We draw on the talents and skills of a dedicated Board, team of staff and key supporters to support our work in making carers’ lives better.
Our Board members are passionately committed to improving the lives of carers, and bring a wide range of skills and experience to help us achieve our aims. Many of them also have personal experience of caring.
Sue Peden AM – Board Chair
Board Director since 2013
Sue has over 30 years’ experience in advertising and marketing, advising clients from large multi-nationals to start ups on brand strategy, creative development, and consumer research. She is currently the director and founder of Sue Peden Communication Consulting Pty Ltd, and is a former unpaid carer of over 15 years (disability).
Sue’s other board roles include the Ballarat General Cemeteries Trust, Aged and Community Care Providers Association (ACCPA), and Unlabelled Pty Ltd.
Callum Ingram – Deputy Chair
BSci (Hon), LLB, LLM, EMPM, GAICD
Board Director since 2016
Callum is now retired, and living the carer experience. He has over 25 years’ experience leading multidisciplinary teams across a variety of leadership roles in the public, NFP and private sectors.
Callum’s strengths lie in organisational transformation, continuous improvement and strategic planning, and he has extensive experience in corporate services, governance, strategy, and policy development. He also sits on the board of the Aurora Foundation Ltd.
Guy Carvalho - Treasurer
B. Acc., CPA
Board Director since 2015
Guy is the co-founder and CEO at IBO, a new digital business that has applied for a banking license that would enable it to become a ‘bank’ to support the global mobility of capital, commerce and people. He has over 30 years’ experience as a senior financial and commercial executive, growing business portfolios across a range of customer segments, industries and companies in the Asia–Pacific region.
Guy has the strong belief that people are the single biggest asset for any organisation and none more so than for not-for-profit organisations such as Carers Victoria.
Board Director since 2005
Helen, husband Peter and their two sons, Jayden and Ben, live in regional Traralgon, enabling Helen to provide a regional/rural 'carer' perspective to the Board.
Their youngest son Ben, now 26 years old, was born with an extremely rare syndrome causing multiple severe and profound disabilities. He also became a paraplegic in 2009 due to an unexplained post-operative medical complication causing a spinal cord injury.
Helen also cared for her chronically ill father who lived in their family home for over seven years until he passed away in 2010.
Helen has decades of experience as a family carer and working in the disability sector. She works part-time for the Association for Children with a Disability (ACD) as a State-wide Workshop Facilitator for parents and professionals and a Support Advisor throughout Victoria. She also worked for over 39 years with Westpac and resigned in 2019 to focus on her disability and carer advocacy.
Helen has significant experience in systemic, community and individual advocacy at regional, state and national levels. She held a six-year term on the Board of Carers Australia and is currently one of their Ambassadors. With Helen's lived carer experience, professional background and as a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she contributes various skills to the board particularly in the areas of Strategy, Finance, Audit and Risk.
Board Director since 2021
Carol has over 17 years’ experience in the Human Resources arena. She has developed and implemented a broad range of leadership, strategic human resource management and organisational capability programs. As an experienced HR consultant, she has proven ability to coach managers, facilitate a range of corporate programs and work at Board level. She has extensive experience in change management, strategic planning, and has a passion for education and training.
Carol has a young son who has the Treacher Collins syndrome and is deaf. She is committed to enhancing the level of support and opportunities for Carers and their families. She is excited to be able to contribute to Carers Victoria and ensure its long-term success. Her formal qualifications include a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) and Masters of Management. She has also completed the AICD Womens’ Board leadership program.
Carol is a member of the Governance Committee.
Board Director since 2018
Gerard has many years’ boardroom experience with appointments in the NFP sector and with privately unlisted companies. As a company director, Gerard has a keen interest in corporate governance and risk management, and has an extensive professional background in information and communications technology (ICT) and digital strategies, transforming his client’s business operations into astute industry leaders.
He also has over 25 years of corporate business management experience within the manufacturing, ICT and building and construction industries.
Gerard has mentored many ICT professionals in the execution of ICT-based projects, the management of ICT services and continues to do so in conjunction with managing his successful ICT services company.
His collaborative approach unifies the people around Gerard, and his consultative methods result in positive outcomes and clear courses of action.
Board Director / AR&C Committee Member since 2021
An experienced Chartered Accountant with Big 4 training further developed in industry through extensive assurance and governance focus including enterprise risk management, compliance and regulatory, internal audit, operational improvement and excellence, business resilience and policy frameworks.
Tina’s philosophy is to apply sound commercial acumen to the delivery of business outcomes.
She has broad experience in industries including Telco, Education (HE & VE), Retail, Consumer and Healthcare.
She has demonstrated skills with the ability to drive change management in dynamic and complex organisations, aligning strategic imperatives with business operations to support growth, vision and improving corporate governance.
Tina has worked closely with Boards, ARCs, Subcommittees and Executive Leadership Teams (SteerCo’s) and believes that her ability to drive uplift and maturity lies directly with her team and has a high focus on people management skills including leadership and mentoring to achieve a strong team culture.
Board Director since 2022
Nick currently holds a director role in the Victorian public sector, with responsibility for the corporate services functions of finance, people, IT and governance. Nick previously had over 15 years of public sector consulting experience with clients in the UK and throughout Victoria, across state departments, local government, emergency services and public entities.
A qualified facilitator and trainer, he is passionate about using his skills to support and improve public value organisations. With personal and family experience of caring, Nick is also active as a volunteer in local school and sporting organisations.
Nick is a Board Director and Audit Risk and Compliance Committee member for Carers Victoria.
Our Executive Team are guiding the charge for change and action for Victoria's caring families.
Judith Abbott - CEO
Judith is a highly qualified and well-rounded senior executive with extensive experience in government, not-for-profit and private organisations. She has particular strengths in organisational strategy, policy and advocacy, planning, and managing through change with a sophisticated understanding of how government works. Judith is an engaging and enthusiastic leader who is also a natural connector with a rich network. She delivers creative and sustainable solutions to complex problems, effectively working in complex and often contested governance and operating environments. She has extensive experience working with boards, committees, ministers and sector leaders. Passionate about improving systems, Judith is skilled at helping organisations develop effective strategy, policy and advocacy approaches that have a positive social impact.
Rebecca Burdick Davies - General Manager Policy and Engagement
Rebecca is passionate about driving public policy change to build a better Australian society. She has more than fifteen years’ leadership experience across the not-for-profit sector, Government, and industry, drawing on thought leadership, rigorous policy analysis, strong networks and coalition-building to achieve lasting policy reform. Rebecca has extensive expertise in government relations, organisational change, and stakeholder engagement strategy within member-based organisations. She brings an inclusive approach to advocacy, understanding meaningful reform can only be achieved in partnership.