Vida Reid was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis in 2008 after giving birth to her daughter. She lost her vision, her speech and her ability to walk. From about 2013 until now Vida has worked in job active, disability employment services and NDIS sector. She has enjoyed every second and moment of her time serving the people in a country that gave her a second chance in life and hope.
When Vida’s son was about three years old he was diagnosed with autism and later on recently with intellectual disability. They were told that he will never speak a word by a professional that was assessing him at the time. This made Vida so angry because there was no light left at the end of the tunnel and no hope. At the same time Vida took it on as a challenge. She made sure that every day she would practice simple words with him and take him to therapies and organise referrals to the best organisations and treating doctors so that he would have a better chance at a good quality of life. Today Vida is proud to say that her son speaks 3-4 word sentences and he is still improving.
Tired of watching other organisations drag their feet when it came to embracing the NDIS & participant recovery, Vida decided to start her own company to see if she could improve the NDIS experience for our participants.
Simon is a co-founding director of FFG with a background in the mining and resources sector. He is an experienced company director, and has served as company secretary for a UK based mining company. His background also includes serving his country in the Australian Defence Force. He holds qualifications in financial planning, and has experience as a psychosocial recovery coach and support coordination.
Simon’s interest in the NDIS & helping people with disabilities stem from his own struggles with depression and anxiety working in the resources sector. His practice is focused on real life application of the tools he has used to maintain and improve his own mental health.
Simon has an excellent set of practical skills that he has studied and implemented, covering the latest insights into neuroscience, biology and personal development coaching people to achieve real world outcomes. His holistic approach to mental health addresses physical health, daily routines, healthy relationships, meaningful work, financial security and spiritual practices to encompass an evidence based approach to making lasting change and aiding recovery.
" Huong Nguyen ( Honey ) commenced in her role of PA to Executive Director in 2022, bringing with her to FFG over twenty years’ experience in the human resources and marketing field. Honey has extensive international experience in a wide range of corporations across the hospitality, marketing, retail, transport, health, personal training, telecommunications and finance industries. She has carved a reputation in leading strategic human resource functions and successful business transformations across Australia, Asia and Europe.
Honey holds a double degrees of Bachelor in Economy & Japanese Language, Diploma of Business Administration & a Master Degree in Applied Finance.
Over the course of her career, Honey has been instrumental in driving service delivery outcomes, organisational growth, client advocacy and cultivating high levels of staff engagement. Honey is also a writer, published author, inspirational speaker; she enjoys practicing yoga & dancing in her spare time."
Rejaul Alam is our Chief Financial Officer at FFG and is responsible for the overall finance department of FFG. He overlooks our financial reporting and compliance, ensuring objectives and outcomes of FFG strategic plan are met. Rejaul provides robust financial management and is skilled in the areas of budgeting, analysis, compliance, and auditing. He brings with him strong skills in the development and implementation, monitoring and evaluation of reporting applications and strategies. Rejaul is well versed in compliance of organisational policies and procedures, relevant standards, relevant legislation, and accepted industry practices.
Rejaul has held roles of Business Development Manager, Business Finance Manager, Chief Financial Officer in the community Services sector. Prior to joining FFG Rejaul has led multiple projects in the NDIS space. Rejaul also has strong work background in the Petroleum and gas Industry, as well showing his analytical abilities as a research assistant and academic at Murdock University.
Rejaul holds qualifications such as MSC in Professional Accounting, CPA (Qualified Accountant), IPA (Qualified Accountant), MBA in Corporate Finance, all received in Australia. Rejaul has also studied overseas and has qualifications from the United Kingdom. Rejaul has BSC in Applied Accounting, IFA (Qualified Accountant), ACCA (Qualified Accountant), PGD (Management Information System).
Rejaul has a passion for developing and establishing an inclusive brand beyond borders. He enjoys winning community awards within the industry he works and providing mentoring within the industry. Rejaul is two times award winner for developing sustainable business models both in the UK and Australia and is passionate about equal justice and indigenous engagement. Rejaul and his family have shown their passion for the sector by running an orphanage for street children in the United Kingdom.
When Rejaul is away from work he enjoys Road Trips and Fishing. He is a keen cricketer and has been known to occasionally jump out of a plane.
Danica, Finance Manager at FFG, joined the team in 2021. Commencing her career with Forward Focused, Danica is now leading our finance and accounts teams, with a diverse management skillset. Danica led and assisted in implementing processes and procedures at FFG which enabled our teams through the development of better financial outcomes and higher revenue. She enjoys working alongside other departments, leading and driving a high performance culture.
Danica comes from a background in community services, where she spent 9 years working in the homelessness and mental health sector. She is passionate about helping people in whatever way possible, and seeing people reach their potential in life. This came after studying Health Promotion at the University of Notre Dame. Danica also has experience in the events industry, Sales, coordinating teams at large music festivals and events and has also Project Managed a large 4-night festival-type event working with a large budget and with various contractors, suppliers, and staff / volunteers.
Danica understands the key performance drivers of the business. She thrives on the positive energy FFG inspires in its participants and is committed to building a team of professionals whose priority is the customer.
Away from work, Danica loves socialising with her friends, enjoying delicious food, and spending time with her dog.
Jessica leads our People & Culture division & brings with her over 16 years Human Resource and Management experience to the team. She managed the Human Resources function in small to mid-size companies in industries including healthcare, marketing, and financial services. Managing over 300 people throughout her career, she is data driven and an insightful recruiter who is passionate about growing teams and dreams. As a leading and respected voice in the areas of HR, workplace and talent management, business issues, and HR crisis management, Jessica is a go-to subject matter expert. Her areas of expertise include compliance and best practices, HR infrastructure, and policy and procedure development. She also leads the Training & Development team and overlooks quality training being delivered to our people on a daily basis. From private start-ups to government agencies, Jessica has grown her skills in full cycle recruiting, strategic sourcing, data analytics and project management.
Jessica’s joy in Human Resources so far has been matching top performing and rising professionals with the right career move for their future. She also supports the CEO in both strategic and day-to-day management of the organization.
When She isn’t busy being the HR Guru she is raising her two daughters, improving old recipes, watching 90’s re-runs, catching up with new biographies on Spotify and hanging out with her family creating memories.
Alex joined Forward Focused in 2021. He has worked in a variety of community based programs using solution focused approach to identify a client’s issues and strengths encouraging more acceptance and self worth.
Alex stated "I know how hard living with trauma whether past or present can be. The frequent nightmares, the anxiety and panic attacks, the PTSD we develop, the struggles we have in the relationship, it impacts every aspect of our life. You are not your trauma, you are not alone, together we can work through the side effects of our past. Together we can work through the anxiety and PTSD, setting healthy boundaries, understanding ourselves, having quality sleep".
Alex's uses a variety of therapies tailored to each individual to help individuals let go of the past and focus on the future.
By empowering a client to challenge old negative beliefs and make better choices this can create a healthier more balanced life. His role at Forward Focused is working with clients in the field teaching mind body connection and an array of other core life skills such as personal budgeting, home space hygiene, cooking tasty and healthy food on a budget, music and food explorations, social and community participation, and family appreciation.
Over many years of coaching in Perth, Alex has coached individuals helping guide them to reach their desired goals.
Alex’s coaching expertise is Individuals with a range of issues such as – weight, relationship, FI/FO families, anxiety, depression, grief & loss, low self esteem, post natal depression, financial stress, stress, and separation/divorce coaching.
Alex’s collaborative practice is a process working within a multidisciplinary team of professionals from a client focused approach to help individuals and families reach a resolution in a therapeutic process in regard to their goals and NDIS journey. His coaching style supports clients to discover, strengthen and embody the mind body connection we all possess.
Alex lives in Perth where for the joy of it he is active in the creation of acceptance for nature and animals and supporting his community where he can. The beauty, the community, and the feel of Perth have kept him here for over 20 years and is where he owns a house that is his home.
Blake is a passionate, certified Recovery Coach and leader of Resilience Recovery Coaching.
Blake is a certified recovery coach through Forward Focused and is accredited through multiple Coaching Federations. He holds a Diploma of Community Services and Mental Health and has assisted several of our participants in their recovery journey.
Blake’s previous highly demanding career and personal life resulted in burnout. He entered recovery coaching in 2021 and his personal journey through recovery allows him to empathize with the challenges that others face in recovery. He brings non judgmental acceptance along with a deeply compassionate demeanor to meet his clients where they are in their process. He strongly believes that each client has a unique journey to recovery and works with his clients to discover their own path. He helps his clients cope with challenging emotions, face limiting beliefs, and set appropriate boundaries that protect their sobriety. He holds his clients accountable for the commitments they make to change and helps them move forward in their lives.
Blake’s passion is to guide others battling addiction to find a healthy balance in their lives, to disconnect from their inner critic and reconnect with their inner wisdom. He helps clients identify their discontent and longing, and move forward with less fear and more faith in Life’s wondrous and infinite possibilities.
In his spare time, Blake enjoys being a part of his community and playing football with his local team. He is passionate about sports and spending quality time with his family.
Janine Hall is currently a Support Coordinator with FFG at our Armadale office. Janine strives to provide the best possible outcomes for people with a disability. Janine is committed to enabling participants to reach their goals and live their best life. Janine interacts with participants with respect and dignity and sees all participants as an individual.
Janine has held roles of Disability Support Worker, Disability/Special Needs Educator and Mental Health Facilitator. Janine has also been a business owner in the Health and Wellness industry. Janine’s work experience is combined with qualifications in Special needs Education and Personal Training and Rehabilitation. This combination enables Janine to provide a wholistic approach to her support coordination.
Away from work Janine has a love for the outdoors, notably hiking and kayaking. When Janine is not feeling as adventurous, she enjoys reading and socialising with friends. Janine describes her family as extremely important and values family time and connection. Janine is extremely proud of her grown up children and believes her family is her legacy.
Counsellor ( Masters in Sexology and specialises in couples-therapy )
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Counsellor ( Masters in Sexology and specialises in couples-therapy )
Sally Leads our Psychology Team at Forward Focused. She has a Maters of Sexology, Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Counselling.
Sally is a Counselling Psychologist working with individuals and couples. She greatly values her role in supporting clients of all gender, sexual, spiritual, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and have particular experience in working with individuals and couples who identify as part of the LGBTIQAP+ brotherboy and sistergirl communities. She is passionate about joining our clients on their journey through life and supporting them to enhance their well-being and reach their goals, whatever they may be. Sally aims to provide clients with a secure and supportive environment in which I tailor my approach to my client’s specific needs.
Sally works in a partnership with clients, using a person-centered, holistic, strengths based, and non-judgmental approach. She works to support clients to explore, understand and make informed choices that are aligned to their personal values to live authentically and with mental health resilience.
Sally works with a range of concerns, including bipolar disorder and depression, anxiety and panic, PTSD and complex trauma, grief and loss, emotion regulation, self-esteem concerns alongside relationship and sexual difficulties. She is particularly passionate about supporting individuals and couples to develop emotional safety and strengthen bonds through improved communication and connection.
Making the decision to seek support and taking those steps towards doing so is incredibly courageous, and it is a privilege of mine to support clients as they take these important steps towards a richer and more fulfilling life. To discuss your specific needs and goals please don't hesitate to contact Sally.
Ally is one of our Client Intake Officers and is often the friendly face that greets you at our reception. Ally loves her role and loves the responsibility of welcoming new clients onboard. Ally is responsible for getting as much information as possible to ensure that our support staff have a good understanding of your needs before meeting you. Aly has spent 5 years in the Childcare industry and has worked as a support worker in her previous roles.
Ally has enjoyed her transition to supporting participant engaged with the NDIS and is particularly interested in learning more about the functions of the NDIS. Ally has a passion for assisting people who are living with PTSD, Depression and Autism and would like to be able to support this group of people to create and maintain strategies for coping in daily life. Ally spends her free time helping others and volunteering where ever she can.