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Our Leaders

Debra Cottrell

Debra Cottrell

Chief Executive Officer

Debra has the delegated responsibility for all of the day-to-day operations of Carers Queensland.

Debra worked in leadership roles in the Victorian state government and the health and community service sectors in NSW & Victoria, for over 30 years, before relocating to commence as the CEO of Carers Queensland in September 2009.

Debra believes that the only way we can truly claim that Australia is the lucky country, is by opening up our places and spaces to people of all abilities, because everyone has the right to social inclusion and to be able to live the best life they can.

Cameron Thayer

Cameron Thayer

General Manager – Strategy

Cameron is the General Manager Strategy responsible for marketing and communications, organisational risk, quality and compliance, and policy and research at Carers Queensland.

He has spent 15 years in the community sector, working with diverse and marginalised populations. He has spent 10 years in senior leadership roles, in both the private and not-for-profit sectors, responsible for business growth, governance and performance, risk and assurance and change management.

Cameron has undergraduate qualifications in Behavioural Science and post-graduate qualifications in Business Administration.

He is passionate about building a positive culture and empowering people and organisations to deliver quality and contemporary services that enable sustainable community outcomes.

Jocelyn Wills

Jocelyn Wills

General Manager – National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Local Area Coordination (LAC) Partner in the Community Program

Jocelyn joined Carers Queensland in 2011 as the State Coordinator for the Better Start for Children with Disability Program and became the General Manager responsible for the LAC program on the 1st of January 2017.

Prior to her time at Carers Queensland she worked for Red Cross, Brisbane City Council and Disability Employment organisations.

Jocelyn is passionate about leadership, developing a positive organisational culture for staff and providing a high-quality service to people with disability, their families and the community.

Wayne Herrmann

Wayne Herrmann

General Manager – Corporate Services

Wayne joined Carers Queensland in 2014, working to create processes to improve efficiency, productivity, and safety of the people and assets at Carers Queensland. He focuses on providing solutions and results that are aligned with the goals of the organisation.

Wayne has over 15 years experience in similar roles in the not-for-profit sector, which enabled him to bring a unique blend of business acumen, financial management skills and insightful thinking.

In his role, Wayne provides leadership and oversees the organisation’s financial activities and operations, from a short-term approach to long-term forecasting.

Sarah Bone - Manager Carer Program

Sarah Bone

Manager – Carer Program

Sarah joined Carers Queensland as an Area Manager in August 2018, after relocating from Darwin.

She became the Manager for the Carer program in June 2020.

Graduated from Paisley University with a Bachelor of Arts Business in 2003, Sarah has worked in the community sector for over 15 years.

She has over 10 years’ experience managing teams across a number of community programs including: Homelessness, Domestic Violence, AOD, Mental Health & Disability in the United Kingdom and Australia.

Sarah is driven by her passion to make a difference, focusing on helping individuals to live better lives, whilst promoting inclusive communities and opportunities for all.