Laura, Matt, Catherine, Robyn

Chief Executive Officer

Matt Burrows

Matt has extensive leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector. Prior to his CEO role at Boab Health, Matt was the CEO of Therapy Focus – one of Australia’s leading professional therapy services for people with disabilities. This is not Matt’s first tenure with Boab Health, Matt was the CEO with Boab from 2006 to 2011 during a transitional period from the Kimberley Division General Practice to Boab Health Services. Matt is highly experienced in delivering health care in remote areas, having worked for nearly two decades in Kalgoorlie, Port Hedland, Alice Springs, Broome and across all the vast lands in-between. Matt is an MBA qualified Chartered Secretary and has been a regular presenter of the Governance Institute’s not-for-profit certificate course. He currently serves on the Governance Committee of Amnesty International Australia.  Matt is passionate about social justice and is currently a DBA Candidate with the John Curtin Institute for Public Policy at Curtin University, looking at effective governance models that empower people with disabilities as consumers of care services.

Deputy CEO / Executive Manager Corporate Services 

Laura Handscombe

Laura commenced with Boab Health in 2013 initially in the role of Primary Health Care Manager, and has been Corporate Services Manager since 2016, leading the ITC Program and Corporate Services team. Laura has a degree in Business from the University of Sheffield in the UK and a Grad Cert in Workplace Health and Safety. Laura has called the Kimberley home for over 25 years, after meeting her husband here on a station in 1994. Prior to working with Boab Health, Laura was with Cancer Council WA in a Cancer Education role at the University of Notre Dame, and is also a small business owner. Laura has raised three children in the Kimberley and is passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle.  

Acting Executive Manager Mental Health

Catherine Kavanagh

Cath joined the Boab Health executive management team in June 2019 following three years with our mental health team. Cath is a qualified social worker with a degree from La Trobe University in Melbourne and has post graduate qualifications in child and family practice. Cath is also qualified in clinical supervision for mental health professionals. Prior to working with Boab Health, Cath worked in Melbourne as a social worker providing child, youth and family therapeutic services. Cath is passionate about supporting those who help others with their own mental health and wellbeing. Cath is also a qualified yoga instructor and in her spare time Cath enjoys the beach, yoga, fishing and camping.

Executive Manager Allied Health

Robyn Powell

Robyn has lived and worked in the Kimberley region for over 15 years. Robyn’s extensive local experience compliments her role as Boab Health’s Allied Health Manger in program delivery and design. Robyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing, as well as further qualifications in chronic disease self-management, nephrology and workplace training and assessment. Prior to working with Boab Health, Robyn worked in a range of roles, specialising in renal nursing and education within government and Aboriginal community-controlled health services. Robyn is passionate about mentoring the allied health team to deliver services with a person-centred approach, focusing on prevention and self-management of chronic health conditions. Robyn loves to eat ice-cream (in moderation!) and strives to keep healthy by riding her bike to work as often as possible.

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