Meet Cara's Board of Directors

Cara is governed by a Board of Directors, a group of South Australian business leaders, including several with lived experience of disability, all committed to guiding our strategic direction and business performance.


Nick Smith


Nick Smith joined Cara’s Board of Directors in 2015, and was elected President in 2021.

Nick has extensive commercial and risk management expertise developed in senior management roles across the private and public sectors, predominantly in the energy and construction materials markets. Nick is the Executive Director, Growth and Low Carbon, for the South Australian Department for Energy and Mining and is the Vice President of the International Association for Hydrogen Safety (HySafe).

Nick holds a Master of Business Administration, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy.

Lucy Davies


Lucy was elected Vice-President in 2021. She is a widely experienced professional with a working background which extends across law, government, management consulting and brand strategy.  Lucy is skilled in policy development, government processes, strategy, business development and marketing with strong negotiation and analytical skills backed by a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of International Studies from the University of Adelaide.

Lucy is a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and joined the Cara Board in October 2018. Lucy was motivated to join Cara’s Board as the organisation’s values align strongly with her own. She says: “I consider myself to have a strong sense of social justice and community, and I care deeply about helping people grow and thrive. I’m so proud of and touched by the work Cara does.”

Jane Carey

Jane is a degree-qualified recruitment professional who co-owns a highly successful boutique agency established in 1998. Jane has extensive experience recruiting at all levels, with a specific focus on the property industry in South Australia.

Jane was a finalist in the 2007 Telstra Young Business Women of the Year, and the 2008 Telstra Business Awards.  Jane is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and joined Cara’s Board of Directors in October 2018.

Jane says that she was drawn to Cara for the organisation’s values-based approach, and “the genuine care that everyone at Cara has for customers. Cara is continually striving to improve the lives of children and adults with disability and be a leader in the field of disability support.”

Matthew Nicholls

Matthew has a broad range of tax and strategic business financial skills.  His experience covers both the public and private sectors, with a focus on ensuring compliance and tax practices are lean, agile and deliver results. Matthew currently leads the tax team at BAE Systems Australia and joined the Cara Board of Directors in 2018. In 2021, Matthew was made the Chair of Finance.

Matthew’s private practice experience has seen him specialise in a range of industries including banking and finance, mining, manufacturing. building and construction, defence, government, agribusiness and energy.

Matthew’s wide-ranging business and strategic Board experience is invaluable to Cara, as he also holds the position of Chair of Cara’s Finance and Audit Committee.

Michael Hutchison

Michael is a qualified town planner with significant experience across all aspects of urban planning and a special interest in social housing.  Michael also brings lived experience of disability having recently become blind. It was this experience that motivated him to join the Board, having attended a Cara event and being heartened by the “amazing empathy and support” that he received from Cara staff.

Michael has been serving on the Cara Board since July 2017. He says he is inspired by the “overwhelming commitment of Cara staff to improving the daily lives and independence of their customers”.

Pamela Lee

Pamela is a widely experienced board member and senior executive with an MBA, degree in applied economics, post graduate qualifications in strategic management, governance and risk management. 

Pamela joined the Cara Board of Directors in 2015 and is now the Chair of Governance and Risk. She is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a member of the Leaders Institute of South Australia, Governor’s Leadership Foundation, an affiliate member of the Governance Institute of Australia, certified member of Australian Human Resource Institute, and is internationally accredited in change management (PROCSI).

Pamela is a past recipient of a Telstra Business Women’s Award.

Sam Scammell

Sam joined Cara’s Board of Directors in 2021. As an experienced corporate lawyer, Sam has an extensive background in private practice, having served as in-house counsel for several major companies.

Sam has worked in Chief Executive and general management roles with a focus on strategy and planning, business development, operations and logistics. For more than a decade, he has offered mentoring and consultancy to small and medium-sized enterprises, while he also holds Board roles for multiple disability service providers and TAFE SA.

Sam has achieved a Master of Business Administration, in addition to his formal qualifications in Law and Economics.

He says he is, “inspired by the courage and enthusiasm of all Cara’s customers living with a disability and the efforts of the staff who support them.”