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.


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Matthew Nicholls


Matthew was elected President in 2022 and has a broad range of tax and strategic business financial skills.

Matthew joined Cara’s Board of Directors in 2018 and brings over 30 years of experience in a range of roles across public administration, consulting and corporate finance. Matthew also brings a lived experience of disability having lost both of his arms in a farming accident at a young age.

He says “I am honoured to accept the role of Board President. Cara is a leading disability provider in South Australia and I feel privileged to be able to share my skills and experience with an organisation that has such a rich history and excellent reputation.”

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Pamela Lee

Vice President

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.

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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”.

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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.

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Peter Auhl

Peter is a passionate South Australian who is a specialist in holistic transformation combining strategic, cultural and digital reform to improve business agility, cyber resilience, service delivery and customer outcomes.

His 30-year career has focused on delivering results in strategy, technology, communities and economies. He has delivered innovative change programs and solutions across a diverse portfolio of businesses including health, planning, transport, economic development, peak industry groups, infrastructure, education and technology. Peter was named CEO Magazine Australian “CIO of the Year” in 2017, #6 in the CIO50 list of 2018 and was the Australian Digital Innovator of the Year in 2019.