Who We Are

Ricky Esterquest- Managing Partner 

Ricky is the Managing Partner of Towards Better has over 15 years experience in human services including disability and community services as well as the non for profit and NDIS service sectors in Queensland. Originally from Chicago, USA, Ricky moved to Townsville 5 years ago where he has since had a focus around building more inclusive and welcoming communities through the inclusion of individuals with a disability in work, learning, and other valued social roles.

Throughout his work, Ricky utilizes the principles of Asset Based Community Development & Social Role Valorization and has embedded those into the ways in which Towards Better works alongside individuals, communities and organizations. Ricky also holds qualifications and a variety of experience in Training & Assessing, Contemporary Service Design, Recreation Planning, and Grant Writing.

Ricky is a family man, a baseball player, a committee member,  an SRV teacher, good friend, avid reader, and crossfit exerciser. Ricky is extremely passionate about bringing out the best in people and communities through values social roles and real inclusion.

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Liam Colahan- Community Development Consultant


Liam is an outgoing, enthusiastic and friendly Community Development Consultant who is passionate about assisting others to reach their full potential. Born and raised in Townsville, Liam has a diploma in Community Development and a Cert IV in visual arts. Liam also has ten years experience in the automotive industry as vehicle Processer and trainer. A husband and father of 3 young children, Liam enjoys music production, visual art and health and fitness. 


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Dylan Sparrow- Community Development Consultant


Dylan’s fundamental desire to serve others and assist them in reaching their full potential ultimately underpins his approach as a Community Development Consultant, as well as all his other endeavours in life. Dylan is a senior medical student at James Cook University, and has decided to take a leave of absence from his degree to broaden his experiences before completing his medical training to become a doctor. As a lifetime Townsville local, Dylan is actively involved in the community in numerous ways such as music performances at local markets and cafés, academic tutoring and involvement in social volleyball and basketball. All of these passions span from his drive to use his skills and abilities to connect with others, build relationships, and empower individuals to achieve their best in all that they do.

Community Development Consultant Dylan

Towards Better is shaped by our core values which guide everything we do. We value:

Our vision is a world where all individuals are involved in ordinary community life and communities “step forward” naturally to welcome their valued gifts, talents, and contributions.