Since 2015 Patrick Maher has served as a founder and Director of Third Sector Strategy Group Pty Limited From 2003 to 2015, Patrick Maher was Chief Operating Officer of National Disability Services (NDS), Australia’s peak body for non-government disability services.
From 2010 to 2016, Patrick was the International President of Workability International, the world’s largest body representing providers of work and employment services to people with disabilities.
Patrick has been intimately involved with the development of the NDIS, frequently engaging with State and Federal Ministers, officials and sectoral representatives to ensure the Scheme was effective and deliverable.
Prior to his role with NDS, Patrick gained practical experience as part of the Board and executive team running a large disability service provider in regional NSW.
Patrick has also headed or served on many voluntary, community, not-for-profit or business bodies, including Chairing the NSW National Party, Chairing the Australasian Pacific Aeronautical College and was appointed to the Disability Business Services Review Implementation Group between 1999 and 2003. He also served on the NSW Innovation and Productivity Council.
Prior to his career in disability services, Patrick owned several businesses specialising in computing, marketing and media, business advice and events management.
Patrick, an Army Reservist for 14 years, is a former member, Past President and Paul Harris Fellow of the Tamworth First Light Rotary Club.