People

Samantha Frain, Executive Director
Sam Frain
Executive Director

Sam, our Executive Director, understands how listening to the stories and lived experiences of people with disability can transform gaps and barriers into meaningful opportunities.

With more than 20 years of experience supporting people with disability, Sam has navigated through Occupational Therapy, business development, management and is now leading the NI team. Sam is truly passionate about inclusivity, and knows that the most creative and effective solutions NI can design, are sparked by people with a disability.

Madeleine Donkin
Madeleine Donkin
Manager

Madeleine has over 20 years experience working in business development, fundraising, marketing and communication for numerous not-for-profit organisations and more than 13 years in the disability industry. Madeleine is committed to ensure people with disability have choices, options and inclusion in all aspects of their lives.

Erin O'Toole
Erin O’Toole
Innovation Officer

Erin has a background in social sciences and social work, with a passion for community capacity building. She has played a vital role in bringing a large number of NI’s projects to life. Erin’s commitment to advocacy combined with her interest in disability innovations makes her an essential member of the NI team.

Ainslie Allsop
Community Capacity Building Facilitator

With over 10 years’ experience in a wide variety of roles across the disability and education sector, Ainslie has joined the NI team as our Community Capacity Building Facilitator and will lead our Supported Living Lab Internship program. Ainslie is passionate about working alongside frontline staff and people with disability to learn, innovate and co-design.

Jay Collinson
Nest Sales Coordinator

Jay is our new Nest Sales Coordinator and brings extensive experience in sales to the role. Jay will be driving the Nest platform nationwide to create a sustainable solution for people with disability to find accommodation that truly meets their needs and wants.