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.

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.


Craig Young Chief Executive Officer
Linda Barrie Chief Operating Officer - Corporate Services Manager
Anthony Sheffield Senior Business Manager
Penelope Lucas Quality, Risk & Compliance Manager

Service Delivery Team

Randall Kerr Client Services Manager
Taylor Welsh Client Services Manager
Libby Hifo Client Services Manager
Carly Bell Client Services Manager
Edna Romero Client Services Manager
Ashleigh James Client Services Manager
Brooke Osborne Client Services Manager
Erin Mayhew Client Services Manager
Joseph Parappilly Client Liaison Officer
Sarah Blackman Client Liaison Officer
Luna Adhikari Client Liaison Officer
Leanne Markey Client Liaison Officer
Leila Kizondo Client Liaison Officer
Shae Carter Client Liaison Officer
Rossel Mariano Client Liaison Officer
Jamie hayward After Hours Officer
Oye Oyedeji After Hours Officer
Peter Dayo After Hours Officer
Brittany Thomas Allied Health Administration Officer
Clare Lakin NDIS Support Coordinator

Corporate Support Team

Manisha Guragain System and Office Administrator
Louise Smith Senior Quality, Risk and Compliance Officer
Isobel Signorini Quality, Risk And Compliance Officer
Luis Ocana Administration Support Officer
Ella Stevenson Human Resources Manager
Alexandra White Executive 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
Katie Innes Deputy Chair of Governance
Scott Harris Director
Mary Supple Director
Margaret Verick Director
Shaun Street Director