The Board

The Aspergers Victoria Board (formerly Committee of Management) is made up of parents, carers, partners and adults with Aspergers.  We meet monthly to discuss the day-to-day running of our organisation.  Each of us gives voluntarily of our time, energy and skills across a variety of roles and tasks. We are supported by a large number of special volunteers who run support group meetings, write for our newsletter, answer phone and email enquiries, help run events, etc.

Our organisation is only as good as the people involved, and as such, we are always looking for more people to be involved.  We don’t expect you to be an expert in anything to join our Board or be a special volunteer, but if you are willing to commit some of your time on an ongoing basis, there is plenty of variety on offer.

The types of activities/roles carried out by special volunteers include:-

  • Running a support group, or assisting the group leader
  • Writing, editing and proof-reading content for our quarterly newsletter
  • Research Officer - reviewing requests for participation etc
  • Administration tasks – for example to help post some newsletters.  

We would love to hear from you!  Please contact us to find out more, or to see if you want to be more involved.  Our AGM is held in October each year, on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.

Please note special volunteers are not required to attend monthly board meetings. 



2016-17 Board

President - Tamsin Jowett

Tamsin Jowett is a communications professional who has worked internationally with BP in Corporate Affairs (including CSR) and with London brand agency LSW. Tamsin holds a Masters in Marketing from London and is also a qualified lawyer who practiced in Melbourne.


Vice President - Susan Smith

Susan Smith BSc (Neuroanatomy), MBA, GAICD, has significant experience in the aviation industry, most recently with Airservices Australia. This has included the role of Australia’s Chief Air Traffic Controller, responsible for the safety and risk assurance of the national airways. She has experience as a Company Director, Governance Committee Member, Board and Executive advisor, and Federal Government appointed member of international and domestic aviation strategy committees and planning panels. Susan is currently a consultant with the International Institute of Complex Project Management. Susan joined the AV Board in April 2015 to help with policy development.


Secretary - Vacant (Susan Smith Acting)


Treasurer - Chris Turner


Support Groups Coordinator - Robyn Gild 

Robyn Gild joined the Board in 2012 as the Support Groups Coordinator. Robyn is a mother of four and has a daughter with Aspergers. She currently works part-time as a director in a media production company. Robyn formerly held senior teaching and library management positions in Victorian Catholic schools, and was an advisory teacher in curriculum development for the South Australian Education Department. She has represented parents on school Boards, and served on a number of education committees both as an educator and a parent. Robyn is a current member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching. She has also completed Advanced Intensive Training in Reality Therapy Counselling, with the William Glasser Institute Australia in 2010. 


Help Coordinator 


Events Coordinator - Deborah Ingles

Deborah Ingles is a single parent of four now adult children, her eldest daughter with Aspergers.  Deborah is a ‘Jill of All Trades’ drawing many years of experience from working in fields such as PA in the Legal, Accounting, & Entertainment Industries, Stage & Events as a performer & costume coordinator, RTO Instructor plus working in the area of adults & children with special needs in the education & employment sectors.  Deborah has her own business as a Costume Designer working in public/private schools & independent productions and is also a qualified Chef (specialising in Patisserie) working in restaurants, bistros & events.  Her spare time in the past has been volunteering with school committees, dancing schools, scouting, special needs acting groups & performances as support person (performing herself).   Deborah is also the group leader for the Parents & Carers for Young Adults Support Group and a Helpline Volunteer.


Policy Development Officer - Bar Gal-On


Technology Coordinator - Kevin Kennedy

Kevin Kennedy (B.Eng Communications & Computing, Grad Dip. Technology Management) is the father of three children including one boy with Aspergers Syndrome. He has held senior executive roles in various networking and communications organisations including, AAPT, Motorola and Telstra. He is responsible for the technology and communications platforms that support Aspergers Victoria.


Memberships Officer   



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