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Our Board

Jim Toohey

Chair

Board Member since February 2012

Over the last 30 years, Jim has worked with unpaid carers and has been an unpaid carer himself.

Caring for an elderly grandparent and working as a volunteer with disabled adults and the frail-aged has driven his motivation to advocate and improve the life of carers.

Jim brings an extensive background in the for-profit and not-for-profit sectors, specifically in residential and home aged-care. His experience includes effective policy negotiation and development at all levels of government; successful senior management experience in large organisations; a wide experience in corporate governance and financial expertise as a senior manager in a commercial bank.

Jim’s aspiration is to ensure the community is aware of and passionately supportive of carers of all ages and backgrounds.

Ross Cook

Secretary

Board Member since 2012

Ross has been the fulltime carer for his wife Helen for the last 17 years and at Carers Queensland, he found the support he needed for his caring role.

His lived experience delivers an insight into the everyday lives of carers and brings him closer to his goal of contributing to our organisational excellence in the provision of services to caring families across Queensland.

Ross holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Business, a Cert in Governance for Not-for-Profits, and a Cert in Quality Management Assessment. He is also experienced in corporate governance, financial and operational management audit, risk management and organisational strategic management.

Jane Schilpzand

Treasurer

Board Member since July 2013

Jane is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and a certified practising accountant with more than 30 years’ experience in financial and business management.

Having worked for many years for Brisbane City Council, Jane has an extensive knowledge of government policy and processes, due diligence and corporate governance. Jane uses her knowledge and experience to assist the Board to achieve its strategic goals.

Jane has a passion for supporting carers in their working lives. She was involved in many of the early work/life balance initiatives at BCC and supported many staff in the carer role. She has personally cared for her terminally ill sister and is now a major support to her mother.

Gwen McLeod

Director

Board Member since November 2010

Gwen has been a carer for more than 30 years, first for her mother, then her son and now for her daughter-in-law.

Gwen has long-standing involvement with community organisations including the Red Cross, the Country Women’s Association, Bush Children’s Health Scheme and Alzheimer’s Australia.

In 1999, Gwen started the “Adopt a Digger” program supporting Australia peacekeepers in East Timor and as a founding committee member for an annual community charity race day was awarded the Centennial Medal for Distinguished Service in Fundraising in 2001.

A mother of three, Gwen has been a regular volunteer at the Carers Queensland Darling Downs office and is co-facilitator of the Toowoomba Social Group.

Robbie Sinclair

Deputy Chair

Board Member since July 2013

Robbie is an accomplished management professional with executive-level international leadership experience. Robbie’s exposure to carers goes back several decades and includes being involved in care of his late father with his mother.

He understands some of the challenges faced by rural carers and recognises every carer has a unique voice and position to bring to the overall understanding of carers in the community.

As a professional Risk and Business Manager, he looks to support Carers Queensland’s corporate operations.

David Fagan

Director

Board Member since April 2014

David has been active in community and public affairs for the past three decades in his role as a journalist, media and higher education executive. He is a former editor of The Courier-Mail and Queensland editorial director of News Limited.

He is currently Director of Corporate Transition at Queensland University of Technology and sits on a number of community boards. His newspaper career taught him to value the contribution carers make and he values the opportunity to advocate for them. David lives in Brisbane and is married with three daughters.

Ian Kaye

Director

Board Member since June 2016

Ian was the State Member for Greenslopes from 2012 to 2015. Prior to his election, Ian served as a police officer in both metropolitan Brisbane and rural Queensland for 23 years, which included extensive experience in dealing with issues faced by Carers in the community.

Ian served as the Deputy Government Whip from March 2013 and was a member of the Ethics Committee. He was also previously a member on the Parliamentary Crime and Misconduct Committee and the Finance and Administration Committee. Currently Ian works as a Stakeholder Manager in the South Pacific in the field of community settlement for refugees.

Moya Pennell

Director

Board Member since November 2016

Moya is a journalist experienced in media, corporate communications, marketing and public relations, having specialised in research, writing, editing, publishing, speech-writing and annual reporting, particularly governance.

She serves on the Australasian Reporting Awards (ARA) awards committee as coordinator of and adjudicator for four industry groups: education and research; manufacturing; primary industry; and property and construction. A University of Queensland Arts graduate and member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she is also a Director for a small property company. Other interests include property and share investment and management, and aviation as a private pilot and former light aircraft owner and operator.

Community activities range from membership of Soroptimist International Brisbane and regular voluntary work with Queensland State Archives to support for the Salvation Army and animal refuges.

Caring has always been a familiar concept, aligned with a family culture where elderly or infirm members retain a place in family life. This now extends to emotional and practical support for close, long-standing friends facing disability and terminal illness.

Louise Ferris

Director

Board Member since November 2017

Louise has over 25 years’ experience as a HR Professional. She has worked for some of Australia’s largest law firms and international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, where she worked with some of the nation’s leading lawyers in delivering the people strategy.

An important aspect of Louise’s approach to her role given her experience in law is to give back to the industry. Louise is an active supporter and regularly provides mentoring across the industry including at the student and young lawyer level where she provides insight and guidance into navigating the industry to enable careers to be built.

Some areas of focus for Louise’s work include inclusion and diversity. Louise plays an active role as Implementation Lead for the Queensland Male Champions of Change working closely with Chairman Dominic McGann.

Louise also is a strong advocate for education and awareness in the area of mental health and wellbeing. She was instrumental in McCullough Robertson being recognised at the Queensland Mental Health Awards in 2016 working closely with Mental Illness Fellowship Queensland (MIFQ) for delivering innovation education solutions to corporates.

In addition to her experience in the law, Louise has also worked in the retail industry working for Flight Centre and Angus and Robertson bookstores.