GWI Chief Executive Officer, Neil Makepeace was unanimously appointed Chair of Autism Queensland on 24 November 2022.
Neil has been volunteer Board Director since 2017. He is deeply committed to creating an equal, inclusive and supportive world where people on the autism spectrum can realise their full potential and neurodiversity is understood and celebrated.
Autism Queensland do incredibly important work to remove barriers and enable people on the autism spectrum to be all that they can be. Their vision is to create a life of opportunity, participation and choice for people on the autism spectrum.
As Autism Queensland Chair, Neil will draw on his experience of using evidence and insight to give leaders and communities the confidence they need to make good decisions and ultimately create lasting positive social value. Neil’s first official event was at the launch of two new films in the popular Ky’s Story series based on the life of a young Gold Coast boy growing up with autism, and featuring Ky Greenwood, his sister Jorja and their uncle, actor Hugo Weaving. https://lnkd.in/gpKsQ2Wk
Neil also announced the commencement of Autism Queensland services on the Gold Coast in January next year. Autism Queensland will partner with Kool Beanz SUNS Academy Carrara in the delivery of fully inclusive early learning facilities for all young children. Autism Queensland will also provide individual therapy and group services for children 0-12 years in co-located premises at the site.
Neil commented that “the vital work undertaken by Autism Queensland with, and on behalf of, people on the autism spectrum is delivered by its hundreds of exceptional team members: heroes all. It will be my great privilege to lead them through the next couple of years in conjunction with our CEO Pam Macrossan”.
GWI is proud to be closely partnered with an organisation that makes a tangible difference in the lives of so many. Through our pro bono program, will continue to support Autism Queensland, people on the autism spectrum, their families, carers and communities.
Read more about the incredibly important work done by Autism Queensland on their website https://autismqld.com.au/.