Meet Our Board Of Directors
Jeff Shaw was 38, a dad to 7-year-old Blake and a successful plasterer. Life was good.
In August 2007, Jeff suffered a stroke, which blew up most of his cerebellum, affecting his muscle movement. Jeff has been living with an Acquired Brain Injury for the last 12 years.
Jeff’s drive to make a difference in the disability sector drove him to found disability services provider Give a Care in 2013, and in 2019 its charity arm The Give a Care Foundation.
Jeff’s vision for the Foundation is to create opportunities for people living with disability to have fun and connect with others.
Chair and Secretary
Cristina has a double degree in Marketing and Business and a post graduate degree in Business Administration. Cristina’s extensive experience in Australia, United States, UK and Brazil brings broad knowledge and focus to her role.
Cristina speaks 5 languages and has over 25 years’ experience working in small to large corporations in a variety of industries and most recently in the Aged Care and Disability sectors.
Cristina has owned and managed successful businesses and wants to make a positive impact in the world. She is passionate about supporting people in the community.
Cristina’s role in both Give a Care and the Give a Care Foundation is to assist Jeff in managing and growing a sustainable business and charity to empower people with a disability to live healthier, happier and more inclusive lifes.
Prior to 1981, Neil owned and managed his own plant business. In June 1981 however, while returning from a trip to Queensland, Neil was hit by an out-of-control semi-trailer, an accident that left him hospitalised for size months and living with an Acquired Brain Injury.
Neil found it difficult to return to work and experienced a reluctance from employers to hire someone with an ABI.
Neil turned his energies to advocacy, starting a self-help peer support group, before founding Brain Injury Matters, the only self-advocacy group run by people with an ABI in Australia. Neil’s roles have included Secretary, Treasurer and now President.
Neil also founded United Brains, a network of ABI self-advocacy support groups throughout Victoria. Neil has extensive experience operating groups and finding activities that help people living with disability gain access to their communities.