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The Carbal Board

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Carbal’s Board of Directors

The Carbal Board of Directors meets regularly each month and is tasked with overseeing and providing guidance around the ongoing delivery of the numerous funded health and community programs and services that Carbal is responsible for on behalf of the State and Commonwealth governments.

Drawing on the experience from the diverse backgrounds and qualifications of its members, at all times the aim of the Board’s governance is aligned with the following purposes:

To develop, coordinate and conduct services that provide for the care and support in meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander individuals and groups in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region;

To coordinate and conduct services aimed at improving the health and wellbeing that meets the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region;

To collaborate with and support research professionals or entities in the development and implementation of translational research that will improve the health and well-being outcomes within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Dr Maree Toombs

Non-Executive Chair

PhD, B.Ed., Grad Cert Teaching and Learning

Dr Toombs is passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples in the community.

Dr Toombs is a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology and Associate Professor Menzies School of Health Research. 

Dr Maree Toombs

Non-Executive Chair

PhD, B.Ed., Grad Cert Teaching and Learning

Dr Toombs is passionate about improving the social and emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal peoples in the community.

Dr Toombs is a Senior Research Fellow with the University of Queensland, Adjunct Professor, School of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Adjunct Associate Professor, Queensland University of Technology and Associate Professor Menzies School of Health Research. 

Cr Wayne (Bill) Cahill

Non-Executive Deputy Chair

Bill has had a successful technical and corporate management background and brings a breadth of experience to his elected position.

He is in his third term as a Councillor with the Toowoomba Regional Council following a 4-year term as a Councillor with the former Crows Nest Shire Council – representing Highfields.

Perry Miller

Non-Executive Director

Dip. Welfare

Perry is a proud Indigenous member of the North Queensland mob and has spent his working career assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to access better health and well-being outcomes.

He currently works at Mercy Community Services Toowoomba within the Family and Child Connect program.

Perry Miller

Non-Executive Director

Dip. Welfare

Perry is a proud Indigenous member of the North Queensland mob and has spent his working career assisting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to access better health and well-being outcomes.

He currently works at Mercy Community Services Toowoomba within the Family and Child Connect program.

George Petroff

Non-Executive Director

M Psych. Clinical, B.A.

Mr George Petroff is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in both the public and private systems for over thirty years.

During this time he has excelled in an extensive range of roles within alcohol and other drugs units, universities, psychiatric and acquired brain injury centres and acute mental health units. He currently provides services to a wide variety of clients including many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community members at his practice, Toowoomba Psychology Services.

Colin Jones

Non-Executive Director

Masters Degree – Humanities

Uncle Colin Jones is a Kalkadoon and Nunukul man born in Ipswich in 1947. Colin joined Carbals board in July 2017 and brings a wide array of experiences, knowledge and insight. As well as being a highly accomplished and  internationally renowned artist, Colin Jones is a scholar and a lecturer in Aboriginal culture, art and history. Colin has shared his knowledge locally at Griffith University and around the world for a wide range of organisations and embassies.

In addition to these rich experiences Colin has worked at the Queensland Police Service Academy, Cairns Aboriginal Coordinating Council, Barallam Prison and with the Department of Juvenile Justice delivering counselling and assistance to remote community members dealing with drug and alcohol use, child neglect and juvenile crime. Colin has held positions on numerous boards including the Beemar Yumba Childrens Shelter in Cherbourg Aboriginal community.

Colin Jones

Non-Executive Director

Masters Degree – Humanities

Uncle Colin Jones is a Kalkadoon and Nunukul man born in Ipswich in 1947. Colin joined Carbals board in July 2017 and brings a wide array of experiences, knowledge and insight. As well as being a highly accomplished and  internationally renowned artist, Colin Jones is a scholar and a lecturer in Aboriginal culture, art and history. Colin has shared his knowledge locally at Griffith University and around the world for a wide range of organisations and embassies.

In addition to these rich experiences Colin has worked at the Queensland Police Service Academy, Cairns Aboriginal Coordinating Council, Barallam Prison and with the Department of Juvenile Justice delivering counselling and assistance to remote community members dealing with drug and alcohol use, child neglect and juvenile crime. Colin has held positions on numerous boards including the Beemar Yumba Childrens Shelter in Cherbourg Aboriginal community.

Wayne Williams

Non-Executive Director

Bachelor of Education (Primary) USQ (Major in Special Education)

Experience and expertise: Wayne is a proud Wakka Wakka man, born in Brisbane in 1963. He is a Teacher whose passion is improving the educational outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students. He is currently the Co-Ordinator, Indigenous Curriculum at the University of Queensland. In this role, Wayne is developing an Indigenous Health and History curriculum for the Faculty of Medicine.

Wayne is also a Board Member and Life Member of the Toowoomba PCYC and the former Chairperson of the PCYC Sport and Recreation Group (SRG).

Vanessa Moore

Non-Executive Director

Dip. Business, Dip. Leadership and Management

Vanessa is a proud Gunggari woman and her connection to country is the Maranoa River and the township of Mitchell where she was born.

Vanessa joined the Carbal board in March 2021 and has a long career history with working in Indigenous Affairs for both the Queensland and Australian Governments. She has extensive experience in the areas of project management, economic participation, contract management, community development and administration.

Vanessa Moore

Non-Executive Director

Dip. Business, Dip. Leadership and Management

Vanessa is a proud Gunggari woman and her connection to country is the Maranoa River and the township of Mitchell where she was born.

Vanessa joined the Carbal board in March 2021 and has a long career history with working in Indigenous Affairs for both the Queensland and Australian Governments. She has extensive experience in the areas of project management, economic participation, contract management, community development and administration.

Brian Hewitt

Company Secretary

M.Ed., B.Ed., Dip Ed., JP Qual

In addition to his role as the current CEO, Brian Hewitt has held the role of Company Secretary from May 2020.