Cara Chief Executive


Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen

Liz has led Cara through a period of significant change, transformation and celebrated organisational milestones since joining Cara in 2015.  

Under Liz's leadership, Cara has transformed from a block funded ‘Not for Profit’ to a values driven, commercially thinking ‘Profit for Purpose’ that is committed to providing high-quality services so that people with disabilities can lead fulfilling, everyday lives.

Cara now works alongside more than 700 children and adults with disability and employs more than 1000 staff, known as Possible People

Liz has led the organisation towards a new vision, business model, brand and promise, while welcoming record numbers of staff to the organisation, growing revenue and expanding Cara's services to new customers.  

Cara is now one of South Australia's top 200 companies and a leader within the disability sector with a focus on technology, including the use and building of open-source software.  

In Liz's time as Chief Executive, she has established the Cara Recognition of Excellence Awards, celebrating the professionalism of Cara's best and brightest staff and introduced the use of Workplace by Facebook, a peer-to-peer communication network for staff which allows for greater transparency and information-sharing across the state.  

Liz has more than 30 years’ experience in the disability, education and health sectors. In 2017, Liz was named a finalist in the SA Telstra Business Women’s Awards. She is the Deputy Chair of the Health, Disability, Aged Care and Community Services Industry Skills Council. Liz has been elected to the board of Ability First Australia, which is a strategic alliance of leading disability service providers, and she is on the board of the YMCA of South Australia. Liz is also a member of the SA State Committee of National Disability Services (NDS).






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