Neighbourhood
Evan Williams

Evan Williams

Occupational Therapist & Coach

Perth, WA

Evan is our occupational therapist and coach. He has worked in health care for over 20 years as across a range of clinical areas including employment support and workplace modification, paediatrics, positive behaviour support, specialist equipment prescription, assistive technology, home modifications, custom designed and manufactured solutions.

He has worked for large not for profit organisations in the community services sector and has held clinical management, clinical governance and executive management roles.

Evan says: “My passions are my family, learning new things and working in a role that allows me to make a positive difference in people’s lives and that is what has always attracted me to health care.”

He is from Perth and is still here because he finds it to be an amazing place to live.

“At Neighbourhood Care I hope to be part of creating a new and better way to provide holistic and truly person centred care through supports delivered by small local self managing teams under a genuine Buurtzorg model.”

When not at work, Evan likes to keep himself busy with his hobbies, which include mountain bike riding, climbing, reading and making things in his workshop.

Melissa Jarman

Melissa Jarman

Support Worker

Perth, WA

Melissa is our lead Support Worker in Team Wanneroo. She has been working in health care since the age of 13 and enjoys every minute. Melissa  loves helping people and being active in social and community environments. Melissa posseses excellent interpersonal skills and is very organised, which makes a huge impact to those she provides support and assistance to.

Melissa prefers to be called Mel and in her words “I am looking forward to a fulfilling career and meeting new people while working with Neighbourhood Care.”

Mel is from Kent, England and currently lives in Perth. She is passionate about health and fitness for both herself and her family. She, her two teenage boys and husband Joe also have a dog. Mel says her life is busy but filled with excitement, fun and love.

Mel is available for your daily and social activity support needs as well as a cup of tea when you are ready to to have a chat with a Neighbourhood Care Team member.

Jade Flynn

Jade Flynn

Trainee Support Worker

Perth, WA

Jade is our Trainee Support Worker at Team Wanneroo. Currently she is studying to get her Certificate III in Individual Care and Support. Jade is highly motivated to work in disability supports and aged care as she likes the idea of making a positive contribution to someone’s life and wellbeing and to enable them to live their best life.

Jade is originally from the UK but now lives in the Northern Suburbs of Perth. In her free time, Jade enjoys staying fit and she likes to to go to the gym.

“As a team member at Neighbourhood Care, I hope to be able to apply my positive attitude and will to care for people in the Wanneroo community.”

Frances Smythe

Frances Smythe

Support Worker

Northam, WA

Frances is our Support Worker in Team Northam. Originally from Victoria, Frances has been living in Western Australia for 10 years. After a decade-long career in hospitality, Frances decided to change and became a disability support worker, which is a job she enjoys and has been doing for the past year. Her hobbies include arts and crafts, mainly working with resin.

Frances describes work as a support worker rewarding and she hopes to gain even more experience and skills as a part of Neighbourhood Care.

Luana Fromont

Luana Fromont

Support Worker

Northam, WA

Luana is our Support Worker in Team Northam. She is originally from New Zealand and moved to Western Australia in April 2000. Now, she has been in Toodyay for 14 years and in health care for the last 10.

Her passion is her family. In Luana’s words they are her reason for being. Next is caring for people. “I believe that caring makes a difference and enables individuals to make their own decisions. It also encourages their hopes and dreams, as far as practicable, and being there is what matters,” says Luana.

She enjoys supporting people to be the best they can be and to make their own life choices and be aware of the consequences of their decisions. With Neighbourhood Care, Luana hopes to further her education in the field, to improve her skills as a support worker and to be valued among our clients.

Tammy Keevers

Tammy Keevers

Support Worker

Northam, WA

Tammy is our Support Worker in Team Northam. She is originally from Darwin, Northern Territory and now lives in Northam. Besides her job as a support worker, Tammy enjoys gardening and crafts. Despite first starting in the support work industry about a year ago, she enjoys making a difference and says that her favourite part is being able to help people reach their goals in life.

“By being a part of the Neighbourhood Care team, I hope to learn more skills so I can support a diverse range of people.”

Virginia Bell

Virginia Bell

Support Worker

Northam, WA

Virginia is our Support Worker in Team Northam, who has lived in Wheatbelt most of her life, she moved to the Perth metro area for some time but took the first opportunity to return. Her main hobby is doing crafts, which she on occasion sells with the aim of making enough to hold her own stall. She likes to spend time with her family and cares about them a lot: “I have 5 grown children, many grandchildren and a few greatgrandchildren.”

She says: “I was working in the aged care sector until we lost a few elderly clients in a short time frame. I decided to buy a truck and drove for some time before deciding that I wanted to be at home more. This is when I started working in the mines and travelled around Australia with my work for 12 years before deciding to come home and care for my husband who suffers from vascular dementia.”

Virginia resumed working in the care industry about 5 years ago and thought that this was the place for her. “My goal for myself and my team is to encourage the clients and staff to be excited to attend a shift and be excited about what was achieved on the shift. I feel that our clients are special in their own right and we need to enhance their lives.”

Arnold Stroobach

Arnold Stroobach

Chief Executive Officer of Neighbourhood Care


Arnold is our CEO, he grew up in the Netherlands near Amsterdam. He studied medical informatics in Amsterdam and did his MBA in Utrecht. He is married to Joska and they have two grown daughters. Arnold and family moved  to Perth in 2005.

He was the CEO of Technology Parks in Australia from 2005 to 2014 and during that time he was involved in many (bio) medical and innovative healthcare companies. In 2011, Arnold was one of the co-founders of Spacecubed, now the largest co-working and innovation space in Perth. From 2008 to 2018, he was in addition to his normal job, the Honorary Consul of the Netherlands to WA and supported economic development, cooperation between universities and the mutual cultural heritage of both countries.

In 2017, Brett and Arnold joined forces to start Future Proof Australia. He says: “Since October 2017 we have become involved with Buurtzorg after a visit to the Netherlands and in March 2018 Future Proof became the official representative of Buurtzorg in Australia.” His passion is innovation and creating new businesses, especially in the field of social innovation, where he can combine it with his medical background.

“I love to be part of Buurtzorg’s journey that is now spreading around the world.”

Brett Parker

Brett Parker

Co-Founder & Back Office Support

Perth, WA

Brett is a Co-Founder of the Neighbourhood Care Group and operates the Back Office for the Group in Perth, Western Australia. Although born in the local suburb of Mt. Lawley in Perth he grew up for some of his childhood in Melbourne before returning for during his teen years. He now lives in Menora in a 100-year-old heritage property. Brett is passionate about cars and loves collecting special models that have a unique aspect to them.

He has worked in disability and health care related industries in finance roles for over a decade. From his experience he says: “The best part about the industry is the capacity to do something to help someone else.”

As a part of the Neighbourhood Care team, Brett wants to change how services are provided so people get the help and support they need.