Our Management Team
Steve Pretzel | CEO
Steve joined TADWA in May 2017, bringing over forty years of high level experience in marketing, technology and business building.
A pioneer of the internet era, Steve saw the potential for the computer as a communications medium and in 1992 established one of the first web development and e-Business companies in Australia.
He is now equally confident and excited about the growing potential for innovations in assistive technology to improve the lives of people with a disability, and to provide safety and independence for seniors. Impressed with the many clever solutions TADWA has developed he jumped at the chance to lead the organisation through its next phase and the challenges of the changing disability and aged care landscape.
When not exploring the latest technologies Steve enjoys snow skiing, trail bike riding and hanging out with his wife and daughter.
Camille Wakefield | Occupational Therapy Manager
With over 28 years of experience as an Occupational Therapist, Camille brings her knowledge and skills in allied health to TADWA as the Occupational Therapy Manager. Holding a Post Graduate Degree in Business and Occupational Therapy, she has extensive experience working in health, tertiary education, disability, aged care and mental health.
She has a strong interest in building a sense of community and looking at how people participate and engage with the world around them. Camille is married with a husband and three children. Being a family-oriented person, she often volunteers her time helping out at her children’s sporting clubs.
John Duigan | Chief Operations Officer
With over 25 years of building and maintenance knowledge, John has an excellent understanding of clients needs especially those in aged care and disability. Since starting with TADWA in April 2012, he has recognised people’s needs within the community. Growing up in Scotland with his wife and four kids he decided to ‘take a chance’ and moved to Australia in July 2008 and has never looked back.
He enjoys helping people in the community, at work and away from work. He enjoys coaching and managing a local under 18’s state soccer team and spending quality time with his family.
Carey Hodnett | Human Resources Manager
Carey is an experienced HR Professional with over 8 years of experience multi skilled organisations of varying size and business philosophy. Having experience working with community based not-for-profit organisations and larger multinational organisations Carey is passionate about the role of Human Resources and Employee Relations in business operations and strategic advancement. Carey holds a Bachelor of Business and is finalising her Masters in Employment Relations.
Since commencing work with TADWA in 2014, Carey has partnered with the organisation, ensuring alignment between the corporate strategy and employee relations strategies with the aim of ensuring an engaged workforce who are productive, efficient and deliver exceptional services to our clients.
Outside of work Carey volunteers for community based sporting programs and environmental activities.
Melissa Young | Business Development Manager
As a leading figure in Western Australia’s aged care sector, Melissa is passionate about all things related to ageing. She is particularly interested in positive ageing and how older people are viewed as people are living longer.
Melissa has a Bachelor in Behavioural Science and post graduate study in Gerontology. She has been a member of TEC (The Executive Connection), Director on the Board of Aged and Community Services, Western Australia (ACSWA), Chair of the Community Care Committee (ACSWA) and has worked in the not for profit sector both in the United States and Australia.
Originally from Oregon, United States, Melissa has been in Perth for the past 16 years with her husband and two sons. On the weekends, she is generally at the gym or behind an easel using her creativity.