Connect2Group is an Incorporated Association not for profit organisation with members (not shareholders). Operational matters are managed by our Executive Team and guided by our Management Committee.
Connect2Group commenced its operations in July 1993 and has over 30 years involvement in the community. Over the years Connect2Group has fostered change in disability services and provides Employment Services at Cleveland, Buranda, Mount Gravatt and Wacol; In Home Support; Accommodation Services; Lifestyle Options and provides support at the behavioural support units at The Park in Wacol. Looking to the future, Connect2Group will continue to thrive in the disability sector with our clients as our inspiration advocating with, and for, people with disability while encouraging community integration, providing information on disabilities and promoting acceptance. Connect2Group currently has Federal and State Government contracts to provide services to people with a disability across Brisbane, Redlands and Wacol areas to name a few. We are registered NDIS provider.
To uniquely enhance all aspects of whole of life for individuals with disability.
People with disability are inspired and empowered.
As a not for profit organisation we rely on donations to assist us to directly increase the level of practical support we can provide to our clients on a day to day basis.
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Paul has undertaken senior management, roles over 20 years with one of Queensland's largest service and community focused organisations, RACQ and as a director of the RACQ Foundation. The Foundation's focus is to assist community groups impacted by severe weather events across the State. Paul has also been a Director of a number of RACQ Group entities.
Paul is involved with organisations, like Connect2Group, that make a substantial long-term contribution to the community.
Paul was appointed CEO in July 2018.
General Manager Community Living
Angela Burdon is Connect2Groups’ General Manager of Communities. She has had over 15 years senior leadership experience in the for-purpose sector, working predominantly with people with disabilities but also in the aged care sector. With senior roles in organisations such as Endeavour Foundation, St John Ambulance and Each, Angela brings a wealth of industry experience to the role. An advocate for people with disabilities and the people who support them, Angela has a strong business development background and is working with Connect2Group to build and expand our local presence and to continuously improve our services and the experiences of the people we support.
General Manager Operations
An accomplished senior executive, leveraging over 30 years of business experience in the banking and financial sector. Incorporating Senior Executive roles within national and international banks in Australia. Requiring strong commercial acumen with solid financial modelling and cost management experience. Have occupied the role of Chief Operating Officer and Company Secretary for a National Disability provider, including the position of interim CEO.
Holding a Master of Applied Finance - Macquarie University NSW (MApplFin.)
Ian Weatherley has worked in primary, secondary and tertiary education in Qld, the UK and Canada. During the last 30 years he has fulfilled senior roles including both Deputy Principal and Principal. He holds both Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education. He served a one-year secondment teaching and mentoring teacher trainees at the Simon Fraser University in Canada.
He has coached boys’ soccer, girls’ hockey and mixed tennis teams of ten winning premiership.
He has played a significant role in organising and chaperoning school music tours to Europe and America, as well as sporting tours to New Zealand. He has been involved in a number of community organisations including the Canadian Kinsmen, Toastmasters, an Advisory Planning Commission, a Family Counselling Service and Volunteer Marine Rescue.
Over many years he has served as an office bearer on committees including Chairman. He has also been recognised for having served as a Justice of the Peace for over 46 years.
Ian joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in September 2012.
Mark brings a vast wealth of safety experience gained from senior roles across multiple industries such as Mining and Energy, Construction, Civil Construction, Equipment Hire, Transport and Logistics and Public-Sector Management.
Mark established his own broad-based Safety, Human Resources and Management Consulting organisation in 2003. His clients include Origin Energy, Queensland Police, Fujitsu Limited, Ergon Energy, News Limited, Suncorp and Queensland Health.
Mark uses this broad base of experience to bring client’s specialist people, change and systems solutions. Mark also specialises in start-ups, turnarounds and improving operational effectiveness.
Mark also has a passion for economic development, having worked at the Qld Chamber of Commerce & Industry, served on economic development boards and boards of chambers of commerce.
He has worked in many different types of roles, across different industries. A senior management generalist with a “systems brain”, who is great with people, and loves solving problems!
Mark has an Associate Diploma in Business, a Graduate Management Certificate and a Master’s in Business Administration.
Mark joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in September 2017.
Kevin Grice has worked in senior finance roles in manufacturing and mining companies. His early career was spent at BHP where he spent time at iron and steel making operations in Newcastle and Whyalla.
He has also spent time in roles in smaller manufacturing companies and at both large and small mining companies.
He has board and general management experience.
Kevin is experienced in strategic planning, analysis and negotiation of mergers and acquisitions, management accounting and public company accounting and reporting. He has led a number of profitability turnarounds.
On retiring from full time employment, Kevin spent three years working for a Not for Profit organisation, International China Concern, in the finance area.
He is also a passionate rugby supporter, having played over 300 grade games for clubs in Newcastle and Wollongong, and coached for two years.
Keving holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Newcastle University, and is a member of both CPA Australia (Certified Practising Accountants) and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Kevin joined the Manaement Committee of Connect2Group in September 2018.
Michael immigrated to Australia from England in 1963. He lived in Sydney for 22 years working as a Manager in manufacturing and transport industries. Michael moved to Brisbane in 1984 and was self employed in the property and maintenance sector for real estate agents from Cleveland to Tingalpa.
Michael cared for his step son for eight years when he was injured in an accident and became a quadriplegic. Michael joined the Management Committee of Bayside Respite Care in 2012 and was elected President in 2017.
Michael joined the Management Committee of Connect2Group in January 2020.