Client and Carpentaria staff member enjoy a cup of coffee and a chat together

Our Team

Carpentaria has a committed team of professional staff who are dedicated to providing evidence-based and person-centred treatment and supports to enable Territorians with a disability to build a bigger life.

Carpentaria employs high quality staff in a range of specialist disability support and allied health roles to support clients across our Carpentaria Kids, Adult Day Service, Support Coordination, Supported Independent Living, Adult Allied Health Team and Respite / Short Term Accommodation services. Recruitment to positions at Carpentaria is based on values, skills and qualifications.

Carpentaria staff are provided with comprehensive training and skill development in first aid, epilepsy, diabetes and medication administration and management, as well as regular upskilling opportunities and ongoing specialist disability training, including positive behaviour support, person-centred active support and risk management.

Executive Team

Annie Rily

Annie Rily

Chief Executive Officer

Annie Rily commenced as Carpentaria CEO in June 2017 and has a strong interest in achieving positive outcomes for people with a disability while developing high quality, contemporary direct service models. She was closely involved in the national reforms associated with the NDIS and has a keen interest in delivering services which enable individuals to fully benefit from the opportunities available under the NDIS.

Annie has a background in Allied Health, specialist disability and behaviour support with highly developed change management and leadership skills gained through experience in both the private and government sectors.

Justin Heath

Justin Heath

Chief Operations Officer

Justin Heath joined Carpentaria in August 2017, following an extensive career in community services. Beginning in Citizen Advocacy in Adelaide, Justin has worked across rural communities for the Intellectual Disability Services Council in South Australia and Outreach Primary Health in Western Victoria before moving to Darwin in 2004 to work with the Darwin Remote Aged and Disability Team. Following stints in Aged and Disability and Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy, Justin moved to Nhulunbuy where he was the Program Coordinator and later managed the Nhulunbuy Alcohol and Other Drug Residential Rehabilitation Service.

Most recently, Justin worked with Primary Health Care in Darwin and Nhulunbuy as the Area Service Manager and then District Manager, followed by nine months leading sector development with the Office of Disability NDIS Implementation Taskforce.

Leadership Team

Melissa McDonald

Melissa McDonald

Clinical and Quality Practice Leader

Melissa McDonald joined Carpentaria in March 2018 and has 16 years of experience in the disability sector, most recently as a Senior Practitioner in the Behaviour Support Services team in Western Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability, a Certificate IV in Disability Studies and has trained at the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis with Gary La Vigna. She is focused on providing person-centred practices and improving the quality of life for Carpentaria participants. 

David Bosanko

David Bosanko

Client Services Manager

David Bosanko joined Carpentaria in February 2018. He has worked in urban and remote Aged and Disability Services for the NT Government for the past 16 years. A qualified Speech Pathologist and Registered Nurse, David began working in the NT in Tennant Creek in 2001 as a Speech Pathologist for the Aged and Disability Program before moving to Darwin and then the Kimberley Region. He has also worked in Nhulunbuy and in Darwin to service remote clients across the Northern Territory.

He joined the Forensic Disability and Specialist Support Unit with the NT Government in 2009 and in 2013 became the Senior Clinician for the Office of Disability. He continued to work with clients with disabilities within the criminal justice system, transitioning them from correctional facilities back to community settings, until joining Carpentaria in his current role.

Fiona Tipping

Fiona Tipping

Allied Health Manager

Fiona is a qualified Occupational Therapist with 19 years of clinical practice working in rural and remote settings with adults and children through roles with government sector disability programs, non-government organisations and within her own OT private practice. She has a special interest in occupational justice for all participants and has extensive experience in building capacity to improve implementation of person-centred support in day programs and supported accommodation settings. 

Sharon Roxby

Sharon Roxby

NDIS Implementation Manager

Sharon has worked in leadership and management roles for most of her career, with a predominant focus on personal injury claims management, risk management, compliance and governance. She has represented the insurance industry on a number of NT Government Advisory Councils and Committees. 

Having obtained a Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, qualifications in Training and Assessment, Insurance Regulation and Return to Work Coordination, Level 3 Coaching Accreditation from the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she provides a holistic approach to leading Carpentaria’s NDIS Implementation process.

Hendrick Lay

Hendrick Lay

Senior Human Resources Advisor

Hendrick joined Carpentaria in December 2017. He has extensive Human Resource experience in both the public and private sectors and is skilled in championing best practice HR management across organisations. He holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and a Diploma in Business Management. 

Natalie Gibbs

Natalie Gibbs

Communications Manager

Natalie joined Carpentaria in May 2017. She has a Bachelor of Communications and more than 20 years of experience in the communications and marketing sector. She has previously held roles with Anglicare Victoria, Tourism NT and NT Cricket.

Yugesh Soni

Yugesh Soni

Finance Manager

Yugest Soni joined Carpentaria in August 2017. He has extensive work experience in the finance, accounting and taxation fields and holds a Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Accounting, a Bachelor in Hospitality and a Masters of International Hospitality Management. In addition, he is a registered BAS Agent and a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Donovan Dales

Donovan Dales

Facilities and Asset Manager

Donovan joined Carpentaria in February 2018. He comes with 21 years of experience in commercial property and portfolio management, property valuations, development, and commercial sales and leasing.

Donovan holds a National Diploma in Property Valuations and is currently studying towards the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP) (PMBOK).

Adult Services

David Bosanko

David Bosanko

Client Services Manager

David Bosanko joined Carpentaria in February 2018. He has worked in urban and remote Aged and Disability Services for the NT Government for the past 16 years. A qualified Speech Pathologist and Registered Nurse, David began working in the NT in Tennant Creek in 2001 as a Speech Pathologist for the Aged and Disability Program before moving to Darwin and then the Kimberley Region. He has also worked in Nhulunbuy and in Darwin to service remote clients across the Northern Territory.

He joined the Forensic Disability and Specialist Support Unit with the NT Government in 2009 and in 2013 became the Senior Clinician for the Office of Disability. He continued to work with clients with disabilities within the criminal justice system, transitioning them from correctional facilities back to community settings, until joining Carpentaria in his current role.

Melissa McDonald

Melissa McDonald

Clinical and Quality Practice Leader

Melissa McDonald joined Carpentaria in March 2018 and has 16 years of experience in the disability sector, most recently as a Senior Practitioner in the Behaviour Support Services team in Western Melbourne. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science in Disability, a Certificate IV in Disability Studies and has trained at the Institute of Applied Behaviour Analysis with Gary La Vigna. She is focused on providing person-centred practices and improving the quality of life for Carpentaria participants. 

Chandra Jakhar

Chandra Jakhar

Senior Supported Independent Living Specialist

Chandra Jakhar joined Carpentaria in February 2018. He holds a Masters of Business and Accounting, a Masters of Biotechnology, a Diploma of Community Services and is currently studying a Bachelor of Nursing.

Chandra worked with the Forensic Disability and Specialist Support Unit of the Department of Health for 8 years prior to commencing with Carpentaria.

Biji Ajithkumar

Biji Ajithkumar

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Biji Ajithkumar has a Certificate IV in Community Services, a Masters in Social Work, a Bachelor of Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Human Rights. She has more than 10 years of experience as a social worker in different organisations across the Disability, Aged Care, Families and Juvenile Justice sectors.

Blessing Chabvuta

Blessing Chabvuta

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Blessing Chabvuta joined Carpentaria in June 2013 as a Disability Support Worker before taking on the Coordinator role in December 2016 and again in early 2018. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering and a Certificate IV in Disability and has worked in several of Carpentaria’s Supported Independent Living houses.  

Lovleen Gill

Lovleen Gill

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Lovleen Gill joined Carpentaria in August 2017 following a career in Human Resources and Training in industries including the disability sector, retail and Vocational Education & Training. She holds a Masters of Business Administration (Human Resources) and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment. She is currently completing a Diploma of Community Services (Case Management and Mental Health).

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson

Service Development Coordinator

Angela has seven years experience in the disability sector through roles in the NT Government Office of Disability. She holds a Certificate IV in Frontline Management and is experienced in establishing and transitioning clients into supported accommodation services as well as staff management.

Damian Daby

Damian Daby

Lifestyle Options Coordinator

Damian Daby holds a Certificate IV in Disability and has worked in the disability sector for over 22 years, with roles in manufacturing training, work training and classroom support. He has worked with Carpentaria for more than eight years in the Adult Day Service, Lifestyle Options program.

Marion Cork

Marion Cork

Respite Coordinator

Marion Cork has worked in the disability sector for 18 years and initially worked as a Disability Support Worker with Carpentaria before taking on the Respite Coordinator role. She holds a Certificate III and Certificate IV in Disability and enjoys building relationships with parents, respite staff and colleagues.

Allied Health for children and adults

Fiona Tipping

Fiona Tipping

Allied Health Manager

Fiona is a qualified Occupational Therapist with 19 years of clinical practice working in rural and remote settings with adults and children through roles with government sector disability programs, non-government organisations and within her own OT private practice. She has a special interest in occupational justice for all participants and has extensive experience in building capacity to improve implementation of person-centred support in day programs and supported accommodation settings. 

Lucy Bransgrove

Lucy Bransgrove

Carpentaria Kids Team Leader / Speech Pathologist

Lucy Bransgrove is a Senior Speech Pathologist with over eight years of clinical experience. She studied and worked in Melbourne at an Early Intervention Service and Private Practice specialising in diagnosing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in all age groups. Lucy collaborated with ‘Amaze’ (Autism Victoria) on a project to educate families about ASD, including filming a therapy session which demonstrated the use of visuals and other evidence-based therapy techniques.

Lucy is passionate about ensuring that all children have a functional communication system. Using visuals and educating others about the importance of their use is a key aspect of Lucy’s practice. Lucy is also experienced in all areas of speech and language therapy.

John Callanan

John Callanan

Psychologist MAPS – Carpentaria Kids

John Callanan is a Psychologist who has been working in Early Intervention for more than six years. He previously worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health settings in Victoria. John has a strong interest in early attachment in children with special needs and the impact of that in developmental treatment programs. He is currently completing a PhD in the Role of Parents in Early Intervention. His research also incorporates consideration of efficiency and efficacy in the provision of services.

Georgia Chin

Georgia Chin

Speech Pathologist – Carpentaria Kids

Georgia joined Carpentaria in January 2018 after graduating from The University of Queensland at the end of 2017. She is a member of Speech Pathology Australia and is eager to provide evidence based, family-centred care.

Kate Harvey

Kate Harvey

Occupational Therapist – Carpentaria Kids

Kate joined the Carpentaria team in mid 2018 following graduation from the University of the Sunshine Coast. She previously worked for seven years as a Disability Support Worker and is excited to work alongside children and their families to help them to reach their potential.

Edwina Pursehouse

Edwina Pursehouse

Speech Pathologist – Carpentaria Kids

Edwina joined Carpentaria in March 2018 and comes with experience working in Community Health and disability services. She is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and is passionate about supporting communication to help children learn and engage in their community.

Lori Roberts

Lori Roberts

Occupational Therapist – Carpentaria Kids

Lori Roberts is a Senior Paediatric Occupational Therapist who has worked at Carpentaria Kids for three years. Prior to this Lori studied in Victoria and worked in Sydney. She has a specialist interest in Autism Spectrum Disorder particularly in sensory processing, understanding behaviour and mealtime support. Lori has completed a range of courses within the area of Autism, sensory processing, motor planning and advanced mealtime training specifically for children with G-tube feeds and autism. She is skilled in equipment prescription for children with moderate physical disabilities and environmental assessments.

Kimberley Scott

Kimberley Scott

Physiotherapist – Carpentaria Kids

Kimberley is a physiotherapist with seven years experience, including four years working with children. Her experience encompasses working with children whilst inpatients in hospital including ICU, amputees, rehabilitation post motor vehicle accident, fracture management and burns. Kimberley also has three years experience working within a team of physiotherapists providing physiotherapy care and assessment from birth to leaving school. Kimberley has experience with treating children with Cerebral Palsy, Developmental Delay, toe walking, various musculoskeletal complaints and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Kimberley has a specific interest in working with young children and babies to help them to reach their full potential.

Dr Bea Staley

Dr Bea Staley

Speech Pathologist – Carpentaria Kids

Dr Bea Staley is a lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at Charles Darwin University (CDU) and teaches in the areas of Special Education and Inclusion, Early Childhood Education and Literacy. She has been affiliated with Carpentaria for the past four years and is currently engaged in a clinical research collaboration between CDU and Carpentaria Kids.

Prior to moving to Darwin, she worked for 16 years as a paediatric speech pathologist in the United States, Australia, Kenya and the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. Bea is a member Speech Pathology Australia, and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. She is also on the executive committee of Early Childhood Intervention Australia – NT. Bea has a special interest working with children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Nicole Loy

Nicole Loy

Speech Pathologist – Adult Allied Health Team

Nicole Loy joined the team with a Masters of Speech Pathology Studies and comprehensive experience in providing culturally appropriate speech pathology assessment and therapeutic services to clients of all ages. She has extensive knowledge in the implementation of Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems including Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD), Key Word Sign, iPad communication apps and eye gaze technology.

Helen Wallace

Helen Wallace

Speech Pathologist – Adult Allied Health Team

Helen Wallace joined the Carpentaria Allied Health Team with a Masters of Medical Science (Speech and Language Therapy) and over 10 years of experience working with adults across a broad range of acute, sub-acute, rehabilitation, community and supported accommodation settings. She has worked as a Senior Community Speech Pathologist in North-West Tasmania, Townsville and Wangaratta and has a particular interest in working with participants who have complex communication and swallowing needs.

Betsy Hingston

Betsy Hingston

Allied Health Assistant

Betsy Hingston has 12 years of experience in primary school special education. She became interested in Augmentative and Alternative Communication after seeing the results of speech pathology in classrooms and was motivated to empower others to have a voice to achieve different ways of communicating and expressing emotions.

Betsy currently works alongside Carpentaria’s Allied Health teams for children and adults, with the goal of empowering all participants to achieve a high quality of life.

Corporate Support

Hendrick Lay

Hendrick Lay

Senior Human Resources Advisor

Hendrick joined Carpentaria in December 2017. He has extensive Human Resource experience in both the public and private sectors and is skilled in championing best practice HR management across organisations. He holds a Masters in Human Resources Management and a Diploma in Business Management. 

Donovan Dales

Donovan Dales

Facilities and Asset Manager

Donovan joined Carpentaria in February 2018. He comes with 21 years of experience in commercial property and portfolio management, property valuations, development, and commercial sales and leasing.

Donovan holds a National Diploma in Property Valuations and is currently studying towards the Project Management Institute Project Management Professional (PMP) (PMBOK).

Sharon Roxby

Sharon Roxby

NDIS Implementation Manager

Sharon has worked in leadership and management roles for most of her career, with a predominant focus on personal injury claims management, risk management, compliance and governance. She has represented the insurance industry on a number of NT Government Advisory Councils and Committees. 

Having obtained a Masters in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations, qualifications in Training and Assessment, Insurance Regulation and Return to Work Coordination, Level 3 Coaching Accreditation from the Institute of Executive Coaching and Leadership and being a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she provides a holistic approach to leading Carpentaria’s NDIS Implementation process.

Yugesh Soni

Yugesh Soni

Finance Manager

Yugest Soni joined Carpentaria in August 2017. He has extensive work experience in the finance, accounting and taxation fields and holds a Certificate IV, Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Accounting, a Bachelor in Hospitality and a Masters of International Hospitality Management. In addition, he is a registered BAS Agent and a Member of the Institute of Public Accountants.

Natalie Gibbs

Natalie Gibbs

Communications Manager

Natalie joined Carpentaria in May 2017. She has a Bachelor of Communications and more than 20 years of experience in the communications and marketing sector. She has previously held roles with Anglicare Victoria, Tourism NT and NT Cricket.

Belinda Marchese

Belinda Marchese

Administration Coordinator

Belinda has been with Carpentaria since March 2016. She has worked in Administration roles for 15 years and has also spent three years delivering Business Administration training. She holds Advanced Diplomas in Business Administration and Management and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment.