Focus ACT was founded in 1990. From the very beginning, we have provided personalised
and flexible support for Canberrans. We are an incorporated, non-profit, non-government
organisation that operates only in Canberra.

“Focus ACT provides support services to people by assisting them
to live in, and be part of, the Canberra community.” – Marco Xuereb (Chief Executive

Focus is a cutting edge, innovative organisation that prides itself on doing things that
others don’t.

Our team

The Focus ACT team is dedicated and trained to assist people to achieve their goals. We have a small team of staff who manage our business, with the majority of staff involved in coordinating and delivering over 140,000 hours of support annually. At Focus, we believe that contributing positively to life in the community is central to the way we do business.

Our staff are dedicated to the highest standard of care in all our work. Quality is the uncompromising standard for our actions—it flows from our passion and pride in supporting people to achieve their goals and be part of the community.


Marco Xuereb Chief Executive Officer
Carsten Shaw Chief Operating Officer
Mark Marlor Senior Business Manager
Janet Agustin Quality, Risk and Compliance Manager

Service Delivery Team

Veronica Plunkett Client Services Manager
Carly Bell Client Services Manager
Taylor Carden Client Services Manager
Randall Kerr Client Services Manager
Ashleigh James Client Liaison Officer
Talitha Holzhauser Client Liaison Officer
Libby Hifo Client Liaison Officer
Joseph Parappilly Client Liaison Officer

Corporate Support Team

Anthony Sheffield Business Development & Asset Manager
Daniel Martynow Organisational Employment Strategist
Rhiannon Griffiths Finance Manager
Manisha Guragain System and Office Administrator
Louise Smith Quality, Risk and Compliance Officer
Morgan Quinn Quality, Risk And Compliance Officer
Victoria Roberts Executive Assistant

Allied Health and Support Coordination

Taylor Aldridge Accredited Practising Dietitian
Libby Hendry Behaviour Support Practitioner
Tijana Jadric NDIS Support Coordinator
Lisa Gori Intake Officer

Our board

Focus ACT is comprised of management staff and a support team who are dedicated and trained to assist people to achieve their goals. Focus is governed by a Board of Directors who are selected for their expertise in specific areas required for sound governance and strategic planning.

Directors meet regularly and are responsible for ensuring that the management of Focus, services, legal and financial activities are conducted in accordance with the Focus ACT Constitution, and in the best interests of the people that Focus supports to live their life.

Wilhelm Harnisch Chairperson
Dominic Staun
Dominic Staun Deputy Chairperson
Scott Harris Director
Mary Supple Director
Margaret Verick Director
Katie Innes Director