David Petherick

Deputy CEO

David started work with VALID in 2017 and is the Deputy CEO and through that role he is also involved with Inclusion Australia and the Disability Advocacy Network of Australia (DANA). He is excited about being a part of the great work that these organisations do and he is continuing to learn from everyone in the disability advocacy community. He has worked in the disability sector for over 25 years.

Before he started with VALID David worked with the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) for 20 months at their National Office in Geelong, mostly working on projects to increase employment opportunities for people with disability.

David was also the CEO of the Australian Camps Association and People Outdoors for almost 10 years until 2015 and during that time he saw the great benefits that building resilience can provide for all of us.

David also worked for 8 years at the Office of the Public Advocate and before that he was CEO of the Barwon Disability Resource Council in Geelong.

David barracks for the Richmond Tigers and loves long distance, multi-day hiking and golf.