Peter Sparrow retires as CEO

It is with sadness that we announce the retirement of Carer Support’s longstanding and dedicated CEO, Peter Sparrow.

Retiring CEO Peter Sparrow

With over 40 years’ experience in the human services industry but specifically in disability services, aged care, and carer support services, Peter has been CEO of Carer Support since 1998.

Peter is passionate about providing support for unpaid carers that is both meaningful and practical. A carer himself, he is a staunch advocate for carers rights and has steered the organisation through two decades of change including the introduction of the NDIS.

Peter Sparrow has also worked in both metropolitan and rural communities and used his knowledge and experience to contribute to numerous federal and state government ministerial advisory committees including the one for the development of the new Integrated Carer Support Service model.

Announcing his retirement, Peter Sparrow said: “I am so very fortunate to have worked with so many wonderful people over the years and I will forever be grateful for all the opportunities this great organisation has given me.”

Chair of the Carer Support board, Lorraine Sheppard, acknowledged the many contributions Peter has made to carers and their families.

“In his 21 years of service, Peter Sparrow has made a significant contribution not only to Carer Support but to the broader community. Please join us in wishing Peter all the very best for his future.”

The caring sector is evolving at a rapid pace with the new Integrated Carer Support Service model being introduced this November.

Lorraine Sheppard says that while Carer Support waits to hear the outcome of its application to be the organisation responsible for delivering carer support services across South Australia, Amy Liaw will step in as interim CEO to maintain the organisation’s clear focus on good outcomes for carers.

Interim CEO Amy Liaw

Amy Liaw has worked for more than 12 years in the disability and aged care sector in both the government, non- government, not for profit and private sectors. Caring for both her son and aunt also gives her a personal understanding of the journey of being a carer.

“With her experience on the board of Carer Support, together with her passion and dedication, clients, carers and staff can look forward to continuing exemplary support from our organisation,” said Lorraine Sheppard.

Once Carer Support’s role in delivering the new integrated support services is known, a new full-time CEO will be appointed to navigate the next chapter of the organisation’s evolution.