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Philippa Bell

Philippa Bell

Pip Bell

Pip joined the ATSA board in 2021 as an appointed director.

She is a lawyer by professional background and has worked with large Australian and international law firms, a regulator and a major retail bank.

She likes to give back to the community by contributing her legal knowledge and her governance and risk management skills to non-profit organisations.

Melanie RobertsonPhilippa Bell
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Jaime Thomson

Jaime Thomson

Jaime Thomson is the Area Sales Manager (QLD & NT) for Sunrise Medical and has been an active collaborator in the AT industry since 2014.

She has an extensive background in NDIS operations, assistive technology supply, finance, compliance, small business management, and sports management. Jaime is a certified Massage Therapist and past committee member and player of the Gold Coast Rollerblaze Wheelchair Basketball club.  In her younger years she was a world ranked BMX rider and five times Australian BMX champion.

Jaime joined the ATSA Board in 2020. Her vision for ATSA is to ensure that with empathy, compassion and diversified collaboration our industry continues to be strongly represented, underpinning the development and ongoing management of industry regulations and standards.

 

Melanie RobertsonJaime Thomson
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Sally Farrow

Sally Farrow

Sally has 10 years’ experience as a General Manager in the Care Sector in Home Care & AT and most recently the last 5 years at Para Mobility serving customer groups in Aged Care, Disability and Acquired Injury.

Sally has a strong background in marketing, finance, strategic planning and people management.

One of her visions for ATSA is to continue to grow the organisation to sustain and protect a stable Assistive Technology sector for our members & their customers.

Melanie RobertsonSally Farrow
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NIKOLAS WITCOMBE

NIKOLAS WITCOMBE

NIKOLAS WITCOMBE

Nik started work in the AT industry with Blue Badge Insurance in 2013 overseeing the launch of both it’s mobility equipment and car insurance products. The car insurance product won the 2017 ATSA Independent Living Expo Best New Product Award  and is specifically designed for disability converted vehicles and vehicle that regularly uses a disability parking permit.

Previously Nik worked in a general management, sales and marketing roles in Australia with Virgin Money, Pepsico, Mars and Unilever. Nik also spent 10 years working the global drinks business, Diageo in Australia, the UK and the Philippines.

Nik has been on the ATSA committee since 2018. He is currently Vice Chair and is assisting ATSA raise its profile and impact on and for the industry.

Robyn SmartNIKOLAS WITCOMBE
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CHRIS SPARKS OAM

CHRIS SPARKS OAM


CHRIS SPARKS

Chris has had an almost lifetime association with assistive technology (AT) since a motor vehicle accident in the early ‘60s left him with a spinal cord injury.

After a successful career as an IT professional, he joined forces with Nick Morozoff and launched an AT retail outlet in Sydney specialising in complex mobility and seating. Chris was a founder of Seating Dynamics and went onto general manager roles with Invacare Australia and Asia before taking over the reigns as ATSA’s Executive officer, a role he left in 2016. He is a former chairman of NSW Wheelchair Sports, past vice-president of Northcott Disability Services and is the current chairman of the Physical Disability Council of NSW.

Robyn SmartCHRIS SPARKS OAM
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GEORGE AJAKA

GEORGE AJAKA

GEORGE AJAKA

George has been working in the AT industry since 2000 and has a background in Occupational Therapy.

He joined GTK in 2002 and currently holds the role of Chief Executive Officer having previously held the positions of General Manager, Clinical Educator and AT Consultant. He has held a position with ATSA since 2017.

George aspires for ATSA to have a presence as the industry peak body whilst overseeing innovation, clinical excellence and security for small business

Robyn SmartGEORGE AJAKA
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CHRIS JONES

CHRIS JONES

CHRIS JONES

Chris Jones is the General Manager, NSW Retail for Country Care Group.  Prior to joining country Care in August 2021, Chris was the General Manager and CEO of Peak Care Equipment for eight years.

Prior to joining the AT industry, Chris had careers in banking and healthcare. Coming from outside the AT industry, Chris brings to ATSA a different perspective and other industry experience; particularly in relation to managing stakeholder relationships. His aspiration is that the ATSA standards are recognised as the industry standards that all AT providers subscribe to. ATSA will lead the way in industry accreditation and will be nationally recognised for that.

Robyn SmartCHRIS JONES
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GEOFF PURTILL

GEOFF PURTILL

GEOFF PURTILL

Geoff has been working in the AT industry since 2010 and has a background in sales, marketing and general management.

Geoff is currently Vice President & General Manager Asia Pacific for Invacare.  He was the Vice President of ATSA in 2015/16, and was voted in as President in 2017, and re-elected every year including 2020/21. He has been on the committee since 2013. Geoff’s aspiration for ATSA, is to be a voice of the industry and to provide value added services to all members.

Robyn SmartGEOFF PURTILL
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