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PeakCare is administered by a Board of Management, elected by our members. They represent all members and come from a range of member organisations throughout rural, remote, regional and metropolitan Queensland. The Board meets a minimum of 9 times per year. Our elections are held annually at the Annual General Meeting.

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Sally KelynackVice-President
Brad SwanTreasurer
Leith Sterling
Executive Member
Kathryn Woods
Executive Member
Cara Benoit
Executive Member
Kieran Smith
Executive Member
Andy HarmanCo-opted Member
Darren YoungCo-opted Member


President Shelley Wall

Shelley Wall has worked in the child protection sector for over eighteen years, including experience in front line roles such as foster carer and residential care house parent. She has also held a range of middle and senior management roles in the non-government out-of-home care sector, specialising in residential care.  Shelley is currently the Residential Care & Transition Services / Global Human Resources Manager for Mercy Family Services.

Shelley holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Queensland University of Technology 2001) and a Masters of Social Work (Qualifying) (James Cook University 2012).

Shelley's efforts in the sector have been recognised with awards such as the Australia Day Award 2006 and a Partnership Award Foster Care Queensland 2008.  Most recently, she was awarded the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland Practitioners Award (2012) for my paper, Beyond Containment – Driving Change in Residential Care - A Queensland, Australia Model of Therapeutic Residential Care.   

Shelley served as a board member of Peak Care Qld from 2008, including Treasurer in 2009 and Shelley is excited to re-join the Board in 2013. 


Vice-President Sally Kelynack

Sally Kelynack is UnitingCare Community’s Director Out Of Home Care.

Sally has been employed with UCC for 7 years, initially as General Manager Far North Queensland where she held responsibility for all Crisis Intervention and Child & Family services, ranging from mainstream entry point Neighbourhood Centre through to Family Support, Family Intervention Service – Intensive Support and Domestic and Family Violence Services.

Prior to joining UCC Sally managed Relationships Australia’s Services in Far North Queensland. Sally’s range of experience working both in metropolitan and rural & remote communities and her experience working with vulnerable children and families have contributed to her commitment to working together in the sector to develop and advocate for services which support the needs of children and their families, at all times striving for the best possible outcomes for children and young people.



Treasurer Brad Swan


Executive Member Leith Sterling


Executive Member Kathryn Woods

Kathryn Woods is General Manager, Children’s Services at C&K, with responsibility for more than 360 early childhood services across Queensland and supporting more than 20,000 children and their families.  

Before Kathryn  joined C&K in late 2014, she was in a senior executive role in government, leading substantial programs and reforms in early childhood education and care. Through extensive experience developing and implementing large scale public programs, Kathryn has delivered strong results for children and families. She has more than 25 years’ experience leading and managing service delivery and organisational development, notably for the Queensland and Australian governments, and more recently for C&K, Queensland’s largest early childhood education and care provider.

She brings to PeakCare much knowledge and practical experience in Queensland’s child protection system and strategies.


Executive Member Cara Benoit

Cara is an experienced People and Culture executive with a career spanning more than 20 years in both Human Resources and commerical Management positions across a variety of industries throughout Australia and Asia Pacific. A Certified Professional member of the Australian Human Resources Institute, Cara holds an undergraduate degree in social science and a post-graduate certificate in management.

For the last nine years, Cara has led the People and Culture function to deliver best practice human resources and cultural change initiatives at yourtown (previously known as BoysTown), one of Australia's largest charitable organisations, which provides support to tens of thousands of young people and their families each year.

Previous experience fostering adolescent boys upon their release from juvenile detention centres in Melbourne has provided Cara with first-hand knowledge of the challenges young people face and has driven a commitment to ensuring the safety and provision of opportunities for young people, particularly those who are at a disadvantage in our society.


Executive Member Kieran Smith


Co-opted Member Andy Harman


Co-opted Member Darren Young

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