Our Board

South Burnett Care is governed by a Management Committee that meets bi-monthly to provide South Burnett Care with strategic oversight, advice and leadership.

Paul Laurentiussen


Paul Laurentiussen is a solicitor and principal of JA Carroll & Son, Solicitors; a locally based law firm and has resided in Kingaroy since 2007. Prior to being admitted as a solicitor in 2005, he worked for Centrelink for a period of over 14 years. Paul is a member and past president of the Taabinga Rotary club and has previously served on the Board of Jobmatch in Kingaroy.

Richard Brannelly

Deputy Chairman

Richard Brannelly is a qualified accountant and financial planner and a partner in CommonCents Financial Planning a Toowoomba based financial advice business that works largely with retirees in the Darling Downs and South Burnett. Richard was previously chair for 3 years of Brightside on Victoria a Toowoomba based day respite center prior to the 2018 merger with SB Care. Richard has lived in Toowoomba since 2002 and believes passionately in helping grassroots organisations make a real difference in our local community. Richard has previously served on the boards of local private schools and sporting organisations.

Todd Fiedler


Todd Fiedler has lived in the South Burnett his entire life and is passionate about the area. For the past 16 years Todd has been working in the construction industry and has recently opened his own plumbing business. He is a community minded person having spent many years on the Kingaroy Rugby League Committee in various positions and was the president of the Kingaroy Kindergarten association from 2010 to 2013, the highlight of this role was being able to get a new state of the art building.

Bruce Jay


Bruce has thirty plus years’ experience in commercial banking, finishing his career as a Business Banking Manager in Kingaroy and his career also includes twelve years in the public service with Queensland Health working in finance, assets and taxation. Bruce is now retired and concentrates his time on not for profit work including as a Board Member of Kingaroy Lions and Links Community Services (Disability Employment Service).

Craig Lucas

Board Member

Craig Lucas is one of the longest serving members of the association and his community work encompasses working with the Kingaroy Show Society, the Kingaroy Christmas Carnival and the Disability Art Show. Craig summed his connection to SBcare up by saying “Being disabled myself, I feel as though I want to give back to my family, friends and the community for what they all have done for me.”

Ralph Masters

Board Member

Ralph Masters has twenty years’ experience within the IT Training field, working as a computer trainer and programmer. Ralph also has worked as a volunteer rural fire fighter and as the group’s Training Officer and a management committee member. In the past he has served on the Crow’s Nest Rural Fire Brigade Committee in most executive roles and also the Toowoomba Older Peoples Action Group.

Steven McNamara

Board Member

Steve has lived in the South Burnett for more than 25 years. He is a Registered Nurse and has had an extensive career specialising in the aged care and disability sector. He is currently employed by Darling Downs Health within Clinical Governance Unit ensuring health services are meeting relevant standards to meet accreditation. Steve has worked in executive roles within the not-for-profit sector. Steve also has an interest in motorsports and is a founding member of the Motors in Motion Wondai Sprints Committee.

Kym Ebenestelli

Board Member

Kym Ebenestelli is a Director of dms CREATiVE in Toowoomba and has more than twenty years of experience in strategic marketing and creative design. Prior to dms CREATiVE, Kym worked as the Marketing Manager for Toowoomba’s largest shopping centre for seven years. There she was responsible for the strategic planning and tactical execution of significant marketing campaigns, the management of substantial budgets and management of relationships with more than 200 stakeholders. Prior to the merger with SBCare, Kym was the Vice President for the Toowoomba Welfare Association (Brightside on Victoria) and currently serves on the Management Committee for Toowoomba Together Incorporated.

Darren Schmidt

Board Member

Darren Schmidt grew up in the South Burnett but moved away in his twenties to work in cities and travel the world. He returned to the South Burnett to work with the (then) Department of Primary Industries and then at the nearby Meandu Mine/Tarong Power Station complex as a community relations professional. He is now enjoying a change of career as a high school teacher. He has long experience in promoting the musical performing arts in the South Burnett, and was a ‘Wine and Food in the Park’ committee member and President for many years. As Vice-Chair of Kingaroy’s St John’s Lutheran School, he has helped guide the school through a long period of steady growth and a change of leadership.