John Carter | Chair
John Carter is the General Manager of Kinkera. He is a highly regarded disability housing specialist with a strong track record of success in the planning and development of accommodation facilities for people living with disability. Previously he was Director of SDA Stakeholder and Sector Engagement at the National Disability Insurance Agency. He has held senior roles with a community housing association, a large non-government organisation in the disability sector and an international facilities management company. A registered builder, he has also owned and operated a registered disability housing provider. John joined the Brite Board in 2018.
Tom Carra | Treasurer
B.Comm (Strategic Management)
Tom Carra is managing director of Carra Property Group, director of Beyond The Spec and director of Accessible Housing (Victoria). He has 25 years experience across diverse industries and has been involved with innovation projects at The University of Melbourne, including social and accessible housing projects. Tom has close ties with community housing associations, developing affordable and social housing for them. He is registered NDIA provider for specialist disability accommodation and a leader in providing innovative housing solutions for people with disability. Tom is a member of the Finance Audit & Risk Committee and joined the Board in 2022.
Phillip Perroni is a retired public servant, having worked for 37 years in a major Australian Government department in the Broadmeadows area. He is President of the Meadow Heights Education Centre Board, where he has been a Board member for 25 years, and President of the Meadow Heights Primary School Council. Phillip has served on a number of committees and boards, including Pascoe Vale Girls College School Council (parent rep and President) and the Federation of Sicilians in Australia (Secretary). He received a Hume City Council citizen of the month award in 2011. Phillip joined the Brite Board in 2016.
Jennie Pinnell is a parent of a supported employee and has had a close association with the Brite community since 1998. She has been involved in Brite’s fundraising for the past 20 years and previously served as a Brite Director from 2000 to 2003. Jennie is an advocate for people with a disability, focused on providing a voice and promoting choices for how they work. Jennie retired from full time employment after 25 years in hospitality business management and continues to do bookkeeping and associated statuary reporting for several small businesses. Jennie joined the current Brite Board in 2019.
Tom Tancredi is the Owner and Manager at the Bank of Queensland – South Yarra for the past 18 years. Tom is an award-winning private banker with more than 25 years’ experience, specialising in commercial, financial and retail banking. His career in the financial industry has been wide and varied, from implementing banking programs and services across Australia and Papua New Guinea to holding management positions at some of Australia’s biggest financial institutions. Tom joined the Brite Board in October 2022.
Jenny has extensive experience in settlement, youth, aged care, working with multicultural communities and employment areas in the NFP sector. She has previously worked as CEO for a NPF for 20 years and also worked for the Victorian state government in public housing and aged care. Jenny has held board positions on the Refugee Council of Australia, Settlement Council of Australia, Chisholm TAFE and Darebin Community Health Centre, and is the current deputy Chair on the Ethnic Communities Council of Victoria board and a member of the WorkWays board. Jenny is a qualified auditor in QIC, NDIS and ARVAS standards. Other qualifications include a Bachelor Degree in Social Sciences and Graduate Diploma in Management. Jenny is also a volunteer mentor for young women in leadership. Jenny joined the Brite Board in February 2023.
Seth Ferwerda is a seasoned business owner and entrepreneur with over 20 years experience in the Horticulture and Landscape Construction industries. He currently serves as the sole Director of ESEO Pty Ltd, a leading landscape company that specializes in the installation and maintenance of public realm spaces. As its founding Director, Seth has driven ESEO’s growth and expanded its operations across Melbourne. Prior to ESEO, Seth held a Landscape Project Management role at the publicly listed Stockland Developments where he honed his expertise in contract management, business development and industry best practice. Seth is a strategic thinker and a strong leader. When Seth’s not working, he enjoys spending time with his family ‘caravaning’ Australia. Seth joined the Brite Board in February 2023.
Lisa Greenfield is a parent of a Brite employee and a passionate advocate for people with disability for most of her life. Lisa’s professional background is in Human Resources and Organisational Development, in not-for-profit, corporate and private sectors working at strategic levels, advocating for cultural and systemic change. Lisa is a committee member and facilitator/coordinator for Valley Carers on Moonee Valley’s Disability Advisory Committee: a carer support group with more than 80 members, and has volunteered within the disability sector over the years. Lisa joined the current Brite Board in 2023.