WHO WE ARE

About Apollo SDA

OUR MISSION

About us

Our purpose is to help people with a disability find their dream home;  through our participant-led approach where they are nurtured, safe and have the opportunity to thrive.

This mission is a deeply personal one, rooted in the lived experience of our founders, who understand the challenges and struggles of finding suitable disability housing options for much-loved family members. We believe that every person, regardless of ability, has the right to a home that is more than just ‘accommodation’; a place that they love, that they feel connected to and where they feel safe and nurtured.

MEET THE TEAM

Our Team

Founder and Executive Director

Richard Martin

Richard has more than 25 years experience working in Australia and Europe with multi-national financial and service sector organisations. He has developed strong expertise in finance, property markets and development, risk management, and client advisory and has held company director and board member positions in various sectors.

With a personal connection to cognitive disabilities, Richard has been actively supporting individuals with disabilities since his teenage years. He has designed and managed custom housing projects to meet the complex needs of his mother and improve her quality of life[…]

With the introduction of the NDIS and Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA), Richard saw an opportunity to make a significant impact in the lives of many. After initially developing several SDA projects, he co-founded Apollo SDA, an organisation focused on supporting families impacted by disabilities to achieve their goals and live their best lives.

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with a specialisation in Entrepreneurship, an Advanced Diploma in Financial Planning, and a Diploma in Economics & Financial Markets from the Securities Institute of Australia. He is an active member of the Sunshine Coast community and is committed to applying his expertise and dedication to the SDA sector.

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Founder and Executive Director

Justin Goddard

Justin’s passion for the disability sector was ignited by his daughter Chloe and his commitment to ensuring she had every opportunity to thrive and live her best life. Fueled by this personal experience, Justin has dedicated himself to making a meaningful impact in the disability sector, using his lived experience with Chloe as a catalyst for driving change and creating a better future for individuals with disabilities.

Justin is also a co-founder and the Chair of Brain Train – an allied health practice helping children and young adults with autism and neurological challenges to thrive, through the delivery of strengths-based, family centred multi-disciplinary supports and services, with centres in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

Justin is an experienced Director, having been a director of a number of investment companies and trustee entities across real estate, funds management, allied health services, agribusiness and finance sectors.

Justin has been a Fellow of the Financial Services Institute of Australasia and a post-graduate level lecturer at the Securities Institute of Australia and the Queensland University of Technology. Justin was formerly the Vice President of the Queensland Division of Property Council of Australia and the Chair of its Commercial and Corporate Property Committee.

Justin holds a Bachelor of Laws and a postgraduate degree in Applied Finance and Investment. He has completed executive short courses at Stanford Graduate School of Business, Melbourne Business School, UNSW and The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Justin is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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General Manager

Daniel
Watts

Over the past 25 years Daniel has developed a wide range of leadership, management, and people skills across a broad spectrum of roles.  Daniel’s experience includes serving in the Australian army including deployment to conflict zones, running his own business in the construction industry and almost 15 years in the international aid and development sector consulting to many prominent NGO’s across more than 25 countries in Asia and Africa. His experience is complimented by a Bachelor of International studies and a Masters of Anthropology and Development.   

For the past 7 years Daniel applied his skills in leadership and his knowledge of people to found and scale Rapid Building Inspections into one of Australia’s largest Inspection companies. Daniel’s vast experience, education along with his passion for people is what brought him to Apollo SDA.   

Finance Manager

Saskia
Martin

Saskia has a strong background in business, accounting and operations.  She trained as an analyst within large European multi-national companies and has worked in Europe, USA and Australia. She holds an MBA degree and is passionate about analysing the numbers to support key business decisions.

Prior to Apollo SDA, Saskia worked at Stockland where she gained valuable experience in the analysis of land acquisition and development economics and more recently managed the end-to-end project administration and finances for several significant NDIS housing projects.

Manager | SDA Leasing

Jean
Tiller

Jean brings a wealth of knowledge and over 25 years experience across the disability and social sectors. Including allied health, Indigenous health, community development, CALD community programs, mental health, suicide prevention, homelessness, refugee resettlement, social enterprise, disability, housing, substance misuse and counselling.  Jean also has expertise in banking, finance, business management and start-up, quality management systems, partnership collaborations and governance.

A dedicated mother to her sons, one who has Autism and ADHD.  leveraging off her lived experience, Jean volunteers with ADHD Australia developing national programs in the role of Manager Parent and Carers programs nationwide.

Alongside her two boys Jean’s kelpie (Kitty) is a huge part of her family and loves to dirty Jean’s ute with her muddy paws out in Western Queensland.

Manager | SDA Operations

Emma
Punch

Emma has extensive background on providing person-centred supports to people with a disability and complex needs, across a variety of settings including emergency respite, NDIS, SDA accommodation and community outreach.

A significant portion of Emma’s career has been with NGOs and she has a strong understanding of how to engage and respond to people with a disability in an accommodation setting.

Prior to joining Apollo SDA, Emma was the Regional Operations Manager – NSW, ACT & QLD for an SDA provider, overseeing operations and providing motivation and support to tenants throughout their housing journey.  Emma holds a Bachelor of Community Services (Children and Young People) and has a deep personal passion for working with people to help them achieve their goals.

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SDA Journey Manager

Jasmine
Goodrick

Jasmine has been professionally involved in the disability sector for over a decade, however, was volunteering with her mum from the age of 13.

Starting her career as a Support Worker, Jasmine has extensive disability experience and qualifications, working directly in disability services and in leadership roles.

She has worked for both large providers and small family operated boutique enterprises in NDIS, NIISQ and privately funded models of care. Extending her skills, she is currently completing a Masters degree in Business Administration.

Jasmine has a son with a Developmental Delay and has recent experience with the NDIS from the participants perspective, enhancing her understanding of the challenges faced by participants and their families.

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SDA Journey Executive

Karen
Poole

A local Sunshine Coast girl, Karen completed her Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business at USC.  Since then, she has worked in marketing, event and networking management roles both within Australia and Japan.  

A true social butterfly, Karen loves nothing more than meeting families and NDIS participants, listening to their needs and coming up with a tailored solution.  With previous experience working with an NDIS Service Provider, Karen truly understands the participant and family journey and the importance of finding the right supports; whether that be with people (support workers and allied health teams) or environment (finding a forever home; not just a house). 

Karen has a son who lives with Autism, ADHD and Anxiety and it was during her own journey of trying to find supports post diagnosis 4 years ago, she felt inspired to pursue a career in this industry to help other families on their NDIS journey.  Karen also loves spending quality time with her family, friends and always putting her hand up to try a new experience, learn and share.

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Manager | Construction

Nick
Millier

Nick has over 15 years of property development and construction delivery experience acquired across a variety of sectors including residential, health, education, retail and industrial. 

Holding an Open Builders Licence and several Project Management qualifications, Nick has developed a fundamental set of transferable skills in his career creating a forward-thinking mindset coupled with a strong understanding of project controls to successfully deliver aesthetic, functional projects that exceed the expectations of all stakeholders. 

Prior to joining Apollo SDA, Nick worked as a Construction Project Manager for a Commercial Builder focusing on residential care accommodation, mixed-use retail and large format industrial developments.

SDA Design Manager

Ryan
Skinner

Ryan has a broad knowledge of construction with almost 20 years in drafting and estimating. Having worked for different builders who specialise in investment, project and custom homes, he has seen a variety of houses ranging from 60m² to 770m², single storey to three storey designs, unit complexes, sloping sites, defence housing, display homes, and LHA/SDA while managing Drafting and Design departments. 

Ryan recently built an SDA home and has actively met participants to ensure a smooth transition into their new home. Coordinating NDIS providers, SIL providers, support workers and participants, he has tailored a solution suitable for them allowing them to live with friends. His willingness to adapt to every situation is the key to his success. 

When Ryan isn’t designing houses, he enjoys time away with his family and trying new restaurants. 

Project Administrator

Alicia
Cummins

Alicia has a diverse background with experience in a variety of sectors including Disability, NFP organisations, Hospitals, Universities and more recently, National Institutes within Corporate Governance and Town Planning.

Alicia’s qualifications and skills include project management, marketing, construction administration as well as creative writing and photography. Helping people is something important to Alicia and she enjoys being part of an enthusiastic team working together for a common goal.

In her spare time, Alicia enjoys writing children’s books, volunteering at the local surf club and spending time with her family.

Marketing Manager

Lena
Brown

Lena is a strategic thinker who understands the importance of brand development & marketing strategy.  Lena has a degree in Cinema and Media from LaTrobe University and Business Advertising & Marketing from RMIT.  she has a vast knowledge of the industry having experience across national retail, insurance and real estate brands. Creating innovative end to end marketing campaigns for both B2B and B2C clients

Lena’s is passionate about helping people and assisting the SDA team to help people along the journey to finding their dream home.

When not using her creative juices across marketing campaigns and social calendars,  Lena enjoys spending time camping with her family and planning their next trip away.

Administration Manager

Tanya Stephens-Smith

Tanya has a unique administrative skill set gained from more than 25 years’ experience working for large multinational organisations through to family businesses.   Tanya has held a number of project management roles spanning various industries including property development and residential construction.

Tanya has experience with family and friends in the disability sector and is conscious of the extra challenges our clients face. She is passionate about supporting our team of talented professionals in an administrative capacity and loves contributing in a meaningful way to the process of delivering premium SDA to people looking for their forever home.

When not creating spreadsheets…. Tanya loves nothing more than spending time with her partner and two busy teenage boys.

Financial Accountant

Anne
Merry

Anne has extensive knowledge of the Finance sector, with 20 years of experience in Financial and Management Accounting. A member of CPA, Anne has honed her skills working with multi-national corporations and with government bodies. 

Prior to Apollo SDA, Anne managed the Financial Reporting of IFYS Pty Ltd, gaining knowledge of the foster care and NDIS models and their participants.    

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