Ara Cresswell

Chief Executive Officer

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, Homelessness Australia, and served two terms as a commissioner with the ACT Legal Aid Commission.

Ms Cresswell has served on a broad range of boards, committees and advisory groups including the Gambling and Racing Commission Advisory Committee, the Australian Federal Police Consultative Board, Ministers Dementia Advisory Group, the Australian Bankers Association Community consultative group, and the Australian Council of Social Service Board.

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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