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Lady Lawley Cottage: Who we are

Lady Lawley Cottage is committed to providing high quality and enjoyable services to children and young people by promoting the right environment to help them to achieve their goals.

We have a dedicated team of staff and volunteers with experienced and qualified Support Workers, Registered and Enrolled nurses, a Behaviour Support Therapist and an Activities Coordinator, who ensure that the holistic needs of your child are met by providing a place of fun and support while keeping your child safe.

Your child will be encouraged to be independent, make decisions and have their voice heard so that their needs, goals and interests are met.

Lady Lawley Cottage is passionate about making a positive difference to your child and family by listening and supporting you to make choices that are right for you and your child. 

Leadership team

Our leadership team comprises a highly motivated, skilled and passionate mix of professionals who are dedicated to achieving consistently high quality, safe and enjoyable supports to families who use our services.

Committed to providing ethical, reliable and transparent services, each individual has a wide and varied background ensuring that as an organisation we are equipped to deliver the very best practice.

Aoife is a Registered Nurse with a Master’s Degree in the area of disability, and has worked in the sector since 2000.

Aoife has been at Lady Lawley Cottage since 2014; beginning in HNU and providing clinical support to the leadership team and program areas. She has been in the Senior Manager role since November 2017. Being able to support teams to provide the best outcomes for clients and families is what Aoife loves about her role at LLC, as well as being a conduit to all other Red Cross programs to share the amazing work LLC does. 

In her spare time Aoife loves yoga, travelling and returning to Ireland to visit family. 

Nicola qualified as Intellectual Disability Nurse in 2010 back in her home country of Ireland.  Her main background was working with adults, until she moved to Australia in 2012 when her career took a change of direction and she began work as a Registered Nurse and Clinical Nurse Manager in the Aged Care sector.

In March 2019, Nicola decided to advance her knowledge of working with children and began her role as a Registered Nurse at Lady Lawley Cottage. In August 2019, Nicola commenced her role as High Needs Manager, overseeing the residential and in-home services provided by Lady Lawley Cottage’s High Needs programme.

Supporting the needs of children with disability is something that Nicola is passionate about, and she is delighted to have the opportunity work in a field that she loves.  Nicola especially loves meeting the children who attend Lady Lawley Cottage and the fact that her role is fun and varied, with no two days ever the same.

Eve has worked in the disabilities sector for nine years, having trained specifically in Intellectual Disability Nursing and working in the sector in Ireland before moving to Australia in 2014. 
 
Having worked at Lady Lawley Cottage for two years, Eve started as a Registered Nurse in the High Needs Programme before moving into the role of Day and Short Stays Nurse Lead in April 2017. She loves working at LLC as it allows her to work with the most amazing children and families, and her team are so dedicated to the children. 
 
Eve loves to travel but says she has found her anchor at LLC. 

Jo has worked within administration and office management for over 20 years, predominantly in the not for profit sector.

Since beginning at Lady Lawley Cottage in 2013, Jo has worked within the service teams providing admin support before being appointed to the position of Logistics Team Leader. Meeting some of the most inspiring young people and their families is why Jo loves working at LLC. She believes the environment her team creates for young people is truly amazing and is proud to play a part in the high quality services LLC delivers.

Jo is a mother of three boys and two Labradors.

Veronica has a background as a Registered Nurse and prior to starting with Lady Lawley Cottage worked with Red Cross blood service for 28 years as an RN and then an Area Manager.
 
Years of working in the highly regulated environment of the Blood Service has contributed to Veronica’s love of structure and order. Veronica has worked at LLC for three years, primarily in the area of compliance, and is currently the Quality and Risk Coordinator, and loves the challenge of working in the disability area. Helping LLC meet its regulatory requirements and deliver great care and support to the children and young people are what Veronica enjoys about her role. 
 
Veronica has two children, three grandchildren and one mad but lovable dog.

Joanne is originally from the UK and qualified as a Learning Disability Nurse in 2003 before completing a children’s Nursing degree in 2006; she then went on to complete a Public Health Nurse degree in 2016.  She has a varied background in the UK which includes working in three children’s hospices as well as a paediatric complex health setting in the community and as a school health nurse.  Joanne also worked in the United States where she case managed over 40 children in a residential facility for children with extremely challenging behaviours. 

Joanne was originally employed as a Registered Nurse within our High Needs Service at Lady Lawley Cottage before taking on the role of NDIS Support Coordinator for Australian Red Cross.  Now supporting our families to navigate the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Joanne is using her nursing background to ensure that families are guided in managing their supports and meeting their goals.

Joanne is a proud mother to two daughters as well as a step-daughter and son; she enjoys yoga, arts & crafts and spending time outdoors.