Our Board and CEO

Tasmanian family carers are in good hands. The Board and Chief Executive Officer provide visionary strategic leadership that ensures high-quality services now and into the future.

Will McShane


Will has more than 20 years’ experience working in accounting, financial services, and leadership roles across a variety of industries in Tasmania. Will currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for a Kriticos Nominees, a locally owned family business overseeing businesses in the tourism, hospitality, manufacturing, and financial services sectors. Previously Will was the Treasurer for MyState Limited for over a decade and worked in local specialist Chartered Accountancy firms (business recovery and insolvency) previously.

Will has been actively involved in not-for profit governance for nearly a decade operating as a board member and most recently the Chair of Lady Gowrie Tasmania. Will brings to the board significant expertise across all areas of finance, including financial analytics, budgeting, capital and risk management.

Will is Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Information Systems) from the University of Tasmania, a Masters of Applied Finance from Kaplan as well as being a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD).

Ros Atkinson


Ros is the current CEO of, and corporate legal practitioner for, Youth, Family and Community Connections Inc., having been appointed to the role in 2007 and again in 2013 following a merger. Prior to this Ros worked as a barrister, where she gained extensive experience in criminal law, youth justice and family violence. Ros was involved with the implementation of the Tasmanian Safe at Home Program.

Ros has significant skills and knowledge in leadership, human resources, industrial relations, policy development, quality improvement and accreditation and Not-For-Profit board governance. Ros was a former Board Member and President of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug Council of Tasmania and Board Member and Vice President of the Youth Network of Tasmania. She is also a current Board Member of Families and Children Tasmania.

Ros has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB), a Diploma in Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

In her spare time she is an avid trekker, camper and traveller.

David Morrell


David Morrell is a member of Carers Tasmania from the northern region of the State. David became a carer overnight in 2010, subsequently finding himself in a caring role for his wife and now also his mother. David has daily experience of being both a carer and a person who has a disability.

David brings to the Board a long history of working in the sector as a social worker and also as an advocate. He has served on a number of non-government organisation Boards in the past e.g. Shelter SA; Housing Trust Tenants Association and Disabled People’s International.

David’s understanding of the sector is extensive as a result of this experience and brings to the Board strategic planning expertise, budget management, service quality reporting and engaging and negotiating with funding bodies.

David is driven by the belief that a fair go for each relies on a fair community for all. This belief is reinforced by David’s voluntary involvement with Red Cross, Blind Citizens Australia and Safe Asylum.

Sue Ham


Sue has more than 30 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public and not for profit sectors, primarily working in the delivery of human services in areas where a commitment to community and closing the gap to disadvantage are her personal drivers.

Most recently Sue was a member of the Senior Executive Service at the National Disability Insurance Agency (2012-2019), including Tasmanian State Manager from 2012-2016. From 2007 to 2012 Sue worked for the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in Canberra – primarily in the areas of housing, disaster recovery and the National Partnership Agreement for remote Indigenous housing. Between 1995 and 2006 Sue was Chief Executive Officer for Colony 47 Incorporated.

Over the period of working in the not for profit sector, Sue held ministerial appointments to a range of government advisory committees at state and Commonwealth levels and represented Colony 47 on a range of joint venture partnerships, advisory committees and reference groups. Sue was also President of the Tasmanian Council of Social Service (2000-2006) and Vice President of the Australian Council of Social Service (2002-2006), and President of Tagari Lia Community Living and Nexus Inc.

Sue has expertise in human service delivery, human centred design, public policy and corporate governance. She holds a Bachelor degree in Social Work from the Tasmanian College of Advanced Education, Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management from Griffith University and a Diploma of Company Directorship from the University of New England. Sue is passionate about public policy that contributes to innovative and quality services that deliver outcomes for people.

Kirsten Winspear


Kirsten has over 20 years of experience in Human Resources in both Asia and Australia holding various leadership positions across a broad range of industries including Retail, Hospitality, Higher Education, Finance, Agriculture, Tourism and the Not-for-profit sector. Kirsten is a passionate Tasmanian who cares deeply about the community and spent seven years on the Management Committee of Karinya Young Women’s Service which provides crisis accommodation for young women in the greater Launceston area. She currently holds the role of Senior Manager, People and Performance at MyState Bank Limited including responsibility for Diversity & Inclusion. Kirsten has a Bachelor of Arts, a Graduate Diploma of HR and a Graduate Certificate of Management.

Andrew Paynter


Andrew has extensive experience working in manufacturing, sales, financial services, tourism and the profit for purpose sectors holding senior leadership roles both in Tasmania and interstate. Andrew is currently the Chief Executive Officer of St John Ambulance Tasmania a community focused organisation with a significant volunteer base. Prior to this Andrew was the Managing Director for NRMA Tasmania overseeing a portfolio of iconic Tasmanian tourism businesses, after serving seven years at the RACT in a variety of senior operational leadership positions.

Andrew has held a number of board positions including the chairing of governance sub-committees. Andrew brings to the board significant expertise across areas of finance, governance, risk management and volunteering organisations.

Andrew holds post graduate qualifications in Business Administration.

Dr Julian Watchorn


Julian holds a Bachelor of Science (Psychology & Computer Science), Honours in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Tasmania and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and a Fellow of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists. He has also completed studies in Blockchain Strategy and Solutions through RMIT and Oxford University, and Applied Technologies at the University of Tasmania. Julian has previously served as the President of the Tasmanian Branch of the Australian Psychological Society (APS) and National President of the Australasian Critical Incident Stress Association (ACISA).

Julian is practising as a Clinical Psychologist in private practice, with more than 25 years experience working in Tasmania, specialising in child, adolescent and family psychology, as well as stress and trauma management. Throughout his career, Julian has been committed to supporting foster and kinship carers in Tasmania. Since 2017, he has collaborated with the Foster and Kinship Carers Association of Tasmania (FKAT) to develop and provide training and support programs for foster and kinship carers throughout the state. Julian is currently completing a ‘Master of Cyber Security and Forensics’ at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

Sam Wesson


Sam has more than 15 years’ experience working in accounting and leadership roles across a variety of industries throughout Australia.  Starting his career in public practice, Sam then worked in the advertising and communications industry for 10 years at both large corporate and independent agencies.

Sam is currently the Chief Financial Officer at Lady Gowrie Tasmania, a not-for-profit organisation that predominantly provides early childhood education and care services across Tasmania. Sam is a Chartered Accountant and holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Tasmania. Sam joined the Board in 2021 and has served as the Chair of the Finance, Risk & Audit Committee since March 2022.

Dr Samantha Fox


Dr Samantha Fox is the CEO of Carers Tasmania and its service delivery arm Care2Serve. Prior to her current role, Samantha worked as the Director Environment, Development and Community at Kingborough Council. In this role, she provided strategic direction and leadership of key Council functions, including statutory and strategic planning, building and plumbing services, environmental services, natural resource management, community services, economic development, emergency management, communications, and engagement.

Samantha is passionate about leading communities to help them achieve environmental, economic and socio-cultural aspirations. For two decades, she has worked in State, Commonwealth and local governments, providing strategic advice on social, environmental and economic policy, managing diverse teams, multi-million-dollar projects and delivering outcomes for communities. Samantha has qualifications in science, psychology, governance and business.