Achieve Australia’s Senior Leadership Executives are an expert group of highly experienced professionals. They work together strategically to lead and build our dynamic organisation.  

Alongside our Board of Directors, the Executive Team use their experience and expertise to ensure the delivery of high-quality, person-centred support services for people with disability across the entire organisation.  

Jo-Anne Hewitt

Chief Executive Officer

Jo-Anne joined Achieve in August 2019 as Chief Executive Officer where she is responsible for the strategic direction and growth of the organisation and delivery of quality service and outcomes. Prior to this, Jo-Anne held the role of Executive Director Disability at the Benevolent Society and has extensive experience in the not-for-profit sector, leading complex organisations through periods of significant growth and transformation.

Jo-Anne holds a Master of Arts (Psychology) and is a current Board member of Centre for Disability Studies.

Wally Phillips

Corporate Service Executive (CFO)

Wally joined Achieve Australia in March 2019 and holds the position of Corporate Services Executive (CFO). Wally is responsible for overall strategic financial planning and reporting, as well as providing leadership, direction and management of the technology, property, corporate services and finance teams.

Previously Wally held a range of executive finance roles in global commercial entities, and his experience in the not-for-profit space includes three years as CFO for Afford (Australia Foundation for Disability).

Wally is a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand and is Big 4 trained through Deloitte (South Africa).

Daniel Kyriacou

Operations Executive (COO)

Daniel joined Achieve Australia in 2016 with more than a decade of management and director level experience in the disability services sector and national union movement. As Operations Executive (COO), he oversees the work of the Operations team, providing services and support for people with disability to have a place to call home, engage in rewarding work and activities, be well, and enjoy a full life in the community.

Previously, Daniel was the General Manager of Communications for the industry peak body, National Disability Services (NDS) and the Director of Operations for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), managing the Every Australian Counts campaign to help bring about the NDIS.

Daniel holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Relations and Sociology and a Masters of Business Administration.

Lorraine Salloum

People, Performance & Culture Executive (CHRO)

As the People, Performance & Culture Executive (Chief Human Resources Officer) at Achieve Australia since September 2018 Lorraine is responsible for the workforce strategy of a growing workforce of more than 1,200 staff. She oversees the quality, safeguarding, practice leadership and human resources teams to enable workforce performance and a culture of quality care.

Lorraine has more than 20 years of experience in HR, change leadership and operations delivery. Prior to joining Achieve, she was a Senior Executive at the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and HR Director for NSW Treasury, delivering large-scale transformational projects and service delivery redesign.

Lorraine holds an Executive Master of Public Administration and Advanced Diploma of Management in Human Resources. She is a certified practitioner of the Australian HR Institute and an accredited mediator.

Laura Ramos

Customer and Market Engagement Executive (CMO)

Laura joined Achieve Australia in December 2019 as Customer and Market Engagement Executive where she is responsible for overseeing the sales, marketing and communications team. Laura has more than 15 years of experience leading digital, sales, marketing and customer experience teams in large scale commercial and government environments.

Previously, Laura worked in senior management roles at the Australian Government Department of Human Services, New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) and Westpac.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts (Communication) and an Executive Master of Business Administration, and she is currently working towards a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction.

Kirsty Nowlan

Strategic Engagement Research and Innovation Executive

With more than 20 years of experience in leading systems change, research and policy initiatives, Dr Kirsty Nowlan joined Achieve Australia in 2020 as the Strategic Engagement Research and Innovation Executive. In this role, Kirsty will contribute to the Achieve Executive team by facilitating key strategic initiatives related to improving the quality of services and strengthening social inclusion.

Kirsty also leads the development of The Achieve Foundation, an independent organisation which aims to provide leadership in research, innovation and advocacy to build a more inclusive Australia and increase the wellbeing of people with disability.  

Kirsty holds a BA (Hons) LLB(Hons), and a PhD which explored the relationship between trade and human rights in international law. She is currently the director of two not-for-profit boards, Peacifica and The Centre for Social Purpose. 

Sarah Archer

Strategy and Transformation Executive

Sarah is driving the development of Achieve Australia’s strategic plan, the management of its implementation working with the Board, CEO, executive and senior leadership.

Her work includes supporting stakeholder engagement and reporting as well as undertaking special strategic programs of work across The Achieve Group and its entities and partners, including Inclusive Housing Australia (IHA), to increase alignment and cohesion of strategies. She is also developing Achieve’s Project Management Office.

Sarah began working with Achieve Australia in December 2013 as a consultant and was appointed to her current role on the Executive Team in August 2021. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management majoring in Human Resource Management and Marketing.