Our Team

Meet the team

Jarrod Burns

Chief Executive Officer

Jarrod founded Hunter Care Group in 2015, and remains the Chief Executive Officer.
Jarrod has extensive tertiary qualifications in Strategic Leadership, Business, Community Services and Workplace Health and Safety and is also Qualified Mental Health Instructor.

Jarrod was a proud fulltime serving member in the Royal Australian Infantry Corps prior to beginning his Community Services Career.
Jarrod’s Community Services career also commenced from the frontline.
Starting off as a Disability Support Worker, Jarrod progressed forward into Crisis Management, Casework, Service Management and Operations Management roles.

Jarrod is dedicated to ensuring Hunter Care Group is strategically led in a manner that delivers industry leading support services.

Jarrod’s long term vision, is to improve the quality of the Community Services Sector as a whole.


Jarrod provides the platform and strategic direction of HCG, including innovative new operations and continuous improvement of current business activities.
Jarrod is responsible for the development of Hunter Care Groups strategic plan.
Jarrod skills in Strategic Leadership are deployed, analytically assessing ongoing operational and industry complexities with a solutions focus, enhancing productivity and promoting continuous improvement strategies.


As CEO, Hunter Care Group has been a finalist for 10 Local Business Awards and 15 Australian Business Awards, successfully winning in the below years.

2018 Local Business Awards

  • Business Person of the year (winner)

2020 Australian Business Awards

  • Business Growth Award (winner)

2021 Australian Business Awards

  • Health Improvement Service (winner)

Mathew Mckeown

Operations Manager

Mathew’s career has been dedicated to the Community Services Sector and has over 12 years’ experience with supporting others. Mathew holds numerous qualifications in business and community services. Mathew has extensive experience in many areas surrounding Business & Community Services which includes Operational Management, Staff Management, Crisis Response, Behavioural Support and Training & Development. Mathew is also a qualified Mental Health First Aid instructor.

Mathew is dedicated to continue with his passion of assisting others in times of need and implementing operational guidelines and support to HCG staff to ensure that Hunter Care Group remains a strong organisation in the NDIS space.


Mathew is the Operational Manager of Hunter Care Group, Member of the Workplace Health and Safety Committee, Business Relationships and Development, Quality Assurance Auditing, Supervision of Management, Participation in Policy and Tender Writing, ensuring alignment with HCG strategic plan, Human Resource Tasks, Recruitment and Performance Management.

Brad Fuller

NDIS Service Manager

Brad is the NDIS Service Manager at Hunter Care Group and the Principal Officer for the Case Work Support Scheme (CSS). Brad has a Social Science Bachelor Degree and brings over decades worth of knowledge and experience working in Community Services sector predominantly in Out Of Home Care, NDIS, Crisis response, Behavioural Support, CSS Supports and Leadership Management.

Brad is a qualified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention trainer who holds a wealth of knowledge in therapeutic support based service delivery. Brad has also spent years developing knowledge and relationships with local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.


Staff Management, quality and assurance and governance, training and development, TCI training, supervision of staff, relationship development with both internal and external stakeholders, NDIS participation advocacy and complex case management.

Aoife Aherne

Coordination Manager

Aoife is the Coordination Manager and manages Coordination of Support and Specialist Coordination of Supports at Hunter Care Group.
Aoife brings many years of experience working with community members with complex mental health diagnoses and disability.  Aoife’s primary skill set lies in the areas of crisis response, conflict resolution and intensive case management.

Aoife has a passion for supporting people with mental illness and disability.


Staff management, quality assurance monitoring, training and development, supervision of staff, relationship development, NDIS participant advocacy and complex case management.

Adam Linkson

Accommodation Manager

Adam is the Accommodation Manager for Hunter Care Group and currently oversees all Hunter Care Group accommodation settings. Adam has over a decade worth of experience in Community Services with a background in Out of Home Care, Case Management and Specialist Support Coordination.

Adam is passionate about staff training, skills, communication and accountability.


Staff management, quality assurance monitoring, training and development, supervision of staff, relationship development, SIL intake, quoting and house development.

Jennifer Lambess

Accounts Manager

Jennifer is the Accounts Manager at Hunter Care Group and has qualifications in Accounting and Bookkeeping. Jennifer has dedicated 22 years of her career to the finance sector supporting national and local companies with financial obligations, structuring and development.


Reporting any irregularities to the CEO, processing payroll and maintaining employee records, company’s financial statements and reporting.