Management Team

The management team consists of the Chief Executive Officer and four Service Managers who lead our dedicated team of health professionals and staff to achieve the Independent Living Centre’s mission of guiding people’s choices to access assistive technology and services for independence and wellbeing.

Management team
Head shot of ILC Chief Executive Officer Steve GlewSteve Glew - Chief Executive Officer

Steve joined the ILC as the Chief Executive Officer in March 2018.

Steve brings a wealth of experience to the role having worked in senior executive positions for more than 15 years.

For the past 10 years, Steve was an Executive Director at the Department for Child Protection and Family Support, where he was instrumental in growing and developing community services to meet changing priorities across social policy areas.

Prior to this role, Steve was the Manager Strategic Planning and Policy for the Inclusive Education Directorate at the Department of Education and Training, where he gained considerable experience managing teams working within the disability sector.

He has a strong track record in organisational achievement, reform initiatives, change management, policy development, innovation, corporate communications, governance, strategy and customer service.

Steve’s significant experience and strong leadership skills have him well placed to lead the ILC into the future as the disability, aged and community care sectors undergo changes to funding models.
HilaryHilary O'Connell - Service Manager: RAS, AT & Home Modifications Sector and Service Development Project, Research
Dip. COT, BA OT (UK); Certificate 1V Training and Assessment

Hilary’s 30 year career as an occupational therapist has encompassed work as a clinician, manager and project leader. Hilary’s experience incorporates work in both the United Kingdom and Australia across the disability and aged care sectors.

Her passion rests with enabling and wellness focused service models in community care.

In the UK Hilary worked in an adult physical disability rehabilitation centre, as a specialist advisor determining medical housing needs, and as a clinician and occupational therapy manager for Adult Social Care Services in London.

Since emigrating to Australia Hilary has worked across a number of clinical and community settings, in which her community care knowledge has enabled her to pioneer the implementation of a number of major reform projects.

Highlights include development of the nationally recognised Home Independence Program during her five years with Silver Chain, and development and implementation of the WA Home and Community Care (WA HACC) Wellness Approach and the Western Australian Assessment Framework (WAAF) during her role as Sector Development Manager at CommunityWest Inc.

Hilary first joined the ILC in 2014 to lead a project team working in partnership with the WA HACC Program on a best practice home modifications and assistive technology service delivery model for WA HACC clients.

In 2016 Hilary became part of the ILC management team in the role of Service Manager. Her portfolio includes oversight of the ILC Regional Assessment Service, service development in the areas of Reablement and Allied Health and continued development of contemporary services for people needing to access home modifications and assistive technology.

Through her management role Hilary is keen to apply her knowledge and experience to support the development of new high quality services provided by the ILC.

In addition to regularly presenting at conferences Hilary sits on a number of committees including holding the role of Treasurer for the Australian Association of Gerontology (WA division)
ClaireMcwebClaire McGuinness – Business Development Manager
BA (Hons) Economics; BA (Hons) HDIP Psychology.

Claire has over 15 years’ experience in both Australia & Europe within the not for profit (NFP), social enterprise and community sectors. Claire has undertaken management, consultancy and project management positions and utilised her theoretical background of economics and psychology to lead NFP organsiations in continuous improvement and delivering meaningful results for its consumers.

Claire’s passion lies in a co-design framework with the consumer’s participation being legitimate and valued. In Ireland, Claire was a part of a national research project that identified organisational barriers and enablers to self-directed services through transitioning people from institutional care into community settings. Following this piece of work, Claire worked in partnership with organisations to develop organisational systems & processes to support services that deliver efficiency, engagement, transparency & value for money.

In recent years, Claire has managed community services in London with a specific focus on relevance and sustainability. Since emigrating to Australia, Claire has worked in disability community services delivering on value and measuring the social impact of new service designs.

Claire has joined the ILC in May 2017 as Business Development Manager and her portfolio with include the oversight and development of the ILC Cockburn; Private Options (Community Allied Health Services), OTDA, Grants & Training & Events.

In her spare time, Claire is currently undertaking a Grad Cert in Social Impact at UWA and is an active member of various social impact organisations such as 100 women and Leadership WA.
ChristawebChrista Riegler – Service Manager: Assistive Equipment & Technology, GEAT and ILC Hire
Bachelor of Arts (Youth Work); Member of Australian College of Health Service Management (ACHSM)

Christa Riegler joined the ILC in May 2017. She has extensive management experience in the not for profit health and human services sectors, having worked as a senior manager for a number of organisations in the past two decades.

Christa is passionate about providing high quality consumer focused services which ensure that people can live independently in the community, whilst having access to what they need to facilitate this independence.

In previous roles she has worked closely with GPs and Allied Health Providers developing community mental health services such as Fremantle headspace, Fremantle Partners in Recovery, as well as health services such as the Cockburn Integrated Health Services, and Fremantle GP After Hours Service. She also oversaw the growth in the Fremantle StreetDoctor, a mobile medical service for homeless and disadvantaged people.

Her work in aged care included a period as CEO of Volunteer Task Force from 2001 to 2006. In this role she worked closely with volunteers who delivered valuable services to Home and Community Care clients.

She is currently completing her Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of Western Australia, and is keen to keep up to date in contemporary leadership and change management strategies, and applying these learnings at the ILC, as part of the management team assisting the organisation to navigate through the on going aged care and disability reforms.
Justin Bunter - Corporate Services Manager
B. Comm P.G. Dip (Bus) CA

Justin joined ILC in July 2018 and is a Chartered Accountant and has held senior operational and financial positions for over 25 years.

Justin has worked across a number of industry sectors in both Australia and the UK. For the last 10 years Justin has worked within the Not for Profit sector with Executive roles in the environment, aged care, community development and disability sectors.

These roles have focused on overseeing most Corporate functions including finance, IT, assets and risk management. Within this dynamic sector Justin has supported a number of mergers, acquisitions and organisational restructures designed to enable organisations to modernise and build alternative revenue streams.

Justin has held a number of Board positions and is currently the Treasurer for a growing Disability Organisation based in Perth.