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Executive Team

Danielle Newport











Danielle Newport - Chief Executive Officer

In her role as CEO and Managing Director of Activ, Danielle is committed to upholding Activ’s purpose of enabling people living with disability to achieve a better life.

Prior to Danielle’s appointment to the role of CEO and Managing Director of Activ in April 2016, she held the positions of Chief Financial Officer (2011 - 2013), General Manager of Strategy and Finance (2013 - 2014) and General Manager Strategy (2014 - 2016). These roles have provided Danielle with a unique and varied perspective into the state's largest disability service organisation and she has committed to assuming her current role of CEO with the determination, passion and enthusiasm worthy of an organisation that has provided such a valued service to the community for over 65 years. 

In addition to Danielle’s roles at Activ, she is also Director/Company Secretary of Perth Theatre Company, a proud Graduate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) and a qualified accountant (CPA) and Chartered Secretary (ACIS) with over 15 years’ experience working in senior corporate and finance roles. 

Danielle sits on the Board of Activ, and is a member of the Audit & Risk and Governance & Nominations Committees.





Mark Furr



Mark Furr - Executive Manager Operations

Since emigrating to Australia in 2008, Mark has been employed in the not-for-profit sector as an Executive in both Community and Employment services.

Mark joined Activ in January 2012 and was appointed as General Manager Accommodation and Community Services in 2014. In May 2016, Mark was appointed as the inaugural Executive Manager, Operations with accountability and responsibility for operational performance, quality and coordination including the standardisation and integration of service activities across current and future businesses.

Mark oversees State and Commonwealth funded services delivered by Activ, in both traditional and currently trialled NDIA and WA NDIS operated environments. These person centred operations support over 2000 customers to achieve their individually planned accommodation, community and employment related goals and outcomes. 


Keith Smith   

Keith Smith - Executive Manager Finance & Infrastructure

Joining Activ in 2016 Keith brings 24 years of solid experience in finance and business leadership roles operating across a range of diverse industry types including insurance to manufacturing, refrigeration and mining services. 

A persuasive, diplomatic and proactive individual, Keith has a portfolio of skills relevant to Activ as the organisation navigates current changes in the disability services industry. 

Keith has operated in growing organisations leading M&A activities as well as being involved in opening up green field sites. He believes that support and back office functions are integral to efficiently supporting organisational growth. 

As the Executive Manager Finance and Infrastructure Keith leads Activ’s Finance, Information Management and Asset Management Teams. 







Annette Perrin




Annette Perrin - Executive Manager Strategy

Joining Activ in 2016 as the Executive Manager Strategy, Annette brings a wealth of knowledge and experience and has worked with dozens of large organisations across Australia, Asia and New Zealand on strategy and business operations. 

Providing advice on over $40b worth of projects, Annette knows the importance of good planning and leadership and how it results in high performance across an organisation.   

As the Chair and Director of several boards, Annette leverages her experience to lead and govern organisations towards bright futures.

Joining Activ’s team has provided Annette with a fantastic opportunity to bring her experience together for the benefit of both staff and customers in this incredibly exciting time. 

As Executive Manager of Strategy at Activ, Annette is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the organisation and leading the functions of Community Relations and Marketing, the Project Management Office, Sector Knowledge and Development and Consumer Liaison. 





Bruce McCowan








Bruce McCowan - Executive Manager People & Quality

Bruce joined Activ in 2016 after having held senior executive positions with Western Power, Harrier Human Capital, Gerard Daniels, HBOS Australia and Bankwest.

In his past role, as Head of Human Resources for Western Power, Bruce oversaw the implementation of a major operating model, developed and implemented the Culture and Leadership Capability Strategic Theme and aligned the HR function to better meet business outcomes.

He has a passion for ensuring functions he leads understand business needs and deliver services that improve the capability and engagement of the workforce to deliver better customer outcomes.

As Executive Manager People & Quality, Bruce is responsible for strategically guiding and leading the delivery of best practice People and Quality outcomes across Activ. The portfolio focuses specifically on strategic human resources, capability development, health and safety, customer liaison and quality.  

Bruce holds graduate and postgraduate qualifications in Education and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He is a past Board member of Rocky Bay.

Bruce is committed to working closely with our people to ensure they can work safely and enable our customers living with disability to pursue a better life.