Jennifer Cullen

Chief Executive Officer

Jennifer Cullen is an Adjunct Associate Professor and CEO of Synapse in Queensland and NSW. Jennifer has over 27 years’ experience in disability and aged care services and was appointed in 2013 to the NDIS Independent Advisory Council as the Queensland Member and was appointed in 2016 to the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council as a Member.

She leads a range of research and projects that focus on supporting Indigenous Australians with complex neurocognitive disabilities, including FASD. Jennifer is a descendant of the Bidjara and Wakka Wakka people.

Adam Schickerling

National Director - Strategy & Engagement

Adam Schickerling is an Adjunct Research fellow at Griffith University, Menzies Health Institute and has 20 years experience in government and community sectors in a variety of nationally oriented general management and executive management roles, with qualifications in Applied Science, Disability, Management and Training.

Adam has expertise in leading national service development, expansion and growth strategies. He brings extensive experience in business improvement, organisational development, innovation, quality and practice and product development.

Adam has led the design and scaling of innovation initiatives and pilot programs recognised as exemplars in their respective fields across the areas of Disability, Housing, Indigenous, Community Development, Youth & Family services and Aged Care. Adam’s experience is strongly grounded in community capacity building and supporting community responses to realise health and social outcomes.

Judith Hunt

National Director - Business Systems

Judith has over 20 years of financial management across two counties, and including in the not-for-profit environment. Judith’s role includes the management of accounting at Synapse as well as the general business support in corporate services. Judith also serves in a volunteer role on the Board of Directors for Community Queensland.

Emily Anderson

National Communications Manager

Emily has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over fifteen years, providing strategic marketing, financial partnerships and communications advice and services to Growcom, Street Swags, The University of Queensland and QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute.

Prior to entering the not-for-profit sector, Emily worked for Ergon Energy and Malouf Pharmacies. Emily started her career at Singleton Advertising, where she developed strategies and campaigns for national clients, including QANTAS, MLC and Telstra.