Meet Our Board Of Directors
Jeff Shaw was 38, a dad to 7-year-old Blake and a successful plasterer. Life was good.
In August 2007, Jeff suffered a stroke, which blew up most of his cerebellum, affecting his muscle movement. Jeff has been living with an Acquired Brain Injury for the last 12 years.
Jeff’s drive to make a difference in the disability sector drove him to found disability services provider Give a Care in 2013, and in 2019 its charity arm The Give a Care Foundation.
Jeff’s vision for the Foundation is to create opportunities for people living with disability to have fun and connect with others.
Prior to 1981, Neil owned and managed his own plant business. In June 1981 however, while returning from a trip to Queensland, Neil was hit by an out-of-control semi-trailer, an accident that left him hospitalised for size months and living with an Acquired Brain Injury.
Neil found it difficult to return to work and experienced a reluctance from employers to hire someone with an ABI.
Neil turned his energies to advocacy, starting a self-help peer support group, before founding Brain Injury Matters, the only self-advocacy group run by people with an ABI in Australia. Neil’s roles have included Secretary, Treasurer and now President.
Neil also founded United Brains, a network of ABI self-advocacy support groups throughout Victoria. Neil has extensive experience operating groups and finding activities that help people living with disability gain access to their communities.