ABOUT OUR TEAM
ABOUT OUR TEAM
We’re a group of passionate and determined individuals who want to make a difference. Our mission is to promote the dignity and self-worth of all carers and care recipients, and strive to give them an excellent quality of life. Get to know us a little better.
We believe in a world that enhances the quality of life for primary carers of the frail and disabled, whilst assisting people stay at home for longer.
At A Cup of Cope, we promote the dignity and self-worth of all carers and care recipients, and strive to give them an excellent
quality of life. To that end, encouraging collaborative decision-making to give the carer the tailored support they need. A Cup of Cope is not just a care giving facility — it’s about looking after the well being of Australia’s informal primary carers.
Our vision is to provide the largest and most trusted home care support network for primary carers in Australia. We aim to close the expanding supply/demand informal care gap over the next 10 years by encourage family and friends to become primary carers of their loved ones, whilst providing the support and assistance they require. Our goal is to provide relief to at least 1% (12,000) of primary carers within the next 10 years.
Blake Richards co-founded A Cup of Cope in 2016 when after returning home to help his mother care for her sick mother (Joyce), witnessed firsthand the daily struggles of the caring role. Blake is the son of Jane who was a carer for both of her parents (Victor & Joyce) over a 15-year span. Blake is also an integral member of the care team for quadriplegic and founder of thePerry Cross Spinal Research Foundation, Mr. Perry Cross.
See more of Blake’s story here: https://www.cupofcope.org/blakes-story
Favourite beverage: Piccolo
Danial has been involved in the education industry for over 10 years and is currently working as the lead teacher at Stafford Heights in Brisbane. Danial is the older brother of Nathan who has autism, and has been involved with A Cup of Cope as board member, director and co-founder since its inception.
Favourite beverage: Kombucha
James Howlin is a Chartered Accountant, tax specialist, business advisor and company director with over seven years’ experience in Public Practice and is approaching two decades of working in and providing advice to small and medium businesses.
As a company director, and member of the Institute of Company Directors, James understands the responsibilities of directors and their dual compliance and performance roles. In late 2014 James moved to the Gold Coast to reduce commuting times and see more of his young family, and subsequently established Cake Accounting to bring his high level of tax knowledge to micro and small businesses on the Coast.
James has been a member of several different boards and has been an avid supporter of A Cup of Cope and a board member since its inception.
Favourite beverage: Flat White no sugar (James is sweet enough)
Nicole is the CEO and Founder of The Rogue and Rouge Foundation. It's Nicole dream that every Australian can speak openly and freely about their challenges without judgement or stigma. Nicole has facilitated more than 2500 workshops with over 250,000 young people across 300 Australian communities to help them understand the true meaning of being themselves. Nicole was a finalist for Young Australian of the Year 2014, one of Australia’s top 100 most influential women, was appointed onto the National Mental Health Commission as the youngest every commissioner, named as one of Australia’s 2012 Young Social Pioneers and won The Pride of Australia Inspiration Medal in 2014.
Nicole has been a member of several different boards and has been an avid supporter of A Cup of Cope and a board member since its inception.
Favourite beverage: Barefoot Green Smoothie
Vitori is the Managing Director and Founder of Care Match Australia and has worked in the field for over 10 years. Care Match is a boutique care provider focusing on personal in-home care assistance to people with a disability. Care Match focus on empowering everyone to push the boundaries of their disabilities and maintaining a connection with their community. Care Match strongly believe that all people of society can contribute regardless of age, or ability.
Vitori has a vast range of experience in clinical and community settings counselling and assisting young people and their families with a range of needs and issues. Through this work Vitori has developed first hand awareness of the obstacles carers face daily and is honoured to be on the board.
Favourite beverage: Long Black or Earl Grey