Meet Cara’s Chief Executive and Executive Team
Cara’s Executive team are focused on Cara’s strategic objectives and transformation, to provide the very best service of to our most important stakeholders – children and adults with disability in our Cara Community. Find out more about them here.
“Cara is an organisation that is committed, as I am, to empower people with disabilities to live a rich and independent life. I feel very privileged to lead the team at Cara, the work we are doing in the disability sector is some of the most rewarding work in the world.”
Liz has led Cara through a period of significant change, transformation and celebrated organisational milestones since joining Cara in 2015.
Under Liz’s leadership, Cara has transformed from a block funded ‘Not for Profit’ to a values-driven, commercially thinking ‘Profit for Purpose’ that is committed to providing high-quality services so that people with disabilities can lead fulfilling, everyday lives. She has led the organisation towards a new vision, business model, brand and promise, while welcoming record numbers of staff to the organisation, growing revenue and expanding Cara’s services to new customers.
Liz has more than 30 years’ experience in the disability, education and health sectors. In 2017, Liz was named a finalist in the SA Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She is the Deputy Chair of the Health, Disability, Aged Care and Community Services Industry Skills Council. She sits on the Board of Ability First Australia, the YMCA of SA and on the SA State Committee of National Disability Services (NDS).
Liz is pictured with Cara customer Jen, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.
Chief Financial Officer
“I’ve had the opportunity to work on some cutting edge technology developments in my time at Cara, with many more in the pipeline. I’m proud to work with a team who are highly motivated and positive, and keen to improve and grow every day on behalf of our customers.”
Matt is passionate about business finance and analytics and joined Cara in 2016. Over the last 11 years, Matt’s previous roles have been in the private sector, both UK and Australian based, in finance and commercial roles. Matt’s qualifications include an LLB with Honours degree in Law and he is a registered Chartered Accountant with the Certified Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA).
Since joining Cara, Matt has supported the Chief Executive and the Board to re-engineer Cara’s service offering and systems to be NDIS ready. Matt is driven by working in an industry with significant innovation and technological disruption. Matt is also an advocate for the use of ‘open source’ software.
Matt is pictured with Cara customer Josh, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.
Executive Manager – Operations
“I love the difference that our committed staff make to our customers’ wellbeing, independence and enjoyment of life. Every step forward is incredibly important, no matter how small that step is.”
Kerry has held executive positions in education and disability sectors across South Australia and Victoria.
Kerry has led the transition of Cara’s services to the National Disability Insurance Scheme and in doing so, has ensured that Cara’s purpose remains central – keeping customers safe and empowering them for greater independence. Kerry’s leadership has been integral to implementation of significant change and building capacity within her portfolio. Under her leadership, Cara’s services have strengthened customer service, the protection of customers’ rights, person-centred approaches, service quality and management.
Kerry is pictured with Danielle, a former long-term Cara customer, who lived with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living, before moving to live closer to her family.
Executive Manager – Customer & Stakeholder Engagement
“I’m passionate about creating new and better ways of supporting people with disability, seeing our customers thriving, trying new things and developing in ways they never thought possible.”
Todd has an extensive background in delivering human services, having worked in government and not-for-profit agencies in Australia and the United Kingdom. As an Occupational Therapist, Todd has worked in a range of areas including acute public health, community aged care, rural and remote therapy services and specialist home modification. He specialises in business systems analysis and tailoring services and programs to suit customer needs.
Todd also has a long-term passion for improving the options for Specialist Disability Accommodation, and has a thorough understanding of the connection between disability supports and disability housing. Todd has an undergraduate Bachelor Degree in Occupational Therapy, and is working towards completing his Masters in Business Administration.
Todd is pictured with Cara customer Anton, who lives with support from Cara in Supported Independent Living.
Executive Manager – Workforce Development
Tim’s role at Cara focuses on leading teams to partner with internal customers so that strategic goals are translated into operational realities. His role involves leadership of recruitment, learning, development and industrial relations practices. Tim also has a specific focus on using technologies wherever possible to align people activities to organisational needs and is interested in the intersection of technology with workplace culture and how this can be used most effectively.
Tim holds Degrees in Nursing and Applied Science, an Honours Degree in Human Movement, and a Masters of Business Administration. Tim is an active member of the Australian Human Resources Institute and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Tim is pictured with Cara customer Jordan, who regularly stays with Cara in Short Term Accommodation (Respite).