Our Board

In keeping with our Constitution, the strategic directions and governance of PeakCare are guided and monitored by a Board comprised of elected representatives from our Member organisations. They represent all Members and come from a range of Member organisations throughout rural, remote, regional and metropolitan Queensland. Board Members are elected to serve two year terms and are eligible to serve a maximum of three consecutive terms. Elections are held annually at the Annual General Meeting. The Board meets a minimum of 9 times per year in addition to the Annual General Meeting.

In keeping with provisions included in the Constitution, the Board may also co-opt up to an additional two Members to serve on the Board. Co-opted Members do not hold the voting rights held by elected Board Members.

View the Board Nomination Information Sheet for more detail on who is eligible to be nominated for election to the Board and the process for lodging nominations.

View the Board Organisational Chart and the PeakCare Constitution.


 

Darren Young

Darren Young

President

Darren is the State Director for Mission Australia across Queensland and the Northern Territory. His service portfolio includes assistance and support for vulnerable children and families, targeted homelessness and supported tenancy programs, youth services, disability and indigenous employment services, mental health programs, alcohol & drug rehabilitation and community development initiatives. Darren’s professional background includes over 25 years’ experience working within government and NGOs in the provision of human services.

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He has held senior management and executive roles in state government, community health, rural hospitals and aged care. Darren is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and holds a degree in Social Work and a Masters of Public Management. Darren was elected to become a Member of the Board at the Annual General Meeting held in 2017 having previously served as a co-opted Member for most of that year. Darren was elected by the Board to serve as its President in late 2018.

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Cara Benoit

Cara Benoit

Vice-President

Cara is an experienced People and Culture executive with a career spanning more than 20 years in both Human Resources and Commerical Management positions across a variety of industries throughout Australia and Asia Pacific. A Certified Professional Member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Cara holds an undergraduate degree in social science and a post-graduate certificate in management.

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Since 2008, Cara has led the People and Culture function to deliver best practice human resources and cultural change initiatives at yourtown (previously known as BoysTown), one of Australia’s largest charitable organisations, which provides support to tens of thousands of young people and their families each year.

Previous experience fostering adolescent boys upon their release from youth detention centres in Melbourne has provided Cara with first-hand knowledge of the challenges young people face and has driven a commitment to ensuring the safety and provision of opportunities for young people, particularly those who are at a disadvantage in our society. Cara was first elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting held in late 2016 and was re-elected to serve a second term in 2018 and was subsequently elected by the Board to serve as its Vice-President.

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Sammy Bruderer

Sammy Bruderer

Treasurer

Sammy is NAPCAN’s Queensland State Manager and National Manager Child Safe Organisations. Her work at NAPCAN involves a focus on strategic planning and implementation, program and resource development, consultation and advocacy at State and Federal levels, and the development of National whole-of-community education/engagement campaigns.

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Sammy has a social work background with her career involving front line child protection work with vulnerable children and families, and in emergency medicine as a first responder to sexual assault, domestic violence and trauma.

Sammy is passionate about promoting the importance of prevention at all levels of the child protection sector from primary through to tertiary. Her experience in front line work galvanised her belief in prevention as the best answer to Australia’s child protection crisis. It is clear that we need to support families, invest in connected child-safe communities, create child safe organisations, and embrace a culture of compassion and shared responsibility for the wellbeing of children. Sammy was elected to become a member of the Board at the Annual General Meeting held in late 2018 and was subsequently elected by the Board to serve as Treasurer. 

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Michael Currie

Michael Currie

Executive Member

Michael Currie is employed as the Principal Advisor, Indigenous Development at The Benevolent Society, responsible for building and supporting the organisation’s cultural capability through demonstrated and measurable Reconciliation efforts.   Michael has over 20 years’ experience in working with vulnerable children and their families in the areas of Youth Justice and Child Protection across the jurisdictions of Queensland, Northern Territory, Western Australia and Tasmania. This experience includes prevention and early intervention program delivery and also includes management roles in working with children in custodial secure care.

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Prior to Michael’s current tenure with the Benevolent Society he worked with the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) on the Queensland Child Protection reforms that honour the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, their families’ communities and organisations, in response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. Michael was elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting held in late 2018.

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Sharon Lowe

Sharon Lowe

Executive Member

Sharon Lowe is the Regional Manager for Churches of Christ Care – Children Youth and Families for the region from the Cape to the northern area of Central Queensland.  Based in Townsville, Sharon has been in this role for 7 years. She oversees a range of services from early intervention services (Community for Children programs and Intensive Family Support) to tertiary child protection programs (fostering and residential care services).

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Sharon is also the Chair for Churches of Christ in Queensland’s multidisciplinary Strategic Action Leadership Team. This team is responsible for identifying the needs within local communities and determining an organisational response.

Earlier in her career Sharon spent 16 years working for the State Government in child protection roles such as Service Centre Manager in Mount Isa and Townsville. Sharon has an undergraduate qualification in psychology, and post-grad qualifications in adult education and public sector leadership. Sharon was elected to the Board at the Annual General Meeting held in late 2018.

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Pamela Spall

Pamela Spall

Executive Member

Pamela Spall is the Manager, Research and Evaluation at C&K, an early childhood education and care provider in Queensland supporting approximately 18,000 children and families annually.  Pam oversights and conducts research projects examining the workforce, practice, children’s learning and development and inclusion and access for all children and families.

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In 2017, Pam was seconded to PeakCare Queensland for a year to progress the Hope and Healing Initiative and participated in early discussions on the introduction of mandatory qualifications for residential care workers.

Pam has managed residential care services, been a Board member for a large church charitable organization providing out-of-home care and other child and family services, undertaken major consultancies nationally and in Queensland on child protection, out-of-home care, family support and health and wellbeing.  She is an advocate for design focused, child-led strategies and self-determination by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.

Pam holds a Bachelor of Social Work, MBA, PhD, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Pam undertook a Sir Winston Churchill Fellowship on child abuse prevention in USA and Canada. In 2018, Pam was a member of a team who won a QUT Vice Chancellor’s excellence award for community partnerships.  Pam has also served on QUT’s Human Research Ethics Committee.  Pam was elected to serve as a Member of PeakCare’s Board at the Annual General Meeting held in late 2018.

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Janet Wight

Janet Wight

Executive Member

Janet has been the Director of the Youth Advocacy Centre (YAC) since April 2012, YAC being a community legal and social welfare agency for young people generally aged 10-18years with a focus on youth justice, child protection and youth homelessness. A lawyer by background, Janet has previously worked at YAC as a casework solicitor and community legal education solicitor, as well as in policy and legislation areas within State government. Janet has been on the board of a number of organisations and is currently President of Community Legal Centres Queensland (CLCQ). Janet was elected to serve as a Member of PeakCare’s Board at the Annual General Meeting held in 2017 having previously served as a co-opted Member for much of that year.