Who We Are

Meet the team

 

Jarrod Burns
Chief Executive Officer


Background:
Jarrod founded Hunter Care Group (HCG) in 2015 and remains the Chief Executive Officer of HCG.
Jarrod has numerous qualifications in Strategic Leadership, Business, Community Services and WHS.
Jarrod's career began as a Disability Support Worker, and later progressed to a role working in the NSW Juvenile Justice Joint Support Program. Jarrod's career continued into emergency housing and accomodation.
Jarrod has a passion for improving the lives of individuals in the community by increasing their independence, dignity, self-confidence and self-esteem.

Responsibilities:
As CEO, Jarrod provides the platform and strategic direction of HCG including innovative new operations and continuous improvement of current business activities.
Jarrod is responsible for Hunter Care Group's ongoing development and strategic direction of the organisation. 

 

Awards:
2017 Local Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Person of the year (finalist)

2018 Local Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Person of the year (Winner)

2018  Australian Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Growth Award (finalist)

  • Young Small Business Entrepreneur (finalist)

2019 Local Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Person of the year (finalist)

2019 Australian Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Growth Award (finalist)

  • Young Small Business Entrepreneur (finalist)

2020 Australian Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Services (finalist)

  • Business Growth Award (finalist)

  • Young Small Business Entrepreneur (finalist)
     

Mathew Mckeown 
Operations Manager


Background: 
Mathew’s career has been dedicated to the Community Services Sector and has over 10 years’ experience with supporting others. Mathew holds numerous qualifications in business and community services. Mathew has extensive experience in many areas surrounding Community Services which includes Staff Management, Crisis Response, Behavioural Support, Training and Rostering. Mathew was directly involved with the NSW Juvenile Justice Joint Support Program where he worked alongside the CEO in ensuring medium to high risk juvenile offenders had transitional support with integrating in the community. Mathew is determined to continue with his passion of assisting others in times of need.

Responsibilities:
Mathew is the Operational Manager of Hunter Care Group, Member of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Business Relationships and Development, Quality Assurance Auditing, Supervision of Management, Participation in Policy and Tender Writing, ensuring alignment with HCG strategic plan, Human Resource Tasks, Recruitment and Performance Management.

 

Kayne Jones
HR Manager


Background:
Kayne’s experience spans across several industries and has worked in Marketing, Management & Human Resource roles during his career. Kayne has studied through Southern Cross University to achieve a Bachelor of Business with Majors in Marketing & Management and has also attained a Master of Human Resources.

When asked why he made the change to Human Resources, Kayne is quick to reply that he believes it is a job where he can make a difference in peoples lives and enhance organisations cultures and he loves that aspect of his job.

Kayne has worked in aged care for the past few years and has a solid understanding of staff and organisational needs in the health sector and is dedicated to make a difference in the Mental Health & Disability area through Hunter Care Group.

Responsibilities:
Kayne is the Human Resources Manager of Hunter Care Group and is responsible for ensuring that the Employment Relations are in line with & exceeds Fair Work Australia standards, continuously improving Human Resource Management Systems, Human Resource Management Strategy Development, Training & Development & Recruitment, Attraction & Retention.

 

Sallie Hanlon
Coordination Manager


Background:
Sallie is the Coordination Manager and manages Coordination of Support and Specialist Coordination of Supports at Hunter Care Group.
Sallie brings many years of experience working with community members with complex mental health diagnoses and has a background working with the Australian Defence Force as a Rehabilitation Counsellor. Sallie’s primary skill set lies in the areas of crisis response, conflict resolution and intensive case management.

Sallie has a passion for supporting people with mental illness and disability. 

Responsibilities:
Staff management, quality assurance monitoring, training and development, supervision of staff, relationship development, NDIS participant advocacy and complex case management.

 

Karen Knight
Accommodation Manager


Background:
Karen is the Accommodation Manager at Hunter Care Group and manages our Supported Independent Living (SILS) department.
Karen has over 25 years experience as an Occupational Therapist, and has also previously held a position as an Operations Manager overseeing Disabiltiy and Mental Health Accommodation.
Karen brings a wealth of detailed knowledge around the NDIS, whilst developing a best practice framework for our Accommodation Services.

 

Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Service Manager, Karen manages the Accommodation Division of Hunter Care Group, House safeguards and compliance, Framework development, House program implementation and creating tailored accommodation houses designed within a best practice framework.

 

Jennifer Lambess
Accounts Manager


Background:
Jennifer is the Accounts Manager at Hunter Care Group and has qualifications in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Jennifer has dedicated 22 years of her career to the finance sector supporting national and local companies with financial obligations, structuring and development.

Responsibilities:
Reporting any irregularities to the CEO, processing payroll and maintaining employee records, company's financial statements and reporting.