Board & Management
Meet the Carers NT Board
Carers NT is grateful for the ongoing support of our Patron, Her Honour the Honourable Vicki O’Halloran AM, Administrator of the Northern Territory and the guidance of our Board.
Chair / Director
Gail has lived in the Northern Territory for over 35 years including Alice Springs, Katherine, Jabiru and Darwin. Working in the Aged and Disability sector, Gail’s current role is as the Senior Advocate/Team Leader for the Seniors and Disability Rights Service (SDRS). SDRS is part of Darwin community Legal Service. Her experience in this field is broad, having also managed Alzheimer’s Australia (now Dementia Australia) during her time in Alice Springs.
Gail has an excellent understanding of the sector and includes visits to regional and remote centres providing aged, disability and NDIS advocacy support as part of her role. Having provided a caring role to her husband, Gail has an excellent understanding of how challenging it can be to be a carer to your loved one. She looks forward to be able to offer her insight and knowledge to the Board of Carers NT.
Secretary / Director
Stephen Balch has been a private business consultant for more than 10 years and is a former partner in MDS Partners.
He is an accomplished executive manager with around 30 years of senior management experience, and through his consultancy work has advised clients on strategy, corporate governance, financial management, internal auditing and risk management issues.
Stephen holds a Bachelor of Business degree, with majors in Accounting and Marketing, and has worked as an academic, teacher/trainer, auditor, accountant, general manager, chief executive officer, company public officer, secretary and director. He also holds a Cert IV in training and assessment.
Since 2016, Stephen has been Treasurer and Non-Executive Board Member of Carers NT. He was appointed Treasurer of the Carers Australia Board in March 2017.
Sandy is a Registered Nurse and is married with three children. Originally from Tasmania, she and her husband Tony moved to the Territory for work five years ago. Sandy spent three years working as a lecturer in Aged Care at Charles Darwin University, spending most of her time delivering Aged Care training to various Indigenous communities in East Arnhem Land.
Prior to her move to Darwin, Sandy had spent over 20 years working in Aged and Community Care. Her last role was Team Leader for Home and Community Care Services for North and North West Tasmania. Her current position is with the Aged Care Unit as a Clinical Assessor for the Aged Care Assessment Team (ACAT).
When she is not at work, Sandy spends time working in her garden and attending art workshops. Sandy has been a Board member with Carers NT for three years.
Marie-Louise Pearson has worked in the ICT, Telecommunications and Energy sectors for over 32 years in sales and management roles and is passionate about using her skills and experiences to help organisations deliver value and strong governance. Currently she is the Manager, Commercial & Industrial at Jacana Energy. Marie-Louise has a strong history of leadership in community organisations. She is currently on the Board of the Institute of Managers and Leaders (AIM Group Ltd) and has formerly been Chairman of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra, and the Anchorage Sister Cities committee of the City of Darwin amongst others.
Marie-Louise and her sister were prime carers for both her father and mother over an 8 year period. They are 4th generation Territorians.
Marie-Louise is a Life Member and Fellow of the Institute of Managers and Leaders, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, holds a Graduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Sciences.
Geoff has been Self-employed for 20 years in various industries including manufacturing & retail. With 2 years experience as a business consultant for Strategic Efficiency Group focusing predominantly on NGO’s and Charities to drive cost saving and income producing strategies. He has spent 7 years working and living in remote indigenous communities.
Geoff also organised and ran charity golf days, raising funds for various charities. A landmark event in Auckland NZ raised over $150,000.
He has a strong work ethic and is a motivated self-starter, works well both autonomously and within a team environment, Maintains professionalism and integrity in all situations, is an excellent communicator across broad range of demographics, is a confident and concise public speaker and has strong interest and focus on charity and humanitarian causes.
Martina Hazelbane is a proud Warai/Larrakia traditional owner from Darwin and Adelaide River in the Northern Territory.
In her management role at NAAJA Martina was dedicated to making sure Aboriginal people had access to high quality culturally appropriate legal services. She earned the respect of her colleagues and clients for her professionalism and reliability and prided herself on her exceptional management, organisational, administrative and cross-cultural skills to adapt to any workplace.
As CEO of Carers NT for seven years, Steve Vitone has extensive experience in community services and has worked in leadership roles across the public and not for profit sector for approximately three decades. Steve strongly supports a carer friendly community in which carers are valued and recognised for the very important role they play in our community. Steve believes unpaid carers are the backbone of the aged, disability and mental health sectors and that it is critical that carers are provided the appropriate supports and tools that will assist them in their caring journey. Committed to providing effective, cost efficient supports and extending the reach of the organisation, Steve sits on several boards and committees and is also a member of the National Disability and Carer Advisory Council.
Steve understands the caring role having travelled back to Canada to care for his own father, which he found very rewarding but also very challenging.
When not at work, Steve enjoys helping out and watching his boys play Rugby Union and camping in the outback of the NT and WA with family.