Board of Directors

CUDA is governed by a board of eight directors who meet monthly. Currently four directors are from New South Wales, two from Queensland and two from Victoria.

 Jane Bringolf: BSSc, MBA, PhD, Churchill Fellow.

Jane has worked in community services for more than thirty years and has a broad understanding of the sector, particularly ageing and disability. A recipient of a Churchill Fellowship in 2004, Jane travelled overseas to investigate organisations pursuing universal design, accessible environments and assistive technology. She later completed a PhD in urban studies focusing on universal design in housing. Jane gained her grounding in universal design as Executive Director with the Independent Living Centre NSW, and put this knowledge to use more recently as Liveable Communities Project Manager with Council on the Ageing NSW (COTA NSW). Jane is a founding director and Chairs the board.

Phillippa Carnemolla: BIndDes, MDes, PhD

Phillippa is a Senior Research Fellow and Industrial Designer with extensive experience in design practice, research and education. Phillippa has a Bachelor of Industrial Design and Masters of Design (Research) from University of Technology, Sydney, and a PhD from UNSW, Sydney. Her PhD, completed in 2016, investigated the impact of home modifications on caregiving and health-related quality of life. Phillippa’s research interests are focused on human-centred and inclusive design of housing, urban infrastructure and new technologies for older people and people living with disability. 

Phillip Taylor: BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD

Philip has over 30 years of experience as an expert researcher, policy writer and governmental and NGO advisor on workforce ageing. His interests include individual orientations to work and retirement, employer behaviour towards older workers and international developments in public policy aimed at extending working life. He holds professorial positions with Federation University Australia and the University of Warwick.

Penny Galbraith: FAIB, FRICS, PhD

Penny is a built environment professional with a career long interest in accessibility and universal design.  Consultancy roles have covered a range of clients and built environment forms including: Underwater World, State Library of Queensland, Princes Pier, master planning senior living villages, NW Rail Link, and more recently helping the City for Greater Geelong determine ‘what accessible looks like’.  Strategy, research and futures thinking underpin Penny’s work. 

Sarah Davidson head and shoulders.Sarah Davidson

Sarah has a strong background in education and training, particularly in the community sector relating to health and ageing. Working for peak bodies she has extensive experience in working with volunteers, leading teams, and peer education. Sarah has also worked in senior management roles and business development. She is particularly interested in consumer and stakeholder engagement and capacity building within an education framework.

Head and shoulders pic of Emily SteelEmily Steel BOccThy, MSc(Hons), PhD

Emily has worked as a clinician, manager and researcher in Australia, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands. Her research has investigated policies and practices for implementing disability rights and providing assistive technology in Europe and Australia. Emily is involved in the drafting of new international standards for cognitive accessibility, promoting universal design strategies to make products and systems easier to understand and use. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 2020.

Head and shoulders of John EverndenJohn Evernden: BSc (Tech) Civil Eng; BAppSc Ecotourism

Over many years John has used his civil engineering background at local government level to help create public domains that consider all aspects of equitable and dignified access for people of all ages, capabilities and backgrounds. His skills also include ecotourism and the sustainability of the natural environment as well as the built environment. John is also an accredited access consultant. 

Head and shoulders shot of Tanisha Cowell. She is smiling and has her hair up.Tanisha Cowell BOccThy (Hons), AdvDip Interior Design

Tanisha is an occupational therapist who has turned her hand to access consulting and has a special interest in architecture and the built environment. She has a strong interest in universal, biophilic and active design and believes that should be the foundation of all built environments. Tanisha has direct experience working with individuals with disability, and indirect experience working in disability access. Based in Victoria, Tanisha is a consultant with Equal Access Group.

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