Our Board of Directors

Meet the people who lead us in delivering what matters to you.

Holly Blattman KC - Chair person

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Laws (Hons), Master of Laws.

Holly has been practicing law since 2005. She became a barrister in 2007 and was appointed King's Counsel in 2022. Holly practices across a range of areas of law, including employment and industrial relations, commercial, defamation, insurance, anti-discrimination, and personal injuries. She has been with Karakan as a Director since 2014 and, in that capacity, joined the board of the Mentall Illness Fellowship of Australia in 2023.

Rex Manderson - Secretary

Bachelor of Electrical Engineering.

Appointed as a director in 1979. Worked as an electrical engineer from graduation in 1978, and in managerial roles from 1983 with large manufacturing businesses. As the long term managing director of Chaotech Pty Ltd he also undertakes consulting engineering.

Leanne Peries - Treasurer

Bachelor of Business (Accountancy).

Appointed as a Director in 1996. She has thirty four years’ experience as an accountant in the manufacturing industry, public service and not for profit sectors.

Tracey Deangelis - Director

Masters in Business Administration, Graduate Certificate in Health Management, Diploma in Government

Appointed as a Director in 2020. She has over twenty years executive NFP and government health sector experience across Federal/State, acute, primary, prevention, community, diagnostic and support services. Expertise in transformation, strategy, commissioning, digital health, service design and partnering for outcomes.

Cathy Hill - Director

Bachelor of Occupational Therapy.

Appointed as a Director in 1989. She has forty four years experience as an Occupational Therapist in the Mental Health Field in Australia and overseas. She is the sole director of a company delivering clinical services in the disability sector and delivers training in the cognitive Disabilities Model across Australia and New Zealand to occupational therapists and other health professionals.

Aaron Farrell - Director

Cert IV Business (Front-Line Management).

Aaron has been working in the disability sector for over 20 years. He specialises in Operational Management within private and not-for-profit sectors with a strong focus on providing quality care supports in regional Queensland. He currently holds a position as Chief Operating Officer of a not-for-profit organisation which has embedded themselves in NDIS, Child Safety and Age Care.

He has worked in Federal (Centrelink and NDIA) and State Government (Department of Community Services, Child Safety and Disability Services) roles.

Aaron played a key role in standing up the NDIA within Queensland and helped transition over 1,000 providers from State funding programs including transitioning the first QLD participant into the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Dr Nicholas Ross Faint - Director

MBBS (Hons), MPH, BAppSci, AAICD.

Nicholas is a psychiatry registrar completing advanced training in certificates of addiction and consultation-liaison psychiatry through the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP).

He has extensive experience in the public healthcare system in Western Australia and in Queensland. Dr Faint has extensive experience liaising with primary healthcare services to facilitate continued care for his patients with a wide range of psychiatric and physical conditions, including drug and alcohol problems. He currently works at the Mater Hospital, South Brisbane.

Nicholas Faint is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has completed the Foundations of Directorship program.