Board Members

Pamela Ryan - President

Pamela Ryan has lived in Beaudesert since 1976. She is married with 3 adult children, who were born in Beaudesert and educated at Beaudesert schools, and she has 5 grandchildren. She has been a teacher for 49 years, working for Education Qld and for 10 years for the Catholic Education Office. In 2012 she retired from fulltime teaching as a Band 6 Principal with Education Qld. During her teaching career, Pamela has taught in schools in north Queensland and the Scenic Rim. She has been involved in many professional bodies and is a Life Member of the Queensland Teachers’ Union. She presently works 3 days a week as a Learning Support teacher at a small school in the Scenic Rim. Her tertiary qualifications include a Diploma of Teaching from Townsville Teachers’ College, 1971 to 1973. Prior to being on the Board of Beaucare, her community involvement includes being a Civil Marriage Celebrant for the Beaudesert area from 1984 to 2000, being a founding committee member of Beaudesert Community Kindergarten, a Meals on Wheels driver and secretary of Beaudesert Pony Club.

Caroline Hennessey - Vice President

Caroline has been an active member of the Beaudesert community for over 20 years having moved here from Brisbane in 1993. She is an Occupational Therapist who specialises in Paediatrics, particularly working with children with developmental and learning difficulties.

Caroline has been actively involved with many community groups and is interested in governance, marketing and encouraging early intervention programmes to improve health outcomes in the local community.

Caroline's three children have all attended Family Day Care prior to commencing local schooling. Caroline is delighted to be a member of the Beaucare Board.

Sofie Walker - Secretary

Sophie has over 25 years experience in strategic communication and stakeholder engagement for consultancy, government, and nongovernment organisations across a range of sectors, most recently telecommunications and water. Starting her career as a journalist, Sophie moved into community development and engagement, and gained experience working in Indonesia, Vietnam, England and Canada.

Sophie holds a Master of International Social Development and is an Affiliate Member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

Since 2005, Sophie has lived in the Jimboomba/Beaudesert area with her husband, two daughters, and three horses and is looking forward to contributing to the Beaudesert community as part of the Beaucare Board.

Scott Dorries - Treasurer

Scott joined the Board of Beaucare in 2017 and the Board of Tallebudgera Surf Life Saving Club in 2018 as Treasurer, and also joined the Board of TransitCare in July 2019. Scott is a finance executive with over 25 years of work experience in roles from Chief Financial Officer to Executive Manager Finance and General Manager Finance and Operations. Scott has multiple industry sector experience ranging from Banking and Finance, Transport and Logistics, Early Childhood Education, Community Housing and Member and Community Services in the Not-for-Profit, Public (State and Local Government) and Private organisations. Scott derives immense satisfaction out of creating community support benefits and making a real difference for the Logan, Scenic Rim, Brisbane and Gold Coast councils and communities.

A Fellow CPA, Fellow GIA and Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, he has the experience and a strong focus in strategic planning, commercial management, corporate governances, mergers, demergers, acquisitions, new entity formation, risk and HR management. Scott has extensive customer and community service knowledge and leadership experience to produce innovative insights and make sustainable, strategic, collective, ethical and individual decisions. He is a qualified Accountant who has a Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Business Law & Taxation) from QUT.

Scott is a volunteer Lifesaver, Patrol Captain and former Nipper Age Manager at Tallebudgera, who has kept the community safe at our beaches and provided junior members enriched lives through skill development and teamwork in challenging and enjoyable environments and created great Australians and built better communities.

Dafni Brown

Dafni Brown is a Registered Nurse with 15 years’ experience in the Aged Care Industry with a Master’s Degree in Health Practice, Gerontology. Throughout these years, she has progressed in different roles as Clinical Nurse, Clinical Consultant, Quality Manager, Care Manager, Director of Nursing and Interim Facility Managers/CEO.

Managing and leading a team from small facilities to large facilities, for profit or not-for-profit, all come naturally to Dafni. She uses her empathy, passion, extensive experience and knowledge to promote a high standard of clinical governance and care to residential aged care facilities. She has been involved in projects in implementing business strategies, change management in IT, documentation and introducing new innovative tools.

Dafni also worked as Support Coordinator in the Disability Sector and was a Director of Nursing (DON) leading a team, not only managing Aged Care but also both the Home/Community Care and Commonwealth Home Support Program (CHSP) programs. She proudly volunteers to different causes such as Walk for Dementia and Cycle for Cancer to bring awareness and raise funds for research and was one of the medical aid volunteers during the Commonwealth Games.

Dafni is currently working for Community Business Australia as one of their skilled and qualified Aged Care Specialists and works with her husband on her time off to run their own plumbing and gas fitting business. She is dedicated in giving back to the Beaudesert Community as a member of the Beaucare Clinical Review Committee and contributes to achieving Beaucare’s Strategic Objectives.

Javier Bara

Javier Bara joined the Beaucare board in 2023, bringing a wealth of experience in occupational therapy and public health. Holding a Master of Occupational Therapy and a Bachelor of Public Health & Health Promotion, Javier has previously worked on nationally funded projects and has actively contributed to the non-profit sector. His expertise particularly shines in his work with vulnerable and priority population groups across Australia, including those in regional and remote areas.

Javier's commitment to service excellence and positive change is evident in his background as a board member for a NDIS organisations and has focused on enhancing the lives of individuals with diverse needs. He has operated a number of organizations and is a member of Australian Institute of Company Directors.  Javier's dedication to driving positive change in the healthcare sector aligns seamlessly with Beaucare's values.

Simon McKenzie

Simon is a Lecturer at the Griffith Law School on the Gold Coast. He holds Arts and Law Degree with First Class Honours in Law from the University of Tasmania and a PhD in International Law from the University of Melbourne. He has worked as a government policy officer, a commercial litigation lawyer, a consultant for a Melbourne start-up, a researcher at the Supreme Court of Victoria, a lecturer at the University of Melbourne and a research fellow at the University of Queensland. He has significant experience volunteering with organisations such as the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, the Inner Melbourne Community Legal Centre, and the Clemente Program. Along with his position on the board of Beaucare, he is currently a director of Assembly 197, one of Tasmania's leading live arts companies.

Simon Tellam

Simon's working experience is across a variety of sectors including banking, general insurance and health and care - in various roles. Predominantly of late these roles have been in risk management of the business and governance. He has qualifications in economics, applied finance, risk management and is a member of industry associations in risk and governance. He joined the Board of Beaucare in 2023. He is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Previous Board member on All About Living Limited - a home support services provider.

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