Our Staff

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Some of the things that CAAPS staff have to say about working at CAAPS; Our team is our strength”, “One of the best organisations I’ve seen for recognition of staff and for keeping the values alive”, “We’re here working for people – it can change people’s lives”, “You learn day by day – every time I come (here to work)”

Jill Smith


Jill joined CAAPS as CEO in July 2013. Over 25 years she has worked with the community and government agencies in NSW and the NT. Jill is the current Chairperson of the peak body for Drug and Alcohol services in the NT AADANT, and a Board member of NTCOSS. ‘I felt I could help CAAPS deliver while reflecting on core principles of capacity building for Aboriginal people, working alongside the CAAPS Board and staff while bringing my leadership experience in the NGO sector to the CEO role.’

Elizabeth Stubbs

Deputy CEO- Clinical

DCEO Elizabeth continues in her support of CAAPS part time, and has worked as a consultant to our organisation over many years. She brings great experience to the clinical governance of the organisation and is instrumental in promoting cultural safety for our clients, staff and community stakeholders.

Aoife Connaughton

Clinical Manager

‘The underlying passion for continuous improvement drives my commitment to client focused services delivery’ With a career spanning 10 years in Addiction, Community Services Management, and Child Protection, Aoife who has been with CAAPS since late 2014, is looking forward to continuing with CAAPS for their 35th year and beyond. ‘I love working with skilled teams of passionate and committed staff, and the role of Clinical Manager is something which excites and challenges me every day’. Aoife’s strength based approach in her work for clients aligns perfectly with CAAPS mission, vision and values.

Charlotte Taylor

Intake Coordinator

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 commitment to her work. She joined our service during 2015 and has made a great impact on our ability to provide more timely and supportive responses for CAAPS client referrals performing a key role in CAAPS Intake team.

Anupa Mathew

VSA Supervisor

Anupa recently accepted the role of VSA Supervisor. She has 7 years experience in our organisation across a number of roles, including children’s program, AOD and VSA. Anupa is passionate about making the VSA program the best it can be for our young people. She currently holds a Master of Social work and AOD Cert IV

Tommy Friel

Client Transport Driver

Tommy provides support to CAAPS’ clients by transporting them to appointments, recreational activities and daily school runs. He is also a great support to the CAAPS Administration team.


Jenny Mahoney

AOD Health Support Worker

Jenny moved to the Territory from NSW 20 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”.

Maria Corbett

Homelessness Outreach Service

Maria Corbett joined CAAPS as a Life Skills Development Worker and has stepped into the HOS role 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. She is an active member of the Homelessness Response Group project. Maria was voted Staff member of the year for 2016

Lee Frank

Deadly Clever Educator

Lee is a passionate educator who has extensive experience teaching children and adults both in Australia and overseas – including strong experience working with our youth. Lee joined CAAPS in 2017 to develop our Deadly Clever literacy and numeracy program supporting our young VSU clients. Lee is an accomplished short film maker and a capable practitioner in the Drumbeat Program, which looks to use percussion to target behavioural, cognitive, and physical development.

Aunty Noeley

Longest Serving Staff Member

Noelene Briston has been a part of CAAPS since 1992. When Noelene reflects on her many years here, some things she recalls is the old location, on Stuart Highway, and says, ‘It was good to move here to Berrimah. Now we see more clients and have a lovely community space.’

Noeley has been a role model to CAAPS clients and staff, supporting and advising them in how to look after themselves and their place for 26 years.