Martin Wren is the Chief Executive Officer of NOVA Employment; a Sydney based Disability Employment Service (DES) that has supported the vocational aspirations of young people with disability for more than 30 years.
Well known for speaking out on the rights of young people with disability to find and sustain employment in award-wage jobs, Martin believes the secret to ensuring there are jobs for each person with a disability lies in matching individual aspiration and abilities to available opportunity.
Over the years he has been humbled by the many young men and women he’s seen achieve their place as taxpayers. Martin is proud to have witnessed over 17,000 job seekers successfully supported by NOVA gain work in open employment.
Not content with a full-time job, in 2009, Martin began the Focus on Ability Film Festival, a project designed to highlight the achievements of people with disability. With more than 1700 films from more than 50 countries, Focus on Ability represents a unique resource that recognises the power of film to challenge people’s fixed beliefs and perceptions about the lives and abilities of people with disability around the world.
Martin is the author of The 10 Demandments – how to improve employment services for people with disability. Finally, Martin is also a watermelon baron.