Our Board

The Carpentaria Board consists of up to eight elected members:

Grant Lindsay

Grant Lindsay

Chairperson

Grant Lindsay was appointed to the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Inc in 2005, and President from 2008-13. He then joined the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Ltd in 2018. Grant has a passionate interest in person-centred support services that respect individual choice and need and assist each individual to develop their capacity so that they can participate in, contribute to and be effective members of our community.

Grant is currently self-employed as a management consultant. He is also the president of the Down Syndrome Association of the Northern Territory and a member of the Down Syndrome Australia Board since its inception. Grant worked in the non-government education sector for 14 years, previously he had a similar role in a health research institute, following 25 years in the Australian Regular Army. He is married with two children and is a long term Rotarian and rugby fan.

Steve Vitone

Steve Vitone

Vice Chairperson

Steve joined the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Inc in 2005 as Deputy Chair and joined the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Ltd in 2018. He is also the CEO of Carers NT, a not-for-profit community based organisation dedicated to improving the lives of family carers living in the Northern Territory. Steve is a Social Worker by profession and has a long involvement in services for people with a disability and their families.

Steve has worked in both the public and private sector, primarily in the disability and rehabilitation areas, has a strong commitment to social justice and extensive experience in advocacy. He has held several positions on community, state and national working groups, committees and boards including NDS Northern Territory, Carpentaria, the Chief Minister’s NGO Advisory Council and Moil School Council. He was also appointed to the National Disability and Carers Advisory Council.

Steven Porter

Steven Porter

Company Secretary

Steven joined the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Inc in 2017 and the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Ltd in 2018. He is an experienced Board Director and an Australian Institute of Company Directors graduate with strong strategic, financial and corporate governance skills. Steven has tertiary qualifications in engineering and a Masters in Organisation Dynamics. He is a water industry specialist with 35 years experience across multiple public, private and Council water entities.  

Nicole Hurwood

Nicole Hurwood

Director

Nicole joined the Board of Carpentaria Disability Services Ltd in 2020. She is a long term Territorian and a career public servant who has worked across a number of portfolios, holding executive leadership roles in human and social services agencies. She has a keen interest in strategic policy, organisational and workforce development and resource management.  Nicole holds a Bachelor of Business, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, a Master of Arts in Public Sector Leadership; is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and has completed the Australia and New Zealand School of Governments Executive Fellows Program.  

Glenn Foard

Glenn Foard

Casual Director

Glenn is currently a Partner with MAP Consulting Group, following a long executive career.  Most recently, Glenn was CEO of Melba Support Services in Victoria.  Under Glenn’s stewardship, Melba was transformed from a boutique disability service provider to a standard bearer in that state.  His achievements as Melba’s CEO include overseeing two mergers, successfully tendering for new services, creating innovative SDA partnerships, expanding Melba’s service locations to areas across metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria employing some 1,400 staff, and growing the organisation’s annual revenue from $9 M in 2011 to in excess of $100 M in 2020.

Glenn has served as a Board member of Disability Professionals Victoria, been a member of the NDS State Committee and a ministerial appointee to the Victorian Disability Services Board. In 2013, Glenn studied at Harvard Business School. He also holds a social work degree and two masters degrees in social policy and accounting.

Hamza Vayani

Hamza Vayani

Casual Director

Hamza has held several appointments in a range of senior management roles and advisory committees at state and national level. He has a demonstrated track record as a strong advocate for culturally responsive, clinically safe and accessible healthcare and disability services with a particular focus on people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities. He is passionate about making health and social care systems integrated, accessible and easier to navigate.

Hamza is not afraid of asking the difficult questions when it comes to maintaining confidence in delivery of accessible and clinically safe delivery of health and human services. He believes public policy and service delivery should be about choice and control for people accessing the services they need in a way that is empowering, inclusive of lived experience perspectives and evidence based.

 

Our Patron

Carpentaria’s patron is Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AO, Administrator of the Northern Territory.

Her Honour was sworn in as the 22nd Administrator of the Northern Territory on 31 October 2017. Prior to her appointment as Administrator of the Northern Territory, Her Honour was the Chief Executive Officer of Somerville Community Services, a non-government, not for profit, youth, family and community welfare organisation.