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Mary Sayers

Chief Executive Officer

Mary brings a wealth of experience in policy, research, advocacy and service delivery across the public and community sectors. Mary previously led Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA), was the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at the Victorian Council of Social Services (VCOSS) and Associate Director at the Centre for Community Child Health at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

Mary has personal and family experience of disability. She is passionate about ensuring people with lived experience are co-designing services and involved in creating the evidence-base that informs Australian disability policy and practice.

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Tessa de Vries


Tessa has been involved with the NDRP since its inception in 2020, coordinating the establishment and transition phases under guidance of the Working Party. Prior to that she managed the Melbourne Disability Institute, and coordinated a Centre of Research Excellence at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. She left the city life behind and now lives in regional Vic with four horses and two cats.

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