Who is The Able Movement?

The Able Movement comprises an increasing number of like minded Australians, that we like to call “Able Activists”, who are ready willing and able to work for change through strength in numbers. The Able Movement is about all Australians working together to welcome people with disability into our society.

Our board and our founding corporate partners provide leadership, strategic overview, corporate guidance and outstanding creative and messaging skills respectively.

We also have a very small but passionate core team of staff and volunteers in Sydney, who conduct research on new initiatives, develop the website, prepare updates and raise awareness of our message in any way possible.

Ultimately, the real work and impact of The Able Movement is achieved through our Able Activists, who spread the word, engage communities on the ground and supply the financial support.

The Board

The Able Movement is is founded on a number of fundamental principles, one of which is that disability reform is everyone's business, and that we need to reflect and embrace the diverse views of the community at all levels of our work.

At our first Annual General Meeting, held on 11 February 2015, we filled the first four of seven positions on the Board, leaving three casual vacancies that we will be filling very soon. You will notice that, while our current board reflects our belief that at least half of our Directors should be people with disability, there are currently no women on the Board, we are all based in Sydney, and the two people with disability both have physical disabilities.

Rest assured, as we work to fill our casual vacancies we will be keeping these gaps very much in mind.

Dr Mark Bagshaw

Mark BagshawThe Able Movement Co-founder Dr Mark Bagshaw is the Managing Director of the Innov8 Consulting Group and has over 30 years experience in business, including over 25 years with IBM in a variety of technical, marketing, sales, management and executive positions. His experience has been particularly focused on strategic change management.

He has also undertaken a variety of community-oriented roles, focused on community development, with a particular emphasis on disability and education reform. His current roles include Co-founder of The Able Movement; a member of the Centre for Social Impact Advisory Council and Deputy President of Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS). 

Mark has received a Paul Harris Fellowship from Rotary International, the 2002 Australian National Training Authority Board Award, an Australian Humanitarian Award, the Australian Centenary Medal and the inaugural Lifetime Diversity Champion Award from the IBM Corporation.  In September 2003 Mark was awarded an Honorary Doctorate (D.Univ.) by Griffith University. Mark was inducted into the Disability Employment Hall of Fame in 2013. 

As a result of a spinal injury at age 16, he has successfully met the challenges of living with a disability for all of his adult life.

Miguel Carrasco

Miguel CarrasscoPartner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group, Canberra, Miguel is passionate about how governments are transforming the way they deliver services to citizens and business via digital technology. The author of a number of publications including Citizens: Are you being served? and Digital Government: Rhetoric to reality, Miguel has worked with state and national government departments, including the National Disability Insurance Agency as a consultant and strategy developer

With a Master of Public Policy, University of Sydney, and Bachelor of Accounting from University of Technology, Sydney, Miguel is a member of the Institute of Public Administration Australia (IPAA) and Australian Computer Society (ACS). He got involved with The Able Movement working on the Raising the Bar discussion paper.

Paul Nunnari 

Paul-Nunnari-2Paul Nunnari became a wheelchair user at age eleven after being hit by a car. Paul is committed and passionate about advancing the perception of people with disability and believes The Able Movement will be a key driver to continuing change. Paul is manager of the NSW Event Access and Inclusion project at the NSW Department of Premier and Cabinet. The aim of the project is to increase the opportunity of people with disability to participate in major and community events across NSW.

At night Paul swaps his tie for a cape and transforms into wheelchair aerialist, ‘The Other Superman’, performing in various productions.

Martin Stewart-Weeks

Martin Stewart WeekesA strategic thinker, organisational consultant, facilitator and writer, Martin’s work spans government, the "for purpose" or social sector and the corporate sector. His current work explores the intersection of policy, government, technology and innovation. He also writes and speaks extensively on government, service design and policy reform. In 2008, Martin established the Australian Social Innovation Exchange (ASIX) as part of a global network of social innovators. ASIX has now been amalgamated with The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI), on whose Board he sits as a director. Martin is also on the board of the Centre for Policy Development.

Together with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner, he recently published Changing Shape: Institutions for a Digital Age (Longueville Press, February 2014). Martin was one of the core team of activists and thinkers that came together to write the original Raising the Bar paper that kicked off the Able Movement venture.

Cristina Giacominota

Cristina is a workforce strategist at the Victorian Department of Health & Human Services Victoria and leads strategy, planning and initiatives to build Victoria’s future health workforce, including workforce policy and programs to develop skills in new and emerging areas of health and technology such as genome sequencing, caring for the older person and ageing workforce management. Prior to moving into health in 2010, Cristina spent about ten years in private, community, not-for profit and public service sectors providing specialist knowledge and implementation in a number of health and social services roles including workforce development from welfare and recruitment employment services, disability employment services, Vocational Education and Training through to University workforce development. Cristina is a qualified social worker with a Masters qualification in public policy and social research.

Cristina has a profound passion for health, welfare and social policy reform and has held a number of positions in the government and private sectors providing representation, leadership and futurist thinking particularly around global skills for the 21st century, disability reform and behavioural insights.  

The Team


Natalie Clark / Operations Manager 

Natalie Clark

Natalie is keeping the engine running by managing the website, social media, developing projects and providing research. From a background in social science and international studies she is committed to creating meaningful opportunities for fuller civic participation and is constantly surprised by the inequalities people living with disability face. She is also developing Able's volunteer strategy and looks forward to meeting like minded people who want to change attitudes about disability.

She carries out other freelance work and recently lived in New Zealand where she managed the VolunteerNet project.

Ray Heckendorf / Community Advocate / Copywriter

Ray Heckendorf

Ray Heckendorf is a copywriter with a long history of creating effective advertising for diverse products and services, including cars, agribusiness, cosmetics, food, pharmaceuticals, retailers and government. He now carries a new and unwieldy title; Emeritus Chairman of OddfellowsDentsu. The creative agency he built is now part of the fast growing global Dentsu Aegis Network.

Ray’s passion is innovation. He is active in writing, and in creative positive social change. He helped found The Able Movement, creates its branding, and has lots of ideas to contribute toward helping Able build a more inclusive society.

He loves his wife and family. Plus dogs, food, farming, the beach, and travelling. He hates the way Australian politics is played these days. 

Christopher Hills / Video Editor: Switched-On Video Editing

Christopher Hills

Christopher has edited Able promos and videos and has been a passionate supporter of the Movement since its inception. He has completed jobs for clients such as Queensland Health and Control Bionics in the US. Prior to starting his business, he studied Video Production with RMIT University online, and received a High Distinction. He also became an Apple Certified Pro in Final Cut Pro X.

As well as his work as an editor, Christopher is an Accessibility Ambassador and Able Activist. He has produced a number of videos for his YouTube Channel about how assistive technology has an impact on his life, and has appeared and presented at various conferences. He enjoys all things technology related, flying flight simulators, and models of earth-moving equipment. Christopher was born with athetoid cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. Apart from editing for Able, Christopher is assisting with our development of a tool kit for up and coming film makers creating social change.

Dean Pagonis / Tell Your Story

Dean PagonisDean is currently managing the ‘Tell Your Story’ campaign, hoping to spread stories of success from people with disability across Australia. He has also helped develop the communications and funding strategy for the Able Movement.

Dean is currently an Associate at the Boston Consulting Group in Melbourne. He spent the summer following the Socceroos across Australia during their Asian Cup triumph.


Pierre Kuhn / Online SolutionsPierre Kuhn

Pierre heads Kinetik Internet Systems, a Sydney based WebApp and Website Development Studio. Pierre and his team translated the greater vision of The Able Movement into a tangible online community website.


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