Our Management Team

Senior Management Team


Jackie Romein

CEO | Flintwood Disability Services

Jackie Romein has been leading the Flintwood team since 1999. During this time Jackie has propelled the organisation through many changes, the most significant being the transformational change as a result of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Her strategic and responsive mindset has enabled the success of not only the organisation, its staff and participants but also the families. Jackie prides herself on the fact that Flintwood is a family-focused, flexible and fair service. She leads and mentors a team of 6 General Managers covering human resources, Finance and Administration and Operations.

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Kay McPartland

General Manager of Specialist Services

Kay McPartland has been with Flintwood since 2004 and in the role of GM since 2010. Kay has extensive experience in the operational aspects of disability service with an emphasis on the setup and running of accommodation services. Kay’s strengths include her ability to build rapport with families and understanding the needs of our participants. Kay motivates her staff by being a hands-on and inclusive Manager with the capability to strategically analyse the environment in which her services operate.


Gerry Connolly

General Manager of Individual, Social and Recreational Programs

Gerry Connolly commenced his career within the sector as a volunteer at Holroyd Special School in the early 90’s. He presently holds the position of General Manager within FLINTWOOD. Gerry actively promotes the rights of people with a disability and their families. With more than twenty-five years experience he is passionate about empowering others to succeed and to achieve independence through building upon capacity.


Racheal Neal

General Manager of People, Finance & Systems

With over 20 years’ experience in the disability sector, she has an appreciation for providing first-rate customer service to participants, business partners and team members. A motivational leader with strong analytical, organisational and problem-solving skills, Racheal is committed to the highest levels of ethical, professional and personal excellence. A passionate advocate for people with a disability, Racheal places participants at the centre of all practice – ensuring an environment that is conducive to success for all involved.


Andrew Sadleir

General Manager of Individual, Social and Recreational Programs

Andrew Sadleir commenced in September 2017 with Flintwood as a Service Manager and has progressed to join the Senior Management Team as a General Manager – Operations. He has previously worked in Local Government in community recreation positions and in senior management of a national disability sporting organisation. Andrew brings extensive experience in volunteer and project management, working with various levels of Government and securing grant funding. He is passionate about participation and providing the opportunity for people to learn new skills and be able to enjoy activities of their interest.

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Jashika Pillay

General Manager of Supported Independent Living

Jashika Pillay has been with Flintwood for over 10 years. Jashika has worked across a multitude of Flintwood services in various management roles. In her current position, Jashika is General Manager of operations – Supported Independent Living. Working with a team of skilled Service Managers her focus is on providing positive outcomes to Participants in Flintwood Supported Accomodation. Jashika is committed to promoting the Participant focused culture of Flintwood.


Ashleigh Saunders

General Manager of Supported Independent Living

Ashleigh commenced with Flintwood in 2013 as an Individual , Social and Recreational support worker. Ashleigh has since progressed into management before then joining the Senior Management team in 2020 as a General Manager of operations. Before joining Flintwood and during her community services studies, Ashleigh worked within a crisis support team focusing on homelessness and mental health.

Ashleigh has had many years of understanding and gaining the knowledge of what it means to provide a quality and person centred service to the Participants she supports. Ashleigh’s strengths are having the ability to build and maintain trusting relationships with Participants, families, her team and other Services Providers and working collaboratively toward positive goal outcomes.

Flintwood Board Members


Russell Gould


Russell has 40 years’ experience in the Telecommunication industry with the last 12 years working in senior roles on local and international projects. Russell is currently contracting part-time in the IT industry and brings to the board skills in people management, complex problem solving, negotiating and meeting project deadlines. Russell has a passion for ensuring quality service delivery for people with disabilities.


Sharon Foord

Vice Chairman

Sharon has spent 30 years in local government in management positions. She has a strong customer service background and is studying marketing and disability. She is interested in helping others, people management, and running projects with great results. Sharon is passionate about working with the CEO and Board Members to ensure Flintwood Disabilities continues to provide the right services to people with disabilities and to create an environment of innovation.


Sigrid Rottmann


Sigrid is a  Qualified Secretary (3 Years Business School in Germany), Associate Diploma in Business Accounting). Sigrid has enjoyed being able to contribute to see Flintwood Disability Services Inc. grow, expand and provide programs and services of excellence to all our service users and creating a high profile in the Disability Industry.

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Russell Martin


Russell is a local Resident in the Hills district and is married with 2 children, and is a pre-paid Funeral Consultant for Guardian, Simplicity and Ann Wilson Funerals. Russell is an active member in his local church, enjoys motorbike riding, movies and family. Russell is passionate about being part of a group that is interested in the lives of family members with a disability and to make a positive difference in their lives.

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Helena Laves


Helena started her career in accounting. Together with her husband Phillip, they went into a small business which ran for over 25 years until 2008. She then decided to start a new career in community services. Helena has a diploma in Community Services and Case Management and currently works at Hills Community Care.  Helena has a strong commitment to helping older people and younger people with a disability to help them stay involved and maintain links with the community.


Sharon Smith


Sharon was elected onto the Flintwood board of directors in 2019 after being a member for several years. Sharon’s career has spanned across the health care and disability sector in both hospital and community nursing and disability roles. Sharon was a founding member of the NSW Children with a Disability Association and am also a member of the World Kindness Movement. Armed with a strong belief that every person deserves to have a voice and has a right to be treated both fairly and kindly. Sharon is both honoured and humbled to be part of Flintwood.

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