About Mai-Wel


Mai-Wel creates and delivers vibrant, innovative services which provide opportunities for people with disability and job seekers across the Hunter Valley to achieve their dreams and goals for life.

As a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider, we provide a range of disability and employment support services that are varied to meet the goals and aspirations of each individual. We connect people to possibilities and aim to empower each individual to achieve their goals.

We provide supports and services in our purpose built facilities across the Hunter Region, from Singleton to Newcastle and to Port Stephens. We also support people in their homes and to access their local community.

Our Vision:

Empowering People, Changing Lives

Our Values:

  • Integrity
  • Excellence
  • Respect

Board of Directors

Felicity Laczina
Chair

Michael Burfitt
Deputy Chair

Martin Corrigan
Director

Carolyn Higgs
Director

Jann Kingston
Director

Jenny Cappellacci
Director

Simon Coleman
Director

Christian Pynsent
Director

Executive Team

John Cleary,
Chief Executive Officer

Paula Johnston,
Acting Chief Financial Officer,
General Manager Corporate Services

Lucy Crawford,
General Manager NDIS Pathways

Kyllie Tegg,
General Manager Employment Pathways

Bianca Simms,
General Manager People, Culture and Safety

Our History

In November 1960 a number of Maitland-based families met and shared their concerns about the lack of recognition of the needs of their children with disability for an education and opportunities for life.

This event marked the formation of Mai-Wel. The challenge to remove the discrimination experienced by people with a disability and their carers is as strong a motive today as it has been throughout the past 60 years.

Mai-Wel received funding from the Australian Government Department of Environment in 2012 to launch a History Project, researching and documenting the organisation’s rich history and contribution to the Maitland community. The History Project was completed in mid-2014 and is available in the form of a book and short film documentary accessible via the links below.

We thank local journalist, Alek Shulha, for the many hours he volunteered to help bring this project to life. Also thanks to the many participants, families, community members, staff and supporters who contributed to the film and book.