David joined the organisation in July 2018, having a deep and abiding passion for carers after being a co-carer for his late mother. David also brought a wealth of professional experience to his role as CEO, having over three decades of experience in human services, employee relations and senior management across government, non-profit and private businesses in Australia, Asia and the Middle East.
Over the last 19 years, he held senior roles including General Manager (Development and Marketing) for the Institute of Public Administration Australia, Director (People Capability) for the Queensland Public Service Commission, General Manager for Etisalat Academy in Dubai, General Manager at Focus Management Consultancy in Abu Dhabi. In each of these roles, he was responsible for developing human potential and opportunity through learning, improvement and talent management.
In the early part of his career, David was a case manager for disadvantaged and at-risk young people, helping them develop occupational skills, overcome significant personal challenges like homelessness and, ultimately, find employment.
David holds several degrees and professional certifications including a diploma in company directorship from the Australian Institute of Company Directors and an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology, where he graduated in the top 1% of his cohort, receiving the Dean’s Award for Excellence as a result. He is also a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (previously the Australian Institute of Management).
He is married with three children.
Rebecca has been on the Board of Carers Tasmania, the governing body for Care2Serve, since 2016, bringing extensive experience in developing social and public policy surrounding children, youth, women, older people and people with a disability at both a state and federal level. She is currently Manager of Health Services Design with Primary Health Tasmania, and has also worked with the Department of Health and Ageing (Federal), where she was involved in areas such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, primary health, aged care, rural health, chronic disease prevention, illicit drug diversion and suicide prevention.
Rebecca provided crucial leadership in the implementation of the Tasmanian Carers Policy, served as a representative on the Tasmanian Carers Advisory Council and was the inaugural CEO of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation.
This wide range of experience gives Rebecca a strong understanding and working knowledge of corporate governance and intergovernmental relations, as well as small business and the non-government sector. Rebecca also holds several degrees and professional certifications including a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Macquarie University, a Bachelor of Arts (Public Policy and Political Science) from University of Tasmania and a diploma from the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Brett has over 30 years’ experience in law, having held senior legal roles in both the public and private sectors for organisations such as CSIRO, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Commonwealth Bank and in private practice. He also served as an adviser and lead negotiator for Australia in various United Nations organisations.
Brett has expertise in intellectual property law, commercial law, media and technology law, and corporate governance, was the inaugural Chair of the Commonwealth Legal Network Services Board, was the Chair of Carer ACT and a former Director of Carers Australia.
He holds degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney, Masters degrees (with Honours) from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales. Brett is often asked to speak at conferences and to provide media comment on topical issues within his area of expertise, and is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University.
Renee has over 17 years’ experience as a human resources professional, specialising in industrial relations and change management. She has worked on a number of mergers and large-scale organisational restructures with organisations such as Rio Tinto, Roaring 40s Renewable Energy, Coffey International, Aurora Energy, the Department of Health & Human Services, and in her current role as Director Corporate & Culture for the Department of Premier and Cabinet.
Renee grew up in Brisbane before moving overseas to work in the UK, Brazil, USA and China. In 2004, she moved to Hobart and now considers Tasmania home. She has firsthand experience of the vital role carers play and the unique challenges they face, and is committed to enhancing carer health and wellbeing.
Born and raised in Devonport, Kate moved interstate, running a small business for 13 years before returning to Tasmania to raise her daughter. Kate is a firm believer in a ‘fair go for everyone’, advocating for the many disadvantaged people she believes receive little to no help with their difficult situations. This passion has led to Kate holding roles as Manager of Devonport Community House, serving as Chair for Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, Treasurer for Soroptimist Int. Devonport, and as a board member for ANHCA, the Australian Neighbourhood House peak body, and Tas Women’s Council.
Kate believes in using a community development process to provide opportunities and empower change at a grass-roots level.
David has daily experience of being both a carer (for his wife and his mother) and a person with a disability. He also has a long history working in the not-for-profit sector as a social worker and an advocate, and believes strongly that for all people to have a fair go, we must first have a fair community for all.
It is this passion and belief that has driven David to volunteer with organisations like Red Cross, Blind Citizens Australia and Safe Asylum, and to serve on the boards of organisations like Shelter SA, Housing Trust Tenants Association, Disabled People’s International and now Carers Tasmania and Care2Serve.