Our Board Members


Donald Luscombe AFSM FCA - Chairman

Donald Luscombe is a practising Chartered Accountant with over 48 years’ experience and operates a professional practice from Springwood in the lower Blue Mountains. With a passion for equality and justice for people with a disability, Donald has shown tremendous commitment to DARE Disability Support Limited (“DARE”), serving as a Board Member since 1992, including appointments as Chairman from 1993-1996 and 2008-2017. In addition to his voluntary position with DARE, Donald is Chairman of Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise, the peak body for economic development in the Blue Mountains, maintains his role as a Group Captain (Retired) of the NSW Rural Fire Service, is a Director of the Rural Fire Fighters Foundation and is a Founder and Director of the Coffee for Kids Foundation. Don is a Life Member of DARE Disability Support.

MATTHEW BRYANT - deputy chair

With over 27 years’ experience in the Information Technology field, Matthew has developed innovative business solutions for a wide range of local and international clients. In addition to his DARE Disability Support Limited (“DARE”) Board membership, Matthew is also active in local community and commerce groups, serving the Blue Mountains community and business sectors.


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Jacqueline brinkman

Jacqueline Brinkman is the Executive Officer for Economic Development Australia. Throughout her career, Jacqueline has harnessed new opportunities for the Marine, Arts, Tourism and Aviation industries. Since moving to the Blue Mountains in August 2011, Jacqueline has worked for Blue Mountains Economic Enterprise (BMEE), Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon Tourism Organisations and Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority.

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Mick Fell

Mick Fell is a Councillor on the Blue Mountains City Council. After a career in the community development field, particularly in local government, Mick retired to an active involvement in his local community. In the course of his career, Mick was involved in the development of a range of services, including services for people with disabilities, community-based housing and facilities management. Mick is currently a director on the boards of the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) and the Western Sydney Local Government Insurance Pool (WestPool).

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Ken Wade-Ferrell

Ken has lived in the Blue Mountains at Winmalee for the past 45 years, is married with three children and seven grandchildren. Ken has worked in the accounting field for most of his career and retired as Financial Controller from Windsor Farm Foods. Ken has been an active member of the Winmalee Rural Fire Brigade for the past 40 years and has served the community in various volunteer roles. Ken has enjoyed his term on the Board and looks forward to the challenges presented by the NDIS.

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Cheryl Kitto

Cheryl has work in the recruitment, vocational education and careers industries throughout Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains. Cheryl is an active Rotarian for 24 years standing and has been honoured with a Paul Harris fellowship. Cheryl is a past president of the Rotary Clubs of Springwood and Granville. Cheryl has been nominated for the Telstra women in business awards on two separate occasions. Cheryl lives in Springwood with her husband Norm

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David has worked in the Dairying Industry for 45 years. Currently he is working with Parmalat in an advisory/mentoring role for senior managers. His interest in actively supporting organisations who care for groups in our community such as Ronald McDonald House, Riding for the Disabled has directed David’s desire to contribute to DARE and bring to the Board his experience gained from working within an industry that has under taken major changes over the last four decades.