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 also Chairman of Antec Engineering Pty Ltd and Guided Knowledge Pty Ltd and a Director of Northcott Innovation Ltd.  He is also an Advisory Board Member of Anytime Fitness Group and 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.”   

Tony Abrahams B Com (Hons) LLB MPhil (Econ) MBA MAICD

Co-founder and CEO, Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media)
Member, Nomination Committee
Member, Remuneration Committee

Tony has been a Director since 2010. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Access Innovation Media (Ai-Media), an organisation that provides media access solutions for people with disability, and speech-to- text solutions for education, government, corporate and broadcast clients. Tony is a Rhodes Scholar and a Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (MAICD).  In 2013 Tony was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

“It is a great honour to join the Board of Northcott – an organisation with a proud history of transforming lives by delivering access and inclusion for people with disability for more than 80 years.  I am particularly excited to join the Board during a period that promises long-overdue and significant reform to Australia’s disability sector.”

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.”         

Dr Rob Silberstein MB BS MHL LLB (Hons 1) MIP GDLP FIPTA

Principal, Silberstein and Associates

Rob has been a Director since 2009.  He is the founding Principal of Silberstein and Associates legal services firm.  He is also Chairman of the Board of Mobility 2000 (Australia) Limited, a not-for-profit charitable organisation developing technologies for people with disability as well as a Director of Northcott Innovation Ltd.  Rob has a physical disability and has been a customer of Northcott since his early childhood.

“I wanted to become a Director of Northcott because I am passionate about making a more inclusive society and feel that I can make a valuable contribution in that regard.  I have a physical disability, have been a client of Northcott since my early childhood, and have been involved with increasing public awareness about disability and championing positive change for disability on many levels throughout my life.  I consider that Northcott is well positioned to influence positive change and to make a strong impact on a more inclusive society.”

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.  She is the Managing Director and CEO of Northcott.  She is also a Director of the SpineCare Foundation Ltd, the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Northcott Innovation Ltd and AsOne Therapy Ltd.   Kerry is the Chair of 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 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.

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.”

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

Director of Operations

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, Customer Experience 

Liz came to Northcott in 2008 with a social work background. In recent years she has been instrumental in preparing the organisation for the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

As head of the Customer Experience Group, Liz is now responsible for Northcott’s NDIS transition and readiness, customer engagement, research and insights, and sales strategy and marketing, including branding, product design and communications.

Ruth Callaghan

General Manager, Stakeholder Relations

Ruth came to Northcott in 2015 with substantial experience over the last ten years as a CEO and senior executive in the government and non-government sectors. As General Manager Stakeholder Relations, Ruth is responsible for government relations and tendering, research and evaluation, fundraising and contracts and projects that are not funded under the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

She holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Sydney and a MA (Policy Studies) from the University of NSW. Prior to joining Northcott, Ruth developed and led major change and strategic policy, funding and service delivery initiatives in disability services, early childhood regulation and funding.

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