Ever since the National Disability Insurance scheme was rolled out in 2016, there was a need for reliable registered disability service providers in South Western Sydney and in other states in Australia to carry out the program.
Supporting people with a disability and their families and carers to enjoy a life of connection and fulfilment.
Chief Executive Officer Averil Straney brought her vision to life in 2018 by founding Bridges Alliance after a professional career in local and regional program management and service delivery spanning over 20 years within the disability and community service sectors.
Most recently Averil managed Ability Links NSW regional programs and teams (South West Sydney) for Settlement Services International, including occasional roles as NSW Program Manager and Operations Manager. She worked for a decade in state government ADHC/FACS roles within the disability sector as a Senior Case Manager, including oversight of regional Group Homes and Project Officer roles. This was preceded by community services management and service delivery coordination roles within the Benevolent Society and Macarthur District Temporary Family Care.
Averil’s vision is focused and clear – to build high quality, interconnected services that align with and deliver on client choices and goals.
“My passion has always been to listen to and support those who struggle and fight to have their voice heard in our community. Bridges Alliance is a vehicle to bridge a pathway for people with a disability and their families and carers to fully engage in their communities and to create the best life possible.”
Her qualifications include: Advanced Diploma in Management and Leadership; Certificate IV in Training Assessment and Education; Diploma in Community Services (Case Management); Diploma of Community Services (Welfare); Certificate IV in Youth Work.
As one of the pioneering disability service providers NSW, we aim to deliver personalised, holistic services, supports and outcomes by building a genuine understanding of our client’s needs and strengths and placing this front and centre in our service relationship and practice.
Bridges Alliance Director Mark Straney brings a lifetime of experience in program and project management working with marginalised and disadvantaged communities at local, regional and state levels.
Prior to joining Bridges Alliance as joint Director to support its growth, Mark’s career included over two decades experience within the NSW Department of Education as an equity program manager, notably managing the department’s State Equity Centre working closely with Special Education and Disabilities programs, Aboriginal Education Programs, Low-SES Programs, Multicultural Education Programs and Gender Equity Programs. He also managed the department’s Explore Your Future Program for several years within the HR Directorate, working in partnership with all NSW universities to promote teaching in rural and remote NSW to teacher education students, as well as managing a major national equity initiative – the Western Sydney Full Service Schools Program in 2000.
Mark’s career includes high-profile career education and development roles managing state wide and regional initiatives – Tertiary Awareness Program, under the auspices of the University of Western Sydney; Career Development Manager at the Australian College of Physical Education; senior career consultant and outplacement roles with the corporate sector, including Lee Hecht Harrison and Ernst and Young; and also career education consultancy roles to NSW Department of Education, TAFE NSW and Catholic Education.
Mark also has experience managing a number of at-risk youth and community services programs within South Western Sydney and overseas, including working within residential settings. His qualifications include: Graduate Diploma Human Resource Management; Bachelor of Education (Hons – Social and Policy Studies); Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education); Bachelor of Theology (Hons); Diploma of Ministry. Mark was the recipient of a 1997 Churchill Fellowship in careers education.
(Chief Financial Officer and Director)
Bridges Alliance recruits staff who demonstrate two major characteristics – first, hearts that genuinely care for and enjoy working with people with a disability and second, heads that are strongly informed and guided by a skills-based knowledge and understanding of the complexities associated with people with a disability and this field of work.
All staff are committed to delivering person-centred, high quality care and professional services to our clients every minute of every day.
Our support workers and team leaders, our multidisciplinary allied health professionals and our management team all have significant experience and qualifications within the disability, health and community services industry. They bring a diversity of cultural, language and personal backgrounds – their lived experiences providing empathy and connection with Bridges Alliance clients, their families and carers.
Lead you or your loved one’s life to one that fosters growth and wellness with one of the most reputable disability service providers NSW. There aren’t many NDIS disability providers that can deliver what you desire, so don’t miss out on this chance.