Inspiring people with Disabilities though Awareness, Resources, Empowerment and Unity
SUE DYMOND - CEO
Sue is the mother of 2 wonderful daughters. Chloe is the youngest and has Down syndrome. Sue has always been an active advocate for Chloe and wrote a book about their journey: Removing the Fear of raising a child with Down syndrome – ‘WAISING MISS CHLOE’
She has been involved in volunteer work for over 30 years. She is a very experienced Board member, serving on the AGSO Board as the Aust Chairperson for Alateen, the Committee of Management of the Down Syndrome Victoria, as well as various other subcommittees. Sue is passionate about justice and fairness for all and believes everyone has the ability to make a difference - no matter how seemingly small. She is also a qualified counsellor.
She is the founder of iDareU and her dream is for iDareU to help as many people as possible ‘become the best they can be’. Sue also has a disability from having a severe stroke in 2003.
She is heavily involved in Toastmasters and is the 2018/19 President of Ringwood Toastmasters, and has recently been appointed to the Knox Disability Advisory Committee. She really does 'walk her talk’!
PETER COPP - CHAIR
Peter holds management positions in several non-profits, for-purpose organisations and small-medium enterprises supporting them through fundraising, governance, change management, strategic planning, stakeholder engagement and income diversification.
Peter holds a master’s and graduate certificate in business administration and international business. He is a member of Australian Institute Company Directors and the Fundraising Institute of Australia.
Peter specialises in philanthropy, management, and governance and has worked for Scope Aust, The Fred Hollows Foundation, Mercy Health, Habitat for Humanity and Social Ventures Australia.
Under his leadership and guidance, his teams have advanced award-winning programs within the International development, education, healthcare, research, development, capital projects, religion, sustainability, and social impact sectors.
KATRINA HARDIE - Secretary
Katrina is an independent Business Consultant with over 25 years’ experience within leading national and global organisations across diverse industry groups including Health, Not for Profit, Financial Services, Government, and Professional Services.<p>
Working with client Executive Teams, Board members and key stakeholders at all levels, Katrina has demonstrated experience in leadership, governance, business diagnosis, strategic planning, change management, risk management and performance reporting.<p>
Katrina leads and manages strategic organisation wide Business transformation programs and has chaired and served on numerous Executive Steering Committees. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce, is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Project Management.<p>
As a carer for an elderly parent, Katrina understands their challenges and quest for independence. She has experienced first-hand the difficulties in navigating the labyrinth of support services. She is passionate about equality and better access to the essential support people need to live an inclusive and fulfilled life in their community.
GAYLE COPELAND - Director
Gayle is a career business woman. She has successfully started and run a family printing business for 33 years. She has worked with many industries and government bodies advising them on print, digital, and marketing needs. She is now focusing on brokering, accounts management, and mentoring the next generation of small business owners.
During her daughter's schooling she was a long term member of the Parents Association where she advocated for the education rights of Non-Neurotypical students due to her daughter's learning challenges. She started the school’s Equestrian Association, where as President she successfully inaugurated the Victorian Interschools Horse Trials – an event that runs with great success to this day.
Gayle has a long connection with a family friend with Down Syndrome. She has seen first-hand how iDareU can help an individual and their family meet the challenges of living with a disability. She is passionate about ensuring that everyone is given the choices and support to meet their goals and ambitions.
REBECCA KING - Director
Rebecca is a highly experienced senior lawyer working as senior banking counsel at ING Bank (Australia) Limited with the combination of corporate/commercial and retail banking technical knowledge as well as deep leadership experience gained in private practice and in-house. Rebecca enjoys strategic thinking and crafting innovative solutions, and has had both legal and non-legal roles in her career.
Rebecca has a track record (as a Minter Ellison finance partner and ING Acting Head of Legal) in leading and managing teams. She has an open leadership style; engages comfortably with Board members, executive committee and senior management stakeholders and is experienced in building relationships with clients (in private practice and within both ING and Westpac).
Rebecca is also a board member of a charity Donate a Dollar a Week which is a small but growing charity , with a target of 1000 weekly donors. Its mission is that $1000 a week that can be directed to hard-working community charities.
Rebecca’s father had polio and made significant contributions to a number of charities. He was a Director, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Northcott Society as well as Chairman of the NSW Wheelchair Sports Association, Director of the NSW Council of the Heart Foundation and Director of the Australian Opera. In 1997 he was presented with an OAM for her service to people with physical disabilities, through the Northcott Society and the New South Wales Wheelchair Sports Association. Rebecca would like to continue her father’s legacy at iDareU.
SARAH MARSHAM - Director
Sarah is a mother to two young autistic daughters with complex medical needs and is their full time carer and advocate.
Sarah is an experienced businesswoman with 19 years’ experience running her own hairdressing business and has helped manage her husband’s company. She has also volunteered for not-for-profit organisations for the past 10 years.
She has helped a number of families gain access to the NDIS with support from Sue and iDareU and has continued to support and advocate for them when needed.
Sarah is extremely passionate about empowering families living with a disability by helping them find connections, engage supports, and providing advocacy so they can live supported and fulfilled lives. Sarah is excited to be able to be share valuable insights from her own family’s lived experience.
CEDRIC MOUTOU - Director
Cedric is an experienced human resources professional with 10+ years of demonstrated experience within leading national and global organisations across a range of industries. His broad commercial and project driven background has enabled him to make commercially astute decisions that contributed effectively to the overall organisational strategy of businesses.
He currently works within the Disability Employment Services (DES) sector and is passionate about helping Australians achieve their employment goals. Cedric now wants to further assist people living with a disability achieve their life goals and advocate for improved NDIS resources and services. He completed his studies in Management and more recently completed his MBA at the Australian Institute of Business.
He wants to assist carers and people with a disability navigate NDIS in order to achieve the best possible outcomes for them. Amongst other things, Cedric aspires to help iDareU achieve a more equitable society and inclusiveness for all.
CHRIS POOLE - DIRECTOR
Chris is the mother of three adult children. Hattie is 30 years old and has Down Syndrome. Chris worked as a registered nurse until 1998 when she became a full time carer for Hattie. During Hattie’s secondary school years she completed a degree in English and Comparative Literature at Monash University.
Chris has known Sue for many years and says "I am lucky enough to have her as my advocate for NDIS planning. Despite some exceedingly difficult home issues, Sue has always got me excellent plans and has fought for every extra cent."Chris feels strongly that all carers should have the support of expert advocates who understand the problems and challenges of disability. She joined the board in order to help Sue and her team guide people through the maze of the disability world.