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New Life Members

Bedford Life Memberships are awarded to people who have displayed outstanding service to Bedford, or to the disability sector (often both) and who, through their efforts, have contributed significantly to supporting people with disability. They may have achieved this through long-term volunteering, tireless campaigning, or through exemplary work at Bedford, in government or the disability sector.

We are thrilled to welcome six new Life Members to our ranks in 2023, each of whom have displayed commitment and energy to supporting Bedford and the disability sector over many years of outstanding service.

The new Life Members are:

Stephen Hains AM - 8 years of service
Voluntary Bedford Directorships:

  • Bedford Board Member
  • Residential & Property and Audit & Risk Management Sub-Committees
  • Regular supporter of Bedford events

Greg Connor - 15 years of service
Voluntary Bedford Directorships:

  • Bedford Board Member 2007-2015
  • Bedford Deputy Chair 2015-2022
  • Director Bedford Investment, Strategic Service Dev. Sub-Committee 2011 & 2013
  • Director Bedford Investment Committee 2014
  • Chair of NDIS Working Group 2014-2015
  • Regular supporter of Bedford events

Raymond Grigg - 14 years of service
Voluntary Bedford Directorships:

  • Bedford Board Member 2004-2019
  • Bedford Board Chair 2014-2019
  • Committee member: Audit & Risk; Corporate Governance and Remunerations Committees 2011-2015
  • Regular supporter of Bedford events

Peter Roodhouse - 40 years of service
Volunteer in the disability sector

  • Parent of Matt Roodhouse (ex-Bedford employee)
  • Creation and securing funding to start a Special Education Unit at Cabra - St Mary's Unit. 1982
  • Part of the ‘imagining’ of the DO and supported employment programs at Bedford est. as the Diocesan Association for Intellectually Disabled Persons (DAIDP Inc). 1986
  • Board member on DAIDP
  • Integral to creation of PODS group (Parents of Children with Downs Syndrome)


Kenneth Jenkins – conveyed posthumously – 18 years of service
Volunteer in the disability sector

  • Influenced Bedford away from Tuberculosis Care to become a diversified rehabilitation centre ensuring company viability – post 1961
  • Chairman of the Workshops for the Disabled in Australia and a member of the executive committee of the Australian Council for the Rehabilitation of the Disabled 1967
  • Bedford Chair 1968-1978
  • Only Australian representative on the World Commission of Vocational Rehabilitation
    Awarded Officer of the Order of Australia 1981

Wayne McKeon – 55 years of service
Volunteer in the disability sector and Heritage Directorships:

  • As a transport owner, first came into contact with Heritage (which later joined Bedford in 2010) delivering loads of timber – provided his transport services at no cost up to 1998
  • Heritage Board Member in early 2000’s
    Heritage Board Chairman 2010
  • Continues to volunteer services by undertaking maintenance, mowing and fixing bikes

Our warm welcome and congratulations go out to each of our new Life Members! We’d also like to thank nominators and referees who spoke on behalf of each of the nominees.

We will be introducing them to you over the coming year with individual profiles, so you can find out more about them, and what makes them so important to Bedford.

Bedford Life Membership Roster

Mrs ER AtwellMrs S HateleyMrs Faye Packham
Dr G BethuneMrs A HeyworthMrs H Pitt
Dr AB Black OAMMr K JenkinsMrs N Pullen
Ms A Bolkus and Mr M DwyerMr KF Kelly AMMrs TM Pye
Mrs CM BrownDr NH KirbyMr T Robins OAM
Ms VK BryantMr D and Mrs J KnightMr KC Rogers OAM
Mr EM ByrtMr S and Mrs ED Kosmala OAMMr P Roodhouse
Mr M ChappelMrs S KuchtaMrs D Shaw
Mr G ConnorMr S Liebhardt Mr A Somerville
Mrs R DavisonMrs J MacFarlaneMr RJ Styling AFSM OAM
Miss G DicksonMr M MakridMr I Terry and Mrs M Terry
Mr R DomaschenzMr BP Martin AO and Mrs M MartinMr JA Uhrig AC
Mr C Dunsford AMThe Hon RG Matheson AM KC Mrs J Von Stanke
Mrs L FussMr W McKeonMr PG White
Mr JC GoodallMrs BD MorishMrs F Whyte
Mr R GriggSr M O’ConnellMrs BC Mudge *
Mr S Hains AMMrs R and Mr HD O’Connor AMMrs M Shannon AM OAM *
Mrs A Tiddy *
* Member deceased

Life Member Profiles

Welcome to our Life Member Profile Series where we introduce to you some of our exemplary Bedford Life Members and explore their link with Bedford, and their contributions to the disability community. We will be adding more profiles to this page over time.

Sister Maureen O'Connell


Bedford was a daily landmark in Sr Maureen O’Connell’s young life, as far back as she can remember. Living in Colonel Light Gardens, she was one of six children who attended St Therese Primary School...

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Faye Packham


Faye’s involvement with Bedford came when her daughter Lauren, who was born with an intellectual disability, participated in Bedford’s Work Experience Program in 2003...

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Colin Dunsford


A chartered accountant of 45 years, former Bedford chairperson of 11 years, an OAM recipient, and contributor to numerous government and not-for-profit organisations, Colin Dunsford’s impact on Bedford and the wider SA community is an inspiration...

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