Our Board

Catherine is a qualified physiotherapist with over 30 years’ experience across public, private and community health sectors. She is the former National President of the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) and was the APA’s national spokesperson for 7 years.She has a special interest in policy development in Aged Care and Palliative Care and has served on numerous national committees and advisory boards.

As a Director on a number of Boards including Foodbank Queensland, she has a keen interest in implementing best-practice corporate governance in the not-for-profit sector.

Catherine is also the Director and Founder of Mickel Consulting, a government and community relations consultancy specialising in the health and welfare sectors and KelKel Global Education and Training, a training company specialising in Leadership Development in emerging Asian economies.

Tracey’s role as CEO of Karuna is to provide leadership to all stakeholders – internal and external, ensuring the mission, values and core business objectives are affirmed and actioned. This means ensuring that Karuna’s delivery of holistic and compassionate clinical, spiritual and counselling support continues at a high level and is supported and acknowledged by community, the business network and government alike.

Tracey’s professional background is in corporate communications, IT and strategic marketing. Having worked in executive level roles within the healthcare, life sciences and innovation sectors for many years, Tracey has developed a strong professional network in Australia and the SE Asia region.

As an advocate for caring communities and supporting the not-for-profit sector as a whole, Tracey is also a Non-executive Director of Mangrove Housing. Her professional memberships include professional member of the Fundraising Institute of Australia, Women in IT and also a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

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Ian is a retired local government executive and an active community volunteer.Ian achieved an accomplished career in Local Government in Queensland serving rural and regional communities over forty years. He has gained broad experience in CEO/Executive and Board related roles and in voluntary positions on community organisations. He has developed skills in administration and communication through change management and government reform, interpersonal relations and political interfaces, significant natural disaster events and community development initiatives, and customer and community interactions. His passion for local government and for the local community continues in retirement as he pursues part-time consultancy projects and volunteer community service interests.

Ian has been an avid supporter of Karuna and its services since he became a client for the in-home palliative care of his wife Megan who was a terminally ill cancer patient. He has volunteered as a Board member to be of service to Karuna and to give back to the community it serves in memory of Megan.

Ian hopes that his diverse background together with his client perspective offers a useful contribution to the Board and looks forward to working with the Karuna team to enable its full potential to be reached into the future.

Suzanne has vast experience as a registered nurse in both the public and private health sectors, working in a range of clinical roles such as surgical and paediatric nursing, education and staff development, and emergency nursing.

With a background in nursing leadership roles, Suzanne is passionate about the contribution of nursing to holistic care for patients & clients in the many settings where nursing contributes.

Suzanne currently holds membership of the Nursing and Midwifery Board Queensland (Ahpra) and is a past President of the Queensland Nurses’ Union. She is currently a member of the Children’s Health Queensland Board, and has recently joined the Queensland Plan Ambassadors Council.

She is looking forward to contributing to the work of Karuna and its staff, and feels privileged to be a member of Karuna to support its objectives in providing home based palliative care and the range of other supports for families / carers.

David is an experienced senior executive specialising in strategy development and strategic focus, business growth and new business initiatives, strategic reviews, organisational re-design and major change management initiatives.

Over the last 20 years, David has held senior executive positions such as Executive Manager Strategic Planning and Policy with the Brisbane City Council, Director of Strategy and Business Development with the Ingeus Group of Companies and Head of Strategy at Mission Australia. For the last three years, David has been undertaking freelance consultancy and advisory work for the CEO’s of Goodstart Early Learning, Uniting Care Queensland and St Vincent’s Care Services Australia.

David holds Masters degrees in both Management and also in Economics and a Graduate Diploma in Organisational Development.

Anthony is the Founder and Managing Director of Connect Plan Management Pty Ltd, a specialist, independent NDIS plan management agency. He has more than 13 years’ experience in the disability and social services sectors as a director, executive, and consultant. Anthony is passionate about making a difference in the lives of those living with a disability.

Anthony has over two decades of experience as a Chartered Accountant with international accounting and consulting firms with particular interests in risk management, control frameworks and technology. He has previously served as a Director and Chair of the Audit Committee of a large, complex needs disability services provider.

Anthony’s sister received support from Karuna during her terminal illness. He hopes to utilise his expertise and perspective of the NDIS and disability services sector to meaningfully contribute to Karuna, its staff, and clients.

Sandra is a member of the Brisbane Sisters of Mercy. She has extensive not-for-profit experience in leadership and governance leading significant governance changes in the establishment and formation of incorporated Boards in Health, Education and Welfare.Since 2014 Sandra has served as Director of Mangrove Housing Ltd and is currently Deputy Chair. She is a member of the Risk Committee of the Board and Chair of the Board’s Business Development Committee.Sandra was appointed to the Board of Mater Misericordia Ltd in November 2018 and is a member of the Clinical Governance, and People, Culture and Mission committees.