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, 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.
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.
Director Therapy Services and Programs
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.
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.
Sheena Baillie has worked in high level administrative roles in the banking, education and community service sectors and is a skilled communicator and organiser. She has personal experience of caring for a non-verbal family member with autism, sensory sensitivities and epilepsy.
Therapy Services for children, adolescents and adults
Allied Health Manager / 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.
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.
Kathleen Dayao is a qualified Occupational Therapist who works with children to not only achieve their daily occupations, but to develop their confidence, self-esteem, social skills and general wellbeing. She holds a basic certification in Developmental Play and is also studying a Diploma in Early Childhood Education and Care while practicing Occupational Therapy.
Frances Ennor is an experienced Occupational Therapist who believes in the importance of family centred practice and developing rapport with all her clients. She has previously worked in a paediatric setting in Melbourne where she has developed a reputation for all things fun and incorporating play based practiced into her work.
Her special interest areas include gross motor development and sensory exploration, as well as behaviour management.
Michelle Liddicoat is an experienced clinician who has worked with children and adults across a range of settings. She enjoys working collaboratively with families and other professionals to support individuals to meet their goals. Michelle is particularly interested in assistive technology for literacy and learning, Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and supporting people with complex communication needs.
Sarah McGuire 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.
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.
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.
Genna Stiles is an Occupational Therapist who enjoys working alongside people to identify strengths and assist to overcome barriers that may be impacting upon their ability to achieve goals, access their community or fully participate in day-to-day activities. She has previously held a role as an Occupational Rehabilitation Consultant in Darwin and has worked as a Disability Support Worker with both children and adults in metropolitan and regional Victoria.
Genna grew up in country Victoria and has a particular interest in working in and with regional and remote communities.
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.
The team includes additional qualified and experienced Speech Pathologists and Occupational Therapists, as well as Allied Health Assistants, to support you and your family to reach therapy goals.
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.
Assistant Manager Adult Client Services
Angela Robertson has extensive experience in the disability sector, with a focus on ensuring participants in accommodation programs are best supported to live the life they want to and have the necessary supports in place at home and in the community
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.
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.
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.
Supported Independent Living Coordinator
Gunveer Mann has worked with Carpentaria since 2017. He has a Bachelor of Humanitarian and Community Studies, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.
Supported Independent Living Coordinator
Irene Chikengezha has worked in the Aged Care and Disability sector for the past six years. She holds a Certificate III in Aged Care, a Diploma in Community Services and is working towards her Bachelor of Human Services specialising in Child, Youth and Family Services. She has previously worked for organisations in both Western Australia and New South Wales before relocating to Darwin.
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.
Pathways 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.
Pathways Program Coordinator – Operations
Kate holds a Certificate IV in Community Services and experience working in Open Employment and Disability Enterprise organisations. She is passionate about supporting and advocating for people with a disability.
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).
NDIS Engagement Coordinator
Karen Davey has extensive experience in administration and recruitment in the Defence and Education sectors, as well as experience in supporting families and children in their life journey. She holds a Diploma of Children’s Services and a Certificate IV in Training and Assessment and is a recipient of the Australia Day Medallion for services to Defence in recruiting and supporting Defence families.
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.