About Us

The Self Manager Hub is proudly brought to you by The Growing Space and Community Disability Alliance Hunter (CDAH).

The Self Manager Hub has been established with a grant from the Australian Government – NDIS - Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC). At the Self Manager Hub we are building our profile as  a national Peer-led organisation promoting and supporting the practice of self management so people with disability can lead the lives they choose.

The Self Manager Hub is a values-driven organisation promoting the Human Rights, Equality, and Inclusion of people with disability.

Key People:

Linda Hughes

Living in Newcastle, Linda has been immersed in the NDIS since the launch  in 2013.  She is  the proud parent of Jacob Hughes, who has a disability and is an NDIS participant. Linda takes a “make it work” approach to the NDIS, as it is all about people living good lives as citizens in our communities.

Sam Paior

Sam is known as one of Australia's foremost experts on the NDIS and is Mum to two fabulous young men with NDIS Plans. She has worked in the disability sector as advocate, parliamentary advisor, family educator, board member and consultant. Sam is a strong believer in building inclusive communities for all, and is CEO of The Growing Space, and an appointed member of the NDIS' Independent Advisory Council.

Kate Fulton 

Kate Fulton is the coordinator of Citizen Network Australia and has worked alongside people and families for many years in a range of settings and communities. Kate led on some of the first self-directed support initiatives in the UK using these experiences to learn some valuable lessons about real system change and empowerment. She believes that real empowerment is much more than simply moving money, but requires a radical change to the way in which we assist people to lead change across all areas of life including our welfare systems and communities.

Jess Watkins

Committed to the ethos 'WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER',  Jess’ work is in places where this is in action. Working for CDAH, Jess brings facilitation training, change management, project design and implementation and is always looking to increased choice and control for people with disability, and supporting active citizenship for all.