Liberator Australia has selected a team of professionals to provide our customers with the latest in product services, training and support for communication, inclusion and independence. Meet the Liberator Australia team.
Nigel has over 30 years’ involvement in the disability sector, including almost a decade spent building up Access Cabs, the wheelchair accessible taxi service, in Adelaide. During that time, he worked with, & got to know, many people with significant impairments. In 1999 Nigel undertook a postgraduate qualification in Disability Studies at Flinders University under Professor Roy Brown. This served to increase his personal awareness of the vital issues faced daily by Liberator's customers. Prior to founding Liberator in 2007, Nigel invested seven years in successfully managing the Assistive Technology business unit at Novita Children's Services Incorporated.
Mel joined the Liberator team in January, 2009 as an experienced administrator with an extensive technical product background. With over 25 years’ experience in administration, customer service and product dispatch, while at Novita Children's Services Incorporated, Mel brought exceptional qualities to Liberator. She is the contact person for all product sales enquiries and device trials. Fortunately, Mel is an incredibly organised person with a relentless work ethic!
Gareth is the latest addition to the Liberator Team at HQ in Adelaide. He is a talented & dexterous electronics technician who is developing his skill base rapidly, under the careful tutelage of Liberator veteran Jeff Price. Gareth is concentrating on building, supporting & repairing Liberator’s Number 1 product, the LR7. Liberator’s continuing expansion means we needed more staff to maintain premium levels of quality service. Gareth is already proving to be a great asset.
Ben is a Speech Pathologist based in Melbourne, working full time for Liberator. He has spent his career working with children and adults who have disabilities and worked closely with those who have autism in his previous role at Autism Spectrum Australia in Sydney. Ben has worked for various government disability services, & provided AAC consultation within several special development schools in the not-for-profit sector. Ben is driven by a desire to see everyone with a disability communicate to their highest potential.
Jo is a Speech Pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. Jo has worked in a variety of not-for-profit organisations and gained experienced supporting children and adults with complex communication needs and their families. Jo has gained confidence working in a variety of settings such as home, schools and in the community and is passionate about promoting meaningful communication in everyday contexts using AAC.
Freya Allen is a Speech Pathologist based in Perth, working part time for Liberator. Freya has worked in the disability sector in WA for over 7 years, with both adults and children with developmental disabilities. Freya is also the younger sister of a MinSpeak user, so brings with her a long personal and professional history with complex communication, AAC and Liberator systems. Freya has a passion for making a difference in the lives of those with complex communication needs and their families through education, inclusion and support.
Penny is based on The Gold Coast in Queensland and brings many years of practical experience to our clients and customers. Previously, she worked for The Cerebral Palsy League of Queensland as a Family Assistant, before spending 20 years as a Teacher’s Aide in the area of Special Needs Education. Penny has supported several PRC Minspeak device users over the years and thus possesses the insight and sensitivity Liberator values so highly.
Leanna is a speech pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. As a speech pathologist Leanna has supported people with complex communication needs, their families, teachers and therapists in Ireland, rural NSW, Sydney and Vietnam (Trinh Foundation). She is passionate about educating and supporting people to become confident & competent with AAC across all environments and activities. Leanna now focusses upon delivering Therapy Services for Liberator, along with clinical supervision & training.
Eleanor is based in Melbourne & works part time for Liberator delivering therapy services. Her previous work as a Special Developmental School based therapist has enabled her to develop skills working within classrooms to support access to the curriculum, and outside the classroom providing support to teaching teams to develop inclusive programs and plan for AAC device use. She is currently collaborating with Karen Stagnitti on a therapy manual to provide the accommodations and adaptations required to run a play program for teenagers with additional needs.
Ash is based in Sydney & works full-time for Liberator in tandem with Leanna Fox, delivering therapy services. She is a skilful clinician with a huge amount of experience in the field, having previously been a part of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance organisation. Ash is able to work very effectively in conjunction with other speech pathologists yet can also operate in a solo capacity. She brings a tremendous energy & focus to improving AAC competency for device users & is a welcome addition to Liberator’s elite team.
Merryn is a speech pathologist based in Sydney, working full time for Liberator. She joined Liberator in 2015 as the Victorian consultant, based in Melbourne. With recent experience working in the Autism field, Merryn has gained a wide range of clinical experience through her roles in education and not-for-profit settings in QLD, NSW and VIC. Merryn strongly believes that every person has the right to spontaneous, independent communication, and she is committed to sharing this message. Heading up Liberator’s Consultant Team has allowed Merryn to ensure we provide consistent, quality support through the complex process of acquiring AAC.