Dr Ron Chalmers was director general of Western Australia Disability Services Commission, the State Government agency with responsibility for policy, programs and services for people with disabilities. For 22 years, his career has been focused on social policy reform, particularly on the development of disability support systems. Dr Chalmers has a background in teaching and educational administration and held a variety of leadership posts in disability services during the past two decades. He holds a Masters degree in educational leadership and a PhD enquiring into the inclusion of children with severe and profound disabilities into mainstream schooling. Dr Chalmers is also a member of the Western Australian Advisory Board for the Centre for Social Impact.