Our CEO

Ara Cresswell

Chief Executive Officer

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Ms Cresswell was appointed as the CEO of Carers Australia in September 2011 and has a lengthy history as an executive in the not-for-profit sector, both at the local and national levels. Before joining Carers Australia Ms Cresswell held senior positions at Reconciliation Australia, the ACT Council of Social Service and the Australian Federation of Homelessness Organisations (now Homelessness Australia).

Ms Cresswell has served on a broad range of boards, committees and advisory groups in the sector including two terms as a Commissioner with the ACT Legal Aid Commission, as a member of the Gambling and Racing Commission Advisory Committee, member of the Australian Federal Police Consultative Board, member of the Australian Bankers Association Community consultative group, as an elected member of the Australian Council of Social Service Board, and as member of the Commonwealth Advisory Committee on Homelessness.

Ms Cresswell says that in our lifetimes each of us is likely to either be or need a carer, so taking care of carers is really about taking care of our families, our friends and ourselves. 

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