Employer and Participant Panel

DEA are delighted to bring together an impressive panel of employers and participants to discuss successful strategies for employing people with disability.

The panel will explore the relationship between people with disability and employers, taking into account attitudes and expectations, including those of their existing workforce.

Employer and Participant engagement strategies are one of the fundamentals to successful job placement and sustainable employment. While there are many factors that influence the availability of jobs, such as labour market conditions and the willingness of employers to hire new staff, people with disability face additional challenges in finding and keeping a job.


Dr Jo Ingold Associate Professor, Deakin Business School, Australia

Jo is an Associate Professor of Human Resource Management at Deakin Business School and focuses on employment and skills and the workplace inclusion of under-leveraged talent. She has been awarded a number of grants in the UK and Australia, including most recently both an Australian Research Council Linkage and UK Research Council grant focused on employers, job quality and employment services. Jo is a Fellow of the Institute of Employability Professionals and co-chairs the UK Employment Related Services Association’s Employer Engagement Forum. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Chartered Academic Member of the Australian Human Resource Institute and Editor of the journal Work, Employment and Society.

Glen Givens Qld State Manager, ICS Service Solutions

Gken Givens commenced his 37 year career as a retail manager when just 18. He spent 10 years with Coles, 8 years with Woolworths, 13 years with Bunnings and then tried Officeworks, Spotlight and Baby Bunting before relocating from Canberra to Brisbane. Glen would take calls from Disability Groups trying to encourage him to employ a person with a disability and he would politely tell them to “apply online” – who would want to choose someone with a disability over an able bodied person?

In Queensland, Glen had to decide on whether to retire, get back into retail or trying something completely different, which is what he did.

Glen joined a Disability Employment Service company and his role was to help people with varying disabilities, both physical and mental, to overcome obstacles and find employment. Once he had helped coach them to find a suitable job, his role then was to congratulate, celebrate and support them in the new role. He helped the most passionate and hard working people there and couldn’t believe what a shmuck he had been back in his retail days!

At the beginning of this 2023 Glen left the disability sector and joined ICS – a cleaning business located throughout Australia and New Zealand. ICS had the key values of Diversity and Inclusion and as they began looking for employees their first avenue was MAX Employment.

Our team is now stronger and more diverse due to our awesome team and the relationship we have built with MAX.


Brett Teale Director, Ashton Manufacturing


Kathryn Dearing General Manager, Sebel Brisbane Margate


David Ibbotson Car Cleaner, ICS Service Solutions