Lifeskills was founded in 1998 by Ros Leslie, a person whose experience and credentials were influenced by her past involvement in the Ministry of Education as the Executive Officer – Special Education Programs and later Executive Officer of the Specialist Child and Family Services program (Victoria). Ros held a firm belief that disability organisations were not developing the full potential of participants, and a new model was required. Lifeskills was established on The La Trobe University Campus at Bundoora, and much later on the Bendigo Campus.
The value of our association with La Trobe University cannot be underestimated, as it enables a unique link to academia, professional respect at the highest levels and will help to further expand Lifeskills. This location also gives our Participants access to an age-appropriate community, in a valued educational setting.
After Ros’ passing in 2015, Douglas Ball took on the role of Chief Executive Officer and oversaw the transition to NDIS. During his 8-years as CEO, Douglas also became the Managing Director of Latrobe Lifeskills, assembling an executive team of five members to ensure the continued success of Lifeskills through many changes and challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Martin Chua now serves as the third Managing Director and CEO in three decades. Many have come to know his predecessors very well, and similarly, Martin endeavours to continue their legacy, drive organisational growth and engage you at a personal level. Martin is proud of our organisation’s achievements and is excited about the new chapter of Latrobe Lifeskills.
Join us on our journey of creating a place where everyone wants to be.