Board and Executive

Meet our current board members and executive leadership team.

Our Board

Michael Briggs B Comm ACA AGIA MBA

Chairman, Northcott
Director since 2003

Michael is a Business Advisor and Investor. He is the Chairman of Antec Group Pty Ltd, Northcott Innovation Ltd and Northcott Supported Living and a Director of RLT International Ltd (UK) and Enechi Pty Ltd. He is also an Advisory Board Member of The Collective Wellness Group. Michael has been Chairman of Northcott since 2009.

  • Finance and Properties Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

“My aim is to ensure that Northcott continues to grow its resources and capabilities in order to increase services to clients, while at the same time ensuring it continues to be a high quality and caring organisation.”

Kirsten Armstrong M.Ec, M.PH, FIAA

Director since 2013

Kirsten is the Director of Knowledge & Innovation for the Fred Hollows Foundation. She is a Director of Three Rivers Consulting, a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of Australia and a Member of the Australian Council for International Development’s Development Practice Committee. She is also a former Partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers.

  • Finance and Properties Committee

 “’Person centred’ has become the new catch-cry in disability and health care, but has been a way of life for Northcott throughout its history. I’m proud to have the opportunity to work with Northcott and its people as the national disability reforms take shape.”

Richard Blaiklock B Comm MBA

Director since 2003

Richard is Chairman of the Baresque Australia Pty Ltd group and affiliated companies.

  • Chair, Nomination Committee
  • Chair, Remuneration Committee

“The work of Northcott over so many years and the achievements of our customers and their carers are an inspiration. It is a privilege to be able to support management and staff in their endeavours to make meaningful contributions to people’s lives.”

Nick Cardno MA (Hons) CA MAICD

Director since 2013

Nick is a Partner of the accounting firm Ernst & Young as well as a Director of Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services Ltd. He is also a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

  • Chair, Finance and Properties Committee


Christopher Janssen MB BS (Sydney) MBA (IMD) FAICD

Director since 1986

Christopher is the Founder and Managing Director of GPC Electronics and affiliated companies. He is also a Director for The Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering Ltd at The University of Sydney, a member of the Abbotsleigh School Council, on the Advisory Board of Centor Holdings Pty Limited and a Warden at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Wahroonga. He is a registered (non-practising) Medical Practitioner and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD).

  • Finance and Properties Committee

 “As a Board Member, I believe that I can help shape and develop resources to enable our customers to live a complete and valuable life.”

Andrew Mansour Ec LLB (Hons)

Director since 2010

Andrew is a Partner at commercial law firm, Allens, and is head of the firm’s Power & Utilities Sector.

“I have worked with the Northcott team for some time and I am privileged to become more involved through the Board.Northcott is already an organisation with strong foundations and I look forward to working with the team to continue building on that base.” 

Debra RichardsBA (Lib Studies) Grad Diploma (Arts) MA MAICD

Director since 2012

Debra is the CEO at Ausfilm (International Inc) and a Director of the Communications and Media Law Association (CAMLA) and the International Institute of Communications. She is also Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).

  • Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

 “It is an honour and a privilege to join the Board and become part of Northcott.  I am inspired by the work of Northcott, its dynamic team and valued customers.  I look forward to supporting management in working towards the goal of access and inclusion for all.”      

John Surian BA (Econ) G.DipAppFin (Sec Inst) F Fin.

Director since 2000

John is the Licensee and Principal of Raine & Horne Parramatta and Raine & Horne Commercial Parramatta, a firm that has been respectively engaged in the sale, leasing and property management in the broader metropolitan area of Sydney and Parramatta since 1976. John is also a Licensed Business Broker and Auctioneer and provides property advice including site consolidation, acquisitions and project management.

  • Finance and Properties Committee

“In what some see as an increasingly materialistic and too often cynical world, fulfilment for me is the opportunity to assist Australians with disability by helping to identify worthwhile programs, contribute to the overall continuing viability of Northcott and to develop relationships with our most professional team, our customers and shareholders.”

Kerry Stubbs BA (Hons) MA (Hons) Grad Cert (Writing) MAICD

Director since 2008

Kerry is the Managing Director and CEO of Northcott. She is a Director of The SpineCare Foundation Ltd, Northcott Innovation Ltd, AsOne Therapy Ltd, Northcott Supported Living and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. Kerry is a Member of the Board of Trustees for Western Sydney University and Chair of their Finance and Investment Committee. She has recently been appointed Deputy Chancellor of Western Sydney University.

  • Finance and Properties Committee
  • Nomination Committee
  • Remuneration Committee

Donna Purcell Dip. HR Mgt, Dip B, Dip BM, Dip PR, Dip Ed

Director since 2016

Donna works at Commonwealth Bank as Senior Manager Accessibility and Capability Advice.

In 2015–2016, Donna undertook a secondment working on the National Inquiry into Employment Discrimination against older Australians and Australians with Disability for the Australian Human Rights Commission. Prior to working on the Inquiry, Donna was a Diversity Manager at Commonwealth Bank, leading the Group’s approach to accessibility and inclusion for customers and employees with disability. Donna is also a Director of Australian Network on Disability. 

Donna is a certified Access Consultant and has also held a number of HR roles within the not-for-profit sector. Donna was a NSW Don’t Dis My Ability Campaign Ambassador for 2013–2016.

“I am proud to have joined the Board and to be part of such a progressive and innovative organisation that provides opportunities to improve the lives of people with disability.”

Jodi Swinburne B Comm CPA

Director since 2018

Jodi has over 20 years’ experience in senior finance roles in listed companies across a variety of sectors ranging from print media, property, retail banking and pharmaceutical. In May 2016, Jodi became the Chief Financial Officer, APAC of Cushman & Wakefield. Jodi has now taken on the additional responsibility of Chief Operating Officer, APAC of Cushman & Wakefield. 

Previously, Jodi was a director of the Diversity Council Australia, an independent not-for-profit peak body leading diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

“Diversity and inclusion have been a passion of mine and I am honoured to join the Northcott board as they continue to redefine Australia’s disability support.”

Hugh Wehby BEc (Hons), DipInvRel

Director since 2018

Hugh is the Chief Operating Officer of Sydney Airport with responsibility for its aviation business, operations and safety. Prior to this role, Hugh was Chief Financial Officer. Hugh is committed to working closely with airport partners to grow Australia’s aviation industry, driving jobs and economic growth. Before joining Sydney Airport he was with Macquarie Group in both Sydney and London.

“The work of Northcott is fundamental to building a society that is inclusive and one which enables individuals to realise their potential. It is a privilege to join the Board and I look forward to supporting the team and its valuable work in society.”



Kerry Stubbs

Chief Executive Officer

Kerry was appointed CEO of Northcott in 2008. She was previously the Executive Director of St Vincent’s Hospital and Sacred Heart Hospice. Kerry is a Director of The SpineCare Foundation Ltd, Northcott Innovation Ltd, AsOne Therapy Ltd, Northcott Supported Living and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee.

Kerry is also a Member of the Board of Trustees for Western Sydney University and Chair of their Finance and Investment. She has recently been appointed Deputy Chancellor of Western Sydney University.

Lee Carpenter

Deputy CEO

 Lee has a background in finance and joined Northcott in 2008 following extensive experience in the health sector, including roles in leading hospitals in the UK and Australia. He became Deputy CEO in January 2018, expanding his overall responsibility to oversee customer experience, finance and therapy, as well as his existing coverage of operations and infrastructure.

David Long

General Manager, People and Culture

David has responsibility for Northcott’s strategies that ensure we attract and retain the right people, and that they are equipped to meet our future challenges. David joined Northcott in 2012 and has more than 25 years’ experience in human resources management. He has worked across various industries in the public and private sectors for organisations including the Roads & Traffic Authority, the TAB and St Vincents & Mater Health Sydney.

Pat Buick

Head of Therapy

Pat commenced her career in the medical imaging sector prior to moving into management after completing a Masters of Business Administration. Her early career focused on managing change in the private radiology sector before working at St Vincents and Mater Health Sydney as the Service Manager of Diagnostics. She joined Northcott in February 2018 to assist in providing a sustainable customer-centric therapy service.


Amanda Dawson

Manager, Early Childhood Early Intervention

Amanda joined Northcott in 2001 as a frontline support worker while completing a Bachelor of Education. She has held a variety of roles, including a range of leadership positions. These have included management of state-wide services such as Individual and Family Support, Early Links, the Preschool Disability Support Program, and now the Early Childhood Early Intervention contract with the National Disability Insurance Agency.

Paul Herbert

Chief Information Officer

Paul has a background in research completing a PhD in physiology. His early career focused on risk and facilities management, before shifting to finance. Joining Northcott in 2016, he established the Individual Plan Advisor team in preparation for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) before moving onto other roles including managing the transfer of fleet, infrastructure and ICT.

Aby Hutchinson-West

Manager – Quality and Safeguarding

With 25 years in disability services, Aby has a Psychology Masters and is a qualified special education teacher. Prior to joining Northcott in 2006, Aby worked as an Autism advisor for the Highlands of Scotland. In her time at Northcott she has established many Northcott services including Intensive Family Support, Early Childhood Autism Service and the Person Centred Behaviour Support service.

Amanda Thomas

Chief Financial Officer

Amanda joined Northcott in May 2018. Amanda brings over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry having worked in hospitals in the UK and in medical devices in both the UK and Australia. Amanda is very familiar with handling requirements from government agencies and has managed complex, multidisciplinary finance teams and contracts functions. Amanda has over 25 years of finance experience.

John Preston

State Operations Manager

John joined Northcott in 2003 and has spent much of his time at Northcott in a variety of management roles, primarily related to Employment and Life Skills services. In recent years John has been heavily involved in the transition to the NDIS and is now responsible for operations across the state.

Alex Varley

General Manager, Customer Experience

Alex joined Northcott in February 2017 working with Northcott Innovation before moving to head up our Customer Experience Group in September. In this role he has responsibility for marketing, communications, fundraising, customer insights and experience. Alex has been a CEO of two disability organisations, as well as undertaking senior marketing roles in the not-for-profit services and arts sectors.

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