Queensland's most experienced provider of specialised education and therapy services for individuals with ASD.

Autism Queensland Limited Board of Directors

Mr Barry Dennien - Director, Chairman
Barry has an extensive association with the water resources industry in Queensland and is the Managing Director of businesses in the tourism and accommodation sector.  In addition, Barry and his family have for more than 20 years opened their home as foster carers to less fortunate children.

Mr Paul Stokes - Director, Chair Audit & Risk
Paul is an Associate Professor and qualified Physiotherapist with extensive leadership experience in the Australian Health, Disability and Employment industries spanning more than 20 years. Paul is the Managing Director of the Artius Group of companies which specializes in assisting people with disability to find and maintain sustainable employment. 

Ms Wendy McTainsh - Director
Wendy McTainsh has strong audit and risk governance skills and is experienced in board membership having been the Chair of the Association for Childhood Language Disorders prior to coming to Autism Queensland, as well as the Chair of the Risk Committee of the Maleny Credit Union Board. 

Ms Venerina (Vera) Pennisi - Director, Chair People & Safety 
Vera is a dentist in private practice in Brisbane who has worked in public and private practice in regional and remote settings. She has experience in School Boards and a not-for-profit disability employment services Board. Vera is passionate about, and well placed with her lived experience,  advocating for people living with ASD. 

Mrs Danielle Butcher - Director
Danielle has over 20 years’ experience leading successful teams, programs and specialised projects. She identifies opportunities to obtain efficiencies and drive reform and has a strong understanding of the not for profit sector, government, policy, governance, asset and facilities management, education and awareness, indigenous issues, disabilities, tenancy issues, hardship and concession programs, customer management, complaints management and standards.

Mr Neil Makepeace - Director
Neil is an experienced leader and director with 30 years’ experience solving complex problems in Queensland, around Australia and worldwide. He has a strong track record in governance, executive leadership, management consulting, strategic planning, systems development and operations. His passions include driving business growth and creating public value. Neil is a recognised leader in the field of open data. 

Ms Karen Hauff - Director
Karen is an experienced senior executive and qualified lawyer with more than 17 years’ experience in legal practice, including in the areas of risk management, compliance and corporate governance.  She has held the positions of General Counsel and Company Secretary at publicly listed corporations in the resources sector, following eight years in private practice, including as a Senior Associate at global legal firm, Norton Rose Fulbright. In addition to her legal qualifications, Ms. Hauff holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) and has acted in an interim capacity as CEO of Speech & Language Development Australia (SALDA), having previously served for 4 years on the SALDA Board as Deputy Chairman and Secretary. 

Ms Joanne Peulen - Director
Jo has extensive experience in senior management roles in the energy industry and is an independent consultant specializing in strategic financial and business risk management. She brings to Autism Queensland her own personal experience of living with disability and a firm belief in the link between culture, performance and resilience.

Mr Rod Cameron - Chief Executive Officer & Company Secretary 
Rod joined as CEO in June 2015 after nearly two years as Executive General Manager, Corporate Services at Endeavour Foundation. Prior to this he worked as a senior executive and director of several multinational organisations in the resource and energy sectors and has worked throughout Asia-Pacific, United Kingdom and USA . 

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