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Board, senior management and executive

Mind Australia employees over 600 people across Victoria and South Australia.  We have a valuable team of talented, professional people who are committed to supporting people with mental health issues.

Board of Directors

Julian Gardner

Chair
BA,LLB, FIPAAV

Mind Board Committee

Ex officio member: Finance, Audit and Risk Management; Governance; Service, Quality and Risk; Remuneration

Professional Associations

Law Institute of Victoria, Institute of Public Administration Australia, Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and the Law

Other Board roles

Alfred Health, International Society for Advance Care Planning and End of Life Care Limited, Vice-Chair of the Australian Press Council

Julian had 26 years’ experience as CEO of five public sector organisations including the Legal Aid Commission and the Mental Health Review Board. He was Victorian Public Advocate, a position that protects and promotes the rights and interests of people with a disability. His current consultancy and committee work covers a range of areas of social justice, including mental health law reform and public administration and management.

Julian Gardner

Jeremy Coggin

Director
B.Sc.(Architecture), B.Sc.(Computing), MAICD

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk

Professional Associations

Australian Institute of Company Directors

Jeremy is a business strategist skilled at helping organisations identify and deliver opportunities which grow their business. A digital savvy professional, he has 14 years of corporate experience in both agency and inhouse consulting roles leading and managing transformation across multi-channel value chains. Jeremy’s previous positions include delivery head at a digital agency, senior manager at Deloitte Digital and also a board member of family and carer specialist, ARAFEMI. Jeremy is currently Business Planning Manager at CPA Australia.

 

Jeremy Coggin

Judith Earls

Director
LLB (Hons), LLM(MON), Cert Mediation/Arbitration Univ. of Adelaide

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Judith is a former partner of Phillips Fox lawyers and now practices on her own account. She has broad experience as a commercial solicitor with expertise in corporate governance, due diligence, mergers and acquisitions, business and corporate law, commercial contract drafting and estate planning.

Judith Earls

Dr John Farhall

Deputy Chair
BA (Hons), MA (Clinical Psychology), PhD, MAPS

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk; Remuneration

Professional associations

The Australian Psychological Society, Australian Association for Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy, Australasian Society for Psychiatric Research, Association for Contextual Behavioural Science, British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Therapies

John has 30 years’ experience working, teaching and researching in the mental health field. He is an Associate Professor in Psychological Science at La Trobe University, a Consultant Clinical Psychologist with North Western Mental Health and a sessional member of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal. He has served on a range of advisory committees for the Victorian and Commonwealth Governments.

Dr John Farhall

Melissa Field

Director
B.Comm, CA, MBA (Hons)

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Professional Associations

Institute of Chartered Accountants, Australia

Other Board Roles

Centre for Sustainability Leadership Ltd, Surf Coast Shire Audit and Risk Committee, Trimantium Capital Advisory Board

Melissa has broad experience as both an executive and advisor in the commercial sector, including seven years as an Executive Director with Ernst & Young. She has particular expertise in finance, accounting and assurance and in planning and implementing strategic change in entrepreneurial organisations.

Melissa Field

Amanda Ford

Director
FCPA, Bach Bus.(Acc), MBA, Grad Cert (HRM), Dip FS (Financial Planning)
Currently undertaking Diploma Integrated Risk Management

Mind Board Committees

Finance, Audit and Risk Management

Other Board Roles

International Women’s Development Agency

Amanda commenced her career as a corporate sector accountant, specialising in the arts and entertainment sector and adept at financial analysis, feasibilities and management accounting in fast paced organisations. Amanda successfully transitioned to the not for profit sector and spent the last 11 years building her strong finance skills and expanding her focus. Amanda is currently General Manager, Business Services Inner North West Melbourne Medicare Local.

Amanda Ford

Chris Gibbs

Director

Chris Gibbs has held significant leadership roles in the public health sector (Melbourne Health), the Victorian Public Service and the community services sector. Chris was the Director of NorthWestern Mental Health for eight years; one of the largest public funded providers of mental health services in Australia with a clinical workforce of 1,300. He was Chair of VATMI Industries from 2008 to 2013; a commercial business service employing 420 staff, 350 of whom have a disability. Chris commenced as the inaugural CEO of MHPN in August 2008.

Chris Gibbs

Bernie McCormick

Director

Mind Board Committees

Service, Quality and Risk

Professional Associations

Victorian Mental Illness Awareness Council

Bernie has a varied academic background including Architecture, Environmental Engineering and Psychology. Along with this he has experience in the mental health system over 20 years, the last 15 in some form of consumer perspective driven role. He has worked as a consumer consultant in two AMHS’s, as information officer at VMIAC, and was the VMIAC newsletter editor for just under 10 years. He has lectured at Universities and TAFE on consumer issues and perspectives and has been a recipient of many services similar to that which Mind provides.

Bernie McCormick

Senior Management

Dr Gerry Naughtin

Chief Executive
B.A., B.S.W. (Hons), PhD

Gerry has held leadership roles in the disability, aged care and mental health sectors over the last 30 years. He is passionate about the development of responsive and flexible human services and Mind being a leader and contributor to best practice in community mental health in Australia. In his role as a member of the Independent Advisory Council to the National Disability Insurance Agency, he contributes to providing advice to Federal, State and Territory Governments and the Agency on implementation and equity issues for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Dr Gerry Naughtin

Dr Margaret Grigg

Deputy Chief Executive

PhD, MS (Health Policy and Administration), MBio, BA, RN, RPN

Margaret is an experienced mental health professional with a demonstrated record of success in strategic leadership, operations, policy and program development, and research and evaluation. Prior to her appointment at Mind Australia in 2011, she worked for the Victorian Department of Health as a senior executive. She is vice-president of the Kyneton District Health Service Board.

Dr Margaret Grigg

Usha Sivanathan

General Manager Financial Services
FCPA, ACMA (UK)

Usha is an experienced finance professional who over the past 25 years has chosen to work for not-for-profit organisations and has worked for organisations that provide aged care, nursing, employment and mental health services. Usha is especially passionate about working for an organisation that supports people who face mental health challenges.

Usha Sivanathan

Executive Team

Ruth Davenport

General Manager North Central and South West Regional Victoria Division

Ruth is a Registered Nurse with Ad.Cert Systems and Family Therapy. Ruth has extensive experience in the health and welfare field that has spanned across the past 33 years, undertaking practitioner and management roles in both the clinical and non-clinical mental health sectors since 1981. Ruth has a passion for developing and maintaining high quality services and systems in rural and regional areas that are responsive to the needs of Mind’s clients, their families and carers and in leading and developing staff to enable their full participation within Mind.

 

Ruth Davenport

Judy Hamann

Senior Advisor Operations and Practice

Judy has tertiary degrees and qualifications in Social Work, Family Therapy and a Master of Business Leadership. Judy trained as a social worker and worked in a variety of community based services in Australia and overseas before starting in mental health services in Melbourne in the early 1980s. She has had extensive experience and roles in mental health: encompassing clinical case management; family therapy; senior management; and has been a champion of consumer, family and carer engagement and of high-level partnership work. Her current role is Senior Advisor Operations and Practice, leading and contributing to high quality and evidence based mental health practice, major initiatives and developments for Mind.

Judy Hamann

Ian Hardisty

General Manager North and West Division

Ian holds a Master of Social Work. Ian has over 30 years’ experience in the provision and management of recovery-based services in mental health and family support, in government, church based and community managed organisation contexts. Joining Mind in 2011, Ian’s main aims are to create and lead innovative, client focused and recovery-based services that are strongly integrated into local communities as well as supporting and developing the next generation of Mind managers. Ian is constantly inspired and motivated by the resilience, creativity and capacity of people experiencing significant adversity to recover.

Ian Hardisty

Janice Hogan

General Manager South Australia Division

Janice holds a degree in Applied Science Nursing and a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health. Janice has worked as part of the Executive to develop a range of innovative local services including Burnside HASP, HealthCare@Home, Access to Psychological Therapies and the Rural Primary Health Service. Over the last 43 years Janice has worked with a broad range of mental health professionals in acute and community mental health settings in Australia and the UK. Janice is extremely passionate about the importance of partnerships, collaboration, consumer participation and the improvement of system integration, best practice and positive consumer outcomes.

 

Janice Hogan

Annabelle Kirwan

General Manager People Development

Annabelle holds a Professional Diploma in Human Resources and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Human Resources. Annabelle has worked in the field of counselling and community services and has had more than 20 years’ experience as a HR practitioner, practicing in industries as diverse as retail, manufacturing, government and health. Known as a change management and organisational development specialist, Annabelle has an ever-growing toolkit to foster staff engagement. Annabelle is a vocal advocate for HR to influence decision-makers at all levels and on all aspects of the business. Annabelle is committed to developing and growing Mind’s workforce to not only meet today’s but also tomorrow’s workforce needs.

 

Annabelle Kirwan

Sarah Pollock

General Manager Strategy and Planning

Sarah holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), Graduate Diploma of Education and Master of Business. Sarah brings expertise in applied research, policy analysis and strategic development. She has a good understanding of the business and practices of community-managed service provision, and has worked extensively at the executive level in the community sector. Sarah previously worked in the vocational and higher education sectors in both teaching and curriculum and strategic development roles. She is currently completing a PhD in health, looking at possibilities for enhancing service user inclusion in community service settings. Sarah is committed to assisting Mind develop as an inclusive organisation delivering better wellbeing outcomes for people and families.

Sarah Pollock

Frances Sanders

General Manager Organisational Initiatives

Frances Sanders was the former Executive Director of ARAFEMI Victoria, and the Eating Disorder Foundation and has held executive roles in the mental health employment sector since 1995. Frances holds post graduate qualifications in psychology, change management and training. Having worked in the mental health sector for 20 years, Frances has extensive experience in the development and delivery of mental health, carer and peer service models.

Frances Sanders

Anthony Stratford

Community Advisor Recovery and Wellbeing

Anthony uses his lived experience of mental ill-health and recovery to inform his work and he is passionate that this should inform practice both internally and external of Mind. He is a Visiting Scholar, Yale University School of Medicine. Anthony is also an Honorary Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry and an Honorary Fellow in the School of Population and Global Health at the University of Melbourne.

 

Anthony Stratford

Heather Thompson

General Manager South East Division

Heather holds undergraduate qualifications in Welfare, Criminology and a Masters in Social Science – Policy and Management. Heather began her career as a youth worker with young, homeless people over 30 years ago and has gained extensive experience in homelessness, community care and mental health. Heather is responsible for ensuring Mind’s services deliver high quality, dynamic and responsive support to Mind clients, families and carers. Heather is committed to improving service outcomes for consumers and understands the importance of working in partnership and collaboration with a broad range of key stakeholders. She has actively participated in mental health and homelessness sector reform and contributes to a broad range of organisational and sector projects and initiatives.

Heather Thompson

Peter Laws

General Manager Information Systems

Peter holds a Masters in Information System Management. Peter has worked in the not-forprofit, commercial and government sectors for over 30 years. He has a passion for developing and maintaining high quality, innovative information systems and services that assist in the outcomes for clients, their families and carers.

 

Peter Laws
 
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