Chairperson and Co-Founder of the LPF
Father of four with two being on the ASD spectrum, formerly an NRL Rugby League Professional and RLPA board member, currently Director and Certified Financial Planner (CFP) of CPR WEALTH financial planning.
Deputy Chairperson and Co-Founder of the LPF
Proud woman with Autism, mother of four children, two of whom are also on the Autism Spectrum. Holly is a midwifery lecturer and researcher whom completed her PhD in 2015 examining the experiences of women who sustained severe perineal trauma. An active mental health advocate and representative with Beyond Blue and the Australian College of Midwives.
Francis Van Antwerpen
Treasurer and Board Member
Finance Manager of Cronulla RSL. Francis has owned several businesses in Western Sydney over the past 15 years with a strong focus on operational efficiency and fiscal control. He is the father of two young adults one of them on the spectrum.
Secretary and Board Member
An Outer Western Sydney local, still calling the area home with his wife and two daughters. Tim is an Insurance Executive with over 20 years in the general insurance industry and has strong capabilities in assessing risk, leading large teams and a passion for driving transformational change.
Head of Procurement at Avant Mutual Group, Paul has over 30 years’ experience in Financial Services working in local and global roles. He is also a business mentor for a local Indigenous business.
Chris was born in Penrith, educated at Christian Brothers, gained an Honours Degree in Economics from UNSW and completed postgraduate study at Macquarie University. Chris had a 30 year career in the financial markets, including 9 years with the Reserve Bank of Australia, Country Treasurer for Citibank Australia, and Global Head of Commodities for Citibank New York. Chris is married with three adult children. In the 1990’s, with his wife Maureen, he established The Follow Through Foundation to benefit adults on the Autism Spectrum. From 2003 to 2018 he owned and operated Nimbo Fork Lodge near Tumut in New South Wales.
Manish Jayswal is the Head of Risk at Westpac Banking Corporation. Currently at Westpac, Manish is responsible for the oversight and optimisation of consumer and business bank risk portfolio. In prior roles at Westpac and Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Manish has spent extensive time in the area of Credit Risk (Institutional and Retail), Balance Sheet Management, Treasury and Capital Allocation. Prior to moving to Australia in 2012, Manish has held several global senior risk management roles, notably with Fannie Mae in Washington DC during the peak of Global Financial Crisis, Government of Singapore Investment Corporation and GE Capital. Over this time Manish designed and implemented several risk management frameworks such as Risk Appetite, Early Warning, Economic Capital framework, Stress Testing, Loss Allowance Modelling, Home Price Forecasting to name few. Manish is passionate about the role risk management play in decision making under uncertainty and creating shareholder value whilst managing community expectations. Manish holds Bachelor in Commerce (Hons), Masters in Business Administration (Finance) and Masters in Risk Management and is also a Member of Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).
Jane is a Psychologist with over 25 years experience providing assessment and treatment services to children, adolescents, adults and families in the public and private sector. She uses a family/person-centred approach to assist in addressing an individual’s core needs. Jane is experienced working in consultation with GPs, psychiatrists, paediatricians, speech pathologist, occupational therapists, teachers and other health professionals. She has extensive experience working with children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities, Autism Spectrum Disorder, behaviour difficulties anxiety and/or depression. She is a founding member of Sensory Concerts which provide high quality classical music concerts for children and adults with sensory/additional needs.
Director of Pinnacle Taxation Services. Michael is a CPA and has been providing wealth protection/business growth and compliance advice for over 19 years. Michael is the father of four children.
Associate Professor at The University of Sydney who specialises in child development and disability in the areas of speech, language, literacy, and learning. Her interdisciplinary program of basic and applied research spans Psychology, Linguistics, Neuroscience, Education, and Speech-Language Pathology.