With over 25 years’ experience in community services, Stuart has dedicated much of his career to serving others. In that time, he worked across drug and alcohol services, housing services, youth services, and various community programs. His career has spanned several states – Victoria, Tasmania, the Northern Territory, and now South Australia.

While in Tasmania, Stuart saw an opportunity to help resolve some serious challenges within his community and led the establishment of a cooperative that brought many providers together for a common purpose. In recognition of his advocacy and dedication, he was appointed as the Executive Officer of this organisation, which he continued to lead for four years.

Around 2020, Stuart shifted focus, moving into the disability sector. Here, his intersectional experience came in handy; he understands how various circumstances interplay with disability, priming him to take an especially person-centred approach with every customer.

Stuart doesn’t shy away from investing time in his team. His rationale is simple: he’s had people invest in him, and he wants to pay it forward because he knows what a difference good leadership can make for someone’s development.

Throughout the years, Stuart has also managed to squeeze in a lot of study, earning a Bachelor of Social Science (Counselling) and an Advanced Diploma in Management. He’s currently working towards a Bachelor of Human Resources (Psychology).

Outside of work, you’ll find Stuart hanging out with his partner and his four children, who are his proudest achievements. He also loves going camping, walking his dog, or relaxing in front of the TV with a good flick or police show. During footy season, you can add cheering on Essendon to the list!