SBFV Committee of Management

Imogen Russell-Head (President) GDipPsych is an adult with spina bifida and a recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement Award. As a post-graduate student of psychology, she is passionate about facilitating mental health and emotional support for people living with spina bifida, and promoting independent living for adults with spina bifida. She has a broad range of experience having worked in the education, design and media sectors.

Kym O'Donaghue (Vice-President) has worked across the community and sport sectors in a variety of roles focusing on increasing the participation and pathways for people of all abilities into sport and recreation. Kym has worked at the local, state and national levels of planning, sharing over 25 years of experience with SBFV, specialising in Strategic Management, Human Resource Management and Community Development. Kym was employed at Eastern Recreation and Leisure Services Inc, a Regional Access for All Abilities Provider and Respite Program, for over 15 years. Kym’s current work includes sessional teaching at Victoria University instructing in areas including Community Development/Building and Inclusion. Kym continues to work as a Strategic Advisor on various community initiatives that work to promote the inclusion and equality of all community members.

Andrew Barrett (Secretary) is an adult with spina bifida. Andy has always been a self advocate through his education and employment. Andy lost his sight through untreated hydrocephalus therefore is very passionate about people with spina bifida having a voice to advocate for themselves and others. A self-employed remedial masseur, Andy has previously represented numerous local, state and federal boards. He has been a member of Loddon Valley Advocacy Network; Bendigo City Council Disability Advisory Committee and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Disability Reference Group. 

John Jardim MBA has a son with spina bifida who is the driving motivation for John to get involved and help where he can. John has been an executive team member at BNP Paribas Asset Management Australia since 2012 and has worked in the financial services industry in Australia and abroad for over twenty-five years, with a focus on the funds management industry for the last seventeen years.  

Tim Williams is a Melbourne writer with spina bifida. He is a past recipient of the Malcolm Menelaus Achievement Award, has contributed articles to the SBFV newsletter, and has been involved with SBFV since his childhood.

Kate Storey is an adult with spina bifida. She has been a long time advocate for social inclusion of adults living with spina bifida.