Mable appoints former Small Business Ombudsman to board

Kate Carnell AO

Care platform Mable has appointed Kate Carnell, AO and ex-Small Business Ombudsman to its board.

The appointment is Ms Carnell’s first role since her contract ended as Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman in March of this year, where she spent five years advocating for the small business sector.

Ms Carnell has also held leadership positions with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Beyond Blue, leading Beyond Blue as CEO until 2014 and remaining as a current board director.

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Ms Carnell’s appointment comes as Mable makes a push to attract more small businesses and sole traders in the growing aged and disability support sectors, building on the 11,000 services providers it currently has.

Ms Carnell said the aged and disability sectors are experiencing huge workforce shortages, and small business owners and sole traders hold the key to solving some of those challenges. 

“The aged and disability support sectors are huge growth sectors with chronic workforce shortages. For example, the recent Budget funding of 80,000 new aged care home care packages should be congratulated, but we now need to turn our attention to who will deliver the services and support”

“Mable is a unique platform that offers a new model of care and provides huge potential for businesses and sole traders to access these growing industries. I’m looking forward to supporting Mable to drive more participation among Australia’s small businesses in the sectors.”

Peter Scutt, CEO and co-founder of Mable, said Ms Carnell brought a wealth of experience in business and governance to support Mable on its next phase of growth. 

“We’re extremely proud that someone of Kate’s calibre has joined the Mable board. We welcome her to the business and look forward to working with her to better establish small businesses and sole traders in the aged and disability sectors.”

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