Carmel is an authentic leader who has served the Gippsland Community for 15 years. Her experience spans across the private sector, government agencies and not-for-profit organisations across health, community services, and sustainability service industries Australia-wide.
With a deliberate bias towards social justice, Carmel brings together diverse perspectives, lived experience and systems-oriented business acumen to explore, design and deliver strategies to create shared economic and societal value for our community.
Carmel has a tertiary background in speech pathology and family sensitive practice and got an Executive MBA program focused upon contemporary global business environments of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.
Residing in Warragul with her husband John and three primary school aged children, Carmel describes her parent journey as 10 years of discovery, seeking to love, nurture, support and advocate for her children to live abundant lives. She also brings vulnerability to her lived experience, describing the challenges and joys of raising children with unique minds, who view the world differently and do not always fit the mould of mainstream conventions.
Carmel has seen the negative impact of hidden learning differences on the community, and passionately believes in the difference affordable, accessible early identification of dyslexia could make to improve the social, emotional and mental wellbeing of children and their families.