Our Team

Meet our team of caring, compassionate professionals, dedicated to providing you and your family the best in-home care and support for your individual needs and preferences.

Myles & Virginia Beaufort

Franchise Owners
Myles & Virginia Beaufort

Hello,

We are Myles & Virginia (Gin).

We are here to ensure you or your loved one have your lives enhanced, by our CAREGivers attention to your care needs.

Our Home Instead Senior Care office is a family run business. We have a passionate belief that people should be able to stay in their own homes for as long as possible. We both saw our Grandparents end their days in residential care and don't believe there were sufficient alternatives for them to choose from. We certainly don't want to see our parents face a similar situation.

I (Myles) faced the difficult responsibility of ensuring the best care for my mother, who lived in the UK, whilst she battled cancer. Home care options were limited at the time and it was very difficult ensuring my mother's wish to stay at home, until the end. If Home Instead Senior Care had been around then, things would have been a lot easier!

After starting life in the hospitality industry, followed by a stint in food media, I spent seven years in corporate management roles that were really not satisfying my desire to do something truly worthwhile. 

After gaining my Bachelor of Arts degree at Flinders University, I (Virginia) started my working life as a Japanese interpreter working for Hamilton Island resort. I have also lived and worked in Japan, initially as a high school student on exchange and later as an ESL teacher, which I continued to do on our return to Australia. I then provided care for a number of children in their pre-school years, in my family day-care business, which I set up when our boys were little.

When we found Home Instead Senior Care and realised all the personalised care this business could offer our local community, it had immediate relevance to our lives and beliefs. 

Our team are on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so we can guarantee our clients care needs are always met.

We hope all our clients are enabled to live happily in their own homes through the support of our well trained CAREGivers providing quality care to enable this; for as long as possible!

To us, this really is personal.

James La Budde

Client Services Representative
James La Budde

Hi, I’m James La Budde the Client Services Representative for Home Instead Senior Care in Ipswich & Brisbane South.  I joined Home Instead in July 2018 when my family and I moved back home to Queensland after six years living and working in regional Victoria. 

Coming from Boonah my family has always had strong ties to the Ipswich region, my parents were married in Ipswich and my older brothers and sisters were all born in Ipswich. I am very happy to be able to move here with my wife and two youngest children and to be a part of a network in the region that is committed to helping people in the local community. 

In May 2018 I was incredibly fortunate to receive a kidney transplant after being on Haemodialysis for four years. Because we were living in a regional area I had the opportunity for my dialysis treatments to be at home. The nurses and support staff from the dialysis unit that provided the care and support for me to be safe at home were some of the most devoted and giving people I have ever had the privilege to meet. The amazing experience of receiving home care for four years and then a kidney transplant from an organ donor was completely life changing.

With the chance I had been given to start over it was important to me to make sure I was doing something that would help people. When the opportunity came up to join the Home Instead team and be part of a group of people with a shared goal to improve the lives of older Australians, and actively change the face of ageing, I was sure it was the change I was looking for and couldn’t wait to get started. 

Daphne Baas

Recruitment, Training & Retention Manager
Daphne Baas

Hi, I’m Daphne and I’m the Recruitment, Training & Retention Manager for the East Brisbane, and Ipswich/South Brisbane offices. 

My journey with aged care started about 5 years ago – at the time, I had no idea that I would become such a passionate advocate for it, let alone turn my life upside down and have a career change!  Originally working in recruitment, I decided working in an office wasn’t for me and I wanted to become a Flight Attendant.  It took 3 years (and many rejections) but I ended up in Dubai working for Emirates Airline, eventually becoming a Cabin Supervisor.  I desperately wanted to become a cabin crew trainer though that wasn’t to be, and when personal circumstances brought me home 9 years later, I decided to do my Certificate IV in Training & Assessment.  Now with a mortgage and in the full throes of the GFC, I ended up working back in recruitment – this time in the mining and banking sectors.  Again, I felt that my wings were clipped in working in such a black & white environment -  not a good fit for someone who believes people-matters come in various shades of the rainbow!  My dad had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s during this time, and I saw my mum, (whose second language is English) struggle with being a primary carer, dealing with Centrelink and trying to complete endless paperwork, as well as wrapping her head around the challenges of dad’s dementia.  I decided that at 45, this might be my last opportunity for a career change and resigned from my job to complete my Certificate III, working in a country pub to supplement my income during that time.  Ironically, working in a pub actually gave me more insight into some of the trials and challenges of aged care, particularly how very lonely it can be when you’re on your own and no longer as fit or capable as you once were.  Following my vocational placement at a local nursing home for my Certificate III, I was lucky enough to be taken on as an AIN. I’m a strong believer that nursing homes have their place in aged care – after all, my dad was in one – but I know in my heart he was happier at home.  For that reason, I firmly believe that the home care solutions that Home Instead can provide, and the calibre of our CAREGivers, can offer a viable and person-centred quality of life.   Knowing all this, when I saw the advertisement for the Recruitment & Training role in February 2017, I knew that this was my chance to make a difference … and here I am!

Brad Baumann

Care Manager
Brad Baumann

Hi, my name is Brad and I’m the Care Manager here at the East Brisbane, Ipswich and Brisbane South Office’s.

I started my Home Instead journey in 2016 as a scheduling co-ordinator where I was able to start building strong relationships, after 6 months in the position I was asked by my family to take some leave and help them manage my own families business. Less than 2 years later after having finished my contribution to the business I was given the opportunity to return back to Home Instead as Care Manager. I felt great pleasure and satisfaction in returning and being able to continue on with the journey in contributing to the high quality of compassionate care that we pride ourselves on here at Home Instead Senior Care.   

Previous to Home Instead I spent over 10 years working in private healthcare within hospitals. I than transitioned into the community aged care sector where I case managed a large number of HCP clients. Being aware of the points of difference Home Instead has compared to other organisations, I couldn’t help but want to be a part in their mission in changing the face of aging. In my personal time I enjoy the summer months most of all as I love spending time by the beach, going on long walks and attending live concerts. It is my goal to one day visit many tropical beaches around the world and tick them off my bucket list. Family is of the utmost importance to me and I spend a lot of time on weekends with my father, brother, sister and niece as well as our a larger extended family.

Lynne Gardner

Learning & Development Officer

Hi, my name is Lynne and I was welcomed into the Home Instead Senior Care family early 2019, as their Learning and Development Officer.

I have been working as a Registered Nurse in community settings since early 1980 and working in the Brisbane South area since the late 1990s. I became aware of Home Instead Senior Care around 10 years ago when the organization that I worked with, brokered work to them. I was always impressed at the high standard of care their CAREGivers provided to our clients and the professionalism and friendliness of everyone in the office.  Knowing Home Instead Senior Care like I do, I was thrilled to be offered the position of Learning and Development Officer and gladly accepted.

For the past ten years I have been caring for my elderly mother as a ‘non-live-in carer’ up to the time of her passing in November 2018. This experience has made me more than familiar with the pressures on carers and the importance of having dedicated and caring CAREGivers.

I aim to bring both my professional and personal experiences to my role to provide the best level of training possible.

My time outside of work is spent researching my family history, spending time with family, reading and travel.

Wendy Ford

Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist
Wendy Ford

Wendy is our latest returning, office staff member, originally joining the Home Instead Senior Care team in April 2012 as an administration assistant, Wendy left to work in the medical practices of the bayside and has now returned into a shared role as a Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist. 

Wendy had provided care for her own mother, and sister, and felt she had a great understanding of the needs of older people.

Wendy has the role of Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist and is responsible for ensuring the office keeps detailed records for each client and CAREGiver ensuring that vital information is never further than a click away.

Highly organised with a beautifully gentle approach, Wendy helps ensure the smooth running of our Home Instead Senior Care office.

With many years in Funeral Care, Wendy understands the gift of “humans caring for humans”. Having 10 brothers and sisters and musical parents, she developed strong co-ordination and organizational skills, along with a passion for music, thus taking up piano lessons 15 years ago.

Wendy understands the value of caring, and being cared for, and the real value of ‘home based care’.

Natasha Robbie

Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist

Hi, I'm Natasha (Tash) the newest member to the office as a Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist, on a job share basis with Wendy.

I'm originally from Canberra and have lived and worked around Australia in various administration roles. My furthest venture was to Western Australia where I lived in Kalgoorlie and worked at KCGM, Australia's largest Gold Mine.

I've spent the last 3.5 years as a busy mum to my sons, aged 2 and 3 years. Home Instead Senior Care has been welcoming with my return to work and I look forward to engaging and forming relationships with our CAREGivers and Clients.

In my Client & CAREGiver Support Specialist role, I ensure the office runs smoothly and that I'm a welcoming face and voice to the business.
Outside of the office I'm a busy mum who enjoys being active, traveling and taking trips to the beach with my family.