Our Staff

Jill Smith

Jill Smith

CEO

Jill joined CAAPS as CEO in July 2013 after two years in Operations and State Director NT for Mission Australia. Over the past 20 years she worked with the Department of Community Services based in Broken Hill managing services from Corner Country to the South Australian and Victorian borders and then nine years with a Sydney based not for profit youth service managing residential treatment and community services as Deputy Director for Youth off the Streets. ‘I felt I could help CAAPS deliver while reflecting on some core principles based on capacity building for Aboriginal people, working alongside the CAAPS Board and staff while bringing my leadership experience in the NGO sector to the role of CEO.’


Aoife Connaughton

Aoife Connaughton

Clinical Manager

Aoife was successfully recruited to this senior role in September 2016 after joining CAAPS in December 2014 to manage the hostel and shift work teams as part of the Healthy Families treatment service. Aoife has qualifications in social care, and experience gained while working in Ireland, Malaysia and Australia across social work, program development and community services management. Aoife brings great enthusiasm for her role and operates from a strength based approach which fits very well with CAAPS mission.


Lianne Toohey

Lianne Toohey

Finance Manager

Lianne joined CAAPS in August 2017. As a Chartered Accountant she has 20 years experience working in local accounting firms, as well as for non-government and community based organisations. Originally from Melbourne, Lianne is a long-term Darwin resident and chose to work in CAAPS to give something back to the community she now calls home.


Charlotte Taylor

Charlotte Taylor

Intake Worker

Charlotte joined CAAPS after a need to streamline our intake process was determined by stakeholder feedback. Originating from the UK Charlotte brings great skill and committment to her work. She joined our service during 2015 and has made a great impact on our ability to provide more timely and suppotive responses for CAAPS client referrals performing a key role in CAAPS Intake team.


Ora Opai

Ora Opai

Senior AOD Support Worker

Ora Opai, an Indigenous Maori Woman, has lived and been involved in the Community Services Sector in the Northern Territory for over 40 years. Ora first became involved in CAAPS in 1994, then known as Gordon Symonds Centre, and left in 2002. Ora is now back with CAAPS Healthy Families Department’s AOD Program as Team Leader along with individual case management, “I wholeheartly believe CAAPS will flourish and grow because of its unique spiritually and sense of peace. The staff are passionate and committed to providing the best service and support for all of our clients, and with their dedication we will achieve this".


Jenny Mahoney

Jenny Mahoney

AOD Health Support Worker

Jenny moved to the Territory from NSW about 18 years ago and considers the Territory home. "Having worked in various health, community, aged care and disability services and experienced the positive benefits of early intervention, I am passionate about developing and implementing pathways which will enable families and children the opportunity to access services which will assist them to reach their full potential". Jenny strives to promote health and well being in all forms from general hygiene to providing relevant health information to clients and staff. "With knowledge and skills everyone has the opportunity to grow and fulfill their dreams".


James Manhire

James Manhire

Senior AOD Support Worker

James is a descendant of the Ngarrindjeri people of South Australia but was born and raised in Darwin. James has over 15 years experience working within the Health and Community Sector. Team Leader with Community Day and Night Patrol Service, AOD Service Coordinator at Danila Dilba Health Services, Senior Case Manager with the Larrakia Intervention and Transport Service, Case Worker with Grass Roots Solutions and Senior Youth Worker with Anglicare. “I am very passionate about my job and love working at CAAPS. I love helping people improve their lives and working at CAAPS gives me the opportunity to do that by providing access to programs that enables people with the tools to overcome barriers they may face when trying to improve their overall health and wellbeing”.


Maria Corbett

Homelessness Outreach Service

Maria Corbett joined CAAPS as a Life Skills Development Worker and has stepped into the HOS role this in 2016. Maria brings great energy and passion to this role, networking with our community partners to advocate for the best possible outcomes for our clients.


Hostel team 2016


Photography: Fiona Morrison and Kate Freestone


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