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Adam Nankin (he / him)

Manager – Community Inclusion

Adam has lived and worked in Perth for the last 10 years, originally hailing from South Africa and has been working with communities in the sport, leisure and recreation industry since arriving in Western Australia.

Throughout his career, Adam has been involved in program development, facility management, youth services and community development. After tertiary studies, Adam moved into the not-for-profit and community sector. Having participated and worked alongside sporting clubs and groups his whole life, Adam has developed a passion and understanding of how powerful sport and recreation are as a vehicle for social inclusion.

Adam has travelled extensively either playing, coaching or experiencing what life has to offer. If he is not in the ocean or enjoying sport, he’s with his wife and daughters enjoying the beauty of Perth.

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Zoya Yukhnevich (she / her)

Manager – Community Inclusion

Zoya has had a strong connection to community for as long as she can remember. Over the past ten years, Zoya has worked and volunteered for a number of not-for-profit and private community organisations, with a particular interest in working with young people and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Zoya has a Master of International Development from the University of Western Australia and has also worked at an international level in Switzerland, advocating for human rights and social justice issues.

Outside of work, Zoya is a keen traveller and loves spending time outdoors, at the beach or with her beloved chickens. If she’s not out and about, Zoya can be found cooking up a feast for family and friends, or singing her heart out over a vino with friends in her community choir.

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Ciara Cooney (she / her)

Senior Inclusion Consultant

A part of the Inclusion Solutions team since 2014, Ciara has worked in the community development field for the last sixteen years in Ireland, Tanzania, The United States and now Western Australia. During these sixteen years, Ciara has worked in Local Government, State Sporting Associations and not-for-profits. Ciara is a Senior Inclusion Consultant who obtained her Honours Degree in Ireland.

Ciara has a passion for sport and recreation and is very active in her local community. Ciara believes the vehicles of sport and recreation can connect people together to assist them in living a good life. Ciara is a mum of two little humans who she loves very much. Since moving to Australia, Ciara loves spending her time camping and enjoying the great outdoors, hardly missing a day without going to the beach for a swim.

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Rob Geersen (he/him)

Inclusion Consultant

Rob primarily worked in Information Technology before life took an unexpected turn when one of his children became seriously ill. As a result of that experience, Rob had a change of priorities and set out with a personal goal to help make his community more inclusive.

In 2015, he founded and launched a program for children with a disability, enabling them to participate in community sport – the Starkick program. The program has since gone on to be recognised with various state and national awards.

Along the journey, Rob has held various community volunteer and advisory roles including Club President, Coach, Committee Member, as well as sitting on the Board of various not-for-profit organisations. He is passionate to help share his own experience in an effort to help local communities and clubs become more accepting and welcoming places for everyone.

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Adam Popham (he / him)

Inclusion Consultant

Born in England, Adam has always looked to make the most of Australia’s beautiful weather and fantastic sporting culture. Having played Australian Rules Football for 10 years with Carine JFC, Adam then transitioned into umpiring and is currently a junior umpire coach. Adam plays Rugby Union with Wanneroo Rugby Club in the winter season and Touch Rugby in the summer. He also plays Wheelchair Basketball with his identical twin brother, Ben.

Currently studying a double major in Management and Human Resources at Curtin University, Adam is passionate about creating welcoming and inclusive environments that enable people to maximise the opportunities in front of them.

Adam started volunteering with Inclusion Solutions in 2019 before transitioning into a part-time role in 2021.

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Mick Owens (he / him)

Inclusion Consultant

Originally from Liverpool UK, Mick is a die-hard Everton supporter, living and breathing all things football (soccer). Mick loves playing and coaching, and is passionate about inclusion in the sport – working tirelessly to ensure that the entire Perth community can play the beautiful game, regardless of disability, age, or background.

At Inclusion Solutions, Mick leads the United Reds Football League project, in collaboration with Manchester United Foundation, Telethon and Football West, supporting local clubs to get involved in this fun and inclusive league for young players.

On the off-chance Mick isn’t coaching, playing or even thinking about football, you’ll find him cooking up a storm in the kitchen, or walking his beloved dog.

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Laura Bullock (they / them)

Inclusion Consultant

Laura is a deaf and disabled illustrator, graphic designer, performance artist, and educator. They are a visual artist and sign language performer, and are particularly interested in promoting inclusion in the arts. Laura has lived experience as a person with a disability and is passionate about creating safe spaces, speaking and educating, and delivering events that promote access and social inclusion of all people.

At Inclusion Solutions, Laura works on event coordination, administration, as well as coordinating and delivering workshops for organisations, and community groups.

On the weekends, you’ll find Laura with a vanilla chai in hand at a local café, reading about Greek mythology or training in their gridiron team.

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Michael Farmer (he / them)

Inclusion Consultant

Michael has over 15 years of experience working in the sport and recreation industry, specialising in club and player development in Australian Rules Football. Throughout his time in sport and recreation, he spent six years working in the Kimberley, promoting and delivering sports and recreation programs in remote Indigenous Communities before moving into managing a high performance football program in Perth.

Being involved in sporting clubs at both a professional and personal level has instilled in Michael a strong understanding of the importance of social inclusion through sport.

Passionate about football, Michael loves to coach, play and watch on most weekends but enjoys spending time with family and friends, a good round of golf and a road trip with his wife.

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Erin Taylor (she / her)

Inclusion Consultant

Born and raised in WA and spending her early life in small regional communities, Erin’s early experiences instilled the value of community and social connection. Erin has worked in a variety of different roles over the years including in fashion design, management, merchandising, as well as interior design – specialising in creating inclusive and accessible environments for seniors.

Passionate about arts and culture, Erin has had a long association with the Mundaring Arts Centre, serving as Deputy Chair and Board Member between 2015-2018 and is currently on the steering committee for the new Arts Precinct Redevelopment.

Down time for Erin is all about spending time with family and friends, cinema, time in nature and enjoying all the joys that Perth life has to offer.

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Lisa Kelly (she / her)

Inclusion Consultant

Lisa is passionate about community. Being a resident of Mandurah since 1970, her local community is ingrained in her heart. She is also a local business owner and knows how important it is to support local sporting and community groups. In her words, we need to “support the community that supports us”.

Lisa is also a dedicated volunteer and often puts her hand up to help out clubs and community groups in the area. She has covered over 62,000 books for schools in the Peel Region, driven a bus for a local nursing home and dressed up as ‘Where’s Wally’ to promote local businesses and events.

Lisa leads the WayFairer Project in Mandurah – a project all about fostering social connection by connecting retirees with clubs and community groups to gift their time and talents through volunteering. The WayFairer Project is everything that Lisa stands for and she is passionate about ensuring retirees in Mandurah feel valued in the community by offering their experience with the community.

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Grace Mills (she / her)

Inclusion Consultant

Grace is a young woman who was partially through her wildlife conservation degree at 18 before developing a life-threatening condition out of the blue that took away her vision.

She was thrown into the world of disability advocacy and policy and has since served in many organisations to improve the lives of people with disabilities through policy work, running inclusive events and collaborating with public and private sector organisations across Australia.

Grace is a keen martial artist, loves music and has an extremely large headband collection that would rival most accessories stores. She loves being outside in the fresh air (especially in winter) and she is happiest when she is consulting with community clubs and groups on how to make their clubs more accessible and welcoming.