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 (CEO) to this day. Prior to HCG, Jarrod was a member of the Australian Defence Force / Royal Australian Infantry Corp. Jarrod has qualifications in Business and Workplace Health and Safety. After Jarrod discharged from the army, his reenergised his career and worked as a Disability Support Worker and later progressed to a role working in the NSW Juvenile Justice Joint Support Program, Jarrod following this worked with high risk young people entering crisis accommodation settings. 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 in current business activities. Jarrod is responsible for engaging in Industry and Related stakeholder relationships, advocating for NDIS Consumers in Industry forums as well as ensuring that the experience of Consumers at HCG have the best quality of service to assist in fulfilling their goals and ambitions. Jarrod overseas the Workplace Health and Safety Committee as well as the expansion of HCG.

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 Small Business Champions

  • 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 the area. 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.

 

Iain Ferrie  – Case Manager / Staff Development

Background:
Iain has over 15 years of managerial experience and has vast  and exposure to a wide range of community services. Iain’s long career started off as a volunteer as an outreach worker, Homelessness Case Manager, Disability Employment Case Manager, Mental Health Case Manager. Iain is also a certified Financial Counsellor. 
Iain is a proud volunteer member for the NSW Rural Fire Service.

Responsibilities:
Member of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee, staff management, quality assurance monitoring, Inducting, training and  ongoing supervision of support workers.

 

Sarah Lennard  – Coordination Team Leader

Background:
Sarah is the team leader for the Coordination of Supports (COS) division at HCG.
Sarah brings 9 years’ worth of Community Services experience and has worked in acute care, crisis response, homelessness and intensive case management.
Since the NDIS rollout in 2014, Sarah has been directly involved in managing support services for participants with psychosocial and physical disabilities.
Sarah has a special passion for supporting people with mental illness and disability, and has dedicated her career to supporting others in need.

Responsibilities:
Sarah is responsible for managing and the Coordination team, building stakeholder relationships and training and development of staff, NDIS regulatory requirements and maximising NDIS plan utilisation throughout HCG.

 

Kris Ward – Senior Case Manager 

Background:
Kris’ career in the Community Service sector began in 2013. After ending his Rugby career in England, Kris moved to Newcastle and worked as a Youth Worker, providing Therapeutic Support and mentorship to children living in out-of-home. Kris was also directly involved with the NSW Juvenile Justice Joint Support Program where he worked alongside the CEO and Operations Manager in ensuring medium to high risk juvenile offenders had transitional support with community intergration. Kris later progressed as an Early Intervention/Restorations Caseworker, working alongside Family and Community Services.

Responsibilities:
Kris is responsible for overseeing all direct one on one supports, Staff Management for Caseworkers and Support Workers, Training and supervision of staff, Business Relationships and Development.  

 

Grace Radburn  – Accounts Manager

Background:
Grace’s career started with Hunter Care Group as an Accounts Administrator. Grace is now the Accounts Manager for the company and is in charge of the companies financials. Grace brings with her qualifications in Accounting and Business.

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