Who is
Carers Tasmania?

We provide support to family and friend carers across the State.

Carers are at the heart of everything we do. We want your contribution to be valued and your voice to be heard. You should know we’re with you, every step of the way. We support you through offering advice, information, training, counselling and respite.

About Us

Carers Tasmania’s vision is for an Australia that values and supports carers.

Our mission is to work to improve the health, well being, resilience and financial security of carers and to ensure that caring is a shared responsibility of family, community and the government.

We are the voice of carers, so that their contribution to the Tasmanian community and economy is recognised.

Carers Tasmania encourages partnership with government and the health and community sectors to enhance service provision and improve the conditions for family carers through policy development, research and advocacy.

Our values drive everything we think, say and do.

  1. Carers first – we listen to what carers need, commit to a their desired action plan, and deliver results that matter most to carers
  2. Care in all we do – we care for our work, about each other, about Tasmania’s family and friend carers, and the bigger world we all share
  3. Integrity always – we are transparent, act ethically, own when things don’t go to plan, and do what we say we will
  4. Quality every time – we don’t accept ‘good enough’ because carers deserve our very best every time
  5. Above and beyond – no step is to far in support of Tasmania’s family carers

These values represent how we engage with and serve carers, how we work with each other and our commitment to the broader community.

Our History

Looking back at what started in 1992 as an idea, then in 1993 became a grassroots movement of carers and service providers, we now see an organisation that has grown and evolved to become a state-wide organisation.

Meet the Team

Tasmanian family carers are in good hands. The Board and Chief Executive Officer provide visionary strategic leadership that ensures high-quality services now and into the future.

Our CEO and Board

  • David

    Chief Executive Officer

    David Brennan was appointed as Chief Executive Officer, Carers Tasmania in July 2018. He comes to the role with a wealth of skills, qualifications, and experience, both professional and as a co-carer for his late mother.

    David has three decades experience in human services. Over the past 19 years, David has held senior positions that develop human potential and opportunity through learning and development and talent management, both in Australia and abroad across the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia regions. Roles have included: General Manager (Development and Marketing), Institute of Public Administration Australia; Director (People Capability), Queensland Public Service Commission; General Manager, Etisalat Academy, Dubai, UAE; General Manager, Focus Management Consultancy, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

    The early part of his career was case managing disadvantaged and at-risk young people across Queensland through their significant personal challenges (such as homelessness), developing occupational skills and ultimately placement into employment. He also had five years working in employee relations. David has worked across all sectors - government, non-profit and private.

    David holds an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology, where he also received the Dean's Award for Excellence after finishing in the top 1% of his graduating cohort. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Australian and Comparative Studies) from Griffith University. David has completed the Australian Institute of Company Directors diploma in company directorship. He also holds a number of professional certifications relating to leadership and talent management, including The Leadership Challenge® program and occupational assessment tools.

    David is a Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (previously the Australian Institute of Management).

    David is married with three children aged 12, 4 and 1. His interests include tennis, music, current and world affairs, and time with family.

  • Rebecca


    Rebecca was co-opted to the Carers Tasmania Board in 2016.

    Currently a Manager in Health Services Design with Primary Health Tasmania, Rebecca previously worked for 13 years in the public service. She has extensive public sector experience at both the state and federal government in diverse areas of policy development and implementation, project management and leadership roles.

    At the Commonwealth level Rebecca worked at the Department of Health and Ageing, representing the Department on many cross-jurisdictional projects and steering advisory and reference groups, and provided advice about government policy and initiatives to ensure policy objectives were met and better outcomes. This involved a focus on areas such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health, primary health, aged care, rural health, chronic disease prevention, illicit drug diversion and suicide prevention.

    At the state level, Rebecca was the inaugural CEO of the Tasmanian Early Years Foundation and worked across many social policy areas, including with children and young people, women, older people, and people with disabilities, as well as family violence and multicultural policy initiatives. She provided leadership in the implementation of the Tasmanian Carers Policy and was a representative on the Tasmanian Carers Advisory Council.

    Underpinning this experience is a strong understanding and working knowledge of corporate governance, intergovernmental relations and the non-government sector and small business.

    Rebecca is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, has a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Macquarie University and a UTAS Bachelor of Arts with majors in public policy and political science.

  • Brett

    Deputy Chair

    Brett has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive and lawyer in the public and private sectors.

    Most recently Brett was General Counsel and Deputy Chief Executive, Operations at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (2009 – 2014). From 2002 to 2009 Brett worked for the CSIRO and for the Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Agriculture as an adviser and lead negotiator for Australia in various United Nations organisations.

    Between 1989 to 2001 Brett held senior legal roles with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney and international law firm Mallesons Stephen Jaques in Canberra. In 2011 Brett was appointed by then Attorney General Nicola Roxon to be the inaugural Chair of the Commonwealth Legal Network Services Board. A position he held until 2014.

    Brett has expertise in intellectual property law, commercial law, media and technology law and corporate governance. He holds degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Sydney, Masters Degrees in Law (with honours) from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney and a Graduate Diploma in Executive Leadership from the Australian Graduate School of Management at the University of New South Wales.
    Brett is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Law at the Australian National University in Canberra where he teaches in postgraduate research programs and supervises research students. Brett is a regular conference presenter and is often asked to provide media comment on topical issues within his areas of expertise.

    Prior to moving to Hobart from Canberra in late 2016, Brett was a Director of Carer ACT Limited between 2005 and 2016 and Chair from 2007 to 2012. Brett was also a Director of Carers Australia between 2014 and 2016.

  • Renee

    Board Member

    Renee has over 17 years' experience as a human resources professional, working predominantly in the mining, energy and resources sectors. Renee held senior roles with Rio Tinto, Roaring 40s Renewable Energy, Coffey International and Aurora Energy. Most recently Renee has worked in the Tasmanian public sector, as Director HR Management & Strategy with Department of Health & Human Services, and in her current role of Director Corporate & Culture for the Department of Premier and Cabinet.

    Renee has expertise in human resources, industrial relations and change management and has strong international experience, having worked in the UK, Brazil, USA and China. Renee has worked on a number of mergers and large-scale organisational restructures, and has strong communication and change management skills.

    Renee holds a Bachelor of Business (Management) from the University of Queensland, is undertaking an MBA through Deakin University and is a Certified Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.

    Renee grew up in Brisbane, and moved to Tasmania in 2004 and now considers herself a passionate Tasmanian. Through family experiences, Renee has observed the crucial role that carers play and the challenges they face and is committed to the Carers Tasmanian Mission to enhance the health and wellbeing of Carers in Tasmania.

  • David

    Board Member

    David has over 25 years public and private sector experience encompassing banking, finance, corporate development and market strategy experience gained in Australia and overseas.
    Currently, David is General Manager, Business Development & Strategy at Sustainable Timber Tasmania ("STT").

    Immediately prior to joining STT, David was a Director with National Australia Bank ("NAB") within NAB's Global Institutional Bank, covering Victorian and Tasmanian government businesses, not for profits and the affordable housing sector whilst in the corporate bank.

    During his nine years at NAB, he also held a number of other banking and leadership roles, including two years on NAB"s Corporate Bank leadership team as Head of Strategy and National Head of Operations.
    During that period, David has also served as President and Chair of Carers Victoria, and was on the Board for nearly seven years, including acting as Treasurer for three years.

    Prior to joining NAB David held a number of senior roles across different sectors, including heading Business Development and Marketing at RMIT University. He also held roles at Duke Energy International, Austrade, KPMG and the Tasmanian Development Authority.
    David was originally trained as a marine engineer with BP Shipping, and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Tasmania), a post graduate management diploma (University of Plymouth) and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    David is passionate about helping carers, wherever they are. Family circumstances have provided the insight that has helped him understand the ups and downs of the caring experience, and the support that is required to help family carers navigate what can be a challenging and emotional experience.

  • Kate

    Board Member

    Kate was born and raised in Devonport however moved interstate for a number of years returning to raise a daughter in Tasmania. After running a small business for 13 years, Kate decided to follow her dream to “make a difference”. After studying for several years in Community Services and Business, she started her ideal job as Manager of Devonport Community House 12 years ago. Through experiencing grass-roots community and daily interactions with many disadvantaged people receiving little or no help with their difficult situations, Kate was led to various leadership roles in advocating for those less able to help themselves. These currently include Chairperson for Neighbourhood Houses Tasmania, Board member for ANHCA (Australian Neighbourhood House peak body), Board member for Tas Women’s Council, and member & Treasurer for Soroptimist Int. Devonport.
    Kate believes in a fair go for everyone, and using a community development process, provide opportunities to empower change from grass-roots up.

  • Tony

    Board Member

    Tony had a 16 year career in the Australian Public Service (APS), achieving the level as a Senior Manager. Tony is a graduate from the University of Tasmania, with a degree majoring in Government and Public Policy, and a post-graduate degree from the University of Western Sydney, majoring in Management. In addition to the formal qualifications Tony has over thirty years experience serving on boards, committees and advisory groups in a voluntary capacity.

    Tony is also a past employee of Carers Tasmania and brings to the Board a commitment and passion for ensuring that services and representation for carers continue and grow, particularly for male carers and the LGBTI community.

    Tony was the full-time carer for his late wife Sue for five and a half years until October 2015. Tony has recently remarried and is now a secondary carer of his wife’s sixteen year old son, who manages an ongoing medical condition.

    Tony released his memoir "Just One Word, Just One Smile, Life and Love after an Aneursym" in July 2018 which details his caring experience. Tony is employed by Baptcare.

  • John

    Board Member

    John brings to Carers Tasmania 29 years of leading and managing public, private and currently, not for profit organisations.

    As the current CEO of St Michael's Association, John has led this respected and long-standing disability support organisation through tremendous growth. This growth has been borne from assisting primary carers and loved ones of Tasmanians living with a disability through the journey of block funded placements to Person Centred Support provided by the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

    John is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Management, Fellow of the Institute of Practising Accountants, and Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors with postgraduate qualifications in Finance, Business and a Masters in Management while holding undergraduate qualifications in Accounting, Small Business and Training.

    Prior to working with people living and working with a disability for the past nine years, John spent 14 years in various senior leadership roles in the Vocational Education and Training sector, as wide ranging as leading the financial management team during the merge of the five former institutes of TAFE to form TAFE Tasmania to taking a small private Registered Training Organisation delivering training in Tasmania to all states of Australia.

    John's beliefs, knowledge and education are grounded in developing individuals, supporting disabled Tasmanians to find work and assisting marginalised people and their families to reach their own personal level of independence so they all can participate in the broader community. These are core values that John has brought to the Board of Carers Tasmania in his role of Director.

  • David

    Board Member

    David Morrell is a member of Carers Tasmania from the northern region of the State. David became a carer overnight in 2010, subsequently finding himself in a caring role for his wife and now also his mother. David has daily experience of being both a carer and a person who has a disability.

    David brings to the Board a long history of working in the sector as a social worker and also as an advocate. He has served on a number of non-government organisation Boards in the past e.g. Shelter SA; Housing Trust Tenants Association and Disabled People's International.

    David's understanding of the sector is extensive as a result of this experience and brings to the Board strategic planning expertise, budget management, service quality reporting and engaging and negotiating with funding bodies.

    David is driven by the belief that a fair go for each relies on a fair community for all. This belief is reinforced by David's voluntary involvement with Red Cross, Blind Citizens Australia and Safe Asylum.

  • Umesh

    Board Member

    Umesh has spent over a decade providing corporate affairs support to ASX Top 20 and international corporations. He currently
    sits on the Leadership Team at the City of Hobart, as Associate Director Communications and Marketing. Through this role he
    helps shape the media narrative and brand reputation of the City. Previous to this he ran the Government Relations for Vanguard Investments Australia,
    the Australian arm of Vanguard, the second largest funds manager in the world and before that a similar role for IAG, the largest general
    insurer in Australia. During his 4 years at IAG, Umesh also worked on corporate communications for the Commercial Insurance Division

    He has also worked extensively in politics and has a strong network across all levels of Government.

    Umesh studied at the University of Tasmania, completing a Computing degree with Honours and an Arts degree with Honours, majoring in political science.
    He has also completed a Masters degree in International Relations from Deakin University.






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