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Board of Directors

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Pam Williams

Director / Chair

Pam is a senior executive with experience in emergency management, strategic policy and planning, research, audit and evaluation, and provision of state government community and disability services. She has undertaken board director roles in a cemetery trust, community housing association, tenancy support group, and local community organisations.  

Pam has family experience of disability and is proud to promote the voices and rights of children and young people with disability. 

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Ebe Ganon

Director / Deputy Chair

Ebe Ganon is a young Canberran with extensive experience in communications, community engagement, and project management. Ebe current works as an equity and accessibility specialist, and was a member of CYDA’s inaugural Youth Council. Ebe is undertaking postgraduate studies in disability and inclusion at Deakin University, and has completed a Certificate IV in Auslan. Ebe also works as a group fitness instructor promoting accessibility and inclusion in mainstream gym settings.

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Chloé Polglaze

Director / Secretary

Chloë (she/her) is a disabled graduate civil engineer with a communications background who is passionate about disability advocacy and inclusion. Previously she worked at a university where she created and facilitated a disability allyship workshop. Chloë was part of CYDA’s first Youth Council, and first Young Leaders Program. She was motivated to join the Board after experiencing first-hand how impactful CYDA can be on the lives of disabled young people.

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Margherita Dall'Occo-Vaccaro


Margherita is a migrant, queer, young woman with a disability who works across organisations, Australian and international committees and businesses to advocate for young people with disabilities and multiple other identities. With a background in law and human rights, she works on a wide range of projects to advocate in many intersecting areas through policy, media, representation, communications and law reform.

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Andrew Dean


Andrew is a corporate lawyer with experience in the insurance and property industries. He has worked with Federal Government departments and gained strong governance experience  as company secretary and director for a number of corporate entities within Australia and overseas. 
Andrew is a father to two boys and has experience of disability as a parent and Andrew’s experiences in advocating for his son are a key driver for him joining the CYDA Board. 

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Kristen Desmond


Kristen is a mother of three young people with autism and an advocate for many young people in Tasmania. Kristen is the Founder of the Tasmanian Disability Education Lobby and has lobbied the Tasmanian Government for a complete reform of the Tasmanian Disability Education System for more than 15 years.   Having achieved real reform in Tasmania, Kristen would like to use those skills to contribute to CYDA’s national work through its Board.

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Matthew Hill


Matthew (he/him) is a senior executive with more than 10 years of experience in governance and board roles involving both the not-for-profit and private sectors. Matthew has a strong interest in providing value and support to communities and associations like CYDA.  Matthew is a father of two children and has family experience of disability. Matthew is extremely committed to progressing the rights of children and young people with disability.  

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Lara Maia-Pike


Lara is the Coordinator for The Centre for Inclusive Education and an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Lara is a PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, investigating the post-school transition planning experiences of students with disability in secondary schools. Lara is a parent of two children with disability.