Our board of directors at the NRAA is made up of a diverse group of people, including those who are autistic, parents of autistic children, and professionals with expertise in business, research, and finance. Everyone on the board is dedicated to following the values and goals of the NRAA.

We believe in working together to make a positive impact on the lives of autistic people and their families in our community.

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Micheal is a proud Autistic and First Nations (Gadigal) man from the Eora nation who has lived in the Northern Rivers Region all his life.

He is deeply passionate about developing new partnerships with local Chambers of Commerce, Disability Employment Services, Health Care Services, and Educational Institutions to advance the education and employment opportunities for autistic people in the community. As our Chair, he provides leadership, oversees governance, and contributes to strategic planning to ensure the (NRAA) aligns with its mission.

He represents the charity to stakeholders, engages in community advocacy, and plays a key role in fostering positive relationships and guiding the overall direction of the charity.


Jessica Bayes

Jessica is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Southern Cross University (SCU) and completed her PhD (Public Health) in the field of nutritional psychiatry (the effect that foods, dietary patterns, and nutrients have on mental health).

She is an autistic researcher exploring the health and wellbeing of autistic adults, with the aim of improving both physical and mental health outcomes. As the (NRAA) Deputy Chair She provides leadership, oversees governance, and contributes to strategic planning to ensure the (NRAA) aligns with its mission.

Jessica is also the (NRAA) Research Officer, she runs regular Community Forums, where she collects feedback directly from our community, regarding community priorities, needs and concerns. She creates our evidenced-based educational resources to keep our community up to date with the latest research developments and runs classes and workshops for our region on a range of topics. She is also the content creator for our monthly e-newsletters.


Jeremy Duncan

Jeremy has an extensive career in Business Banking and finance. He has worked in the Banking industry for over 25 years and has a Masters degree in Professional Accounting. He currently supports many businesses in the Northern Rivers in a diverse range of industries such as renewables, manufacturing, wholesale, and professional services. Jeremy is committed to working within the community to make a positive impact on the lives of autistic people and their families.

As our Treasurer, Jeremy is responsible for overseeing the financial administration of the organisation, reviewing procedures and financial reporting, advising the board on financial strategy.


Alex Rubin

Alexander is a proud father of an autistic child and is the Army Operations Officer for Northern New South Wales. He has experience in operations management, leadership, project management, and strategy.

As our Membership officer he is responsible for contributing to the growth and sustainability of the (NRAA) by expanding our membership base and fostering strong relationships with existing members. Alexander actively seeks out opportunities to engage with potential members through outreach activities, community events, and targeted campaigns.


Sandra Binney is proud to have been born and raised in the Northern Rivers where she has lived her entire life. She now shares that life with her 4 teenage children all being involved in the local community.

Sandra was admitted as a solicitor in 2000 and is a Director and Principal Solicitor of Parker & Kissane Solicitors who have offices based in Lismore, Ballina, Casino and Kyogle.

Sandra is very dedicated in giving back to the community and has over a number of years volunteered her time in many roles for community and sporting groups. Sandra also is the immediate Past President of Jumbunna Community Preschool and Early Intervention Centre being another Not-for-Profit organisation with strong ties to the community and assisting young persons and their families. Sandra continues her volunteer role as a Director of Jumbunna.