Executive Team

Brett Thompson
Chief Executive Officer
B.App.Sc. (Nutrition), PostGradDip. Dietetics,  M.B.A, Cert. Adv. Mgt.

With an impressive breadth of experience across multiple healthcare services spanning over the past 32 years, Brett has in-depth expertise in managing complex organisations with a focus on delivering person-centred outcomes.

Beginning his career as a Clinical Nutritionist, Brett has established and developed his leadership and operational capabilities in multiple senior roles including Chief Operating Officer, Northern Adelaide Local Health Network,  Director of Operations for Murrumbidgee Local Health District, General Manager of Westmead and Auburn Hospitals, and acting Director Patient Support Services (HealthShare) the position he held prior to his appointment as Interaction’s CEO.

Brett’s capabilities are invaluable to Interaction as we continue to strive for the best for our participants and their families to deliver on the organisation’s long term strategy.


Maggie Vincent
General Manager, Operations

Maggie has over thirty five years experience in supporting children and adults with disabilities, both within government and non-government sectors.  The past twenty of those years has been with Interaction.

Maggie has managed both group home accommodation  models as well as a residential setting for sixty children and young adults with her main focus been on the transition of all sixty residents into small group community based accommodation options.

In her current position with Interaction, Maggie oversees Accommodation (High Support and Drop in Services), Direct Support and Support Coordination services.  Maggie is also part of Interaction’s Executive team. Her qualifications include Diploma Community Services (Disabilities) Certificate IV Community Services Disabilities, Certificate III Community Services Disabilities, Graduate Certificate Educational Studies (Disabilities), Diploma in Frontline Management, Certificate in Workplace Assessment and Training, Advanced Welfare Certificate.

Maggie is committed to providing quality services for the people we support.


Gurdeep Masson
Financial Controller

Gurdeep has been with Interaction for nearly thirteen years, and in her current role as Financial Controller since 2010. She holds a master’s degree in economics in addition to qualifications in IT software solutions & financial accounting.

During her time at Interaction, Gurdeep has leveraged her deep understanding of the business, coupled with solid financial acumen, to have robust financial planning & disciplines in place. She has played a vital role in improving the financial sustainability of the organisation by working closely with the Funding Bodies, Management and the Board of Directors.

Prior to Joining Interaction, Gurdeep has worked with different companies in software development, accounting and financial roles. Gurdeep is married with two boys and loves to travel, socialise and remains focused in maintaining a healthy lifestyle. She can speak four  languages:  Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu & English, which can be helpful within the organisation where there are participants from a diverse cultural background.


Lauren Asmussen
Executive Officer

Lauren was originally employed by Interaction in 1999 as a Social Educator in Supported Accommodation, before becoming a SAS Team Leader in 2002.  From 2005-2007 Lauren moved to a position of Program Manager of Support & Training, this was a community outreach program for adults with mild to moderate intellectual disability.

Returning to Interaction in late 2007 Lauren was involved in policy and tender development, staff training and project-based work. In 2016 she joined the Executive Leadership team as Executive Officer. This role involves the corporate management of Administration, Marketing and ICT; project management; organisational strategic growth, compliance and accreditation activities.

Lauren qualifications include: Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Psychology, Certificate IV in Training and Assessment, Certificate IV in Disability Work and Certificate III in Community Services (Disability Work).  Other achievements include Pride of Workmanship Aware from the Rotary Club of the Hills Kellyville in 2012, and Interaction Employee of the Year 2011.

Since first joining Interaction in 1999, Lauren has seen the organisation mature and grow into a leader of services in North-Western Sydney.


Sam

Samantha Hiley
Human Resources Manager

Samantha has been with Interaction since 2011 and leads the Human Resources team to provide ongoing support, training and advice to more than 300 staff. Starting her career with a Bachelor of Psychology, Samantha enjoys her role as HR Manager as no two days are the same and she is able to work with a wide variety of people. Samantha was invited to join Interaction’s Executive Team in 2020 to offer her unique insight into the different issues faced by the wider Interaction team.