The Lab Network is a not for profit company who’s aim is to support existing Labs and to promote the establishment of new Labs. The Lab Network has an eight member board of management with extensive experience in the delivery of disability, education and technology services.
The Lab Network has a part-time coordinator who can assist with support for the establishment of new Labs. Given enough demand and support in your local area, starting a new Lab is achievable and provides a valuable resource for kids with high functioning autism or Asperger’s Syndrome in your local area.
Paul has a long career in journalism and media production. He is currently the managing partner of Applied Creative, a creative services consultancy for business and community. He also runs an online directory for disability support services, SupportDirectory.com.au
Paul has a young adult son and daughter with Asperger’s Syndrome and is the founder of The Lab at Highett, Frankston & Mornington.
Paul is the Chair of The Lab Network board of directors.
Melissa has over 20 years experience in the community sector working alongside children, young people and adults with a disability and in particular individuals with behaviours of concern and those with a diagnosis of autism. Over the years Melissa has worked as a support worker, in senior management positions within disability services across the UK and Australia, within behaviour support, case management roles and in Quality roles as a lead auditor against the ISO 9001 standards, the DHHS standards and autism specific standards.
Elvira is an Occupational Therapist and Assistive Technology Consultant with a commitment to enabling occupational participation through person-centred sustainable design and technology. Elvira has 20 years experience in the disability sector and is passionate about children having fun while developing towards reaching their goals.
He has a passion for individual empowerment and providing the support and confidence essential for young people to reach their goals and realise their potential.
Dru has a background working with start ups and not-for-profits to promote innovation.
Dr Stefan Schutt
Stefan Schutt’s teaching and research looks at how people use technology, especially young people, communities and those living with disadvantage. Stefan has led university research programs and is the co-founder of The Lab with Dale Linegar. Stefan’s background is as an Internet industry project manager, developer and writer and has a particular passion for the community of the North of Melbourne. Stefan is currently a senior lecturer at La Trobe University.
Dr Mark Trigg
Mark has extensive experience in the scientific sector including a long career with CSIRO and involvement in a number of Cooperative Research Centres in the CEO role, predominately in the manufacturing sector. Mark has a BSc and PhD from the UNSW in the area of applied science. Mark has his own consulting business, RMTrigg Consulting, providing advice on collaborations and research opportunities to Government and Universities. Mark also has a step daughter with broad spectrum autism and is a past president of Interchange Inner East.
Erika has had an extensive career as a management accountant in a publicly listed organisation. Her twelve years of work experience has provided her with a good understanding of end to end processes and an ability to partner with stakeholders to determine requirements, providing value-add reports to support effective decision making. She has a passion for working towards creating change and providing young people the necessary tools to reach their potential. Erika has a teenage son with Asperger’s Syndrome.
Chris is the Manager of the Records Management Unit at the Victorian Department of Health and Human Services. Chris has broad public and private sector experiences in organisational change management and project management with focus on technology and business transformation related complex projects. He is an avid advocate of inclusion and has been instrumental in the success of the award winning ‘Rise at DHHS’ program. The program’s main focus is to create a repeatable and sustainable employment approach for individuals on the spectrum.
Adam is a teacher and musician who has worked extensively in the VET sector for over 20 years. With expertise in design, technology, audio and events, Adam has used these skills to inform his practice as a STEM educator and manager and brings a wide range of expertise to the board.
Michal is a highly-skilled and committed professional with a career spanning almost fifteen years in management and coordinator roles within community and corporate organisations in the USA, UK, and Australia. Michal has been involved in the innovative development of an eHealth autism service delivery model for early childhood intervention services.