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 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. Speed that matters – we are agile and don’t put off what can be done today
    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 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.

  • Sue

    Board Member

    Sue has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public and not for profit sectors, primarily working in the delivery of human services in areas where a commitment to community and closing the gap to disadvantage are her personal drivers.

    Most recently Sue was a member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Disability Insurance Agency (2012-2019), including Tasmanian State Manager from 2012-2016. From 2007 to 2012 Sue worked for the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in Canberra – primarily in the areas of housing, disaster recovery and the National Partnership Agreement for remote Indigenous housing. Between 1995 and 2006 Sue was Chief Executive Officer for Colony 47 Incorporated.

    Over the period of working in the not for profit sector, Sue held ministerial appointments to a range of government advisory committees at state and Commonwealth levels and represented Colony 47 on a range of joint venture partnerships, advisory committees and reference groups. Sue was also President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (2000-2006) and Vice President of the Australian Council of Social Service (2002-2006), and President of Tagari Lia Community Living and Nexus Inc.

    Sue has expertise in human service delivery, human centred design, public policy and corporate governance. She holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Griffith University and a Diploma of Company Directorship from the University of New England. Sue is passionate about public policy that contributes to innovative and quality services that deliver outcomes for people.

  • Will

    Board Member

    Will has more than 20 years’ experience working in accounting, financial services, and leadership roles across a variety of industries in Tasmania. Will currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a Kriticos Nominees, a locally owned family business overseeing businesses in the tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Previously Will was the Treasurer for MyState Limited for over a decade and worked in local specialist Chartered Accountancy firms (business recovery and insolvency) previously.

    Will has been actively involved in not-for profit governance for nearly a decade operating as a board member and most recently the Chair of Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Will brings to the board significant expertise across all areas of finance, including financial analytics, budgeting, capital and risk management.

    Will is Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Information Systems) from the University of Tasmania, a Masters of Applied Finance from Kaplan as well as being a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

  • Belinda

    Board Member

    Belinda has over 18 year’s experience working in accounting and financial services roles. Currently working as Group Manager – Commercial for Federal Group she has previously worked for 13 years for Hydro Tasmania and prior to that in several financial services organisations both in Hobart and Brisbane.

    Belinda has held several not for profit governance positions including 6 years (2014-2020) as both a Board Director and Chair of the Finance committee with Adventure Patch (formerly Blackmans Bay Children Services) and has more recently been appointed as both a Board Director and Audit and Risk committee member for Dress For Success Hobart.

    Belinda holds a Bachelor of Commerce, Majoring in Accounting from the University of Southern Queensland, is a Certified Practicing Accountant with CPA Australia and a Graduate of the Institute of Company Directors.

  • Ros

    Board Member

    Ros is the current CEO of, and corporate legal practitioner for, Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc., having been appointed to the role in 2007 and again in 2013 following a merger. Prior to this Ros worked as a barrister, where she gained extensive experience in criminal law, youth justice and family violence. Ros was involved with the implementation of the Tasmanian Safe at Home Program.

    Ros has significant skills and knowledge in leadership, human resources, industrial relations, policy development, quality improvement and accreditation and Not-For-Profit board governance. Ros was a former Board Member and President of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Council of Tasmania and Board Member and Vice President of the Youth Network of Tasmania. She is also a current Board Member of Families and Children Tasmania.

    Ros has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), a Diploma in Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

    In her spare time she is an avid trekker, camper and traveller.






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