Jim Toohey

President

Board member since February 2012

Jim is a well-known specialist management consultant to the residential aged care, community care and retirement living sector throughout Australia. His clients have included Grant Thornton, the Productivity Commission, Stockland, Aged Care Plus, FKP, Churches of Christ Care and the Liberal National Party.

He is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, an appointee to the State Government Health and Community Services Industry Standing Committee, and a Justice of the Peace.

He was recognised by the Public Relations Institute of Australia in 2005 via the prestigious Gold Award for handling one of the most challenging corporate communications exercises in aged care history.

Prior to consulting, Jim was for 10 years the Chief Executive of one of Australia’s largest aged care retirement living and community care providers – TriCare. He has represented a number of aged care industry associations over the years and participated as a sector representative in dozens of industry enquiries, government committees and independent reviews.

Diane Vella

Vice President

Board member since November 2008

Diane has a long history of caring, having provided care and support for her father, father-in-law and two brothers.

Through her caring experience, Diane has developed a strong interest in advocacy of carers, particularly in and around the Adult Guardianship.

As carer for her father-in-law, who spoke very little English, Diane has an understanding and keen interest in supporting culturally and linguistically diverse carers.

Ross Cook

Secretary

Board member since February 2012

Ross has been the fulltime carer for his wife, Helen, for the past 12 years. Helen has Freidreichs Ataxia, a genetic, degenerative condition affecting the nervous system. Although unable to walk unaided, or to provide for herself without assistance, Ross and Helen do strive and endeavour to live as meaningful and rewarding a life as practicably possible.

Ross’s professional background includes diverse roles such as university lecturer, business improvement facilitator and trainer, as well as responsibilities in engineering maintenance, project management, major infrastructure development and management systems improvement in the rail industry.

During the past seven years has undertaken tertiary studies in Business, majoring in Economics and Finance, and recently completed his Law degree.

Ross has been an active member of Keppel Community Care’s management committee for eight years, and has interests in travel and enjoying life’s experiences.

Ross is also a Justice of the Peace (Qual), and has volunteered in the local community signing centre.

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 over 30 years’ experience in financial and business management.

Currently Jane is the Financial Controller for a group of rapidly growing private companies where she is using her knowledge and experience to assist the Board to achieve their strategic goals.  Prior to this Jane worked for many years for Brisbane City Council . This has provided her with extensive knowledge of government policy and processes, due diligence and corporate governance. She has a wealth of experience in strategic and business planning, budget formulation and performance monitoring, resource planning and capability building, continuous improvement and change management and policy development.

Jane has a passion for supporting the carer in their working life. Jane 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 85 year old mother.  She has a sympathetic ear to listen and regularly shares experiences of caring on a day to day basis with her numerous friends who are in a carer role.

Gwen McLeod

Director

Board member since November 2010

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

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 Medial 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

Director

Board Member since July 2013

Robbie is an accomplished Security and Risk Management professional with executive level international leadership experience. He is the Chief Risk Officer for a major Australian University and has extensive experience working across a number of senior portfolios in Government Utilities, Public Private Partnerships, International Management Consultancies and the Banking sector. He has worked with Business and Government at all levels on issues including pandemic preparation, counter terrorism, business continuity, disaster recovery and crisis management.

A member of American Society of Industrial Security (ASIS), Robbie is the current President of Australasian Universities Risk and Insurance Management Society (AURIMS), and a foundation member of the Federal Government’s Resilience Expert Advisory Group (REAG).

Prior to his current engagement, Robbie worked as the Asian Regional Director of a bespoke Management consultancy based in Bangkok Thailand. In that capacity he serviced clients in Manufacturing, Mining, Banking, NGO, Religion and Retail and Wholesale sectors providing detailed Security, Risk Management and Training advice and support from multinational and Fortune 100 clients.

Robbie brings strong Risk Management and general Business Management experience to the Board. He has a Master of Business Administration with double majors in Marketing and Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Administrative Leadership, is Board Certified in Security holding a Certified Protection Professional Accreditation from ASIS, has a Diploma in Security Risk Management and is a Justice of the Peace for NSW.

David Fagan

Director

Co-opted Board Director since April 2014

David has been active in community and public affairs for the past three decades in his role as a journalist and media executive. He is a former editor of The Courier-Mail and Queensland editorial director of News Limited. He is currently an adjunct professor of business at the Queensland University of Technology, a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and joined the Carers Queensland board in April. He lives in Brisbane and is married with three daughters, aged from 9 to 35.

Ian Kaye

Director

Leave of Absence

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 twenty-three 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. Ian 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.