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.
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.
Sue has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public and not for profit sectors, primarily working in the delivery of human services in areas where a commitment to community and closing the gap to disadvantage are her personal drivers.
Most recently Sue was a member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Disability Insurance Agency (2012-2019), including Tasmanian State Manager from 2012-2016. From 2007 to 2012 Sue worked for the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in Canberra – primarily in the areas of housing, disaster recovery and the National Partnership Agreement for remote Indigenous housing. Between 1995 and 2006 Sue was Chief Executive Officer for Colony 47 Incorporated.
Over the period of working in the not for profit sector, Sue held ministerial appointments to a range of government advisory committees at state and Commonwealth levels and represented Colony 47 on a range of joint venture partnerships, advisory committees and reference groups. Sue was also President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (2000-2006) and Vice President of the Australian Council of Social Service (2002-2006), and President of Tagari Lia Community Living and Nexus Inc.
Sue has expertise in human service delivery, human centered design, public policy and corporate governance. She holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Griffith University and a Diploma of Company Directorship from the University of New England. Sue is passionate about public policy that contributes to innovative and quality services that deliver outcomes for people.
Will has more than 20 years’ experience working in accounting, financial services, and leadership roles across a variety of industries in Tasmania. Will currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a Kriticos Nominees, a locally owned family business overseeing businesses in the tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, and financial services sectors.
Previously Will was the Treasurer for MyState Limited for over a decade and worked in local specialist Chartered Accountancy firms (business recovery and insolvency) previously.
Will has been actively involved in not-for profit governance for nearly a decade operating as a board member and most recently the Chair of Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Will brings to the board significant expertise across all areas of finance, including financial analytics, budgeting, capital and risk management.
Will is Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Information Systems) from the University of Tasmania, a Masters of Applied Finance from Kaplan as well as being a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).
Ros has more than 15 years’ experience in management in the not for profit sector. Currently working as the CEO for Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc. she has previously worked as a barrister. Ros has a passion for social inclusion and prevention and early intervention
Ros is the current CEO of, and corporate legal practitioner for, Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc., having been appointed to the role in 2007 and again in 2013 following a merger. Prior to this Ros worked as a barrister, where she gained extensive experience in criminal law, youth justice and family violence. Ros was involved with the implementation of the Tasmanian Safe at Home Program.
Dr Samantha Fox is the Director Strategy and Development at Glenorchy City Council. In this role, she leads the development of Council strategies and plans, facilitates Glenorchy’s $1.9 billion development pipeline and implementation of Glenorchy’s Economic Development Strategy.
Samantha is passionate about leading communities to help them achieve environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspirations. For two decades, she has worked in State, Commonwealth and local governments, providing strategic advice on social, environmental and economic policy, managing diverse teams, multi-million-dollar projects and delivering outcomes for communities. Samantha has qualifications in science, psychology, governance and business.