has worked across all facets of people management, predominately within health care, aged care and government agencies, and contributing to the community and not for profit organisations. Rob holds a Graduate Certificate in Leadership, a Graduate Diploma in Employment Relations and an MBA from UWA, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.


Renay Eade 
Chief Quality & Governance Officer

Renay joined Ability WA in 2000 and has held several leadership roles across the organisation. She is committed to the provision of high-quality services that are safe, collaborative, effective, innovative and customer focussed. Renay holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, Master of Human Services (Disability) and Certificate in Clinical Governance. She is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and Associate Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management and Australasian College of Health Service Management.