Baby and father enjoy their connection during a therapy session

Our Board

The Carpentaria Board consists of up to eight elected members:

Shane Smith

Shane Smith

President/Treasurer

Shane joined the Carpentaria Board as Treasurer in 2009 and become President in 2014. Shane has a strong interest in early childhood development and is a business leader with over 20 years experience in private and public sector roles. He demonstrates excellence in strategy, governance, financial, information technology, risk and project management. Shane has the ability to liaise with a wide range of stakeholders, at all levels and has presented at major conferences on a number of topics.

Shane is a member of CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Please contact him at president@carpentaria.org.au

Peter Stewart

Peter Stewart

Vice President

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

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.

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.

Ken Simpson

Ken Simpson

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.

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.