Baby and father enjoy their connection during a therapy session

Our Board

The Carpentaria Board consists of up to eight elected members:

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

President / Public Officer

Peter joined the Carpentaria Board in December 2015 and is the Chair of the Building and Capital Works Sub Committee. Peter is a senior professional with more than 25 years experience in executive leadership roles in government, mining and resource-related industries. He has managed his own consulting business and has been responsible for sponsoring and delivering business optimisation programs and providing strategic advice for clients throughout Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United States, Chile, Brazil and Russia.

Peter has qualifications in civil engineering, business management and exporting and is a member of various professional institutions, including the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Australian Institute of Management. He has a record of leadership and board membership in community organisations such as the Mount Isa Chamber of Commerce, Surf Lifesaving Australia and The Lord’s Taverners NT.

Grant Lindsay

Grant Lindsay

Vice President / Secretary

Appointed to the Carpentaria Board in 2005, and President from 2008-13, Grant has a passionate interest in person-centred support services that respect individual choice and need and assist each individual to develop their capacity so that they can participate in, contribute to and be effective members of our community.

Grant is currently self-employed as a management consultant. He is also the president of the Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory and a member of the Down Syndrome Australia Board since its inception. Grant worked in the non-government education sector for 14 years, previously he had a similar role in a health research institute, following 25 years in the Australian Regular Army. He is married with two children and is a long term Rotarian and rugby fan.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson

Treasurer 

Ken joined the Carpentaria Board in 2017. He has an interest in giving back to the Northern Territory community and has significant leadership and management skills gained from an extensive career in both the Australian and NT public service. He holds a Batchelor of Commerce and a Graduate Diploma in Public Sector Executive Management and is an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate.

Jeannette Button

Jeannette Button

With more than 25 years experience in the communication industry, Jeannette has worked on projects across the telecommunications, tourism, mining, government and not-for-profit sectors and established her own strategic communication and public relations consultancy in 2014. Jeannette has travelled the length and breadth of the Territory for both business and pleasure and is constantly reminded of the inspirational people and amazing opportunities that the Territory presents.

With a strong belief in giving back to the community, Jeannette joined the Carpentaria Board in 2016, she is also the Chair of the Northern Territory Australia Day Council and has previously served as the Chair of Corrugated Iron Youth Arts, State President of the Public Relations Institute NT and Secretary of the Darwin Surf Life Saving Club.

Steve Vitone

Steve Vitone

Steve joined the Carpentaria Board as Deputy Chair. He is also the CEO of Carers NT, a not-for-profit community based organisation dedicated to improving the lives of family carers living in the Northern Territory. Steve is a Social Worker by profession and has a long involvement in services for people with a disability and their families.

Steve has worked in both the public and private sector, primarily in the disability and rehabilitation areas, has a strong commitment to social justice and extensive experience in advocacy. He has held several positions on community, state and national working groups, committees and boards including NDS Northern Territory, Carpentaria, the Chief Minister’s NGO Advisory Council and Moil School Council. He was also appointed to the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.

Nikki Dargan

Nikki Dargan

Nikki joined the Carpentaria Board in 2017. She is currently the Director of Oral Health Services for the NT Government and is the national representative on the Dental Directors Group. She holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management and a Diploma in Frontline Management and brings strong leadership and management experience to the Carpentaria Board.

Steven Porter

Steven Porter

Steven joined the Carpentaria Board in 2017. He is an experienced Board Director and an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate with strong strategic, financial and corporate governance skills. Steven has tertiary qualifications in engineering and a Masters in Organisation Dynamics. He is a water industry specialist with 35 years experience across multiple public, private and Council water entities.  

Our Patron

Carpentaria’s patron is Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Her Honour was sworn in as the 22nd Administrator of the Northern Territory on 31 October 2017. Prior to her appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour was the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services, a non-government, not for profit, youth, family and community welfare organisation.

Her Honour has also been involved in a range of commitments, sitting on numerous boards and committees at both the local and national levels.  Her Honour was Chair of National Disability Services Northern Territory (served as National President of National Disability Services from 2012-2015) and the Northern Territory Government Ministerial Advisory Council on Disability Reform, as well as a Board Member of National Disability Services and the Northern Territory Council of Social Services. Her Honour was a Committee Member of the Northern Territory Government Community Benefit Fund, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Pricing Committee, the National Disability Insurance Scheme Operations Committee, the National Disability Insurance Agency Independent Advisory Council’s Housing Innovations Working Group and the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD) Northern Territory, as well as the AICD Not for Profit Chairs Forum and the Territory Economic Summit External Reference Group.