Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and strategic direction of Carers NSW to ensure the Vision Statement relating to carers is achieved.
Stephen Bowles

Stephen Bowles
B Com CA
President

Stephen Bowles is a chartered accountant. He had a 35 year career with PricewaterhouseCoopers including 21 years as a partner, working in senior roles as Chief Financial Officer and in assurance and corporate advisory services. He has worked with not-for-profit organisations in audit, consultant and committee roles. He is currently the Chief Risk Officer of a growing Sydney accounting group. Stephen joined the Board of Carers NSW as a co-opted member in August 2009 and was appointed as Vice President in November 2016. 

Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen
LLB/BA, MBA, Masters in Business and Environmental Management, MAICD
Vice President

Liz has 20 years’ experience in risk, assurance and sustainability and is currently the Head of Risk and Audit for an ASX listed company. She has been admitted as a legal practitioner in NSW, has a Masters in Business Administration and is a graduate of the Company Directors course. Liz joined the Board of Carers NSW in December 2016 as a co-opted member. 

Bruce Howle

Bruce Howle
BEc, CA, Dip FP
Treasurer

Bruce Howle joined the Board of Carers NSW in 2014 as a co-opted member. He is the Managing Principal at KSG with a career in accounting, taxation and assurance spanning a period of more than 25 years. Bruce is a registered tax agent, registered auditor under the Fair Work (Registered Organisations) Act 2009, registered company auditor, holds a limited AFSL license and is a registered SMSF auditor, advising on all matters financial to the SME market, not-for-profit organisations and financial service providers. Bruce has a Bachelor of Economics from Macquarie University, and is a member of Australia and New Zealand Chartered Accountants and the Australian Institute of Company Directors. He has been actively involved in the governance of a number of local community organisations in various capacities including Treasurer. Bruce has previously held the position of Secretary and was elected as Honorary Treasurer in November 2016.

Michele Ferris

Michele Ferris
Dip Bus Management Cert IV Aged Care
Secretary

Michele Ferris is a current carer whose teenage son lives with intellectual disability and vision impairment. Michele has a work background in aged care and disability service provision for nearly a decade. She has a strong passion for advocacy rights for those in aged care and disability.

Felicity Purdy

Felicity Purdy
BA (Hons) Psychology
Director

Felicity Purdy is a former carer, and has worked with children and adults with disabilities, their families and services for more than 40 years. She is a life member of National Disability Services and holds a number of voluntary and advisory positions concerned with health and severe disability. She has been a member of the Carers NSW Board for 19 years and has served as Secretary and Vice President.

Billie-Jo Barbara

Billie-Jo Barbara
FAIM, CPMgr, CAHRI, Grad. Cert. Mgmt
Dip. Pro Mgmt, Dip. Mgmt, Dip. HR Mgmt, Cert. III in Govt.
Director

Billie-Jo’s most recent experience has been in strategically to assisting organisations to transform their workforces, business practices and strategy.  She is currently the Director, HR Services for a large NSW government agency. As the previous Chairperson of a not-for-profit Board, Billie-Jo brings expertise in corporate services, people, culture and organisational transformation. She also has the experience of a sibling carer and is passionate about getting support out to hard to reach or hidden carers. Billie-Jo joined the Board of Carers NSW as a co-opted member in December 2016.

Greg Sam
PGDipMic, BAppSc, BBA, MPH, AICD
Director

Greg is currently the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia, South Eastern Section and the former CEO of Rural Health Workforce Australia. Greg has over 30 years’ experience working in health, medical and social policy sectors at a senior executive level. Greg has extensive corporate governance experience at state and national levels, across a number of Boards and Councils in the health sector. He has been a Board Director for the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Council, Asthma Australia and Palliative Care Australia. Greg was appointed to the Carers NSW Board in December 2017.

Reid Johnson
BSc, MMan, JP, AICD
Director

Reid is a seasoned business executive with more than 20 years' experience in senior and executive roles in financial services and telecommunications. He has worked internationally across corporate governance, program management, operational leadership, service delivery and customer experience. Reid is involved in a variety of not-for-profit activities and is passionate about advocating for the rights of carers. Reid was appointed to the Carers NSW Board in December 2017.

Simon Dawes

Simon Dawes
MBA, BE, GAICD
Director

Simon is a current carer and Director at EY. Simon has over 40 years’ experience across global management, systems development, project management, management systems, operations, audit, sustainability, software development, start-up organisations and information technology. He has been actively involved in the governance of a number of global sustainability organisations in various capacities and of a counselling centre, and has completed grief support training with the Sudden Infant Death Association. Simon has a keen interest in working towards ways technology can better assist carers in their caring role. Simon was appointed to the Carers NSW Board in December 2017. 

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