Our Team

Our team’s professional expertise, combined with their passion for equality enables us to provide a strategic and holistic approach to the services we offer, in order to build the capacity and well-being of individuals, families, carers and communities through advocacy and support services.

Meet our Executive Team

Karryn Goode: CEO

With a comprehensive background in the employment services industry, Karryn is fuelled by passion for social justice and individual empowerment.

Karryn has been a member of our Board since 2012, serving as our Chairperson since October 2015 to December 2018. Karryn started as our CEO in early 2019, and with her appointment, RIAC is looking at opprotunities to continue to grow and assist our most vulnerable Australians to have their voices heard.

Nicole James: Operations Manager

Nicole started out at RIAC as a fierce NDIS Appeals and Reviews Advocate, and quickly made her way to the NDIS Appeals Manager.

Nicole’s role as Operations Manager overlooks our NDIS appeals, general advocacy and access and support programs to ensure its smooth operation. Nicole has an extensive background in disability, teaching and advocacy and has a passion for social justice and change.

Sandra Boyd: Office Manager

Sandra is RIAC’s office manager who oversees all of our financial operations and other office requirements. Sandra is one of the cogs that keeps the machine turning, and she always provides a positive contribution to the overall operation of RIAC.

Lance Youston: Projects Manager

Lance is our manager of Projects. He has worked extensively to establish relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres strait Islander Co-ops to ensure that no one is left out when it comes to having your voice heard and getting the support you need.

Lance is currently managing multiple projects, and his creative approach is a significant contribution to the team, and he often challenges the ‘status quo’.

Daryl Sloan: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Manager

Daryl is RIAC’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Isander Advocacy Manager. Daryl oversees two passionate advocates in the team and he is well connected to both his community and country. Daryl has a unique way of using narrative to assist people tell their stories whilst feeling safe and heard. Daryl’s wealth of knowledge in his community, culture and the sector is incredible. Daryl is a true asset to the executive team.

Amanda Robinson: Quality Assurance Manager/Disability Royal Commission Manager

Amanda is a passionate advocate with a long history in working within the collaborative recovery model of mental health. Amanda also has a flair for creativity and business, and previously moved from her advocacy/NDIS Appeals role at RIAC to our Quality Assurance Manager.

Amanda further has commenced a Management role for the Disability Royal Commission and oversees the RIAC Disability Royal Commission Advocate.


Our board



A comprehensive corporate career, both locally and overseas, combined with personal experiences led Edmund to joining our Board in 2016. Currently serving as Vice President of Tax & Accounting at Thomson Reuters, he is also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



An extensive career inside the education sector combined with a passion for equality led Peter to join our Board in July 2017.



Boasting a comprehensive legal career spanning across commercial, property and not-for-profit sectors, with a strong passion for community and learning new languages, Thomas has been on our Board since 2015.  Thomas is currently an Associate at CIE Legal in Melbourne.


Ordinary Member

Combining an extensive accounting career within the public sector with his own personal experiences, Michael has been on our Board since 2015.  His passion for a connected community sees him play a key role in a large number of community groups.


Ordinary Member

In addition to her extensive Human Resources career, Sophie has many years of voluntary community service experience.  This in addition to her strong passion for equality led Sophie to join our Board in March 2017.

Albert Amadei

Ordinary Member

Marcus Bleechmore

Ordinary Member

RIAC acknowledges all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders past and present.

RIAC is committed to: ensuring diversity and equality in regard to gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, religion or belief, marital status, sexual orientation or transgender status.
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