As a leading child welfare and care services provider in our communities, we work hard every day to provide a better future for the children, young people, families and people living with disabilities in our care. We are dedicated to our work because we believe that every child, person and family deserves the chance to live a full and functioning life.
CASPA is a registered charity that provides crucial services and support to young people and families through evidence based, innovative practices that empower individuals and strengthen communities.
Inspiring people to thrive
CASPA Services Ltd. is a non-denominational organisation which was formed in January 2017. CASPA Board and staff are passionate about providing support and protection to those most vulnerable in our communities. We are committed to conducting our work with compassion, transparency and evidence-based understanding.
CASPA actively advocates for child-safe practices and reporting, and wholeheartedly supports the findings of the Royal Commission.
Our organisation’s expertise is available to anyone affected by institutional abuse and we are willing and able to provide support and counselling services to help an individual’s recovery.
Our organisations name comes from our resident experts – the thoughtful consideration of children in care. Casper The Friendly Ghost was raised as a well-known story about a child living in limbo. The name resonated with the kids and staff because Casper, the ghost, is a child who needs a friend but is mostly invisible to the world. And so, with a slight spelling modification, it was settled. CASPA is proud of the inclusive way the name came about and how it embodies the work that we continue to do.
Chairman & Director
Appointed August 2018
Nicolas Harrison is a Barrister-at-law, and a Company director with special interests in the not-for-profit and charity sectors. He has a longstanding commitment to community service, having served on and chaired numerous community based Boards and committees over 40 years.
He has been a director with Summerland Credit Union since 2002 and was Chairman from 2008 to 2018. He currently chairs their Governance Committee.
Previously he has been a Deputy Senior Crown Prosecutor, Adjunct Professor at Southern Cross University, Councillor of the NSW Law Society, and a RAAF Reserve Legal Officer.
His passions are corporate governance, especially ethical behaviour, and the art of communication.
CEO and Company Secretary
Appointed July 2018
Having joined CASPA in 2012, Naarah has over 14 years of professional experience in the sector together with her lived experiences of growing up in a Carer household. Naarah was inspired to introduce innovative and evidence informed models of care and support services.
Naarah has been instrumental in building CASPA’s service offerings by introducing a therapeutic foster care program, family support programs and a dedicated vision to diversify the organisation beyond Out of Home Care (OoHC) and into early intervention services. This has led to CASPA to becoming a leader in Therapeutic residential care and highly regarded for Foster Carer, Family Preservation and Early Intervention work. Most recently Naarah has led a strategy around a diversification of service provision to venture into the unfunded work of grass roots early intervention child protection based service by establishing an exciting Social Enterprise Business called Hammers4Hope – a maintenance and building business with proceeds being invested in vital supports and services for vulnerable families. Naarah has also taken the lead on behalf of the Board, in expanding CASPA’s services into the Northern Territory with the expansion of Therapeutic Residential Care across the top end. For those in the sector who know Naarah, there is one word that seems to follow her around, and that is “Passion”. She has unending motivation to see better outcomes being afforded to those people most vulnerable in the community, especially seeking to elevate the voices of children.
Treasurer & Director
Appointed July 2019
Natalie is a Certified practicing Accountant and has worked in Local Government for over 11 years.
Over the past 15 years, Natalie has gained a broad range of experience in grants administration, taxation, asset management and financial services.
Appointed February 2018
Catherine saw an opportunity to contribute to her local community by joining the Board of CASPA in 2018. Catherine has had several key roles in both the private and not-for-profit sectors. Such as arts organisations, professional services firms and financial services. Her reputation and skills in sponsorship and fundraising, financial management, asset management, communications, marketing and community engagement is a fantastic match to the view and aspirations of CASPA.
Appointed December 2020
Originally an Occupational Therapist, over the past decade Rebecca has held a number of senior executive roles across health and community organisations. These roles have spanned health and care service delivery, policy development, strategy and business development. In her current role she is accountable for the health and wellbeing support for Medibank Private’s 3.8 million members.
Rebecca maintains several Non-Executive Directorships including the Primary Health Network of Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Central Queensland and Healthy North Coast. Rebecca has been included in the AFR Boss’ Top 10 Young Executives.
Rebecca is passionate about the wellbeing of young people and families and creating inclusive communities for our future generations to thrive. Born and raised on the North Coast, after time away for study and career, Rebecca now lives in the region with her own young family.
Appointed December 2020
Having qualifications in Nursing and midwifery Peter holds post graduate qualifications in remote emergency care, Health Services Management and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Peter is currently a Consumer and Community Advisor with the Cancer Institute of NSW and a member of the Aboriginal Health Council for Western NSW PHN and also a Surveyor with the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua) international evaluation & accreditation program.
Peter has worked as a remote area nurse in SA and WA, managed hospitals, regional and rural health services in NSW, WA and the NT and lived and worked in Dubai and India as a health management consultant. More recently he headed remote health services for the NT Department of Health in Central Australia and subsequently oversaw NT’s Prison health services.
In his current role Peter heads the National Development team for the AGPAL group of companies, Australia’s most comprehensive quality and accreditation agency in the health and human services sector.
Peter is a JP in the state of NSW and is a volunteer with Marine Rescue.
Appointed December 2020
Ross is an experienced Non-Executive Director and Board Committee Member in the social services, health, disability, aged care, legal, tourism, education and charity sectors. His Executive career has included time as a Chief Executive Officer, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and General Manager. Ross is an experienced Coach and Mentor. He is passionate about helping others and assisting regional communities.
Appointed September 2021
Donna has worked with Summerland Credit Union for the last 20 years initially as a Director for three years. Donna was then appointed Executive Manager-Corporate Services, and more recently has taken on the role of Chief Operating Officer and had responsibility for Human Resources Management, Legal and Compliance, Property and Security. In 2019 Donna took on the extra responsibility of Chief Risk Officer and Company Secretary.
Donna Kildea has had over 30 years’ experience in working in Human Resources Management with both private and public sector organisations, including Johnson and Johnson Australia, Mars Corporation, Dow Corning; Southern Cross University and Norco Cooperative. In addition, Ms Kildea has taught at the North Coast Institute of TAFE in Human Resources Management, Training and Assessment and a variety of commercial programs.
As part of the credit union’s philosophy of community participation Donna is or has been involved in the following community activities: President of the NSW Business Chamber Northern Rivers: State Councillor with the NSW Business Chamber; Member of the Regional Funding Readiness group coordinated by the RDA Northern Rivers; Small Business mentor through the Department of Industry and Investment, member of Southern Cross University Council, Director of Summerland Credit Union, board member of the Northern Rivers Conservatorium of Music and Chair of the 2018 Northern Rivers Red Shield Appeal.
Donna holds a Bachelor of Social Science, Human Resources Development and is a professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute.
CASPA employs over 660 staff in NSW, Queensland and the Northern Territory with offices located in Coffs Harbour, Lismore, Casino, Tweed Heads, Darwin and Katherine.
At CASPA the asset we value most is our teams of dedicated professionals. We are a sector employer-of-choice because we provide all our staff with role-specific training and development, the missing pieces that build a person’s ongoing professional development.