Name: Elias Lebbos

Role: Judge

 

Since 2014, Elias Lebbos has been CEO of Travellers Aid, a not-for-profit charity established in 1916 with the principal purpose of enabling people with mobility challenges to connect, engage and participate in everyday journeys. In 2021, 1 in 5 Australian lives with a disability and, as the populations ages, the incidence of age-related disabilities will continue to increase.

Traditionally based in the major transport hubs of Melbourne and regarded as an integral part of the public transport networks, under Elias’ leadership Travellers Aid has expanded its assistance services into regional Victoria. In addition, Travellers Aid now offers tailored assistance for that all important ‘last mile of journey’ – from the last public transport stop to a place of employment, school, hospital or to a family, social or recreational event.

Over the past 7 years, Travellers Aid has grown to become the premier organisation in Victoria providing connection assistance services for people with mobility challenges or anyone who is transport disadvantaged.

Elias consistently applies out-of-the box thinking to find innovative solutions to everyday challenges. He begins the conversation at the design table advocating for older people and people living with disabilities, so their needs are not overlooked. Elias works closely with major event organisers and public transport operators to ensure their events and services are accessible to all.

The challenges of COVID-19 have seen significant changes in travel opportunities as well as a loss of confidence in undertaking journeys. Elias recognises that Travellers Aid needs to be adaptive to these changing needs and to be transformative in finding new solutions to old problems. He recognises that now more than ever, older Victorians, people living with disabilities and people who are otherwise transport disadvantaged are going to need the services of an organisation like Travellers Aid to find solutions so they can continue to connect, engage and participate in everyday life.

Connect with Elias through LinkedIn.