Heather has worked as a Project Worker with VALID for over 14 years supporting people to know about their rights and how to stand up for them effectively. Heather is a confident self-advocate and leader in helping to empower people with intellectual disabilities to become respected members of their community.
Heather has represented self-advocates on many committees, including the Victorian Disability Advisory Committee and the Australian Federation of Disability Organisations. She is currently a member of the board of Inclusion Australia and is the chair of the 'Our Voice Committee' of Inclusion Australia. Heather is a member of the ‘Empower us Action Team’ a committee of self-advocates from around the world that sits within Inclusion International.