Board and Executive

Meet our current board members and executive leadership team.

Our Board

Michael Briggs B Comm ACA AGIA MBA

Chairman, Northcott
Member, Finance and Properties Committee
Member, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee

Michael is a Business Advisor and Investor. He has been a Director since 2003 and Chairman since 2009.  He is the Chairman of Antec Engineering Pty Ltd and a Director of Guided Knowledge Pty Ltd, Enechi Pty Ltd and Northcott Innovation Ltd. He is also an Advisory Board Member of The Collective Wellness Group.

“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, Knowledge and Innovation, Fred Hollows Foundation
Member, Finance and Properties Committee

Kirsten has been a Director since 2013. She is the Director of Knowledge for the Fred Hollows Foundation. She is 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.

“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

Chairman, Baresque Australia Pty Ltd and affiliated companies
Chairman, Nomination Committee
Chairman, Remuneration Committee

Richard has been a Director since 2003. He is the Chairman of Baresque Australia Pty Ltd Group and affiliated companies.

“The work of Northcott over so many years and the achievements of our clients 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

Partner, Ernst & Young
Chairman, Finance and Properties Committee

Nick has been a Director since early 2013. He 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 Accounts of Scotland, the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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

Founder and Managing Director, GPC Electronics and affiliated companies
Member, Finance and Properties Committee

Christopher has been a Director since 1986.  He 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, 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 Company Directors.   

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

Andrew Mansour Ec LLB (Hons)

Partner, Allens

Andrew was appointed Director in 2010. He is a Partner at commercial law firm Allens, and is head of the firm’s Power and 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

CEO, Ausfilm International

Debra has been a Director since 2012.  She is the CEO at Ausfilm (International Inc) and a Director of the Communications & Media Law Association and the International Institute of Communications. She is also Deputy Chief Adjudicator of the Alcohol Beverages Advertising Code Adjudication Panel and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

“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 clients.  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.

Licensee and Principal, Raine & Horne Commercial Parramatta and Raine & Horne Parramatta

Member, Finance and Properties Committee

John has been a Director since 2000.  He is the Licensee and Principal of Raine & Horne Commercial, Parramatta and Raine & Horne 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.

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

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

Managing Director and CEO Northcott
Member, Finance and Properties Committee
Member, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee

Kerry has been a 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 and CRC for Water Sensitive Cities and Chair of their Audit and Risk Committee. Kerry is also the Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd and a Member of the Finance and Investment Committee for the University of Western Sydney Board of Trustees. In 2007, Kerry was named NSW IBM Community and Government Award winner in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

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

Senior Manager Accessibility and Capability Advice, Commonwealth Bank

Donna works at Commonwealth Bank as Senior Manager Accessibility and Capability Advice. She recently completed a one year 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 in Commonwealth Bank, leading the Group’s approach to accessibility and inclusion for customers and employees with disability. Donna is also a Director on the Board of Australian Network on Disability.   

She is a certified Access Consultant and has also held a number of HR roles within the not-for-profit sector. Donna has also been a Don’t Dis My Ability Campaign Ambassador for 2013, 2014, 2015.

“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

Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, APAC of Cushman and Wakefield

Jodi has been a Director since 2018. She 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

Chief Operating Officer, Sydney Airport 

Hugh has been a Director since 2018. He is the COO of Sydney Airport with responsibility for its aviation business, operations and safety; prior to that he was CFO. 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.”

Our Executive

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 sits on the board of several organisations, including the SpineCare Foundation Ltd, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Northcott Innovation Ltd and AsOne Therapy Ltd.

She is also the Chair of the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd and a Member of the Finance and Investment Committee for the University of Western Sydney Board of Trustees and of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. In 2007, Kerry was named NSW IBM Community and Government Award winner in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards.

Lee Carpenter

Deputy CEO Operations and Corporate Services

Lee started at Northcott in 2008. As Director of Operations, Lee is responsible for the delivery of services to Northcott’s customers. In addition, Lee is responsible for the following support functions that ensure that these operations are run effectively – customer engagement, business support, business analysis and infrastructure. Lee has a background in finance and previous experience in the health sector, including roles in leading hospitals in Australia and the UK.

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.

Liz Forsyth

General Manager, Northcott Supported Living

Liz has worked for Northcott since 2008. In recent years she has been instrumental in preparing the organisation for the introduction of the NDIS and was the former head of the Customer Experience Group. In September 2017, Liz commenced as General Manager, Northcott Supported Living. She is responsible for managing our accommodation and supported living services.

Aby Hutchinson-West

Manager – Quality Safeguards, Clinical Governance and Practice

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. In her current role, Aby manages the Multidisciplinary Service which includes Therapy, Behaviour Support and Transdisciplinary services.

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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