CareSouth is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee. Established in 1992, we remain a not-for-profit community organisation and registered charity – lead by a voluntary Board of Directors. Our Board puts heart into governance. Every day.
Board and CEO
John Dorahy was invited to take on the chairman’s role in January of 2017. John studied business management and accountancy after finishing high school and worked in sales and marketing for his family’s meat business. Eventually he opened his own butchery in Sydney with his brother-in-law, while playing for the then Wests Magpies. In 1981 he moved back to Wollongong to captain the Illawarra Steelers and after some time travelled to England to play football. Previous to his political career he worked in sales management. He is currently the Deputy Lord Mayor of Wollongong.
He is modest about his achievements and quick to point out that he had a good support network of mentors and role models as a footballer, councillor and a businessman. It is for this reason that he believes his role as chairman of CareSouth’s board is such a good fit.
BOARD DEPUTY CHAIRMAN
Rebecca Keen was appointed to the Board in 2012. She has over twenty years of finance and accounting experience and is currently CFO of a large private organisation based in the Illawarra.
Rebecca holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Wollongong. She is CPA qualified and continues professional development by way of CPA courses and executive development at the University of Technology.
Raised in Foster Care from age 8 to 15, Theo Boyle joined the CareSouth Board in 2004. He has lived in Nowra since 1969, where he has operated a successful bicycle business since 1980. Mr Boyle and his wife have two children.
Nicholas Sims has been a CareSouth Board member since 2007. Formerly a Science teacher, Nicholas has worked for the NSW Department of Education and Training as a School Counsellor for over 15 years. He has been a registered NSW Psychologist working for the Royal Australian Navy Reserves for the past 7 years, in addition to running his private psychology practice. Nicholas has a Bachelor of Science and Graduate Diploma of Education (Science) from the University of Sydney, as well as his Masters of Education, Psychology and Post Graduate Diploma of Psychology from Charles Sturt University.
Christine Cook has been a member of the Board since 2004. Christine has been a secondary school teacher for over 30 years, spending 27 years at Bomaderry High. She has been the Producer of Bomaderry High School's Rock Eisteddfod productions since 1995, mentoring over 100 students during rehearsals. Christine is also a member of the Management Committee of the Nowra Show Society. She has a Diploma of Teaching and Certificate IV in Workplace Training and Assessment. She is married with three children and two grandchildren.
Joining CareSouth in 2018, Liz Forsyth brings a wealth of experience in frontline field work and operational management to the role of CEO. Liz feels fortunate to combine her cross-sector experience in child protection and disabilities, while using her operational management skills to grow the business.
Liz has worked in statutory child protection, including inter-country social work where she supported families in the child protection system separated across international borders. She also worked on assessing and helping families adopt children from overseas, and supported adult inter-country adoptees looking for information and understanding about their birth families.
In 2007 Liz moved into the disability sector with Northcott growing her knowledge of family support and being appointed regional manager for Northern NSW. For the next decade Liz worked across several operational management roles for Northcott, including head of Northcott Innovation and most recently General Manager - Supported Living, where she oversaw $100 million worth of services and guided over 100 staff through a massive social reform and policy change under the NDIS.
Peter Murphy was a member of the Board for 15 years before becoming Chairman in 2006. For over 43 years, Peter has run a small business in Nowra. He draws on 18 years service as Councillor to the Shoalhaven City Council, including two terms as Deputy Mayor. Peter holds a position on the Boards of Tyrepower Marketing NSW Limited and Tyrepower Limited.
Jim McEwan was the driving force behind the establishment of CareSouth. From 1992 through to 2010 he managed CareSouth in his honorary roles as Executive Director. During 2011, following a major restructure, he was co-opted by the Board to assume the CEO role for a 12 month period. Then, with the long term appointment of Debra Tozer in 2012, Jim resumed his position on the board, but this time as Chairman. Jim holds a BSc (Mathematics) degree from the University of NSW. He was Managing Director of a local Shoalhaven company for 30 years and a former casual high school teacher. He has lived on the South Coast since 1978 and has three children and five grandchildren. His interests (apart from CareSouth) are road trips, bridge, squash and golf.