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CEO and Board

Chief Executive Officer

Since May 2017 Carers ACT has gone from strength to strength through leadership and direction provided by our CEO, Lisa Kelly. Lisa is passionately committed to ensuring that carers receive high quality supports and services and receive recognition of their role within the community. She has worked extensively in the community sector and holds Degrees in Psychology and Community Development. Prior to joining Carers ACT, Lisa worked primarily in the mental health and youth sectors for agencies such as Lifeline, Headspace, Richmond Fellowship and the Australian Childhood Foundation. She has spent a large part of her career implementing innovative and award winning services and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to Carers ACT. Lisa has a long history of supporting and advocating for carers stretching back to being appointed to the Ministerial National Family Carers Voice in 2004.

For more than 20 years I’ve been passionately supporting and advocating for unpaid carers, and helping them reach their goals and aspirations whilst continuing to provide care to the people they love.




Thilini Perera Board Member

Thili Perera (LLB, GAICD and GradDip Corporate Governance)  Thili is an accomplished corporate governance professional, a legal practitioner of the ACT Supreme Court and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is the CEO of LifeLine International, an Australia-based global mental health and suicide prevention organisation that exists to advocate, campaign and fundraise to ensure suicide prevention support is available, accepted and encouraged around the world. Thili has been a member of the Carers ACT Board since July 2017.

Steve Sant has been employed in the health industry for over 39 years. He has extensive experience in all areas of the industry having worked in positions ranging from registered nurse in a large metro hospital through to ‘head office’ executive management roles. Steve has worked in both State and Federal government and the private and not for profit sectors. His appointments include CEO of Parkinson’s Australia, Company Secretary and Network Manager of the Australian Medicare Local Alliance, CEO of the ACT Medicare Local, CEO of the Rural Doctors Association of Australia and CEO of Health Purchasing Victoria.  Steve has also served on a number of Boards as a non executive director.


Nick Debere (BA Hons Business Management, GAICD) Nick is a Management Consultant specialising in human services and clients include some of the largest private, public and not-for-profit organisations within the sector. Working with Boards and CEO’s his main areas of focus include strategy, advocacy, governance and performance. He has been invited onto Ministerial panels and is experienced in working closely with both State and Federal Governments to influence policy and advocate best practice principles informed by the sector. Nick became a member of the Carers ACT Board in 2019.


Skye Forster (MA Strategic Marketing, Diploma in Digital Marketing) Skye is a marketing expert who thrives in complex, multi-stakeholder environments and has a proven track record of building high performing teams whilst empowering them to innovate and thrive. Skye has built her career over many years at the Australian National University, where she continues to work in her current role as Director of Marketing. In this role she is principally responsible for enhancing the University’s global and national reputation through strong brand positioning and execution of strategic customer engagement activities across all relevant channels.


Anitra Gollings (BSc Computer Science) Anitra is a Management Consultant specialising in technology enabled digital transformation with state and federal government and private sector organisations. She works closely with business and IT executives on technology strategy, business case development and program delivery in areas such as operations, customer care, and enterprise and corporate functions. Anitra has a focus on human centred design and delivery of technology solutions that solve important real world problems. Anitra became a member of the Carers ACT Board in 2021.


Lachlan Abbott (B Com (Liberal Studies); GradDipCA, ARITA). Lachlan is a Chartered Account, Registered Liquidator and Director with EY’s Strategy and Transactions Practice in Canberra, with 15 years’ experience in corporate finance, restructuring and turnaround services. Lachlan frequently consults to government, lenders, not for profit boards and private clients on a range of transaction and strategy engagements. Lachlan has lived in Canberra since 2013 and became a member of the Carers ACT Board in 2021.