Mr. John Eyre
Commenced with arbias Ltd in 2006.
Bachelor Applied Science (Equivalent) Disability and Community studies with specialisation in Learning Disabilities.
Post Graduate studies in Leadership and Management-Australian Institute of Management.
John began his journey with disability services in 1976, as a direct support worker in residential care, Department of Human Services, Victoria; 2015 being his 39th year supporting people with a disability, Acquired Brain Injury and High Complex needs.
John transitioned from the public to the not for profit sector in 2005 and commenced with arbias Ltd in 2006. Since 2007 he has held the role of Chief Executive Officer at arbias and has been instrumental in progressing advocacy and awareness raising for people with an ABI and high complex needs including folk with the comorbidities of alcohol and drug and mental health issues.
John has overseen the growth in arbias services from a Victorian based service to one with a national spread and in doing so seen the doubling of revenue and the number of people supported annually by arbias programs.
John sees the biggest challenge in contemporary times as addressing the balance between social justice/welfare reforms and the need for a strong business model for disability agencies across this sector.
He believes 'walking' alongside people with a disability (in this case people with an ABI and high complex needs), their families and stakeholders into the NDIS as one of the most exciting prospects in the last 10 years, since the closure of congregate care services (institutions).
Awards and major achievements:
A member of the Kew Residential Services Redevelopment Team. Managing and leading the development and establishment of national services for people with acquired brain impairment.