Our people have the relevant skills, training, industry and lived experience to deliver our mission. Together with our family cooperatives, we achieve more.
Angela was appointed CEO of SILC in September 2022 and brings expertise from her background in government and the For Purpose sector. Angela’s comprehensive understanding of the industry stems from her frontline and leadership roles. With a solid foundation in Occupational Therapy, Angela holds a Master of Health Science in Developmental Disability and a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management. Angela is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, highlighting her commitment to professional excellence.
Passionate about advocating for inclusion and the rights of people with disabilities, Angela actively shapes policies and initiatives. She is thrilled to lead a cooperative which serves its members, people with disability, and believes that SILC’s cooperative model can provide further agency to our members.
Angela serves as a Member of the Intellectual Disability Reference Group, providing guidance within the Independent Advisory Council (IAC) to the National Disability Insurance Agency Board. Angela believes in individual actions as the catalyst for change and strives for a society that values and respects the contributions of people of all abilities.
Faen (Fawn) Burrows
Head of Service Development
Faen Burrows is the Head of Service Development at Supporting Independent Living Co-operative (SILC). She started working in the human services sector in 2006, supporting students with disabilities in London. Faen has since held various roles at Ageing, Disability and Home Care and the National Disability Insurance Agency.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport and Exercise Management and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Management from the University of Technology, Sydney. Faen is particularly passionate about the NDIS and its mission, striving for equity and sustainability. Her goal is to help individuals with disabilities and their families overcome barriers, ensuring they find suitable housing that meets their needs and preferences.
Head of Operations
Leah joined SILC in January 2020 as our Operations Lead and progressed to the Head of Operations role in September 2022. Leah is a highly experienced professional with a proven track record in leading teams to deliver successful projects aimed at addressing complex social issues for people with disabilities. With over three years of dedicated service to our organisation, Leah has played a pivotal role in driving operational excellence and ensuring that quality supports are delivered within each of our homes.
Initially qualifying as an Exercise Physiologist, Leah has since established a strong foundation in the disability sector with over 15 years of experience. She has a diverse background spanning state and federal government roles, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her extensive experience working with government entities has given her a deep understanding of the intricacies of delivering person-centred wraparound supports for people with disabilities.
Leah has an unwavering commitment to growing people to their full potential and creating meaningful opportunities for their development. She firmly believes having the right support at the right time in the right environment will empower individuals to thrive and live extraordinary lives.
Michael joined SILC in 2022, in an operations role to lead and further build capacity for our cooperative, and to support our families to deliver family governance disability accommodation under the NDIS. Michael has 13 years working with people with disabilities, and comes to us from senior roles in the sector.
Michael was involved in the roll out of the NDIS through the Uniting LAC program. More recently, Michael grew and led a team of support coordinators, helping people with disabilities to achieve the goals they set for themselves, achieving tangible and measurable improvements in their quality of life. Michael’s work will underpin our ambition to provide bespoke family governed homes for people with disability.
Ellis Bien Ilas
Ellis joined SILC in 2023 as an Operations Lead, bringing in extensive experience in the ageing and disability sector. Ellis was highly attracted to SILC’s values of shared purpose, integrity, learning and creative which he believes are essential to driving and maintaining sustainable quality services in the disability sector.
Ellis has held various quality, care management and advisory roles in organisations such as the Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission, NSW Ageing and Disability Commission, Dementia Australia and LGBTIQ+ Health Australia which underpinned his passion for driving inclusivity in the care sector. Ellis is a registered nurse and spent four years in frontline roles in residential aged care services. Ellis holds a Bachelor of Health Science (USYD), Master of Nursing (USYD), Graduate Certificate in Gerontology (CSU) and Graduate Certificate in Leadership and Management (ACN).
Senior Support Coordinator
Declan joined SILC in September 2022 as the senior support coordinator. He first engaged in the community services sector through his role as a support worker to children residing in involuntary out of home care before transitioning into the support coordination field.
Prior to this, Declan worked in professional basketball as he has a strong interest in all things sport. Declan holds a Bachelor of Commerce (International Business) from Macquarie University and is currently studying his Masters of Business (Not-for-Profit & Social Enterprise) through QUT.
Declan joined SILC to further develop his passion of providing equal opportunities to those living with a disability and is excited to be able to support participants and their families to explore the NDIS ‘Home and Living’ space
Leanne has an adult daughter who has severe autism and has been a resident of CESIL House since 2018.
Leanne has been a Director on the Giant Steps Board since 2001 and is the co-ordinator of the annual Giant Steps Ball, a major fund-raising event.
Leanne works as a Licensed Conveyancer for Maccallum Lawyers. She has extensive experience with property and mortgage transactions working in small and medium sized legal firms. Leanne is also a Justice of the Peace.
Fred is the father of 4 children, the youngest Julian, a 17 year old boy with autism. Julian currently attends Giant Steps school in Sydney and is a resident of My House Oatlands (MHO).
Fred was instrumental in developing and establishing MHO of which he is the Public Officer. MHO was established in 2013 a family-governed model that has created a’ home away from home’ for Julian and two other teenage autistic boys in Oatlands, Sydney. SILC became MHO’s SIL Provider in 2018.
Fred has worked in the building industry for over 38 years and established his own successful construction company as a builder and property developer.
His knowledge in these two areas makes Fred a valuable member of SILC. Fred is passionate to help other families create a ‘home away from home’ just like MHO that has been life changing for Julian and his family.
Tim is an entrepreneur with a background in international employment and HR services. He was most recently a co-founder of Shield GEO, an international Employer of Record that supported over 900 client employees across 55 countries. At the time of acquisition by Velocity Global, Shield GEO had 70 staff in 17 countries and was turning over in excess of AUD $150 million per annum. Tim is interested in values driven companies that put people first.
Kim has a wealth of academic experience including;
· Bachelor of Business Health Administration (University of Technology. QLD),
· Graduate Diploma Applied Science Nursing Education, and
· Registered Nurse (Psychiatry & Emergency Med. Major).
Kim is also a registered Midwife and has worked in acute private and public hospitals, Justice Health Community and Aged Care sectors since 1980 including CEO of a number of private hospitals for 12 years 1991 – 2002 in QLD and Sydney’s North Shore.
From 2002 – 2010 Kim held the position of Group Risk/Clinical Risk Manager of Ramsay Health Care Australia and Indonesia and later from 2010 – 2014 as the National Clinical Risk Manager Calvary Healthcare Australia. From 2015-2017 Kim was the Operations Manager at James Milson Village, North Sydney. Kim currently works for Opal Aged Care NSW as the Commissioning Manager at Opal Bankstown. Kim’s 18 year old son Joel is a resident of TKALC.
Cynthia has extensive experience in transformation program design and delivery. She is a highly motivated, versatile strategy professional / program director with over 20 years of experience in consulting, business advisory and program delivery across a range of large corporates and industries with specialisation in Financial Services.
Cynthia is recognised for delivering positive commercial outcomes and leading multi-disciplinary teams in often complex operating environments through strong partnering with key stakeholders and driving strategic and sustainable customer experience enhancement, process improvement and positive behavioural changes in an agile manner
Our Support Workers
At SILC, our support workers are our most valuable assets. Our support workers work in one house, and do not work across SILC houses. This fosters an opportunity for our workers and residents to know each other.
Our House Managers manage one house. This allows them to have a deep understanding of the unique needs of each residents and how best to support them. If you are interested in applying for a job in one of our homes, please get in touch.