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

Our Team

Carpentaria employs high quality staff in a range of specialist disability support and therapy service roles to support clients across our Allied Health Therapy Services for children, adolescents and adults, Adult Day Service, Support Coordination, Supported Independent Living and Short Term Accommodation services. Recruitment is based on values, skills and qualifications.

We are proud of our committed team of professional staff who are dedicated to providing evidence-based and person-centred treatment and supports to enable Territorians to build a bigger life.

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.

Sharon Roxby

Sharon Roxby

Director Quality & Innovation

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 Quality and Innovation initiatives.

Leadership Team

Melissa McDonald

Melissa McDonald

Clinical and Quality Practice Leader

Melissa McDonald 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 is a qualified Speech Pathologist and Registered Nurse. He 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 Tipping 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. 

Hendrick Lay

Hendrick Lay

Senior Human Resources Advisor

Hendrick Lay 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 Gibbs 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 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 has 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).

Caitlyn Morrissey

Caitlyn Morrissey

Administration Manager

Caitlyn Morrissey has worked in a wide range of administrative and management positions and is a versatile and innovative worker. She has a strong customer service focus and is committed to making all visitors to the Harry’s Place Administration Building feel welcome. She holds an Associate Diploma in Visual Art, Diploma in Travel, Cert IV in Business Administration and Cert IV in Training & Assessment.

Kate Staples

Kate Staples

Day Program Manager

Kate Staple‘s career started in aged and disability services in the Katherine Region in 2000. Since then she has worked in the health and community sector in both government and not for profit organisations across the Darwin Region, Katherine Region and Central Australia. She has also spent six years as a small business owner. Kate holds a Diploma of Business, a Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Adult Services

David Bosanko

David Bosanko

Client Services Manager

David Bosanko is a qualified Speech Pathologist and Registered Nurse. He 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 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. 

Kate Staples

Kate Staples

Day Program Manager

Kate Staple‘s career started in aged and disability services in the Katherine Region in 2000. Since then she has worked in the health and community sector in both government and not for profit organisations across the Darwin Region, Katherine Region and Central Australia. She has also spent six years as a small business owner. Kate holds a Diploma of Business, a Certificate IV in Enrolled Nursing and is currently studying a Bachelor of Commerce. 

Chandra Jakhar

Chandra Jakhar

Senior Supported Independent Living Specialist

Chandra Jakhar 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 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).

Rahat Hussaini

Rahat Hussaini

Supported Independent Living Coordinator

Rahat Hussaini holds a Certificate IV in Mental Health and is currently completing a Diploma in Community Services. He worked as a Disability Support Worker in Carpentaria houses before moving into the Coodinator role in 2018. 

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.

Therapy Services for children, adolescents and adults

Fiona Tipping

Fiona Tipping

Allied Health Manager

Fiona Tipping 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 Team Leader / Speech Pathologist

Lucy Bransgrove is passionate about working with families/caregivers and their children to enhance their quality of life both at home and in the community. She strives to help each child communicate to their best ability and works to establish functional communication systems to ensure they can meet the basic human right of communication. She is committed to raising awareness about language difficulties and helping others to understand the impact of this on a child’s behaviour.

Amy Southwood

Amy Southwood

Carpentaria Team Leader / Speech Pathologist

Amy Southwood has experience working with both children and adults in urban and remote regions. She has a specialist interest in language and speech sound disorders, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and communication partner training and education, with a focus on creating communication friendly environments. 

John Callanan

John Callanan

Psychologist MAPS

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 and headspace in Victoria where he particularly enjoyed working with young people and adolescents, helping them navigate many of the tricky aspects of their relationships, schooling and overall life plans. He finds the recent work of Louise Hayes very helpful in this context. 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

Georgia Chin enjoys working with children and families to help a child communicate their wants, needs and ideas. She is passionate about working with families to find the most appropriate communication system for a child, help a child speak clearly and provide families with strategies to support language development. Georgia is a Certified Practising member of Speech Pathology Australia and appreciates the difference she can make in supporting and celebrating a child’s progress.

Sarah Dixon

Sarah Dixon

Occupational Therapist

Sarah Dixon is an Occupational Therapist who has experience working with both children and adults in a broad range of settings in Cairns, Townsville and Darwin. She has a passion for working in rural and remote settings with clients and their families to assist individuals to reach their goals.

Kate Harvey

Kate Harvey

Occupational Therapist

Kate Harvey joined the Carpentaria team 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.

Nicole Loy

Nicole Loy

Speech Pathologist

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.

Alexandra Murrell

Alexandra Murrell

Speech Pathologist

Alexandra Murrell previously worked as a speech pathologist in Victoria and has experience working with both children and adults who require communication and swallowing support. She loves working with clients and their families to develop creative ways to achieve personal goals. She is passionate about promoting the speech pathology profession and supporting individuals in rural and remote communities.

Edwina Pursehouse

Edwina Pursehouse

Speech Pathologist

Edwina Pursehouse has a background in community health and disability services. She loves working creatively with families in therapy to bring helpful strategies into all aspects of their everyday lives. She enjoys getting to know the children, learning about their world and what motivates them. Edwina believes that Speech Pathology is about creating ‘communication environments’ where children have the skills, equipment and opportunities to learn, connect and be engaged with their family and community.

Nicola Sheppard

Nicola Sheppard

Speech Pathologist

Nicola Sheppard has extensive clinical experience in the prescription of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices for children and adults with significant communication difficulties, including the provision of training to other allied health staff regarding equipment prescription guidelines for the NDIS. She has completed training in individual and group programs for paediatric clients: HANEN It Takes Two To Talk, HANEN More Than Words, Intermediate Auslan Course and PROMPT Bridging Trained Clinician. Nicola has a primary interest in assistive technology and equipment prescription for clients with complex and/or multiple disabilities.

Louise Studds

Louise Studds

Speech Pathologist

Louise Studds qualified with a post-graduate diploma in speech and language therapy in the UK and has worked in Darwin since the beginning of 2018. She enjoys working with children who have a range of communication requirements, including complex disorders, language disorders, Autism and dysfluency and is committed to working with families to help children to reach their full potential. 

Louise is a certified member of Speech Pathology Australia; holds a position on the Speech Pathology Australia executive board; and has a keen interest in raising awareness around communication development and therapy.

Natalie Watson

Natalie Watson

Occupational Therapist

Natalie Watson is an Occupational Therapist with experience in assisting adults achieve their goals at home and in the community through functional assessment of activities of daily living, use of assistive technology, home modification and capacity building. She values a person-centred collaborative approach that enhances informal and formal supports, and is committed to outcomes based services.

Corporate Support

Hendrick Lay

Hendrick Lay

Senior Human Resources Advisor

Hendrick Lay 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 Dales has 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).

Yugesh Soni

Yugesh Soni

Finance Manager

Yugest Soni 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 Gibbs 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.

Christine Karageorgiou

Christine Karageorgiou

Coordination of Supports

Christine Karageorgiou has a strong background in mental health and is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals to participate in their community, build capacity and access resources to equip them to make a positive impact in their own lives. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology/Sociology) and post graduate studies in Counselling and Applied Social Sciences, and has held roles in health commissioning with the Northern Territory Primary Health Network and as a Family Counsellor, Trauma Counsellor and Mental Health Coordinator. 

Angela Robertson

Angela Robertson

NDIS Engagement Coordinator

Angela Roberston has seven years of 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 coordinating services to achieve positive outcomes.

Jodie Doyle

Jodie Doyle

Executive Officer

Jodie Doyle has varied experience in executive support and management roles with not for profit organisations and is pleased to be to continuing her career within the Disability Sector after several years working directly with supported employees. Jodie’s personal experience in caring for a dependent with cerebral palsy provides a particular passion for ensuring that people with a disability receive high quality supports to achieve their goals and live life to the fullest.

Caitlyn Morrissey

Caitlyn Morrissey

Administration Manager

Caitlyn Morrissey has worked in a wide range of administrative and management positions and is a versatile and innovative worker. She has a strong customer service focus and is committed to making all visitors to the Harry’s Place Administration Building feel welcome. She holds an Associate Diploma in Visual Art, Diploma in Travel, Cert IV in Business Administration and Cert IV in Training & Assessment.