Meet our Executive Leadership Team
Founder & Director
“I am passionate about supporting Australians in need, whether it be older people, or people with disability and their families. It’s important to me to be connected with my community and to volunteer my time to support families through particularly difficult times.”
Stuart is our Chief Financial Officer with a great big heart, who has a mountain of experience working across various sectors and industries, most recently as the Executive Manager and CFO for STEPS Group of Companies.
Stuart has been involved in the disability sector for 15 years, where he worked for the two oldest charities in the country, the Benevolent Society as Financial Controller, and Wesley Mission as Strategic Business Manager.
Prior to this, Stuart was General Manager for Transportation for the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and Para Olympic Games, and Financial Manager for Coca Cola Amatil.
Stuart lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife and youngest daughter and, with their other children and grand-children scattered along the east coast, staying in touch has been a priority with many challenges.
Outside of work, Stuart’s passion is sport, in particular baseball. He is a Life Member of Ryde Hornsby Baseball where he was President for over a decade… and incidentally, his youngest son was signed as a 17 year old to play with the New York Mets, while his eldest son played baseball in the US under scholarship.
When he is not counting beans, you will find him on the golf course, kicking back watching the cricket, or taking in the sunshine at one of the coast’s beautiful beaches.
General Manager - Disability Services
General Manager - Mental Health & Wellbeing
“Throughout my career, I have challenged many of the ‘traditional’ models of service delivery by co-designing internal processes with people who have lived experience. I keep up-to-date with the current trends and practices to make sure I provide the most appropriate supports, and to enhance the service delivery experience for people and their support networks – everyone deserves to be treated equally with respect.”
Tracy joined CSBS in 2021, bringing with her extensive experience in organisational development, shared services, innovation, quality, and practice.
With a background in disability, mental health, and law, Tracy has over 28 years’ experience in executive management, leadership, and governance roles.
Among her long list of qualifications, Tracy holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAppSc) Disability Studies, and Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Hons.
Tracy’s experience is grounded in human rights, with a commitment to a fair and just society, promoting safe and healthy outcomes for individuals and communities.
With a passion to build on a person’s strengths, knowledge and capacity, Tracy’s values reflect the importance we place on supporting people to live an independence life on their terms, free to make plans and decisions about the things that affect them.
When Tracy is not championing change, she enjoys getting lost in a good book, the company of family and friends, and her two naughty cockatiels.
General Manager - Corporate Services
“My son Ethan was born 13 weeks’ early and spent the first eight and a half months of his life in hospital before finally coming home – he returned a few months later for complete skull reconstruction surgery. Four years’ on, our experiences are both wonderful and challenging as we love life with our little powerhouse, and as we navigate the health and disability sectors.”
Tara is our General Manager – Corporate Services, who negotiates fulltime work with a busy family life.
Tara has a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations and Advertising – this, coupled with over 10 years’ experience at the helm of their family’s IT business and eight years’ growing her own digital marketing business, clearly indicates her monster passion for all things technology.
Tara is an accidental nerd, and loves nothing more than a really good piece of software or system that can aid digital transformation solutions within businesses, and has turned her talents to implementing IT solutions for people and businesses to achieve their goals and optimise their outcomes.
Tara’s life experiences have introduced her to many clinical settings where she coordinates and interacts with medical and allied health professionals across many disciplines. This first-hand knowledge and experience means Tara understands what it takes to manage complexity in a healthcare setting, and she brings this know-how with her to her corporate services role.
When Tara is not being an IT genius – she can be found near the chocolates and cake! #justsaying
General Manager - Innovation & Learning
“People are at the centre of every part of life – so it makes total sense to bring the qualities and attributes of human-centred-design to respond to, create, and deliver supports that place people at the centre of everything we do, and every decision that’s made on their behalf.”
Michelle is our General Manager for Innovation and Learning.
With a Bachelor of Social Science – Human Service, Michelle brings her learnings to the real-world supporting people from all walks of life in a person first, service second way across a range of settings. Michelle’s experience working in child protection, mental health, youth justice, youth homelessness, disability, community development, research and evaluation, and innovation and learning brings a wealth of knowledge and richness to her work with CSBS.
With an enthusiasm for developing meaningful and personalised supports with people that transform lives in a community setting, Michelle is a vocal advocate for embedding continuous improvement efficiencies and innovation in a commercial setting that legitimise feedback as a key driver for change.
Leadership development rates high on Michelle’s wish-list for the disability sector, in particular how we identify and nurture new leaders, and how we build and sustain the broader capabilities of the NDIS workforce through lived experience and cultural diversity.
When Michelle is not championing change, you’ll find her at the theatre or on a quiet beach lost in a good book